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The Ubyssey Oct 1, 1996

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Confederation College
bans student paper
T-Bird's toughest chicks
take on Abbotsford
Vancouver gets set
for the film set
Finishing last since 1918
TAKE THAT! Kevin Dring of the UBC water-polo team launches a shot and scores the
third goal for the T-Birds in a losing effort. The Aqua-birds lost 12-4 against a strong
University of Washington team in their final game of the tournament held at the Aquatic
Centre this past weekend. Although the team finished last in their pool, they were able
to beat the team from the University of Victoria, richard lam photo
AMS barbeque
takes $3000 spill
 by Chris Nuttall-Smith
Beer and cider flowed a little too freely at
this year's Welcome Back Barbeque, the
AMS discovered at last Wednesday's council
The annual event lost $3000 worth of
beer and cider to what the AMS officially
called 'spillage,' although they admitted
they know who's responsible for stealing a
portion of it.
"There [were] some phoney tickets and
some passing beer across the bar without
any tickets going on," AMS Programs director Pam Taigle told  The
Barbeque planners
usually count on about 10
percent spillage since kegs
often overflow when
they're tapped and a few
drinks normally disappear, AMS Business
Manager Bernie Peets
explained to council.
But about 22 percent of the alcohol at
this year's event was unaccounted for.
A Pit Pub staffer working at the event
caught students with fake beer tickets and
noticed some volunteer servers giving
drinks away for free, said Taigle.
And while neither Taigle nor AMS
President David Borins would say who was
caught, they did say the responsible parties
won't have to pay for the losses.
"We don't live in the real world, this is a
university. We're not going to get the cops
and arrest people and call lawyers," said
But they won't get off scot-free, either.
"I got an apology," Taigle said, "and they
agreed that they couldn't repay the funds but
they would be at my disposal for the school
year and help [Programs] out with certain
things like if I need loaders, some physical
labour, or if I need something done."
Poor attendance due to rainy weather,
combined with the lost alcohol, cost
Programs about $6000. This would have cut
deeply into Programs' already tight budget—cut by 17 percent this year—but Borins
said Friday the AMS will cover the loss.
"We're going to have to eat that loss and
we're going to look at better ways in the
future to monitor beer spillage at that barbeque," he told The Ubyssey.
Borins said the AMS will likely create a
'We're going to have to eat that loss
and we're going to look at
better ways in the future to monitor
beer spillage at that barbeque/'
David borins
AMS President
reserve fund from which one year's barbeque profit will cover another year's
"We're taking a very progressive
approach, we're going to look to the future
instead of just looking at the past—we had
talked about building this rainy day fund
next year and I said 'why not just do it this
year, because there's already enough pressure on programs as it is,'" Borins said.
Taigle said the people caught were likely
not the only ones stealing or giving away
drinks; both Programs and the AMS will
plan better to prevent such losses next year,
she added.
"We want to find the fine line where it's a
good party and everybody's having a good
time but nobody's taking advantage of anybody else." ♦
Personality, experience focus of sex study
by Andrea Spence
A recent UBC study seems to confirm the stereotype that men initiate sexual contact more often than
women do.
UBC Psychology Professor Paul
D. Trapnell said a study of 700
undergraduates at UBC found that
"even the most anxious depressive
women had just as much sexual
experience as the confident, calm
women." The same, he said, was
not true of men.
"Has there been as much
change in courtship behaviour as
we would anticipate from social
change," he wondered.
The intent of the study, conducted by Trapnell and partner
Cindy M. Meston, was to re-examine the general issue of how personalities contribute to differences in sexual experience.
"The students took home a
large questionnaire. They filled out
an hour long survey about their
own sexual life and sex history,"
Trapnell said. "I think everyone
felt reasonably comfortable disclosing things. The questionnaire
wasn't particularly intrusive."
Trapnell declined to reveal
actual questions from the survey.
"Conducting sex research is a sensitive thing and there are strong
differences in the community
about whether or not this type of
research should even be done.
Describing the questions may
sound worse than it appears to the
people taking the survey. If I even
mention the word masturbation
and that ends up in the media,
people get very upset."
Trapnell warned this was a
preliminary study, and said he
had some questions about the
results. Was everyone who filled
in a survey honest in their
"It is possible," he conceded,
"that the jerks are more motivated
than the 'nice guys' to exaggerate.
We did give everyone an accuracy
test but perhaps the aggressive
guys are more likely to be boastful."
Trapnell said he hopes his conclusions won't validate the social
stereotypes that pressure men to
be aggressive in order to gain sexual experience. "There are some bad
things that came out of this study,"
he said. "Stereotypes have a way of
confirming for shy people that
maybe they shouldn't try harder.
For nasty people, it's confirming
that this is the right way to behave."
Perhaps the most significant
part of the study, according to the
researchers, was the conclusion
that can be drawn about personality differences and long term relationships.
"What these findings suggest is
that there are two types of strategies for "success." You can have a
lot of partners or you can invest in
a relationship. The evolutionary
explanation for these findings suggests that one is not better than
the other," Trapnell said. "But
being a committed partner and
being invested in a family is a very
worthwhile endeavour." ♦ 2   THE UBYSSEY, OCTOBER 1, 1
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College bans student paper for fear
of offending government panel
by Stefan B. Walther and Ubyssey staff
THUNDER BAY (CUP)-Administrators at
Confederation College removed the latest issue
of the school's student paper from campus for
fear it would offend visiting dignitaries.
Administrators were angered at the
September 25 issue of The Talon, which
they said included explicit sexual material. The move came on the same day a
government panel on post-secondary
education visited the campus.
College President Roy Murray said
he was not impressed by the lax editorial policy of the student run newspaper
and would not condone such impudent,
controversial material on campus.
"We take full responsibility for this
action," Murray said. "This is not an issue
of censorship—it's a matter of discretion."
At issue is The Talon's third-ever issue,
which contains an article on hermaphrodites. Beside the article is a photo of a hermaphrodite with the caption "Chicks with
Dicks." The issue also includes a poem on
masturbation, and a column by "Happy
Harry Hard-On" testing and rating three
different brands of condoms with all the
accompanying details.
Murray vowed that, despite the ban
favours a free press.
"A student newspaper has the power to hit
the [school] government hard and to have an
impact. To just have shock value is not
appropiate," he added.
But The Talon's editor-in-chief, Blake
Crothers, disagreed.
"I consider The Talon as a mirror to society," he said. "It reflects what student's views
are. I just print them."
Crothers could not understand why the
college administration removed the issue
from the stands when the students pay in
part for the product through their student
activity fees. In an interview with The
Ubyssey, Crothers pointed out that to date
he's had 15 calls from students regarding the
issue, only two were complaints, however.
"As far as we were concerned we were getting pats in the back because people were
happy with [the issue]," he said.
With the kick of contention, The Talon has
benefitted from an increase in pickup and
readership—copies ofthe notorious issue are
The     Talon    replaced     Confederation
College's  former  student newspaper,   The
Future, last spring after its editor was
forced to resign due to allegations
she published libellous material.
With a new name and editor,
the student newspaper began a
new life last August with a mandate to emphasise humour and
off-the-wall commentaries.
"We have no plans to cancel or
censor [The Talon]," Murray said.
"We may have to force some discretion."
As to how that may be accomplished, Crothers wasn't sure.
"The newspaper is funded
solely by the students' activity
fee and from adverstising dollars. The student union is not
funded by the college's administration, so I really don't see how
they can force us," he said. "In
effect [the administration] is censoring us. They don't consider
that our newspaper was banned, but we
are not allowed to distribute throughout
the college, that's still being banned in
my eyes and in the eyes of other people."
But the administration, added Crothers,
has no plans to ban any future issues of The
Talon. ♦
A giant leap: astronauts land at UBC
by Irfan Dhalla
Thursday was an astronomically
busy day at UBC.
Two hours before sunrise, the
space shuttle Atlantis re-entered
the Earth's atmosphere, leaving a
fiery orange trail across the
Vancouver night sky. In the early
evening a spectacular lunar
eclipse graced the heavens.
And in between five astronauts
who took part in a shuttle mission
last summer—including Canadian
Robert Thirsk—spoke to a packed
Hebb theatre about their extra-terrestrial adventure.
"It's fantastic that UBC could
attract astronauts to take time out
of their schedule to talk to us,"
said Mechanical Engineering student Chris Hossie.
Thirsk, who was born in New
Westminster, studied mechanical
engineering at the University of
Calgary and at MIT, and then
received an MD from McGill. He
was a payload specialist on the
mission, helping with the 43
experiments on board.
At 17 days, the mission was
the longest shuttle mission ever.
The astronauts orbited the Earth
271 times at 28,000 kilometres
per hour, travelling a total distance of 11 million kilometres.
The crew studied "the adaptation of plants, animals and human
beings to the weightless environment of space," explained Thirsk.
A large portion of rest of the
astronauts' time was devoted
to daily exercises designed to
measure strength loss and
muscle performance in micro-
gravity conditions. The data
will be used to help astronauts
fight physical deterioration on
long missions—either to Mars
or on the planned International
Space Station.
As part of his personal
effects, Thirsk took up Bobby
Orr's 1970 Stanley Cup championship ring and jersey.
Thirsk said he wanted to pay
tribute to Bobby Orr, who he
claimed was "the greatest
hockey player that ever played
the game."
