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Stalking charges denied
CA1VIN SANG CHOL JUN was charged with three counts of
criminal harassment last week, richard lam photo
by Douglas Quan and Alex Bustos
A fourth year UBC computer science
student charged with criminal
harassment denied the allegations
Sunday—but his statements were
Calvin Sang Choi Jun, 24, was
arrested by campus RCMP on
March 12, and charged the following day with three counts of criminal harassment. Those charges
stem from complaints made by
three female UBC students of persistent stalking.
Campus RCMP said they are continuing their investigation, but
would not comment on whether
there were other allegations besides
the stalking complaints.
In an interview at his Richmond
home, Jun initially denied knowing
his accusers.
'Unless I see their faces, I don't
think I recall who they are or what
they do, or why they complained
about it.... They claimed I followed
them and had physical contact with
them—I deny that," Jun said.
But Jun later added, "I never had
contact with those people for at least
one month.... If [anything] happened, it was a long time ago, and
they complained afterwards, assuming it happened."
Jun has also faced a separate set
of problems in the computer science department.
"Unless I see their faces,
I don't think I recall who
they are or what they do,
or why they complained
about it.... They claimed
I followed them and
had physical contact
with them—I deny that,"
Robert Woodham, head of computer science, met with Jun on
February 2 7 to discuss "complaints
of the expression of offensive material in the computer laboratory."
Woodham would not comment
on the specifics of his meeting, but
did say there were departmental concerns aboutJun's alleged "misuse" of
computer facilities.
Jun was released from custody on
March 13, with conditions that he
have no direct or indirect
contact with the victims.
But David Holm, associate dean of the faculty of science, said there is no way
the faculty can ensure Jun
complies with the court
"With a campus this size I
don't know how we can
monitor his movements," he
That concerns Victory
Hegedus, director of UBC's
Safewalk program. She said
she personally wants to see
Jun barred from campus.
"On a personal basis I
wouldn't want to see this
person  on campus,"  she
said. "[But] on a professional basis you have to give them the
benefit of the doubt."
Jun faces a maximum penalty of
15 years in prison.
His second appearance in
Richmond Provincial Court is scheduled for March 25.^
Prof, accuser face credibility test
 by Chris Nuttall-Smrth
In an ongoing BC Human Rights Tribunal UBC's lawyer spent
yesterday afternoon trying to poke holes in psychology professor Don Dutton's credibility, using as evidence his earlier testimony in an internal university investigation.
However, Dutton fired back at the university, saying that
UBC's equity office practically ignored his complaint about a
female student's behaviour while focusing instead on her allegations against him
One of Dutton's former students, Fariba Mahmoodi, accuses him of offering her admission to UBC's graduate psychology program in exchange for sex. Dutton denies the charge.
Mahmoodi also accuses UBC of mishandling her case by
ending an independent investigation of her allegations and
handing the case to a disciplinary investigation by the then
Dean of Arts, Patricia Marchak.
But twice Fran Watters, acting for UBC, questioned why
Dutton had Mahmoodi to his home over the 1994/95
Christmas break, and why Dutton served her wine by a crackling fire in a candle lit room, with romantic background music.
"Would you agree with me that that's also the type of atmosphere if I were to make sexual overtones to someone?' asked
Watters. Dutton replied that he didn't consider the atmosphere
"That's just the way I live—that's just an average night for
me at home," said Dutton a few minutes later.
He also said under cross-examination that the second time
Mahmoodi went to his house—when Mahmoodi alleges Dutton
made the offer of a deal and kissed her, fondled her breasts
and engaged in foreplay with her—he sat beside her on a couch
to show her a book, flipping the pages of the book in her lap.
Watters challenged several inconsistencies in Dutton's testimony given in a UBC disciplinary investigation.,
In three interviews late in 1995 with Dean Marchak, Dutton
first said he had Mahmoodi over because he felt sorry for the
student In a subsequent interview with Marchak, however,
Dutton said he enjoyed meeting with Mahmoodi and wanted
to hear her story of life in Iran and as a refugee.
Dutton replied yesterday that both reasons were true: he
had Mahmoodi over for both social and academic reasons.
Watters also cited a letter Dutton wrote to the head of psychology, Tony Phillips, in March of 1995. In that letter Dutton
denied inviting Mahmoodi to his house, writing that
Mahmoodi came over only because she insisted they meet at
his home. He later admitted however that he had invited
Mahmoodi. Dutton said yesterday the confusion was a result
of the pressure he was under because of the ordeal.
The focus on Mahmoodi's and Dutton's credibility has
been intense, with Watters shaking both under cross-examination. Last week Mahmoodi admitted she threatened to ruin
Dutton's career and would do "anything" to get revenge with
Watters also questioned both about a cassette tape that
includes parts of their conversation from both meetings at
Dutton's home. She challenged Dutton's assertion that the
tape Mahmoodi presented as evidence is not the same tape
he gave Mahmoodi. But she also questioned Mahmoodi's
brother about whether she owns a cassette recorder—perhaps testing claims that Mahmoodi secretly recorded the
conversation then mixed it with a music tape Dutton gave
Watters' cross examinations were consistent with
Marchak's findings. In her report, Marchak questioned
both Mahmoodi's and Dutton's credibility.
According to Clea Parfitt, lawyer for Mahmoodi, credibility issues are not unique to this Tribunal. "Sexual harassment is always a case of credibility unless yOu have the
good fortune of being harassed in front of witnesses,"
Parfitt said in an interview.
Dutton took issue yesterday with UBC's handling of his
case. It was Dutton who first complained to the equity office
of Mahmoodi's threats. But he said his complaint of blackmail was turned into a harassment investigation.
'If we had a blackmail office [at UBC] it might have been
handled differently but we don't have a blackmail office, we
have an equity office,' said Dutton.
"I feel the investigation was one-sided, that I was being
investigated and she was not"
The head of UBC's equity office, Sharon Kahn, would not
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The Manitoban
WINNIPEG (CUP)-Hoping to
counter high first-year dropout
rates, the University of Manitoba
[U of M] is introducing a program
that will dramatically change the
way students experience their first
year at university.
Called University 1, the program requires new U of M students
to take a 'common year' of arts
and sciences courses before applying to any specific faculty. The new
program, which starts this
September, is meant to make the
transition from high school to university less of an ordeal by giving
students more time to explore their
"University is like having a computer without a manual,' said Joan
McConnell, an assistant coordinator of the program. "You know
you're supposed to do something
with it, but without guidelines,
you're not entirely sure just what*
The new program will be
administered by a council, consisting of representatives from most U
of M faculties and one student It
has already determined that in
their first year, students will have
to take a minimum number of arts
and science course hours, with
some time set aside for courses
from other faculties, provided the
student has the required prerequi
Only students with a high
school average of 85 per cent or
higher will be able to enter the faculty of their choice directly in their
first year.
There are a couple of faculties,
such as the school of music, which
students will be allowed to enter
But while the goal of the program is to keep enrollment high, it
may actually do the reverse,
according to Winnipeg high school
student Chris Millar.
'I will be going to the University
of Winnipeg next year and one of
the key factors in that [decision]
was University 1,' Millar said. 'I
think for most people who know
what they want to do, University 1
is kind of unnecessary.'
Brianne Selman, a grade 12 student also has reservations about
the program.
'I'm extremely skeptical,' she
said. 'I was interested in U of M,
but the program did dissuade me.
'I found high school to be generic enough, I now want to be able to
specialise,' she added. 'University
1 sounds even more generic'
But Dave Burton, chair of the
University 1 council, defends the
program. He says for many students, the first year of university
forces them to make some choices
they may not necessarily be prepared to make.
'University 1 will be there so
students won't have to start all over
again, entirely from scratch, if they
change their field of study [after
their first year],' he said.
He adds criticism of University
1 is a result of misconceptions
about the program, the most common of which is the complaint it
will add an additional year to a university education.
Burton, along with Univeristy 1
staff, have been aggressively promoting the new program. More
than 30,000 pamphlets have been
distributed and there have been
speaking engagements at 150
But for at least one high school
administrator, the efforts have
fallen short of what's required for
such a major change.
According to Denis Granger,
vice principal of Dakota
Collegiate, the University 1 council has not been clear on what
admission requirements are for
the new program. Consequently,
he has been approached with
increasing frequency by students
wondering whether or not they
will even be able to get in to the
"The drawback is that there is
no directive or support from
either [the] Manitoba [Ministry of]
Education and Training or the U
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STRANGWAY will receive an honourary degree, richard lam ubyssey file photo
        by Cynthia Lee
The president of the Alma Mater Society is questioning a recent announcement that David Strangway, the past president of UBC,, will be awarded an
honourary degree this spring.
'Apparently his capital campaign left UBC with lots of nice buildings
and lack of books,' said Vivian Hoffmann, referring to Strangway's role in
spearheading the campaign which built a $500 million university endowment fund. 'From a student's perspective, I could probably think of people who are better suited to receive that honour,' she said.
But reaction from the rest of the campus has been mostly quiet or supportive.
Robert Blake, head of the UBC faculty association, said the honour
to Strangway was not a "hot issue' among faculty members.
Strangway came under criticism during much of his 12 years at
UBC; student leaders complained Strangway was often autocratic, and
he has been widely criticised for inviting the federal government to
hold last year's APEC leaders' meeting at UBC without first getting
approval from the campus community or the university's Board of
Governors (BoG).
Philip Resnick, a member of BoG, has been highly critical of
Strangway in the past But he said he didn't have any complaints about
the honourary degree. 'I can't say it's inappropriate...I'm neither
jumping up and down with glee nor do I consider this...horrible,' he
Robert Blake, president of the Faculty Association, said he felt it
was not 'inappropriate' for Strangway to receive an honourary
degree. "He goes down as one of the best presidents of UBC in certain
regards. And those regards are external affairs and I would imagine
the award is being given to him in that regard,' said Blake. He
referred to Strangway's achievement with hind-raising.
But he added some faculty may not feel the award to be appropriate because of concerns raised about the morale of the university community. 'Broadly speaking, you can divide the functions of the presidency into internal and external issues... But you can't do eveiything
and I guess the extreme focus on external affairs meant that the internal affairs of the university, particularly the working fives of faculty,
staff and students, perhaps did not receive the attention they
deserved,' Blake said.
Strangway will receive a Doctor of Laws, an award geared towards
people in the public service area, during the upcoming May congregation. In a set of written responses to questions from the Ubyssey,
Strangway said he was honoured to be named for the degree.
'I am very honoured that UBC would recognise me for my years of
service to the community,' wrote Strangway. "
Jonathan Oppenheim, an anti-APEC organiser who was arrested in
protests against UBC's involvement in the leaders' retreat, mentioned
he found it strange and 'disgraceful' that Strangway was receiving an
honourary degree.
Oppenheim also questioned the value of an honourary degree. 'In
the past, U of T [the University of Toronto] gave an honourary degree
to George Bush and the University of Victoria...attemtpted to give one
to Jiang Zemin. If you look at who gets these degrees, it really doesn't celebrate much of anything except people who have power and money,' he
Paula Martin, a university spokesperson said granting an honourary
degree to a university president is not uncommon. "Anyone is eligible to
nominate [a candidate]. And educators quite often are recipients of honourary degrees," she said.
The recipient of an honourary degree is decided upon by the Tributes
Committee of Senate after considering the candidates nominated by an
annual independent process, for 'distinguished achievement or outstanding service'. ♦
  by Sarah Schmidt
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TORONTO {CUP)-University of
Toronto student leaders say they
won't be intimidated by the adminis-
. trahori's latest warning to shape up
or face criminal charges.
And a leading criminal lawyer
' says U of Ts top brass should recon- j
sider fliis drastic move since if s a
clear attack on the right to freedom
of assembly and due process.
Hardly waiting for the dust to set-
fle after a Feb. 26 student protest in
the chambers of U of Ts Governing
[ Council the university's highest deti-
sion-making body, council secretary
Jack Dimond fired off letters to a
handful of student leaders March.5.
"My first purpose in writing is to
give you a clear and unequivocal
warning,' he wrote to heads of student groups which organised the
Quebec students protest failure penalties
 by Philippe Roy and Karen Cho
The Plant
QUEBEC CITY (CUP)-Students, teachers and
support staff representing over 3 7 Quebec colleges gathered in front of the provincial legislature March 11 to protest impending funding
cuts and a 'failure fee' introduced by Quebec
Education Minister Pauline Marois.
The demonstrators were opposing a
rumored $82-million in-proposed cuts to
Quebec's colleges, as well as the new provincial 'failure fee.' College students who fail
more than one class are now charged $2 per
class hour for their failed courses.
The new fee was introduced in January.
Protesters arrived by bus from across the
province to participate in the demonstration,
organised by the Quebec College Students
Federation, or FECQ as it is known by its
French initials in Quebec.
Braving sub-zero weather, participants
marched from the Plains of Abraham to the
National Assembly, bearing picket signs, banners and bells as they made their message loud
and clear: "Down with the failure fee, education should be free!'
Philippe Leclerc, FECQ president, stressed
the province's colleges cannot withstand
another round of cutbacks.
"There is [already] a loss of the quality of life
in [the colleges]... and they're asking for another $80 million,' Leclerc said, referring to previous cutbacks in provincial education spending-
According to the FECQ, $262 million was
"There is [already] a loss
<of the quality of life in
[the colleges].,, and
they're asking for another $80 million."
cut from Quebec's colleges between 1982 and
1995. Last year alone they were hit with a $70-
million cut.
Rosaire Margoux, a teacher from Ville de
Lauzon, reiterated Leclerc's assertion colleges
have suffered enough.
"The government has cut our salaries and
[worsened] our working conditions,' he said.