In response to a question,
Thirsk admitted trying to recreate
Bobby Orr's famous goal that won
the Boston Bruins the 1970
Stanley Cup. With no gravity and
crew member Richard Linnehan
to help, Thirsk joked, "it was actually quite easy."
A former UBC student will also
soon get a chance to join the
select group of Canadians to have
flown in space. Bjarni
Tryggvason, a UBC Engineering
Physics graduate (class of 1972),
has been in the astronaut training
program since 1983, and according to Thirsk, is tentatively scheduled to make his first shuttle
flight late in 1997 or early in
1998. ♦
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Sexual harassment policy
a no go at McGill
by Martha McDonald
MONTREAL (CUP)-It has been 10 years
since McGill University first attempted
to introduce a comprehensive sexual
harassment policy, but it could be years
before the university has one that works.
The university will have a Ml policy
only after a new "disciplinary procedures policy" becomes official and the
sexual harassment policy is revised for
To correct procedural weaknesses in
McGiH's ten-year-old sexual harassment
policy. Hie McGill Association of
University Teachers and McGill lawyers
have developed a new disciplinary procedures policy.
But the new policy still must clear
four separate levels of bureacracy before
becoming official.
Jacob Kalff, president of the teachers
association. Feels the discussion "has
gone on far too long.' He says the association is "really keen to get this out of
the way. We will be very happy if [the dis
cipiinary procedures policy] is passed
through [Senate]."
To assist complainants, the members of the university's sexual assault
centre created an Accompaniment
Team last year. Trained volunteers
educate themselves on McGill's sexual
violence policies to offer assistance
to anyone trying to navigate the
buTeacracy. ♦
Newfoundland natives upset by
gov't plan to tax development
by David Cochrane
ST. JOHN'S (CUP)-Native leaders in
Labrador are upset with government
plans to tax mining development on
their land
Daniel Ashini of Innu Nation said
recent comments made by
Newfoundland's Industry Minister were
inappropiate. On a visit to New York,
Chuck Furey said a tax on profits from
mining and natural resources development in the province is a possibility.
The tax was proposed in the wake of
the discovery of a massive nickel deposit
near Voisey's Bay in Labrador that has
the potential to become the largest nickel mine in the world.
The Sept 12 edition of The Globe
and Mail quoted Furey as saying
Newfoundland has the right to impose
the tax because the province is the actual owner of the land.
'We, file resource holders and owners, the people of Newfoundland and
Labrador...should have a right to tax the
profits when they grow way beyond capital cost recovery and a reasonable dividend for shareholders/ Furey said.
"Being a non-renewable resource,
we'd like to stake our claim too. We own
the property, we won the land."
Ashini takes exception with these
"These types of comments should not
be made by the Newfoundland government," Ashini said. "The land actaaUy
belongs to the Innu people."
"Whatever legislation is in place,
whatever constitution is in place that
Canada or Newfoundland claims takes
precedence over Aboriginal title is something we cannot accept."
The Innu feel that the pace of exploration and the immense pressure to
develop Voise/s Bay into a producing
mine is hurting the possibility of a fair
settlement of land negotiations.
'The position of the Innu Nation is
that there should be no development taking place in Labrador without the settlement of land rights between the governments of Canada and Newfoundland
and the government of the Innu
nation," Ashini said.
Currently 16,000 Innu live in eastern
Quebec and Labrador. The Innu claim
the territory as their natural homeland
and have opposed mineral exploration
and development in the area for years.
Furey did not return phone calls for
an interview. ♦
UBC PRESIDENT faced the press after the release of the McEwan report last year. At his suggestion, the university will be back discussing academic freedom in a conference to be held
at UBC next spring, ubyssey file photo
UBC to host conference
on academic freedom
by Chris Nuttall-Smith
When UBC holds a national conference on
academic freedom and inclusiveness this
April, students and staff can expect to be in
the national media spotlight. They can also
expect a good debate.
"I think the press are going to be keeping
an eye on this one, particularly because of the
events in political science and the McEwen
report, which have generated and driven this
issue to the front pages of many of the newspapers," UBC Vice-President for Legal Affairs
and conference organiser Dennis Pavlich said.
The National Conference on Academic
Freedom and the Inclusive University,
planned for April 10-12, will examine the values of inclusiveness and freedom from discrimination and their relationship to academic freedom.
"President Strangway suggested around
the time of the McEwen affair that there really should be a national conference dealing
with the issues [that came out of the Political
Science controversy] because these are
issues that are affecting universities all
across the country," said Pavlich.
The McEwen report found a basis for allegations of systemic racism and sexism in
UBC's graduate Political Science department.
Strangway followed the report's recommendations, including temporarily closing graduate admissions to the department, sparking
national debate over academic freedom and
Panelists and speakers will include:
• Bernard Shapiro, president of McGill
• Frederick Schauer, free speech specialist from the Kennedy School of Government
at Harvard University;
• Stanley Fish, Duke University professor
and author of "There's No Such Thing as Free
Speech, and it's a Good Thing Too."
• Judy Rebick, former National Action
Committee on the Status of Women president and CBC newsworld'Face-OfF host;
• Stan Persky, philosophy instructor from
Capilano College;
• JohnFekete, 'political correctness' opponent and Trent University professor;
• Margaret Wente, columnist for The
Globe and Mail;
Pavlich said the conference advisory committee, which he co-chairs, planned for a conference that will meet three goals: first, that
the issues are examined from a scholarly
point of view; second, that they are examined
largely in the context ofthe McEwen Report's
aftermath to increase relevance within the
UBC community; and third, that the conference is open to the public.
Another goal of the conference is to attract
the input of students, said Pavlich. There will
be a national competition for best student
essay on "Academic Freedom and the
Inclusive University" with a $1,000 prize.
The winner will also be asked to present their
essay at the conference.
Organisers said they hope some students
will attend the conference.
"We quite deliberately decided to hold the
conference at a time when graduate students, who are very much affected by these
issues, could play a full role," said Pavlich.
Panelist Judy Rebick said she is looking
forward to the conference. -
"I'm quite concerned about the issue, I've
done some writing and speaking about the
situation at UBC and I think there's a real
backlash on campus to things that were
accepted five or six years ago by people who
used to be progressive," she said.
Rebick taught at the University of Regina,
and said she was "shocked" by the way men
dominated academia. She said students
were afraid to speak out in most of their
"Students don't feel free to talk in class
now and it has nothing to do with feminism-
it has to do with a very authoritarian notion
of who the professor is and wanting to get
good marks and being afraid to challenge the
professor." ♦
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I want to have my cake
and to eat it too
by Janet Ip
Mid-Autumn Festival
Sept 27-29 at the Plaza of Nations
To my shock and disappointment, I could not
find a single moon cake this past Saturday
afternoon, halfway through the Mid-Autumn
Festival at the Plaza of Nations. Where were
the "Make Your Own Moon Cake" booths, as
advertised in the program? Where could I buy
one of those delicious Chinese desserts that
are as essential to the Chinese "Moon
Festival" as turkey is to Thanksgiving?
There was hardly a trace of Chinese culture
at the festival, which was supposed to commemorate an event in the Chinese calendar
that is second only to the Chinese New Year.
The enchanting legend of lost love on
which the festival is based had prepared me
for a culturally enlightening experience. The
legend describes how long ago, Hau Ngan, the
emperor's best archer, shot down nine of the
ten suns that revolved around the earth to
end a severe drought. The emperor rewarded
him with the bride Sheung Au, the most beautiful woman in the kingdom, and a monk
acknowledged his deed by giving him a magic
powder that would fly him to the moon and
make him immortal. One day, when a thief
tried to steal the powder, Sheung swallowed it
and flew to the moon. For the rest of his
nights, the heartbroken Hau Ngan looked for
her shadow in the sky, but could only see it
when the moon was full.
The Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th
day of the lunar calendar, when the moon is
at its largest and brightest. Traditionally, the
Chinese celebrate by spending time with their
loved ones and sharing special fresh fruits
and moon cakes.
Oddly enough, entering the gates of the
Plaza of Nations gave the impression of being
at the PNE; booths were lined row after row,
offering everything from burgers, fries and
"chicken in a pita" to beaver tails (an Ottawa
specialty?), sushi and, alas, corporate sponsors; the Avon cream counter seemed rather
out of place. The dance performance on stage
was yet another surprise, when young Chinese
ballet dancers appeared in pink tutus.
Outside, while massive line-ups awaited
their free boat ride on the Pride of Vancouver
ship, people were entertained by the most
bizarre show of the festival: a competition
between two rival lumberjacks (one named
"Big Ed"). This was more like a fair for
Chinese-Canadians than a commemoration of
Chinese legend and culture.
There were a few highlights. One booth
demonstrated the procedure of making "dragon beard" desserts (white cotton candy
wrapped around peanut and sugar), attracting long line-ups of customers. Another crowd
favourite demonstrated the formal tea-brewing ceremony, a graceful art which produces
tea so fragrant and flavourful it would convert
any coffee drinker. Nevertheless, these select
booths did not redeem the festival's commercial and westernized climate.
While the festival may have brought together many Chinese in Vancouver, it was a letdown for those who wished to experience the
Chinese culture. My suggestion to the latter:
wait for Chinese New Year on February 7, and
you will surely not be disappointed. ♦
Your soul ain't worth a dime Jack
Dimestore Hoods
- Dimestore Hoods [MCA]
Is there anybody out there in potential audience land who actually itfees being shouted at
by angry punk rockers and rappers? Not that
these guys don't have a damned good reason
for screaming. One need only contemplate
the sad and ever deteriorating state of North
America's inner cities, and the abject misery
that implies, to wanna do a bit of screaming
and shouting oneself.
The trouble is, such expressions of hurt and rage by bands like the Dimestore
Hoods don't accomplish anyfoing. This is particularly so when one considers
that most of these guys end up only shouting {or, in the case of some rap stars,
shooting) at each other. Basically, Dimestore Hoods are expending a great deal
of effort shouting at the converted.
In Latin America, the downtrodden impoverished masses don't waste their
time shouting about the shit they re living in — they try to change it, by armed
resistance if necessary.
Imagine that happening in North America. Y'know, tanks rumbling through
the city while snipers pick off scurrying rich pigs as they run for cover; not to
mention the fun Americans could have taking out wankstains like Bob (put 'im
on the) Dole and Newtered Whilegettingrich. Sounds kinda sweet to me. Come
on lads; get with the plan. Revolution's da solution.
- Andy Barham
Jacksoul - Absolute [BMC]
This is basically a Juno-nominated aphrodisiac for lovers and melancholic loners. The music has a groovy, underground soul-soaked touch. The album has a
mellow momentum and the curling rhythm is like a howling ponder on sexuality. The suggestive lyrics often get listeners captive in a Sax delirium, treading on
new sexual introspections. The musicianship of Jacksoul is a dynamic pseudo-
webbing one. If you play it, and you're with a partner, the room will be Med with
naughty ideas that could throw you off the couch and onto the floor or the
waterbed. All-in-all, this CD is an experimental one: losing the conventional and
traditional vocals in sensual music, and adding new groove to the definition of
Sax in the '90s. Although Jacksoul is classified under the acid jazz genre, it ought
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find out how they felt about transit cutbacks and
current services.
Over 72% of those surveyed reported that they had
been left behind because the buses were too full. 89%
also indicated that they had seen this happen to other
users and 60% found the buses to be unsafely crowded.
The survey also pointed out the deficiencies with the
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making students late for their classes.  One common
suggestion was to make the #41-Crown bus run all
the way to UBC to meet the high demands for transit.
The newly implemented 99 B-Line was also viewed
as an improvement to the overall service but it was
still noted as being very crowded during the morning
peak hours. Many users on Broadway were often
passed because the bus was too fulL And the comments
received DO NOT suggest that addition of the 99 B-
Line is enough to justify cutting back the frequency
of the #9.
More incentives are also needed to encourage students,
staff and faculty to use B.C. Transit more often. Of
This week celebrates Women's
Health Issues and Breast Cancer
Awareness Month. Please support
us by purchasing a pink ribbon.
All proceeds from our campaign
sales will be donated to raise funds
for Breast Cancer Research.
Organized by your AMS External
Commission. Should you have any
questions or would like to get
olved, please call 822-2050.
those surveyed, only 52% used a bus pass.
The AMS External Commission is committed towards more
lobbying efforts for improved B.C. Transit service to UBC.
If you have concerns about transportation to UBC, please
attend Your UBC Forum on Wednesday, October 2nd
between 12:30 and 2:00 pm in the SUB Conversation Pit.
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Sustainable Development Research Institute, Housing &
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by Wolf Depner
jewel with jerry joseph
Sept   25   at   Richard's   on
Critics have compared folk-
singer Jewel (last name, Kilcher)
to Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez and
Patsy Cline.
Bold comparisons indeed, but
by no means far-fetched.
Her platinum debut album
Pieces of You pays tribute to all
three legends in style and substance, if not in spirit.
Raised on a spartan farm near
Homer, Alaska, Jewel got her
start when she was six, touring
with her singer/songwriter parents as they played local bars.
After her parents divorced,
she continued to tour with her
father for seven years. She then
enrolled at a liberal arts high
school in Michigan.
After graduation, she headed
for her mother's adopted home
of San Diego to catch some sun,
fun and surf. There, she survived
by waiting tables and, in Jier
spare time, kept a journal while
she learned to play guitar.
But she soon felt constrained
by her low-paying job and the
social pressures that come from
living in southern California. So
she quit, moved into a van to
save rent, and focused on music.
To date she has written over
150 songs, very few of which
have been released.  In short.
Jewel is a musical enigma, albeit
a talented one.
And Pieces of You merely
hints at those talents. Last week's
sold-out show at Richard's on
Richards confirmed them.
She opened the hour-long solo
acoustic set with the soulful
'Pieces of You', but stopped
halfway through the song to poke
fun at Bon Jovi.
As if that wasn't enough,
Alanis Morrisette, Cranberries
lead singer Dolores O'Riordan
on the stage
and Carly Simon were also victims. And the Doc Martens
crowd loved every bit.
While the upbeat tune 'Race
Car Driver' and the wickedly
macabre love song 'God's
Private Gift to Women' showcased Jewel's songwriting talents, her voice took centre stage
when she performed the current
hit 'Save Your Soul', 'Little Sister'
and 'Angels Standing By'.
Blessed with a mile-long vocal
range, the 21-year-old Alaska
native can hold a divine note for
eternity, then tumble into a sudden, dark-blue funk only to
recover with ease and quirky
She concluded the main set
with a manic, five-minute yodel-
ing session that left her and the
audience gasping for air and
wanting more.
She responded with four
encores, including a haunting
rendition of 'Amen'.
While opening act Jerry
Joseph was no threat to up-stage
Jewel, he was nonetheless entertaining.
Performing barefoot, the
chrome-domed folk-singer from
Salt Lake City played for 30 minutes and impressed with gritty
lyrics and unconventional
But the night belonged to
Jewel and her wistful songs. ♦
Lock continues his exploration of dance
by Rachana Raizada
Edouard Lock is best known as the
driving force behind La La La
Human Steps, the company that
made waves in the dance world
through an aggressive physicality
and extreme loudness that were
once characterized as "rock and
roll visualized."
Now his latest creation Etude is
coming to Vancouver to be danced
en pointe by Les Grands Ballets
Canadiens as this season's first
presentation in Ballet BC's Dance
Alive Series.
Edouard Lock is so soft spoken
and polite when he talks that his
voice sounds oddly expressionless. Born in Casablanca, he has
lived in Montreal since the age of
three. He came to dance relatively
late in life, taking his first classes
around the age of 20. (His first
classes were in classical ballet
technique, but most of his training
has been in modern dance.) A few
years later he went on to establish
La La La Human Steps which created quite a reputation for itself
through pieces such as Human
Sex and a 1990 tour with David
Bowie. Last spring, La La La came
to Vancouver with a much darker
piece that dealt with aging and
The collaboration with Les
Grands Ballets marks the second
time that Lock has worked with a
ballet company (the first was with
the National Ballet of Holland).
Lock remarks that the creative
process is very different when
working with ballet, in terms of the
technique, preparation and the
length of time that goes into creating a work. Ballet companies typically invest five to seven weeks in
the creation of a piece whereas
modern dance companies can
often invest as much as five to
seven months. He says that the reason for this is that the technique of
ballet is much more defined. "The
original aspect of creation comes
not so much from altering the
types of movement themselves, as
from the juxtaposition of movements against each other."
Lock likens ballet to language.
"The language is stable, and while
a little creativity may be introduced through the creation of new
words, most of the creativity
comes from the new juxtaposition
of words, within an existing unity
of structure. With modern dance
though, the language is still being
When it comes to actual choreography in the studio, Lock, obviously fond of metaphors, compares it to being a writer. "When I
go into the studio, I have specific
movements in mind, the text is
mine." Although he agrees the creative process is somewhat collaborative he insists that it is not
improvisational. "If it were, I
would not be doing my job." The
dancer then becomes the person
who reads the text aloud. "The text
has to be humanized, personalized," Lock says. "The movement
has to go through someone's personality. The audience will have
no sense of me. I am speaking
through someone else."
Etude is danced to music that
Lock describes as "melancholy in
nature, with a strong minimalist
structure but functional in resonance." Composed by British jazz
and cabaret bassist Gavin Bryars,
'South Downs' and 'North Shore'
are two sister pieces, one a concerto for cello and piano, the other
a concerto for violin and piano.
Although it doesn't sound as if
this piece is going to be as
"extreme" or "violent" as some of
his other pieces, Lock denies that
he has lost his fascination with
speed. He is clear that highlighting line and form is something
which ballet does well, but he tries
to create something where such
measurement is not encouraged
by, for example, making shapes
occur on the periphery of hghting.
At the time of our interview, Lock
was still working on the lighting in
rehearsal. He is quite clear that he
does not want to idealize the
shape of a body or to dwell on it.
Dancing on point, according to
Lock, is a visual technique and is
interesting for the dynamics it can
impart to a dance. Although
pointe shoes have traditionally
been used in a romantic way, Lock
considers that to be more a product of the times than born from
the shoe itself. Lock seems to be
more concerned with the unro-
mantic aspects of toe shoes, their
dry dynamics and their ability to
impart a more abstract perception
of the body.
Lock was invited to work with
Les Grands Ballets (which is also
based in Montreal) by its artistic
director, Lawrence Rhodes. The
last time Les Grands Ballets came
to Vancouver, they had a very
Dutch-influenced program which
was new to Vancouver audiences.