The demonstration, however, quickly gave
way to political maneuvering as politicians
came out of the provincial legislature to jostle student representatives and union leaders for the
attention of the crowd.
One Quebec City Liberal candidate even
urged the crowd to vote Liberal to avoid the consequences of the Parti Quebecois's zero-deficit
The political implications of the cuts were
not lost on Sandra Hernandez, a student from
Edouard-Monpetit She pointed out Quebec college students represent about 10,000 votes.
If students are unhappy with the PQ government she said, they won't vote for them in
the next provincial election. Many observers
expect an election to be called within a few
Aside from the mass action in Quebec
City—organisers say over 4,000 people participated—francophone and anglophone colleges
across the province held their own demonstrations.
Seventeen also held day-long strikes to protest
the new fee and the corning cuts.
Responding to the province-wide demonstrations in an evening press conference, Marois stated the coming cuts will be less than $80 million
The proposed cuts to Quebec's education system are expected to be unveiled in the government's May budgets
"Any repetition of the conduct
witnessed on Feb 26, 1998 will be
met with charges under the relevant
. university policies and, if applicable,
under the criminal law of the ,
: poKJvinos and Canada.'
Dimond was referring to the per-
' sistent disruption of a Governing
Council meeting. The governing ,
body was intemmted by student pro- \
testers frustrated with impending;
lee hikes and the high number of
council members with corporate ;
; connections.
During the disruption, a marhlp
[ plaqueandapcrtraitofaformeruni- j
versity president were vandalised, j
"You may be held personalty j
responsible tor these offences, even j
if yon did not personalty engage in j
disruption or vandalism,' Dimond .
continued, informing the leaders .
hell be sending them a bill for the
I damages. |
The disruption at U of T was one j
. of a number of similar student.
action agairM UTihsersity governing .
bodies which have taken place over '
the last several weeks.' At the ■
> University of Alberta two students
were arxested for mischief for paint j
': bag on the wall of the campus malL !
- challenging their school's board of;
governor's decision to hike foes by
nearty nine per cent
One of the students was strip-■
searched by city police for her
impromptu art
At York University,  students
: broke up a meeting of the board of'
governors and men proceeded to ,
hold a mock board meeting around '
the car of unrversity president Loxna ■
MarsriftTi fa whirih she and annthar ;
senior administrator were trapped
In flie letter mailed out to the student leaders, the council says even [
though they were not personalty
responsible for defacing university '
property or disrupting the Governing
Council meeting, the leaders are ,
'accountable for foe conduct which
occurs during an event for which you
assumed a position of leadership."
Lawyer Bob Kellennan, a well-
known social justice advocate, says
mis is a legally untenable position
"Talk about stifling freedom of ,
association and freedom of assem-;
bty,' he said. "It's contrary to all the
prinqples of fundamental justice,"
he added, referring to Dimond's '
assertion student organisers can be
held accountable for the actions of
every single attendant, at a ratty.
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Women's safety organisers and pharmacy students at
UBC are part of a massive education campaign about
the dangers of so-called "date rape drugs,' and they
say Rohypnol isn't the only such drug people should
watch for.
Rohypnol is a trade name for fiunitrazepam, a
colourless, odourless drug which has been slipped in
drinks at campuses across the US and Canada to
make unsuspecting party-goers into easy targets for
sexual assault
But according to Erica Slack, a second-year UBC
pharmacy student at UBC and the author of an informational pamphlet on date rape drugs, the intense
focus on Rohypnol has been blown out of proportion
by the media.
While feature stories on shows like 60 Minutes and
Oprah Winfrey have investigated only Rohypnol, up
to twenty different kinds of drugs have been found in
connection with drugged sexual assault Valium,
cocaine, a central nervous system depressant called
gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), and a veterinary
anesthetic called ketamine.
Slack adds Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka used
Halcion on their targets.
"Rohypnol seems to be the strongest," says Slack.
Her pamphlet states the drug is used in 64 countries
around the world, including Mexico, Europe and
South America for treating sleep disorders.
It dissolves quickly in a drink and exits the bloodstream within 48 hours of ingestion. Rohypnol is part
of a large family of sleeping drugs called benzodiazepines, which have been used to treat anxiety and
severe sleep disorders for 35 years, and are one of the
most widely-used classes of medication in the world,
according to literature by Hoffmann-La Roche
Limited, the company which makes Rohypnol.
Margaret Papachristos,a coordinator with UBC's
Safer Campus Peer Educators Program, says to her
knowledge, there have been no reported cases of
drugged date rape at UBC. However, the Peer
Educators have established two regular workshops on
campus which provide information on the drug, as
well as produced pamphlets which are distributed at
the workshops, various campus health event tables,
and at the Women Students' Office in Brock Hall.
Hoffmann-La Roche have announced plans to
control the misuse of Rohypnol, such as adding a
blue dye to Rohypnol tablets, and changing the formulation so that it does not dissolve quickly in liquid. It has been suggested the company should stop
manufacturing Rohypnol altogether.
Slack is undecided about her opinion on the proposed solutions. "Even if Rohypnol were to completely 'vanish' from the market," she explains,
"drugged date rapes would still remain a
Food bank usage hits record numbers
 by Jeremy Nelson
The Manrtoban
WINNIPEG (CUP)-More than two
per cent of all Canadians might have
starved last year had it not been for
the help of food banks, according to
a nation-wide study released by the
Canadian Association of Food
Entitled Hunger Count '97, the
comprehensive survey found that
more than 650,000 Canadians
received emergency food assistance
each month. This represents a doubling of the number of recipients
since the survey was last conducted
in 1989.
Particularly hard-hit were
Canada's youth, who received far
more assistance than any other sector of society—people 18 years old
or younger accounted for 41.9 per
cent of the total number of people
assisted by Canadian food banks.
For Tom Suffield, who works
with the University of Manitoba's
financial aid department and supervises the school's food bank, the
numbers in the survey, released late
last year, come as no surprise.
He says rising student debt and
tuition, combined with high unemployment (which has hovered
around 17 per cent for youth for a
number of years), is forcing many
students to chose between their education and eating.
"Government student aid provides only a certain ceiling for funding for students," Suffield said. "If
you are a single parent, chances are
that your living and education cost
will not all be met by student loans,
and you will have to seek food bank
At least 12 Canadian campuses
now have food banks, which serve
some of the estimated 17 per cent of
people aged 19-25 who live below
the poverty line.
Ron Hardwick, a member of the
food bank association's board,
agrees with Suffield, adding that
food banks across Canada have witnessed a stark increase in the number of working poor who require
These people have gotten jobs,
but they're minimum wage jobs.
They are bringing in $ 11,000 ayear
at the most and trying to support a
family on that" said Hardwick, who
also helps run a Winnipeg food
bank. They are the ones using the
food banks more and more."
The association blames the federal government for much of the
problem, citing their 25 per cent cut
to social program spending since
"If you are a single parent,
chances are that your living
and education cost will not
all be met by student loans,
and you will have to seek
food bank assistance."