This time the mosaic has been further enriched. Lock's work will be
seen in the company of Sinfonietta
by Jiri Kylian, artistic director of
the Nederlands Dance Theatre,
and Perpetuum by Ohad Naharin.
The former piece was created in
1978 and is danced to music by
Leos Janycek, and the latter to
music byjohann Strauss. ♦
Faculty of Arts
The call for nominations for student representatives to the Faculty of
Arts has resulted in the following constituencies being filled by
Anthropology & Sociology Kim Yee
Asian Studies Jennie Chen
Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies Kaaren Vlug
French Stephanie Vyas
Library, Archival and Information Studies Ftian Misfeldt
Psychology Robyn Quick
There will be an election for members of the Women's Studies
constituency on Wednesday, October 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to
4:00 p.m.
Ballots will be available at the Women's Studies Program Office,
1896 East Mall.
Neil Guppy,
Associate Dean
Faculty of Arts
1996 Speech/Essay Contest
represent Canadian students at
the annual International Speech Festival in Peru
winner travels to Peru.
Second to Fifth Place winners receive $500 - $100 scholarships
Must be landed immigrant, or Canadian
[-Only those in Senior Category (19-25) may
win 1st prize
-Junior Category is 16 - IX years old
-Must a write an essay roughly 800 words
in length, about an issue or event in your
life that you overcame, and how it made
you a better person
-Entry deadline is Oct. 31.1996
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GateOne campus christian forum
True Identity:
How Do You Know Who I Am?
Speaker: Dan Williams
Special Music, Drama, Video, Cafe afterwards
Sunday, Oct 6, 7:30 PM
Regent College (University Blvd/Wesbrook Mall)
Within these 130 new works, Bateman explores
Canada's West Coast, the High Arctic, the Central
American Rainforest and Africa's Serengeti Plain.
A treat for both art and nature enthusiasts.
Book signing to follow. Free admission. For more information call
UBC Bookstore at 822-2665
The Faculty of Science Presents
A lecture Series
for AIL Science
It's new and it's for you!
A sea monster
a day
awake < i
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of  discovery:
Cryptozoology ("sea monsters")
and other Examples"
A Science  Mrxt i Lecture  by
Dr. Paul LeBlond
Department of F.arth and Ocean Sciences
■ Thursday, 3 October 1996
• 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
• IRC Lecture Hall 6
Questions? Call 822-9876
The Film Festival starts in three
days, so here's a few early bird tips
More tragedy than you
can shake a leek at
by Richelle Rae
"Iks Oct 15 1 :©@pm Wan Ctr
Fr CM is 2:30pm Plaxa
Karl Francis' Streetlife is like a good Christmas present: carefully thought-out beautifully packaged, and you didn't know
you needed it until it was given to you. It is a story about Jo, a
single mother from Wales who is struggling to change her life
despite all the obstacles thrown her way. And the script is jam-
packed with them: poverty, a heroin-addicted sister, a married
lover, an abusive father, her seriously ill mother and an unexpected pregnancy.
In the beginning ofthe film, Jo (Helen McCrory) seems to be
overcoming her tumultuous past as she moves into her own
apartment and begins college. These scenes are filled with
hope and humour as we see Jo outwitting the social system and
her father, taking on various odd jobs to make ends meet.
Things don't stay rosy for long, as the wheel of fortune takes a
different spin and Jo becomes pregnant. Her world crashes
around her: Kevin leaves, her mom is hospitalised, her father
molests her daughter, her sister is on the run from the cops
and the pregnancy has progressed beyond the point where it is
legal to have an abortion. She decides to have the baby in
secret, euthanise it, then come home and tell everyone she had
an abortion. The rest of the film focuses on the repercussions
of her decision, and that is when the film really picks up speed.
It isn't just the script that makes this film so good, nor even
the great performances; it is Francis' instinctual direction that
gives the film its depth. This film is a wonderful human story
that, although slick and Hollywood happy, still delivers in a
way that a big production never could. ♦
A documentary so good,
it'll kill ya
 by Robin Yeatman
Parabise Lost: The Chile AtSukdeks at Robin Hood Hslls
Fr del 4 3:3>£l|»i Cinematheque
M& Get 1 9:00pm Ridge
Its Oct 10 12:30pm ftobscn
Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's documentary Paradise
Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills examines the horrifying tragedy that took place in West Memphis, Arkansas
where three eight-year-old boys were brutally murdered. As
would be expected, the community was grieved and outraged,
and wanLed justice. When 17-year-old Jessie Misskelley delivered a clear confession to the police, the case seemed cut and
According to his confession, Jessie and his friends Jason
Baldwin, 16, and Damien Echols, 18, murdered the boys as a
part of a satanic ritual. West Memphis wanted the boys to pay
for their crime.
However, as the story unfolds, what seems to be an airtight
case no longer appears to be infallible. Could Misskelley, with
an IQ of just 72, have been bullied or led to make a false con-
SOME KINDA FESTIVAL: Life after God with the Japan-X crowd in Some Kinda Love, one of the many films you can catch at this
year's Vancouver International Film Festival.
fession? Can a court convict the three boys without substantial
physical evidence?
It is true that the boys wear black, listen to heavy metal
music and practice Wicca. Damien Echols is also acquainted
with the writings of famous satanist Aleister Crowley. At first,
my response was, "Of course they're guilty, let them burn in
Hell." I soon learned that my reaction was not unlike most of
the West Memphis people. The public had made up their
minds before the trial even started.
One reason why this film is so effective is that we are shown
every possible side to the story. We see public and private
moments of the prosecution and the defense, parents of the
victims and the accused, and, of course, the accused themselves, all in a respectful, non-biased manner.
I left the theatre realising how difficult the jury's decision
must have been. Although my opinion was not changed completely, it was most definitely challenged. It's a powerful, dramatic film, and I guarantee it will leave you speechless. ♦
Some kinda what?
by Richelle Rae
Scss«e Kinda Love fMR&N)
"tu Oct S 16:i@*s» Van Ctr
Ss £bet 12 O:30piiiti Ksinsess
Some Kinda Love is the kind of movie that reminds you that
the human experience is not exclusive to North America.
Shunichi Nagasaki uses modern urbanjapan to show a side of
Japan that few Westerners realise exists.
We are introduced to three characters: Ansai, Shibata and
Kiriko, each one meant to represent a certain type of modern
Japanese. Ansai is a secret novelist who works in a position at
city hall that is unsatisfying and futureless, if relatively secure.
Shibata, Ansai's college friend, is an ambitious land developer,
willing to break the rules and do anything it takes to become
Added perks of the Vancouver Film Fest
 by Richelle Rae
Well it's that time ofthe year again: it's
film festival time and Vancouver is
going to be hit with a spree of international films and all the perks that come
with hosting this kind of event. One of
the perks, or quirks depending on how
you look at it, is that these films will be
accompanied by actual filmmakers. If
you are even remotely interested in biting off a piece of the entertainment
industry pie, now is the time and place
to get involved. The Vancouver Film
Festival has events aimed at pleasing
and informing film keeners.
The first is the Trade Forum from
October 9 to 11, a convention that has
discussion panels geared mostly for
those who are not new to the industry,
with a few exceptions, including one
panel hosted by Gus Van Sant and the
panel that discusses "Tricks of the
The tickets to these events are not
cheap, ranging from $255 to $500
depending on how receptions and parties you want to attend. Individuals
tickets to the seminars cost $35 each.
The other event of importance is the
New Filmmakers Day on October 12,
designed to provide insight, information, and inspiration (not to mention
possible industry connections) to all
film industry newcomers. Keynote
speakers will be Norman Jewison and
Bruce McDonald. The tickets for this
event are little more reasonably priced
for you people on a budget: a pass is
$60, which includes access to all the
New Filmmakers'Day sessions and an
. invitation to the reception following the
To purchase tickets in advance you
can call th Festival Box Office 685-8297
or you can purchase the tickets in person aL the Pacific Cinematheque or
Rogers Video at Broadway & Arbutus.
Programs for the Festival and Trade
Forum are available at the UBC
Bookstore for $2 each. ♦
an economic success. Kiriko is beautiful, bored and alcoholic.
And, unfortunately, that is all we ever really discover about
her. Each character desperately wants more than the traditional Japanese society has allotted them.
Using the love triangle formed between the three characters, Nagasaki attempts to show how Japanese society is struggling to redefine itself in terms of success> love and faith. One
ofthe best moments in the film is when all three characters go
to the countryside in search Of something to believe in, and
Kiriko chooses UFOs. Yes, Douglas Coupland, it appears that
modern Japan is a godless nation too.
This film does reveal a national identity crisis at the peak of
Japan's economic boom, but what it doesn't do is show what
the future has in store for this new emerging Japan. Nagasaki
is great at posing questions but rotten at providing
answers to them. I know that life doesn't come with pat
answers and solutions, but it does have resolutions and
this film is terribly lacking in them. Despite the solid performance by the ensemble cast, the film could still use a
little less aimless roving over the countryside and a little
more plot. A half hour more of solid dialogue wouldn't
hurt either. ♦
Football of dreams
 by Robin Yeatman
Saba's Jooenet: Aim African Pkems (France/Senegal)
Fr Oct 4 7:00pm Van Ctr
Sis Oct S 1ffi:30am ftefesois
Christine Eymeric's film tells of the rise and fall of a
dream as experienced by a young Senegalese, Baba
(Momar Diawala). Baba wants only one thing in life: to be
a professional soccer (or, rather, football) superstar. His
father scoffs, but through the touching support of his
mother, his own unrelentless perseverance and, perhaps
most of all, his spiritual connection with dead Uncle
Sega, Baba pursues his dream.
We are told from the beginning that Sega is no longer
living, but he spends most ofthe film walking and talking
among the other characters as a living, breathing human
being. Apparently it is congruous with Benegalese spiritualism for the spirits ofthe dead to come and go as they
please, often visiting relatives and friends.
Baba has talent and is recognised by coaches from different teams. He has his big chance to play in France,
which gets his entire village (even his father) celebrating.
After a series of events, in which Sega is most instrumental, Baba finds himself in France where he tells his
family of all his successes in the sports world. However,
while dream and reality are not necessarily the same
thing, Baba's dedication is both inspiring and disheartening.
Set mainly in Senegal, this window into village life is
full of colour and sound. The traditional African music is
also very beautiful, and adds to the film's spiritual atmosphere. ♦
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And we always need people to cover the usual books, CDs, concerts, plays and movies.
Culture Department meetings are Tuesdays at 1:30 pm. Come by The Ubyssey at SUB 241K.
October 4 through 20, 1996 • BCTel Film Festival Hotline 685-8352
Lumiere and Company (France/
Spain/Sweden, 90 min.) Sarah
Moon has overseen an entertaining
tribute to the pioneers of cinema,
the Lumiere brothers. Entrusted with
the Lumiere's restored camera, 39
of the world's best directors have produced 52-second single-take "actu-
alites," variously profound, fascinating, comical, beautiful and banal,
and woven together with the directors' comments on the project and
the future of cinema.
Mon, Oct 7, 7:00pm <5> Caprice
Fri, Oct 11, 2:00pm @ Van Centre
Drawing Flies (Canada, 76 min.)
"Go west young man..." takes on a
new meaning in this stylish, darkly
funny and confident ensemble piece
set in BC and made by Matt Gissing
and Malcolm Ingram. It tells the story
of five young, smart Ontario expats-
part of the new "lost generation" of
the 1990s-who come west in
search of unfathomable truths, good
times and welfare cheques-and end
up searching for Bigfoot.
Fri, Oct 11, 7:00pm @ Ridge
Sat, Oct 19, 2:15pm @ Robson Sqr
Hype! (USA, 84 min.) "Superb
sound and image quality and a
complex, intelligent perspective
help make [Doug Pray's film] an
engaging as well as thoughtful
chronicle of the Seattle rock scene
during its decade-long rise to
worldwide influence." - Variety.
Featuring Soundgarden, Pearl
Jam, Nirvana, Mudhoney, the
Posies, the Young Fresh Fellows,
7 Year Bitch and many others.
Thu, Oct 17, 9:30pm @ Ridge
Sun, Oct 20, 2:30pm @ Plaza
Saint Clara (Israel, 85 min.) A seriously twisted and sweetly surreal
film, Ori Sivan and Ari Folman's
impressive directorial debut tells the
tale of a 13-year-old Russian immigrant who must choose between her
first love and supernatural powers.
An energetic mix of sublimated urges,
bold colours, near-future fashions, an
extraordinary teenage cast and an
impressive pop soundtrack capture
adolescence with wise wit and charm.
7ue, Oct 8, 9:30pm @ Caprice
Thu, Oct 10, 2:00pm @ Van Centre
Kids Return (Japan, 107 min.)
Kitano "Beat" Takeshi's biggest ever
hit in Japan, Kids Return tracks two
high-school drop-outs in their quests
for face and status in the worlds of
yakuza gangs and pro boxing.
Harder, funnier and more realist than
Violent Cop and Sonatine, it's the
most impressive film yet from the
Thu, Oct 10, 7:00pm' <3> Robson Sqr
Sat, Oct 12, 4:00pm @ Ridge
'Discussion w/ Mr. Kitano after show
Some Kinda Love (Japan, 94
min.) Some Kinda Love centres on
two men caught between adolescence and middle age and the
smart young woman who puts
both of them through an emotional
assault course. VIFF favourite
Nagasaki Shunichi finesses a light,
comic surface with a dark undertow ... and there's an ace cameo
from Tetsuo director Tsukamoto
Shinya as a town hall planner.
Tue, Oct 8, 10:00pm @ Van Centre
Sat, Oct 12, 12:30pm @ Robson Sqr
Cold Fever (Iceland/USA, 83 min.)
A contagious mix of deadpan
humour and spiritual trek, Fridrik
Thor Fridriksson's (Children of
Nature) road movie stars Japanese
movie and pop star Masatoshi
Nagase (best known here for his
ultra-cool role in Jarmusch's
Mystery Train) as an executive who
spends his one week vacation traversing Iceland in the dead of winter in an attempt to find his parents'
place of death ... Lili Taylor co-stars.
Mon, Oct 7, 7:00pm @ Ridge
Wed, Oct 9, 4:30pm @ Van Centre
Palookaville (USA, 93 min.)
Set in a decaying New Jersey,
this a warmhearted, comic story
about three lifelong friends who |
turn to petty crime in an attempt §
to pull themselves out of the |
economic depression that sur- 1
rounds them. Winner of the Venice |
Film Festival prize for first features, 1
Alan Taylor's whimsical and idio- S
syncratic film is loosely based |
on short stories by Italo Calvino. I
Fri, Oct 4, 2:00pm @ Van Centre |
Sat, Oct S, 9:30pm @ Van Centre J
Theatres: Caprice, Cinematheque, Plaza, Ridge, Robson Square & Vancouver Centre.
Tickets: Pacific Cinematheque & Rogers Video (Broadway & Arbutus).
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300 Films from 50 Countries 8   TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1996
Birds pounce on Cougars
CHRIS KERR starts the rush in UBC's first home series, two exhibition games
against the Mount Royal College Cougars, richard lam photo
by Normie Chan
The Puck Birds swept up the Mt. Royal College
Cougars in a two-game exhibition series this weekend. They beat the Cats by scores of 4-2 and 5-4.
After losing last year's two top scorers Doug Ast
and Matt Sharrers, the wins should help build confidence heading into the regular season.
"Mount Royal is a quality team, and these were
big wins," said Head Coach Mike Coflin, who
signed a three-year contract extension in the summer to remain behind the Birds' bench.
"Although we played well in Alberta, we needed
some victories to allow the new players on our
team the chance to be successful," he added.
Saturday's game-winner came midway through
the final period. With the score tied 2-2, pmching
defenceman Tim Davis took a Brad Edgington
pass and blasted it from the right face-off circle
through the five-hole of Cougar goalie Paul
Captain Edgington then iced the win on a
empty-net goal with eleven seconds left.
The Puck Birds came out flying in Saturday's
game and generated two early two-on-ones, but
failed to convert.
UBC opened the scoring when Gunnar
Henrikson, standing all alone in the slot, buried
Frank Crosina's pass out of the corner. Cougar
goalie Paul Klemke had made a brilliant save on
Crosina's blast moments before, but had no
chance on Henrikson's goal.
With UBC short-handed most of the second
period, goalie Matt Wealick was sensational. But
the Cougars eventually tied the game midway
through the second period on Jason Sorochan's
power-play marker.
The Birds regained the lead 22 seconds into the
third when Cal Benazic finished off a three-on-two
situation. With the goal, UBC gained momentum
and controlled play throughout the third period.
While the Cougars tied the game on another
power-play, the Birds persisted and were rewarded by Tim Davis' game-winner.
While Saturday's contest was played with high
tempo and skill, Sunday's re-match turned out to
be a physical game won by UBC in thrilling fashion on Gunnar Henrikson's late third period goal.
Digging the puck out ofthe corner, Henrikson carried it out front and flipped it into the top corner.
Sunday's game was also marred by a serious
head injury to UBC's Trevor Shoaf in the second
The Birds got off to a bad start, trailing 2-0
early in the second period.
But Ryan Douglas and Gunnar Henrikson tied
the game heading into the third period with
power-play markers.
Steve Williams' break-away goal at 8:03 mark
in the third period then gave the Birds a shortlived 3-2 lead. But the Cougars replied only 74 seconds later.
Pavel Suchanek's power-play tally gave UBC the
lead again. But Cougar Jason Sorochan's weak
back-hand shot tied the game with just over four
minutes left, before Henrikson scored the game-
winner at 18:43.
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T-Bird women's rugby 2nds: trying hard
LAURA SALMON makes a break with the ball Sunday morning. She left the game early
after suffering an injury, richard lam photo
by Sarah Galashan
It was a hard fought, hard hitting game and
the UBC women's rugby team got down
and dirty.
Losing 10-30 to the Abbotsford Rugby
Club, the Birds fought hard till tlie end,
exemplifying great support and teamwork.
Trys by Kerry Novak and Laura Salmon
kept the score tied for the first half, bul.
strong efforts from Abbotsford lost it for
the Birds in the second.
Injuries to three UBC players, including
the scrum-half, gave the upper hand to
their opponents. It was a break which
Abbotsford's Margaret Eyers, Maureen
Eyers and Angie Carrey took full advantage
Sunday's game was played by the 2nds
team, made primarily of first-time players
and others who have played in high-
"Its just a matter of working together
and gelling used to one another as a
team...We've only been practising for the
last two weeks really," said Head Coach
Heather Miller, of improving the 2nds' performance.