1993 as a main cause of the dramatic rise in food bank usage.
"Canada's social safety net was
created to provide consistent support for people in need," said Julia
Bass, executive director of the association "With the net unraveling,
whether you eat or not may depend
on whether or not you live in a generous community."
But Robert Monday, Human
Resources Canada spokesperson,
says there is no direct link between
cutbacks and poverty.
There have been reductions by
some governments, but we have
also had increase as well in the
social program [funding] envelope,"
Monday said. "It's not a clear-cut situation of just reduction"
As for what the federal government is doing to correct the problem, Monday says its main focus is
reducing child poverty by increasing spending on the national child
tax benefit to $6-billion from $5.1-
billion The benefit helps families
with incomes under $26,000, and
the increase will be fully implemented by this July.
The design of the program
increases the benefits to Canadian
families, but it also saves provinces
[money] in terms of social assistance payments," Monday said. "All
of those savings were to be re-invested in programs for low-income families."
As for pinpointing the source of
the poverty problem, Monday says a
sluggish recovery from the recession is to blame, but he
admits that other factors
like globalisation may have
played at least a small role.
Libby Davies,  federal
NDP   critic   for   poverty
issues, says aside from cuts
to the social safety net globalisation and free trade are
the    main    source     of
Canadian unemployment,
and,    consequently,    the
main source of food bank
usage. She says it is no accident that the doubling in
food bank usage since 1989
coincides with Canada's entry into
the Free Trade Agreement with the
"We're told so often that globalisation is inevitable," Davies said.
That's a myth, but governments
play into this, and then it becomes
much easier to rationalise these cutbacks and to basically evade and
completely abandon any extensive
social responsibilities."
According to a Canadian Centre
for Policy Alternatives study, in the
first 10 years of free trade, Canadian
manufacturers have laid off more
than 12.8 per cent of their workforce.
Unemployment in combination
with other factors like indebtedness
and declining wages is creating a
situation where most people feel
hopeless, Hardwick adds.
"But I don't think it's hopeless,"
he cautions. "It's going to take a lot
of work and a lot of dedicated, committed people who really know and
understand what's going on to correct the problem."* IllSwBlWMMIkigvB'
FUTURE TAs Johal(above) and Dunnet(right) attempt to give
residents of the Downtown Eastside a leg up. ubyssey file photos
by Jamie Woods
It began like a lot of conversations in Koerner's
Vvjb- Am Johal, who graduated last year, and
AJison Dunnet, who's a month away from getting
her degree, were chatting about what to do vrith
their lives. The former AMS executives got talking about the Downtown Eastside and how difficult it •would be for someone on the street to get
ble for the poor to escape their world. His aim
was to politicise his students, not in the sense of
getting them to vote or run for office, but to
engage with people at every level of society. "Rich
people know politics,' he told bis students. "They
know how to negotiate instead of using force.
They know how to use politics to get along, to get
The program worked. Of the 2 5 students who
Cross town traffic
The liuruanities ar# oftefi seen as a fuxurv
But two UBC students are hoping to show
they can be used to break the cycle of pc^tf
a university degree, and Johal then mentioned an article he read last fall in Harper's,
about a prof who taught humanities to 2 5 underprivileged Lower East Side New Yorkers. Dunnet
said she'd read the article too, and that she'd
always -wanted to get a program like that started.
Before long, they had their fall semester
worked out. They decided they'd bring the program to campus, and call it Humanities 101.
"I guess I felt that UBC should be going farther
than just getting, say, lower middle class students, which is great, but what about the people
who really have a hard time, the people who
could really benefit from an arts education?"
asked Dunnet in an interview. "I believe an arts
education is crucial. I think critical thinking slcills
give you skills not only to be a good worker, but
also how to enjoy life in a deeper way."
Two months later, the program is well into the
planning stages. Modelled closely on the New
York program. Humanities 101 will bus 25 low
income Downtown Eastside residents to UBC for
two classes a week over fall semester. The students will be given a free meal before class, and
wil follow a curriculum consisting of literature,
pjjplqsojphy, art history and film. Faculty will vol-
tuateer fpeir time to teach the courses, and will be
Stfpporjpd by Dunnet and Johal, who will act as
,TA's. Sffudents who complete the course will
teteiyeli diploma.
;Yvoijhe Brown, a program advisor in the
Jppcultyfof Education, says contrary to popular
belief, t&e "knowledge is power" idea behind the
■pWOgtan| is practical. "The humanities is not pro-
filling ijhem a way out, not giving them skills so
tospeaj, but I think we tend to be too skills ori-
eated n|any times. Skills benefit by exposure to
<he humanities. I don't see one precluding the
. Earl Shorris, who organised the New York pro-
.jpam, wrote in the Harper's article that "hunger,
isjplatioil, illness, landlords, police, abuse, neighbours, drugs, criminals, and racism make up a
'aarr0u|id of force" that make it nearly impossi-
got into the program, sixteen graduated with the
completion diploma. A year later, ten were
attending four-year colleges or nursing school
and four had received full scholarships to Bard
College in New York. Of the other graduates, all
but one were working full time or attending community college. The one that wasn't had been
fired from a fast food restaurant for trying to
start a union.
Dunnet has similar ambitions for Humanities
101. "I don't want to say that we hope the program will politicise people because people will
take that the wrong way," she said. "We're hoping
it will opinionate people."
The program, which would be the only one of
its kind in Canada, will draw a lot of interest in
the Downtown Eastside, says long-time community activist Jim Green. "There's a lot of people
who spend a lot of time reading down there. The
people in the Downtown Eastside are more up in
general on current events than people anywhere
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else I know, so you have a whole lot of people who might
very well want to take an opportunity to have a structured
look at things."
Dunnet and Johal have already secured a $16,000 grant
from the AMS Innovative Projects Fund to cover materials,
food, transportation and child care costs. While they're still
debating on whether or not to include social sciences in the
curriGulum, there are other larger problems that could provide a stumbling block, like how to get professors interested
that providing adequate support would be too much for
most peer tutors to handle.
The program is still in the planning stages. The advisory
group met for the first time two weeks ago, and are now
seeking volunteers and feedback. One thing they probably
won't have to worry about, however, is getting the support
of the administration.
I think it's a great idea," said Neil Guppy, associate dean
of Arts. "I really like the idea that it's two UBC students who
are really energetic and enthused about trying to reach out
and do something in the community.
£Jfoiirfacu%membSh3TO «j quess \ feft that UBC shoukl be going farther than just getting
committed themselves,.and as
Green says, the commitment
will need to extend beyond the teaching component.
'You're going to have to have some ability to deal with
people from where they're at," he said. "I've suggested that
the instructors are going to have to take a tour and spend
some time in the area before they do any instruction."