"Most of the [varsity] team are back
from last year, so we'll build on what they
already know."
Women's Rugby currently has about 60
participants and accepts all first time players.
"Being at UBC everybody has exams or
work, so we need a lot of people," Miller
told the The Ubyssey. "We've got the ability,
I think we'll get there," she said.
Included in this year's team strategy is a
rugby play termed boosting. For this spectator-thriller the tidiest member of the second row is hoisted up to catch tlie on-coming ball during a line-out. One might mistake it for the beginning of a cheerleader's
pyramid, if immediately afterwards the
opposing team wasn't allowed to pummel
the woman to the ground.
The play is new to women's ruby this
year, but has been used by the men for
years. ♦
T-Birds corral Bisons to go 2-2
Four games into the season, UBC's special
teams have been ordinary at best. But they
came through in a 17-14 win over the
Manitoba Bisons Saturday night.
Both T-Bird touchdowns were set up by
brilliant special team plays and with the
score tied at 14 14 late in the fourth quar
ter, rookie place kicker Jamie Boreham
kicked an 18-yard field goal to lift the Birds
to victory.
"He put through in a pressure situation
when we really needed it and I am really
happy for him," said UBC Head Coach Casey
Going into the game, Boreham had struggled, but wasn't nervous before the kick.
"Hopefully putting this one through is a sign
of things to come," he said.
The winning kick was set up by a defensive stand near midfield. With the ball at
Manitoba's 40 yard line, the Bisons gambled on 3rd down and one, but failed to convert.
Manitoba's gamble backfired, and the
Birds' offense put together a time-consuming drive to Manitoba's 12-yard line before
by Wolf Depner     Boreham stepped onto the field to seal the
The drive's highlight was Mark Nohra's
run up the middle to convert a 3rd down
and three situation into a first down.
The opening quarter was a non-event as
neither team was able to sustain long drives.
The Birds drew first blood after a high
snap gave Paul Girodo time to run around
the end and block a Bison punt. The ball
was recovered by Chris Lennon who
returned it deep into Manitoba territory,
which set up a two yard Nohra touchdown.
After a Manitoba turnover midway
through the second quarter, UBC had
chance to increase its lead, but Nathan
Ngieng's ten-yard field goal attempt was
Dino Camparmo's 56-yard punt return
to Manitoba's 24-yard line late in the second quarter gave the Birds excellent field
position. And UBC capitalised as Jason Day
scored on a three-yard quarterback sneak
with 16 seconds left in the half.
But the Bisons charged back in the second half, led by highly mobile quarterback
Chris Hardy.
Aided by questionable officiating, they
got on the board midway through the third
quarter. They evened the score early in the
fourth quarter when Hardy walked into the
end zone untouched on a two-yard run, capping a 10-play, 70-yard drive.
"They came back in the second half and
played pretty good," Smith said.
"Offensively we couldn't seem to get things
"[We were] cutting it close again, like
always" said Nohra, who ran for 195 yards
and one touchdown on 22 carries. "We
needed this game badly and we showed a
lot of heart winning it at the end, but we've
got to play better on offense."
Following Boreham's late field goal
which put UBC up 17-14, the Bisons had
one last possession. But Hardy was unable
to rally his troops, throwing three straight
incompletions to end the game.
With the win, the Birds even their record
at 2-2 and are still very much alive in the
hunt for a Canada West playoff spot. Their
next test comes against the Saskatchewan
Huskies his week.
The 0-4 Bisons are all but out of the
playoffs. ♦
The men's soccer team ron&ues to
ro! along. With consecutive 2-1 away
wins over the Lefjibridge Fronghorns and
Calgary Dinosaurs, UBC's Canada West
record now stands at 4-1, good enough
for top-spot in Jse Canada West. Ken
Strain had two goals over the weekend
while Troy Wood and Chris Franks scored
a pal eaeii
Meanwhile, tlie women s team comes
back from Alberta with a mixed 11
record. The She-Birds defeated
Lethbridge 2-0 with goals coming from
Tammy Crawford, her first ofthe season,
and Brandy Heatherington.
Tbe She-Birds, however, were shut out
the next night losing 3-0 to Canada West
favourites Calgary Dinosaurs. UBC's
record now stands at 2-1-1. good enough
for second place. The She-Birds will face
SFU Tuesday at Swangard Stadium; kick-
off is 7:00 pm.
TAMING A CHARGING BISON. UBC's defence held off Manitoba's third down and short gamble late in the
game, before kicking a late field goal to win 17-14. scott hayward photo
T-Bird came file: Mark Norha
Total carries
Total yards rushing      Longest single gain
22 195 58
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Dr. Linda Hutcheon is the leading Canadian scholar on postmodernism.
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October I, 1996 • volume 78 issue 8
Editorial Board
Coordinating Editor
Scott Hayward
Ian Gunn and Sarah O'Donnell
Peter T. Chattaway
Wolf Depner
Federico Araya Barahona
Richard Lam
Joe Clark
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reflect the views of The Ubyssey
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Neal Razzel apologises, Stephen
Samuel typesets, Andrea Spence
drives home, Chris Nuttall-Smith
boasts, Irfhan Dhalla navigates,
Sarah Galashan sings "Grease,"
Wolf Depner moves, Normie Chan
body checks, Sabina Praseuth
shoots, Richard Lam develops,
Andy Barham incites, Wah-Kee
Tim hangs out, Nick Boton scans,
Janet Ip dragon races, James
Rowley reads, Richelle Rae gets
new glasses, Rachana Raizada
dances, Jamie Woods embezzles,
Paul Kamon shoots too, Emily
looks on, Federico Barahona rants,
Nina Greco types, Stanley Tromp
sues back, Robin Yeatman raves,
Peter Chattaway laments, Sarah
O'Donnell whines, Ian Gunn
sniffs, Scott Hayward goes on a
tangent, Joe Clark image-sets...
Workers of the world untie!!!!
We say: for glass struggle against the butchers! !! We say: for the establishment of an united syndicate of socialist university administrative collectives!!!
Now, the time has come for the butchers to
pay for the bloodshed committed against the
shattered innocence of the working glass.
Mickey Mouse your time has come—watch
your head as it becomes impaled; displayed
in front of the long hungry masses.
Bourgeois dreams at once beheaded!!!
We believe: "In the aftermath of the
destruction of the Moviet Onion-a degenerated workers state—the imperialist rulers
around the world see nothing standing in the
way of their system of unbridled exploitation,
poverty and war."
Disneyland will burn in the workers'
flames—no longer able to impose its racist
death penalty, nothing more than legalised
capitalist illegal lynchings: Donald Duck finally drowned in his own decrepit diatribe.
Disney's distinguished legacy gone dizzy,
drunk with the dastardly dogs of destruction,
the Stalinist devils!!!
In this white supremacist society, we have
allowed the running dog imperialist cowards
and capitalists (usually the same thing!!!) to
butcher and sever the socialist dream. As
rivalries between the competing imperialist
powers increase internationally, the racist
rulers wage war against the working glass,
the poor, young people, immigrants and
native people at home and rain cruise mis-
siles down on abroad. No more!!! Mickey
Mouse, how do you feel now?
Down with you, lecherous bourgeoisie!!!
Down with the oil cheeks, emirs, and military
strongmen, den of thieves.
We fight to build a revolutionary internationalist workers parry to overthrow the imperialist rulers and win students to the side of
the international working glass and to
become active artisans—in its struggles
against the imperalist bombers who starve
the poor!!! Shirkers convolution is what we're
For our integrity and yours: Know that
your time has come!!!
Workers ofthe world untie! You have nothing to lose but the brains which chindyou!!!!
tz: j
Agree to disagree
We must agree with AMS
President, David Borins that
"revenue placed in a fund is... so
it cannot be spent on purposes
other than what was originally
intended" as he stated in his letter of 27 September. It is for
similar reasons we could not
vote in favor of the AMS budget
submitted to council last
Wednesday (Sept. 25). Indirectly
this budget approves of the
spending of money from the
Capital Projects Acquisition Fund
(CPAC) for student government
operations. CPAC was originally
approved in a student referendum for the purposes of building
renovations. Everyyear students
each contribute $ 15 to this fund.
No provision was made for this
years payment towards the purchase of a ballot counting
machine other than from the
CPAC Fund as has been recommended by the AMS Budget
Committee. It is of no consolation that the AMS has a long history of raiding this fund.
We also disagreed with
Council's decision to bank the
majority of the $25,000
Innovative Project Fund (IPF)
payment reduction that the
University agreed to last week.
This deferment of the IPF payment was presumably done to
save AMS services at threat. It is
therefore unacceptable for the
AMS to keep this money in the
bank while making dramatic cuts
to AMS Programs and CiTR.
In the future we hope that
AMS Council will keep in mind
the purposes for which student
money has been allocated.
Tara Ivanochko.
AMS Councillor
Michael Hughes.
AMS Councillor
Honesty is not dead
I'd like to take this opportunity to
share an experience that recently
happened to me that shows there
are still people out there who are
trustworthy and honest. As the
treasurer of one ofthe AMS clubs
on campus, I recently went to
make a deposit at the AMS business office, but upon arriving
noticed I didn't have the three
hundred and fifteen dollars in
cash with me. Assuming I left the
money at home, which was identically paper clipped and in a
plain white envelope with no
identification to whom it
belonged, I frantically searched
my room, turning desks and
tables over searching for the
envelope of money, but to no
avail. The next day at the university I found out someone had
found the envelope at Copyright
in the SUB, and they returned the
money completely as they found
I would like to thank this individual from the bottom of my
heart for returning this significant amount of money. It certainly shows there are honest
and trustworthy people out
Kirk Deutschmann
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Warning against
The mere idea to change municipal politics by instituting a "ward
system " is a threat to democracy.
This can only polarize the way in
which a City is run. Would a ward
system increase voter turnout?
We doubt it. Would a ward system
increase apathy so that people
would waste their vote, as they do
in provincial and federal elections? We think so, as many people already vote for pragmatic
parties to avoid "splitting the
A ward system will cause that the
vote of thousands will not be
heard. The "Winner Take All" in
every ward will throttle public
opinion as it happens in provincial and federal politics. The present system for municipal elections, in which every vote counts
towards electing a municipal
Council, is fair in that it creates a
levei playing field which is sadly
missed in the other types of elections. Even with the system we
have, only 27% of voters cast
their ballots in the Township of
Langley in 1993.
More and more people have
begun to see that Canada can only
survive if we are bold enough to
scrap the First-Past-The-Post system and replace it with a system
that embodies proportional representation principles, for both
the House of Commons and the
Legislature. CFER has been working hard to educate the public
about MMP, the Mixed Member
Proportional system that will be
used in New Zealand in a few
weeks. Instituting wards for
municipal elections, with First-
Past-The-Post, would be running
Jacob A. de Raadt
Campaign for Electoral Reform
What a compliment?
I truly value your informative editorials on the AMS budget. As
members that contribute $39.50
to the revenue of the AMS it is
essential to know how those funds
are being spent. However, I would
appreciate significantly more if
you devoted an equal or more
amount of journalistic energy and
space questioning the university's
General Purpose Operating
Budget; a budget towards which
every 30-credit program student
contributes $2295.00 or about 58
times the AMS fee.
continued on page 11 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1996
Should racism be barred from the Bard?
Vancouver playwright
Mark Leiren-Young
tackles anti-semitism
and censorship in his
latest piece, Shylock.
by James Rowley
Oct 3-4 at the Frederic Wood Theatre
In a photo displayed in the theatre
lobby, Mark Leiren-Young's T-shirt
depicts a scene from Hamlet—Dr
Seuss style. His answering
machine speaks of Frasier star
Kelsey Grammar re-entering the
Betty Ford clinic because, "sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name." When
The Ubyssey caught up with him in
a Broadway coffee bar he had—
printed across his chest and partially hidden by his (head) hair—
the words, "There's something in
my library to offend everybody."
That may be true, but the young
playwright seems to let his writing
(and his clothing) do the biting.
"I'm by far the shyest of the
three people involved with this
show" he says, referring to director
John Juliani and actor John Berner.
A former Ubyssey staffer himself
in the early '80s, Leiren-Young is
now a widely published freelance
journalist, in addition to his play-
Shylock, which premiered at
Bard on the Beach this summer, is
the story of a Jewish actor who is
accused of anti-Semitism by his
own community for his portrayal
of Shakespeare's (in)famousjew in
The Merchant of Venice. His character, Jon Davies (played by
Berner) emerges for a "talk-back"
session with the audience of the
final showing of Merchant which
closed early due to public outrage.
But it's he who talks back; describing his ordeal and refusing to apologise for his performance or the
The inspiration for Shylock was
Leiren-Young's "weird" experience
with his CBC Radio play, Dim sum
"It was written as an anti-racist
play," he says, and initially it was
received as such. In addition to the
local theatre companies who wanted to stage it, he says, multi-cultural organisations across Canada
wanted to use it for educational
purposes, school teachers wanted
to use it and university teachers
wanted to teach an episode to their
colleagues, "so they'd know how to
be sensitive in a multi-cultural
The CBC decided to pull one of
the episodes, "on the grounds that,
quote,' It might be perceived to be
racist'" and, when they re-broadcast all five in response to accusations of censorship, they separated
them by a week. "They pulled it out
of context," he says, describing how
"the play had been condemned"
before the fifth episode could air,
which resolved the tension that had
peaked in episode four.
MARK LEIREN-YOUNG refuses to shy away from Shakespeare.
Shylock takes the position that
no work should be banned simply
because it is offensive to a particular group—even a group he
belongs to. "I'm Jewish; I didn't
feel comfortable watching Merchant of Venice. It is not comfortable to sit there and hear Jew' and
'Devil' used repeatedly as interchangeable terms," Leiren-Young
Yet he supports anyone who
questions a company's choice of
play, particularly when it knows
people will be offended by it. "You
can't just say, 'this should be done
because it's Shakespeare.'"
Written at the time Marlowe's
The Jew of Malta was, "rakin in the
bucks for the nastiestjew on stage"
Leiren-Young says the goal of
Merchant was not to make people
feel, "warm and fuzzy about Jews."
"The whole history of the
English 'stage Jew' was 'here's
your stock, evil character. Every
era has their safe stereotype."
Sensitive about Old Bill, I ask
him whether its possible
Shakespeare was pitting two
groups his audience hated, Jews
and Catholics, against each other;
fore-grounding the folly of judging
by appearances when the Prince
of Morocco proves himself the
most noble of Portia's suitors; and
weaving these elements (and
homophobia) into the form of a
romantic comedy to undermine
that genre.
While interested to hear mercantile Italian Catholics were not
natural heroes to Elizabethan
Londoners, Leiren-Young defends
his play as one abqut censorship
first, and Shakespeare second.
"Censorship scares the hell out
of me. Rules for censorship are
inevitably set by well-meaning lefties and liberals...and then [they
are] implemented by scary bureaucrats and people with a fascist
mind-set." The Canadian Censorship Law, he says, was designed
with a very liberal agenda but, to
the best of his knowledge, has only
been used against establishments
like Little Sisters' Bookstore.
Leiren-Young is interested in
how Shylock will fare at UBC. As
author of an article for The Georgia
Straight on the McEwen Report—
which turned UBC's Political
Science department upside-down
last year-he is well-aware that
intellectual freedom is an issue on
Whether or not Shylock is
unfair to Shakespeare is up for
debate, but it's certain his work
can take the criticism.
As Mark Leiren-Young's
favourite quote from Cardinal
Richelieu says, "Show me four
lines from an honest man and I
will find an excuse in them to hang
him." ♦
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continued from page 10
In a time when provincial cuts are threatening university projects and programs it is
necessary to find alternate ways of allocating university funds to maximise their utility to students. Take for example the half million of provincial funding cutback to the
Safer Campus program (UBC reports,
August 15). The university may argue that
since it is trying to recover from a reported
GPOB deficit of $651,000 for the 1995 fiscal
year and projected to be $122,000 at the
end of the '96 fiscal year (UBC Financial
statements), it cannot find alternatives
sources of funding within the GPO fund.
However the $651,000 deficit may have
been the result of a transfer of $953,000
from the GPOF to increase the equity of the
UBC Real Estate Corporation. Interestingly
enough the UBC Real Estate Corporation,
which is a financially autonomous entity,
has generated income and will continue to
generate at least 85 Million dollars of
income over the next few years for the university. Despite the administration's
reports about reducing the accumulated
operating    deficit    from    $651,000    to
$122,000 one could only wonder why the
UBC Real Estate Corporation has received
funds from the GPOB in the past and will
receive funds in the present fiscal year
(about 6 Million dollars) when its main purpose is to generate income for the universi-
Antonie Zuniga
3rd year a^rts
World Religions
A Lecture/Discussion series offered by the UBC Chaplains Association
4 Tuesdays in October 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. in Buchanan D305
October 8 Understanding Islam
October 18 Understanding Sikhism
October 22 Understanding Christianity
October 29 Understanding Judaism
Aziz Khaki
Vice President of
the Council ofthe
Muslim Comuunity
of Canada (CMCC)
Singh Manocha
for Sikh Studies
Jim Roberts
Catholic Priest teaching
Religious Studies at
Langara College
Vancouver Hillel/
Jewish Students
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Summary of
Questions &
for the Forum held
September 11 in SUB,
Maria Klawe
Panellists: Giles Gysel - Faculty of of Graduate Studies, Wendy Truelove - UBC Bookstore, Becky Lore - Awards & Financial Aid, Dan Worsley - Awards &
Financial Aid Javed Iqbal - Co-ordinator of Science Co-op Program, Blair Grabinsky - Career Services, Carol Gibson- Awards & Financial Aid, Eric de Bruijn
Q. A student from St. Mary's was looking
for financial assistance. He told me that
he had received some information, but
as an international student he did not
seem to qualify for bursaries. Wouldn't
it be more helpful to state up front that
bursary money is not available to international students?
A. International students are eligible for
bursaries. Applications from international students will be considered if there is
real financial need, however students
with access to student loans in their own
country are expected to explore those
sources first.
0. I am an international student, and I
wanted to make it clear that there are
two different types of international students. First, there is the student who has
come here and become a landed immigrant. Second, there is the international
student who has come for an education
but who is not interested in immigrating.