In Green's urban anthropology class at UBC last
Thursday, students were given a chance to tell Dunnet and
johal what they thought about the program. While no one
raised, concerns with the pre-requisites—underemployment
and an ability to read a newspaper—they suggested hanging
on to students could be tough. Few people would be willing
to venture outside for a night class, some said. Others said
say tower middle dass students,
which is great, but what about the people
who realty have a hard time, the people who could realty
from an arts education?" —Alison Dunnet
"I think that it's good that UBC tries to do a whole variety
of different things," he continued. "If I'm speaking for
administration here, my sense would be that you always
have reservations about innovations because they're risky,
but on the other hand if you don't take risks, you don't see
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Politicians play up education at all levels
of goverment But for some students this
is no game. They want reform within the
system. Accessibility is a priority, and
they intend to lobby and protest until it
becomes reality.
These students are members of the'
Canadian Federation of Students (CFS)
and they make up the largest student |
voice in Canada—even if you don't
belong to the Federation, pay attention,
because whether you like it or not,
chances are, as a Canadian student they |
speak for you. Born in 1981 out of the
amalgamation of several student organisations, the CFS is one of few organised
groups lobbying on behalf of students. Its
affiliates date as far back as the 1960s.
Next  year's   tuition   freeze   and I
increased funding to education are feath-1
ers in the CFS' cap, largely because the
federation has helped put post-secondary
education on the agenda. CFS reps say
the BC government is listening to stu-1
dents—the louder the voices, the more
likely they will be heard. The CFS
National Day of Action last month saw
thousands of students across the country
shouting for lower tuition.
Federation members argue no university, no matter its size, has the same
influence or political clout'I think it
would be extremely difficult for a student |
association in British Columbia to have
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any impact on decisions that are being
made in Ottawa..on fimding for post-secondary education," says Maura Parte, BC chairperson for the CFS. *By
working together we also impact a greater number of ridings.
"A large part of the work that we undertake is lobbying not just members of parliament and members of the
legislative assembly, but also ensuring that there's regular contact with government officials in the various ministries that are developing policies on post-secondary education." Joining the Federation will only strengthen
student voices. Parte argues.
At issue is the Federation's push for zero tuition and a system of national grants. Both intiatives seem to
emphasise making post-secondary education accessible to all Zero tuition, however, is not necessarily an easy
sell with all students. Few would argue the benefits of a more expensive post-secondary education. The argu-
ment for a cheaper education can also be contentious, however.
To be lair, though, different students have different ideals, and no one organisation can hope to represent
them all
Although not as big as the CFS, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASAJis an alternative. The
organisation boasts a much smaller membership—14 student unions—and gmplrrys different tartim
"We believe in a principle of aggressive professionalism. We focus on lobbybing decision makers and working within the process," says Ryan Parks, CASA's Ontario regional director. "We're not in the business of occur
pying banksor occupying buildings.
Unlike the CFS, CASA does not look to media coverage as a way to gauge their success. Instead, CASA representatives say success is measuredby how well their policies are adopted by government
MAURA WVRTE, BC chairperson for
the CFS, at the National Day of
Action held January 28 in major
cities across the country.
"The best way we can get our
message across is to work within
the system," said Parks. "That by
no means says that we're compromising anything, but what it
does say is that we realise the reality of the situation in Canada."
Still, national protests like the
CFS National Day of Action, where
protesters occupied various buildings in financial
districts across the country last January, garner
enormous attention from the press and hurdle the
issue of education cuts to the political forefront
Education just received a boost with the federal
government's Millennium Fund. It will help
100,000 students with a possible $3000 in theyear
2000. Details on the fund are pending and while
the CFS calls it a small step-at least it is a step. And
one many would attribute to education's heightened profile.
the Alma Mater Society doesn't it is not a member
of any organised voice. Like many large student
unions, AMS executives rationalise they will be
takensenoMy¥ecause they represenf^nough^stu^entson
their own. But they do acknowledge the Federation's value.
"I think it's essential to have a united front," says AMS president Vivian Hoffmann. She adds: "In the past I've made a real
effort to reach out to the CFS to make sure that we are able to
come to discussions with the government united."
According to BC Post Secondary Education Minister
Andrew Petter, the provincial government consults with
everyone whether part of the CFS or not But UBC's graduate
students are already members of the CFS affiliate National
Graduate Council (NGC) and for the most part seem in favour
of joining the Federation. "It's [the NGC] a pretty effective
organisation," says Michael Hughes, a GSS rep who recently
sat on an NGC caucus meeting held at UBC. "But we're [the
GSS] kind of free loading. The amount of fees we pay are pretty minimal."
While the GSS can't actually vote on CFS matters, it currently benefits from the results, Hughes points out Of course
any club worth joining charges a fee, and the CFS charges
$12.48 per student member. The Federation insists a referendum always be held to ensure membership is the will of the
students, not its student council. Then campaigns to ensure
that it is.
says they have more^to^ofrerThan^jusrfohbying.     ~
Through CFS programs students receive,
International Student Identity Cards [ISIC]; those sold tenon-members bring in a revenue of $150,000. Other;
CFS services include studentsaver cards, working
abroad as a volunteer programs, and the option to solioji
it CFS help to negotiate a health and dental plan. i!
What's more, they own the Travel Cuts agency and
receive an annual finder's fee of one percent—
$432,000—for finding student travellers and recoml
mending them to the agency.
Brad Lavigne, CFS national chairperson, says most
CFS programs are not set for profit and when they dq
realise revenue it is put back into campaigns, communi|
cations and development work. He says money always
comes in handy and that the CFS has run a series of bal-j
anced budgets.
"We do not make a profit off researching unemployi
merit" points out Lavigne.
Problems with a health and dental plan at SFU last
year raised questions as to whether the students
were still in support of the CFS, which had negotiate
ed the plan. But while the health plan failed in a ref-i
erendum vote, a simultaneous referendum carried
an overwhelming 70 percent vote in favour of the
Its high profile puts the CFS CENtrestage at BC's
provincial press conferences, where its reps stand to
the side supporting politicians announcing freezes
and funding to education. Former BC chairperson
Michael Gardiner now works in the Premier's Youth
Office. For the sake of appearances they have the
premier's ear, but according to Parte it's really nothing more than appearances.
She says in the past, many former CFS executives
and chairpeople have gone on to government positions and that not all have been linked to the NDP
"The policies that [the NDP] speak of nationally
come closest [to those of the CFS] on the education
front But when I was in with the CFS we worked
with whatever political party was in power in the
day," says Gardiner. "[The CFS] do work with the federal Liberals. Sometimes it involves major protest
against them and sometimes it involves meeting
with people in the Prime Minister's office."
How UBC's graduate students feel about it won't
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Parte put in long hours at UBC last week trekking across
campus to talk to graduate students about the CFS and will
continue her crusade throughout the GSS referendum.
Should UBC graduate students vote in favour, the CFS
stands to earn $74,880 in member fees—money that will go
towards organising and protesting and, partly, to future referendum campaigns. Since it means a stronger voice and
greater funds, getting student unions onside is a priority. Add
it up and the CFS have a more than substantial budget They
receive more than one million dollars in membership fees
alone. The money, says Parte, goes back to the students—it's
flie cost of providing quality lobbying. That includes regular
visits to the locals [member student unions], researching student debt and unemployment and organising protests.
Something of an entrepreneurial advocacy group, the CFS
be known until voting ends Wednesday night The
result could mean the initiation of 6000 new CFS
members, or that the graduate society will continue
to go it alone on government lobbying.
"In the past the GSS has demonstrated that
they've never tried to influence the government"
says Hughes. "There's a lot happening at the federal
and provincial levels of government that the GSS
should be involved with in some way."»»* mam. «%ksqm$ mauch nKm7
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at the Chan Centre
by Heidi Nuttall-Smith
Have you ever wanted to go to Harlem and hear
a real gospel choir sing? On Saturday night you
didn't need to go that far, because the Harlem
Spiritual Ensemble came and sang to a packed
house at the Chan Centre.
The first half of the program was packed
with spirituals, backed by a choir of two hundred singers. On Thursday Dr. Francois
Clemmons, the group leader and conductor,
began to practice with UBC's Choral Union,
University Singers, Collegium, and Vancouver's Amabalis Singers in preparation for
the big night.
There are six singers in the group, including
the conductor, and they have all had successful
careers as opera performers. Also in the group
are pianist Jeffrey Marder, who made his classical concert debut with the Philadelphia
Orchestra at the age of twelve, and percussionist Robert Romeo, a freelance musician in New
Together, this ensemble gave a performance that was out of this world, bringing the
best of the black spiritual tradition to
To form this spiritual ensemble, Clemmons
gave up a classical singing career, that took
him all over the world. When I asked him why
he does the job he has now, he replied, "This is
my divine calling."
I had the opportunity to attend one of the
rehearsals, where Clemmons inspired the
singers by having them listen carefully to themselves and to each other, telling them to listen
to the beauty that they were making.
Clemmons taught the performers a black history lesson about dialect and the fractional role,
oral story telling plays in the music.
"There can be no wrong," he said. In
moments Clemmons had the choir movin',
clappin', and rockin' the house.
The second half of the program was a work
called "Sisters of Freedom, A Cantata", composed by Linda Twine. The dramatic musical
presentation is a tribute to two African-
American women who were born into slavery
and who fought for the freedom of their people
and the equality of all people, including
The sincerity in every word and note sung
was able to touch the souls of even the non-religious. As one singer told me, "I don't know
what it was, but somehow singing that music
almost brought tears to my eyes."
The program ended with a heartfelt standing ovation, an encore, and then a second
standing ovation, which sent everyone home
with a song and a smile. If you missed them or
want to see them again, the Harlem Spiritual
Ensemble will be back at the end of March,
with a performance in Mission.** Cockburn takes his chances
B'uce Cockburn
(LiveTrue North/Rykodisk)
With few—and rather notable—exceptions live
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process, is, as often as not done by record
company managers with an eye on profit
rather than artistry. The result is a lumpen parody of the artist's most popular songs, pleasing
to neither the performer, nor the performer's
It comes as a major relief, then, to find
that both the recording quality and the song
selection on Bruce Cockburn's five recording. You Pays Your Money And You Takes
Your Chances, are actually damn good. The collection spans
Cockburn's career from 1980 to the present, with emphasis on
the latter end. For those of you unfamiliar with Cockburn's
work, take it from me, this was a wise move on the part of whoever decided which songs from Cockburn's considerable repertoire to include.
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most folkies, he needs a damn good
cause to keep him from wallowing
in self-pity and despair. Fortunately
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90s have generously provided the
requisite fodder for Cockburn's
artistic inspiration, and this CD is a
living testament to both his versatility and his commitment to improving the quality of life for everyone
and eveiything on our beleaguered
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Rachel Kane
Lord save us all! An unholy attempt to revive the
tail end of the 60s has sprung up like a crop of ragweed in some abandoned vacant lot in an older
suburb whose character has been obliterated by
greedy developers and self-serving city politicians.
gotten flotsam and jetsam of an era well camouflaged by the warm and fuzzy glow of nostalgia.
Wearing a floppy, oversized top hat
and her grandmother's old clothes
Rachel Kane has gone so far down this
road as to actually present herself like
some decrepit 60s waif even to the
granny glasses and warm sepia tint of |
the CD cover. Musically, it's about as
We're talking about reviving that period when the
60s were drawing to a close,
and had just plain run outta
steam (and inspiration, and
novelty, and imagination,
and integrity, and good
causes, and good drugs, and
just about everything else
worthwhile from earlier in
the decade).
It was a period in which
the performer took on a
greater significance than
what was being performed
When somebody like the
Rolling Stones, or Eric
Clapton could churn out any
old shit just to please their
overblown egos, and the
fans would lap it up faster
than a puppy laps up its own
Whether it was in reaction to this trend, or merely
just another manifestation
of it, the era also saw the
rise of 'Mellow,' an ultra-laid back, soft-pop
spawned by folkie female artists decked out in
their grandmothers' cast-offs. A cast
of youngish women trying to look
much, much older, with names like
Helen Reddy, Carole King, and
(shudder!) Melanie, performers whose careers
rose and fell faster than
the Star Wars defense
program, manifested themselves like magic mushrooms on a pile of dung
after a long rainy spell.
These are the lost ones. Like the soft sepia tints
on the album covers, they represent the long for-
interesting as anything churned out by
the originals from which she apparently draws her inspiration.
It literally begs the question:
'Whatever happened to Punk?' Is this
some evil record company plot,
dredged up from the X-Files to sanitise
popular music again? The worst of it is, Rachel
Kane is actually capable of putting together the
occasional good tune, like 'Gypsy,' which despite
its innate 70s anthemic quality, has a distinctly
modern sound lacking on the rest of the CD.
Honestly. Sitting in Blood Alley whackin' crack
with Martha Piper would be more inspiring.*?*
—Andy Barnaul
at BCTel Studio Theatre
until March 21st
cheeky and provocative
ion earth
by Duncan McHugh
'You're on earth, there's
These are the words
characters in Samuel
Endgamn. These words,
tially pin down the
of seemingly random
insults, csmerges a very
no cure for that!*
of Hamm, one of the four
Beckett's   1957   classic
spat out mid-rant, essen-
of this play. Amid swirls
dialogue, repetition and
potent and acerbic world-
tionless    nature
some of the dialogue,
these two actors kept
the audience hooked.
Though their timing seemed ever so slightly off,
their conversations fired back and forth, forging the :
relationship that is central to the play and probably '
its most interesting element
Joe Procyk, as Hamm's elderly father Nagg, was
also a delight to watch. Though his tacked-on
English accent seemed to wobble slightly, his facial
contortions and stiff body movements were effective and comic. Laura Nordm, as Hamm's mother,
'■You're on earth, there's no cure for thai!"
view—existential nausea in theatre form. But this is
not really- a gloomy or depressing piece. With a sarcastic, cryptic intelligence and a dry wit, this is one
hour and forty-five minutes of mesmerising and
very funny performances.