For example, I spend Christmas with my
family in Nigeria, and this is made possible by jab opportunities here on the
UBC campus. The fact that I am a visitor
places many constraints on what I can
do in the work force. Due to immigration
law I am unable to do certain things,
especially ofH^mpus. The Awards
Office should]b« more aware of the tfto
types of stuplnts. If giveaan opportunity to work figMhere, in^prnagionai$tu- -
dents would itftljgye te wlf«»fi«8*t-
cial aid.
There are also sfedents ftfjth special
circumstances. For examplaMn my own
case, I understood that money would be
coming from my country, then it failed to
materialise. I went through all the
routes possible at UBC, and followed up
on all these over the last 6 months. In
the mean time there has been no financial support for me. Please look «t th#sa).;
type of special circumsta|pes.||§ofJaJi i
international students h»v||J|rtijtefal
support from home. Some l||o nave
families they are supporting at home.
This type of situation may be very rare
but please continue to look at all of the
circumstances of the international student. I would have liked to have someone from the Awards Office sit down to
explore my situation with me, instead of
dismissing me because I was an international student. UBC needs to be more
creative about helping international
students. What can UBC do to expand
the opportunities for international students, for work and in special circumstances?
Comment. It should not take 6 months for
a student to go through all of these
steps. We need to understand that there
are special circumstances and be able
to respond appropriately. It is very
important that we of get that information
out to other students and staff.
A. Support for international students is
limited since many of the larger fellowships are granted by agencies with specific citizenship requirements. Some
changes have been made, but students
must generally exhaust scholarship and
other funding opportunities before bursaries can be made available. We do not
have enough bursary funds to enable us
to fully support international students. I
apologise for that and want you to know
we will keep trying to improve the funding for all students.
A. Another way international students
can be funded is through Co-op programs. We have international students
in the Science Co-op program.We can
get permission for students to work in
places that they wouldn't be able to otherwise.
A. All Canadian graduate students are
eligible for University Graduate
Fellowships, and if they apply and are
awarded a UGF we encourage them to
accept it. This frees up other funds for
international students. Also, keep in
mind that graduate tuition is the same for
international students and Canadianstu-«
dents This can certainly be vtSwetfasa
form of assistance for internatiiffla.Students Access to departmental funding
such as T<% and fiA's varies front one
tiepartRiajrit t» the next - some.+ave
,;RWe SBtne ftave less. The Facility of
Ikaduate Studies tries to help out where
we can It is true that most international
students have funding before they Cgsie
A. International students can also apply
forgthe Work Study program tlie
Development Office is raising moneyfef .
mori University Graduate Fellowship"*
and for other "kinds uf student financial
Q. t am concerned over why UBC isn't
seeing certain things. I am here working
on a full-time degree. A lot of students
come here with extensive education
from other countries as well as work
experience, which is not recognised. I
see some people who are hired, rehired,
and rehired. What is UBC's policy on
hiring? I was interested in working as a
TA or RA in my faculty however all my
credentials were disregarded. A lot of
people with credentials and experience
are not hired. Something should be done
about exploiting this rich, under-utilised
experience. How does UBC ensure that
the practice of awarding jobs is fair?
We should be able to compete on the
basis of merit, not just because someone has had the job before. We have
such tremendous resources here - why
not give students those opportunities?
A. Your are referring to Teaching
Assistants and Research Assistants.
There are many opportunities offered at
present. I can only speak for the
Computer Science Dept. where we have
many TA's and RA's. The University has a
contract with the TA union that represents graduate students. The contract
dictates how positions are advertised
and filled. Often we find out too late
about positions from a potential employer, so we are looking for someone who
meets the requirements at the last
minute and you end up hiring the students you know. In general, departments
do try to give all students who would like
to be a TA, the opportunity and the experience. UBC offers training for those with
language difficulties. RA positions are
more complicated. When faculty members get grants they have a specific
focus, and many faculty try to support
their own students. Computer Science is
fortunate because all faculty members
have received grants, and so we are
able to provide more student support.
Many departments do not have the necessary funding. Whether or not the
University as a whole should build lip
support for graduate students is current*
ly under discussion.
A. Jt is 3 jtrick? question* --Should hiring
fcfcjesad on aestfemic merit or experience7 ft Is fiften difficult for a depart-
rrjajnt to have a sense of whether or not
graduate TA's would be good for undergraduate students.
A. There have been some changes to
the collective agreement Master's students who have been TA's m the past 2
years and PhD students wtfio have Jbeen
Tift's for 3 years ar«t are returning have
first priority fositroas sbetfdtee posted
early enos# so that«? March or April
stentsIwillfejSw iflitey have a job
A In the Faculty of Graduate studies
there are rules about what TA and RA
positions you can hold in combination
with a UGF. We have put a ceiling on how
much money a student can collect in 12
months. Hopefully this will help to offer
broader range of support to more students.
Q. How can you introduce some kind of
fairness so these other students are
somehow not excluded? They are
deprived of a very important learning
experience and part of their education.
A. When we hear that resources are
scarce, we need to consider how much
of this crisis we invented by increasing
the number of graduate students. This
increase happens at the same time that
UGF money is drying up. We also need to
remember that teaching assistantships
are not awards they are employment,
and there does need to be better policing on the way individual departments
hand these out. We should also have
another look at the collective agreements.
Comment. As the number of graduate
students have increased, UGF's have
also increased.
Q. I have three constructive suggestions
given that a handful of graduate students have two or three sources of fund -
• 1st - At UBC there is no Ombudsoffice
of any stature. It is standard at most universities. This kind of office could handle questions quickly and refer students.
• 2nd - Departments could keep general
applications from graduate students on
file, and aggressively invite students to
apply so when an emergency comes up
they can fill positions quickly and faftly
instead of always calling the same Students.
• 3rd - UBC must address the appearance of fairness & good funding. TM»
would caase no increased expense;
simply have department* rarartiffiicate
what they have done, post ft' Include
faculty who kite students for research,
and that would give credit to faculty
Who provide funding.
A. An upcoming Forum is about handling
appeals and complaints (Jan. j$th). I
would expect that there will be ftiirther
discussion about an Ombudsoff%a at
that forum Students with complaints
involving discrimination can contact the
Equity Office, but a lot of students have
otter kinds of complaints. There is an
Ombudsoffice m tfi*? AMS, out there
needs to be art office that has more
clotfTTftf" University is looking at this
That was a good suggestiortabotrt keeping applications on file. It would be helpful to ask all departments to do this and
have them also across departments. It
was also a great idea to have departments publish list of all employment they
offer. It would make it clear how many
opportunities are offered.
Q. What are some of the other ways we
hire students?
A. The Library hires several students
every year. All positions are advertised
through Career Services based on student qualifications and time schedules.
There is one exception - if students are
returning they do not have to go through
process if the same position is available
as long as they are full-time students.
Students may not work more than 10
hours/wk. There is a random process to
give everyone a chance. We hire both
general student assistants and more
skilled para-professional positions.
A. There is also the Work Study program.
Students qualify based on financial
need. The range of jobs is broad ranging
in skill and pay. These are advertised
through Career Services, and students
must have the required skills.
A. UBC Bookstore does not advertise
through Career Services because we
receive too many applications. We keep
applications on file for 3 months, so that
when we do have openings that's our
first source. The best time to hand in a
resume is May/June. Once you've had a
job you do have the chance of getting it
again due to training expense.
A. We are hearing over and over again
that getting the first job is the critical and
difficult part. There are a variety of ways
and support services to help students
get that first job. We must recognise two
things about a job search - first, looking
for work is a cultural experience.
Second is the 80/20 rule; 80% of positions are never advertised. Career
Services combines job postings with
career consulting. Students can meet
one on-one to talk about what they need
to do There ,are also workshops on
resume preparation and job search programs. Sometimes a resume is not
appropriate or effective. Networking is
the key to getting many jobs. Career
Services have just recently hired someone with a background in other cultures
and counselling.
Q. What about Co-op education programs? I am an Electrical Engineer in
fourth year. Students with a full course
load may not have time to work, and Coop gives them the opportunity to work
and continue their education. Are there
any plans to expand Co-op programs?
A. In Science, a few years ago we were
placing 80-90 students per year, and this
year we placed 150 students. There are
programs starting in Computing Science,
Math, Microbiology, and Chemistry, and
we are hiring a new co-ordinator. UBC
should make Co-op programs more main
stream. This is the best way for students
to make money and gain work experience in relevant jobs. After you graduate
you have the work experience. The faculties who do not have co-op programs
should look into this.
A. Students should be aware that there
are funding programs similarto co-op. At
the graduate level in Science there are
two funds, both offer co-op types of programs: BC Science Council and NSERC.
Both require an industrial collaborator
willing to co-sponsor the student.
A. At International Student Services we
are working with immigration to allow
international students to work off-campus. In the last 6 years, working at
International House, working with
Awards and Financial Aid, I am amazed
at the support UBC offers to international students.
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Participants in the forum were also
invited to submit written comments. We
received the following response:
Please make some special exceptions
for the Outstanding Student Initiative.
Over the last 2 years (of high school)
IVe had a 4.0 average in 17 of 17 classes until my Physics Provincial exam
mark dropped me to an 84% in Physics.
Physics was one of the 4 marks where
an 'A' was needed, and so I didn't qualify for the OSI.
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