Both Errol Durbach and Bernard Culling, as the
play's two central characters, Hamm and
Qov respectively, are
magnificent Given the
drawn-out and direc-
No cure
was appropriately mure reserved and also turned in
a very good performance
The set, costumes, make-up and lightning were all
very well done and worked well The BC Tel Studio
Theatre also suited the production, as its open and
round setup functioned well with the minimal set
design. In summary, this is an excellent production
with very good performances of a cheeky and thought
provoking play. If you are iooldsg S» something to-
poke and tickle your frontal lobe, please support BBCs
local theatre and see Endgame, it is well worm the
effort* £189!
Rusty's Head a breath of fresh air
(Handsome Boy/BMG)
While shamelessly borrowing from the best
musicians of our time, Rusty has successfully created a well-crafted CD with their third
album Out of their Heads. Needless to say,
the CD is a breath of fresh air.
Their influences range from Red Hot
Chili Peppers ('Feel the Vibe' sounds reminiscent of RHCP's version of 'Love
Rollercoaster') to The Doors (the trailer trash
song, 'It's Christmas Time and I'm Poor") to
Huevos Rancheros (the surf-sound of 'La
Surprising anyone expecting another
'Empty Cell," the CD is a wild mix of rock,
funk, surf-guitar, and a few cover tunes.
True to the styles from the 60s and 70s
that Rusty tries .to emulate, not only are the
two cover tunes from that era (Velvet
Underground's 'Sunday Morning" and The
Kinks' "The End of the Day') the production
style also extends to the other tracks, leaving
a distinct retro feel.
'Let's Break Robert Out of Jail' features a
keyboard arrangement typical of the music
of the time (the track being placed between
the two cover tunes is by no means an accident), while the guitar work of 'Rider' lends
itself to comparisons with Pete Townsend.
As the stylistic diversity leads to distinct
sounding tracks, each song stands out on its
own. While the CD is rather short (it clocks in
at a mere 38:01) Rusty makes each second
count by not drowning the listener in droning guitar riffs and meaningless lyrics.*!*
The Plaid Tongued Devils
(Spirit River)
Despite the inclusion of a pungent
PVC promotional sticker in the CD,
hi klezkavama did not stink as
much as I expected.
In an odd twist of fate, Calgary
natives The Plaid Tongue Devils chose
to release their fourth album as a
musical score. In Klezkavama is an
ambitious project clearly designed to
be a work of art appreciated, not only
by music aficionados, but by theatre
buffs and comic book fans. The CE>
tells the story of an imaginary town,
evolving around four characters:
including a neurotic demon and vio-
lin-playing panhandler.
The music itself is a bizarre combination of Eastern European Klezmer and Ska-
_or Gypsy Rock as the Plaid Tongued Devils
prefer to call it With manic energy, every
song is a twist on the traditional The CD
contains odd subject matter, with titles like
"Never Drown a Cat' and "When You're
Dead*. Strange sampling effects show up irt
instrumental tunes while funky rap beats;
accompanied with virtuoso string
work find their way into the mix.
Though unusual, the combination
of traditional and modern styles is
. The music is intended to be part
of a stage musical—extensive liner notes
place each song into context In fact the
Plaid Tongued Devils worked with the ]
Calgary based theatre group One Yellow,
Rabbit to stage hi Klezkavama for The
Calgary Theatre for the Perfonning arts
between February 20 and March 14,
As well, there are tentative plans to,
release a graphic novel based on In \
Klezkavama. This is fitting, as the illustrations in the liner notes lend recollect Rob
Zombie's little doodles in White Zombie's
Astro Creep 2000.
The Plaid Tongue Devils are infectious.
Their songs are fast paced, and while not:
deep in meaning the music is fun to listen
to. While most people shy away from music
of this nature, its unique style makes it,
worth a look.*
Plaid Tongued Devils infectuous
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Afshin Mehin
Eveiyone knew the game was over when Casey Sedgman
stepped up to the microphone. Earlier that day Holly Kim
had been shopping somewhere north of Iqualuit with
Alex Bustos, and Penny Cholmondeley when she came
across two sacks of purple plastic balk. As she dragged
them southwards slowly she passed Jeff Bell, Tara
Westover, Jamie Woods and Joe Clark watching intently
for UFOs under the broad Prairie sky. The sight of working people behind her, she soon reached Federico
Barahona reclining at the edge of the lake watching
shalpnp Takara and frantically trying to save Doug Quan
Alas, it was too late, he swam far too deep this time. Holly
proceeded south and in no time reached a wheat field.
Alone, Ronald Nurwisah was gently tossing green peas
into the sky. Somewhat further along Chris Nuttall-Smith
and Todd Silver were seen grinding their notepads and
pens into a gravel road with their heels. By the time she
reached the suburbs Holly was very tired and stopped to
rest As she sat in silence Andy Barham strolled by, juggling bicycle wheels. Vince Yim followed closely after with
the frame of his bike. Holly hopped on the bus and was
amazed to see Duncan McHugh driving As if that weren't
enough, Heidi NuttaltSmith was painting the back seats
green When the bus ride was over and Sarah Galashan
was seen running back to the Ubyssey, banana in hand.
Holly suspected the truth. She climbed the staire outside,
passing by Richard Lam who was bathing in the decorative fountain, and Wolf Depner, who was sitting on a large
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Humanities 101
Most of the images in the news about the
Downtown Eastside are of a human jungle we'd
rather not know anything about A community
with drug problems, a community where prostitutes often turn up dead, a community with the
highest HIV infection rate in North America.
The Downtown Eastside is often the last stop
for those without money or hope—the end of the
line. It is also home to to a disproportionate
number of displaced aboriginal people. And to
many who, due to cutbacks, have been released
prematurely by psychiatric wards.
But the area is also home to a real community-
According to community activist Jim Green,
however, 90 per cent of those living in the area
don't leave it, even to explore. While Green says
that many in the area are inclined to read voraciously, most of those in the community interact
little with anybody outside it
Enter Humanities 101, a program aiming to
give Downtown Eastside residents abroad introduction to great works of literature, film, the fine
arts, and philosophy.
Humanities is not about teaching a specific,
easily marketable skill, and completion of the
program does not guarantee an immediate way
out of poverty. Humanities 101 is not about
teaching "marketable' skills that can easily
translate into a job.
Having a job is just one part of the equation.
Humanities 101 is about gaining perspective
and offering hope. It is about the chance to
express previously unheard opinions. It is about
giving analytical skills to those who never had
access to them because of their socio-economic
background or race. It is about taking control. It
is about fighting back.
As with any program that tries to bridge the
gulf between two enormously different worlds,
there will be problems. Some could be tempted
to turn the program into a missionary exercise
in saving lost East Side souls. As long as each
encounter is seen as a dialogue as much as a
tutorial, however, students will want to stay in
the program.
The Humanities 101 program will not be an
elixir for those who sign up. What it will do is
provide a chance to reflection, not only for those
who are accepted into the program, but for those
who teach it and society as a whole.**
SFU grads say
'yes'to CFS
The graduate students of Simon
Fraser University encourage you to
vote YES to joining us in the
Canadian Federation of Students.
With the recent decision by the
graduate students of the University
of Victoria to join the CFS, ayes vote
would mean that almost all graduate students in this province would
be able to work together through
the CFS-BC, in addition to working
with graduate students across the
country on national issues.
Provincially, the CFS has been
successful in lobbying for a third
year of frozen tuition fees. The
Federation also contributed substantially to the legal challenge of
raised ancillary fees and differential fees for international graduate
students at UBC. The CFS has also
secured slots on many government
committees relating to higher education. Nationally, the. National
Graduate Council (the graduate
branch of the CFS) has been successful in its campaign calling on
the government to increase funding to thee granting councils
(SSHRC, NSERC and the MRC).
These are just a few of the ways in
which students across the country
have recently been successfully
advocating through the CFS.
In addition to advocacy, the
CFS provides the very tangible
benefit of the International
Student Identity Card (ISIC) free
to all of its members. Based on
this alone, students gain by membership. Please vote YES, and
join us!
Joy Morris
Graduate Issues Officer
Simon Fraser Student Society
Strength of CFS
lies in numbers
I am writing to encourage you to
vote YES in your upcoming referendum on full membership in the
CFS. As local 89, graduate students at the University of Victoria
are the latest addition to the BC
component and the National
Graduate Caucus (NGC) of the CFS.
In October of 1997, Grad students
at UVic voted overwhelrningly to
join the CFS after a discussion
about how to become active in
provincial and federal lobbying
efforts. Since becoming members
we have stood with other students
across the province and the country to demand better accessibility
to post-secondary institutions and
a national grants system.
In the short time we have been
members of the CFS, the BC government has frozen tuition for the
third year in' a row and the last
federal budget included new funding for the granting councils and
small gains for all students. In
addition to these tangible rewards
for lobbying, the CFS has managed
to put student debt and the de-
funding of post-secondary education on the national agenda.
In February, CFS member local
schools organized a day of action
to protest against intolerable student debt loads. Protests were
held from St John's,
Newfoundland to Victoria, BC and
almost every major news outlet in
the country carried the protest as
its lead item. Media coverage of
student issues has never been
higher and the quality research
and lobbying the CFS does is the
only way to keep post-secondary
education at the forefront of
debates about the future of social
As graduate students we are
also voting members of the NGC.
The NGC is an active caucus within the Federation that develops
campaigns specific to graduate
students. The NGC has a staff person dedicated to researching graduate student issues and the NGC
has its own executive structure
that includes a chair, a treasurer
and a representative who sits on
the national executive of the CFS.
The NGC meets at least 3 times a
year and works to raise the profile
of graduate student research and
The strength of the CFS lies in
numbers. There are over 400,000
students in the CFS and we form
the most vocal and influential
voice for democratic access to
post-secondary education in the
country. The battle is now on for
the future of post-secondary education in Canada and the CFS is
standing up for a fully funded, public post-secondary education system that is accessible to everyone.
I hope that you will choose to join
us in that fight by voting YES to full
membership in the Canadian
Federation of Students.
Michael Conlon
University of Victoria
Graduate Students Society WUSC says pie in the face not funny
by Nicole Radziminski
and Kristi Kenyon
We are writing this letter on behalf of
the members of the World University
Service of Canada (WUSC), a UBC AMS
club. As a club, we focus on "global
awareness" education—as students,
our aim is to become aware of the different political, economical, and cultural situations of countries different from
our own, particularly those of Latin
America, Africa and Asia. WUSC-UBC,
with the financial assistance of the students of UBC ($1 of your student fees),
is also able to sponsor two refugee students each year.
On Thursday, February 27,  1998,
(   Perspective
as part
of its
initiative to
educate the students of UBC on global
concerns, invited four speakers to participate in a debate which addressed
the issue of human rights and economic development Two of the four speakers, Dr Herbert Grubel and Chihn Vu
held views that looked favourable on
economic development, while the
other two speakers, Jaggi Singh and
UBC's Jo Hmchliff argued that human
rights in many parts of the world are
being sacrificed in the name of economic development. WUSC regrets to
inform the students of UBC that despite
hosting an event open to questions,
criticism, and differing views, one student chose to ignore any means of
intelligent or informative critique, and
instead, threw a pie at Dr Herbert
Grubel apparentiy to signify his dis
taste for Dr Grubel's opinion.
The student did not venture to
explain to WUSC or to Dr Grubel why
he threw the pie, and instead left the
memers of WUSC to deal with the
aftermath. The consequences of this
action have been numerous, and the
members of the local
WUSC committee have
had to deal with them
over the last three weeks.
We have been forced to
spend valuable time and
money which could easily
have been spent more
productively: time from
our weekly meeting to
discuss the problem of
dealing with what happened, time to write apology letters and this article, and last but
not least, club money to pay the dry
cleaning bill for Dr Grubel's and Chihn
Vu's suits (total: $45). We are a club
trying to do productive things when he
decided that it would be "cool" and
"effective" to throw the pie at Dr
Grubel. Tell me, is halting a discussion
opn to all views with humiliation "effective?" What about the students who
took time to hear the debate and
wished to continue hearing the arguments of both parties involved, if only
to further strenthen their own views?
It is in this respect that all of the students of UBC, not just WUSC, will deal
with the aftermath of this act (and similar ones like it). The impossibility of
recognising the individuality of all
30,000 students at UBC means that a
foolish act by any one student comes to
We are a dub
trying to do
things, to educate students in
an informative
represent a "typical" act of a UBC student How can we, as students, expect
to be taken seriously in our views and
to be treated with respect when it has
been proven, by this act and by others,
that UBC students are capable of doing
thoughtless and unnecessiiry things?
Human rights is of
the utmost importance, and we cannot expect to be
given trie respect
and trust we feel
we deserve until all
students; recognise
that the only way
for us to be truly
effective is through
informed discussions, Eirguments,
and protests. Regardless of how we
feel about Dr Grubel or his views, we
have no more right to violate his personal rights then anyone else has to
violate ours.
No one at the university, whether a
visiting speaker, student, or teacher,
should be the target of a physical act
because of the belief he or she holds.
Thankfully, the majority of students
realize that in order to be truly effective
as a voice, we cannot afford to act without thinkipg carefully about the consequences. Our hope is that all students
will realize this and respect the rights
of the 29,999 others on campus.
Please, in the future, think twice before
acting on a whim.<»
Nicole RadzminsM and Kristi Kenyon
are members of WUSC-UBC
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