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Who
world
Local filmmaker Dan Ireland had
one wish in this whole wide world:
to make movies. Some wishes do
come true.
by Peter T. Chattaway
The Whole Wide World
opens today at the Fifth Avenue cinema
For Dan Ireland, directing The Whole Wide World is a
dream come true. More than four decades after he first fell
in love with film, Ireland is bringing his first feature, about
the frustrated love life of Conan author Robert E. Howard,
to Vancouver.
"I don't think Howard ever had a choice in his life of
what he would be," says the 46-year-old Vancouver native,
who says he felt a bond of sorts with Howard. "He was a
writer. And I was a film enthusiast, I was a total film nut.
And I didn't know where it would lead me."
The first film Ireland remembers seeing was Them!, the
sci-fi flick about giant ants, which he saw at the age of five
in a drive-in theatre with his parents. He got his first job at
14 as a doorman for the Vogue theatre. He eventually tried
studying political science at UBC, but gave that up to
embark on a career that saw him work at almost every theatre in town.
At the time, though, there was very little space for the
more interesting, independently produced films that
Ireland wanted to show. So, at 24, he moved to Seattle with
his high school buddy Daryl McDonald to renovate the
Moore Egyptian theatre, a building that dates back to 1907.
"We sort of uncovered this jewel, and we did it by going
around the city of Seattle and advertising for anybody that
was a movie theatre fanatic to help us do this, and we
promised them jobs when we opened. And we had 3 7 dressing rooms downstairs, and we gave them food and shelter."
He laughs. "And jobs! It was like a whole little family for
about six months, and it was scary, it was so unbelievable. It
was great. When I look back at the most fun time of my life,
it was putting that theatre together and getting it going."
After that, they founded the Seattle Film Festival, which
has gone on to become one of the strongest festivals of its
kind in North America.
In 1986, it was time for another change. This time,
Ireland left McDonald in charge ofthe festival to become an
actual film producer with Vestron Pictures. "It was an
opportunity to get closer to fUmmaking. It was an opportunity to really grow and change, and one should always reinvent themself in ways that they want to. If you have a
dream, it's never too late to realise it as long as you have
breath and body."
The first film Ireland produced was John Huston's The
Dead. That, he says, was one of the "pivotal" experiences
that convinced him he wanted to direct. The other was Ken
Russell's Whore, a disaster following which Ireland swore
he would take a more hands-on approach.
Enter Ben Mouton, an actor on Whore who introduced
Ireland to Michael Scott Myers and a script he had written
about Novalyne Price, a former teacher of theirs who had
had an on-again, off-again relationship with Robert E.
Howard.
Ireland told Myers the script-185 pages of sheer dialogue-would need some work if it was ever going to be anything but a radio play. But after some tense discussion,
Myers and Ireland agreed to work together on changing it
into a proper movie.
Their first choice to play Howard was Vincent D'Onofrio,
who had played the overweight Private Pyle in Full Metal
Jacket. D'Onofrio turned out to be so enthusiastic about the
project, he came on board as a fellow producer, as well. And
when the money people threatened to chop whole scenes
out of the story to trim the already paltry $1.3 million bud
get, D'Onofrio used the script approval clause in his con
tract to veto the cuts.
"He was the guy that really cleared the path for me to
direct," Ireland says. "He was amazing. He just kept putting
in money out of his own pocket, so I could have the
one
Greyhound bus at the end. He was gonna pay for an extra
day, but I finished on time. I had the bond coming down on
my back, threatening me I'd never work again, and he'd
pick up the phone between takes and do this intense
scene—and he wouldn't tell me! He was great! He'd tell
Donald Kushner, 'Donald, I don't feel too well today. I think
I might be sick. Unless, perhaps, your people leave. Very
shortly. Like, real shortly.' Working with an actor who is
that resourceful is wonderful."
Ireland was also lucky to find the perfect leading lady
in Renee Zellweger, an unknown with bit parts in indie
fare such as Dazed and Confused, when Olivia d'Abo
turned out to be six months pregnant two weeks before
shooting started. That last-minute change proved to be
lucky for Zellweger as well, who landed a leading role
opposite Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire after playing
Novalyne Price.
Being a top-notch Hollywood flick, Jerry Maguire made it
through production and post-production fast enough to hit
theatres a month ago, while Whole Wide World, as a low-
budget indie, has trickled through the festival circuit, quietly biding its time. The difference in schedules works out
quite well, since more people may be interested in Whole
Wide World now that they've seen Zellweger. The intervening year has also given Ireland the chance to trim his film
to a more manageable length, though he found it painful
cutting out the subplot that dealt with Howard's racism.
"It's really amazing in this world of being PC, how people were really, really pissed off with his character during
the scene. It doesn't bother me at all, I love that, but people really lost it for him. Robert E. Howard was really into
purity of race, at that point in his writing, but it changed
later, probably because of Novalyne, and it broke my heart
to take it out. It was their best work, it was fucking great. But it was 18 minutes that I would
: have had to put in the film, and it just didn't
work. I'm gonna try to put that back in, maybe
on the laserdisc."
Despite the author's problematic dark side,
Ireland says he can sympathise with Howard,
who was considered crazy for his adolescent
obsession with sex, violence and fantasy worlds,
since Ireland himself was taken to a psychologist
in grade four when he announced in Show &
Tell, that he had seen Psycho ten times.
"They were scared!" he laughs now. "Be
afraid, be very afraid! My teacher was so terrified because I confessed I'd seen this movie and
I loved it. The first day it opened, I did skip
school to see it, and I finally got busted. If they
were Walt Disney movies they might have
thought a little bit lighter about it, but it was
things like Psycho, Room at the Top, and The
Apartment—anything that was adult. And also, I
had this great affection for B-horror films. They
would ask me what movie I was going to, and I'd
say Darby O'Gill and the Littie People, and I'd go
across the street and see The Horrors of the
Black Museum and The Wasp Women."
Wasp women over a singing Sean Connery?
Hrnmm. Tough call. So would Ireland—who's
currently working on preproduction for Mona, a
comedy based on Jules etjim to be filmed in
Vancouver or Toronto — like to direct a pulpy B-
movie flick of his own? A Conan movie, perhaps?
"Oh, without question. Are you kidding? I'd like to do the
ultimate Conan movie! I'd like to do it based on Danny
Frazetta's work, creating that kind of visual work, I'd love
to. And if I don't do it, Ridley Scott should do it. Seriously. It
has to be that kind of world, that's hypnotic, cuz no one's
done that. The John] Milius [and] Oliver Stone movie is
pathetic, and the Richard Fleischer film is even worse. I
know Robert E. Howard probably turned over in his grave
15 times when Conan the Barbarian came out, because it's
just so bad compared to what it could have been. He was so
rich in his vivid portrayal of the worlds, that not to take
advantage of that and use that, it was a crime. And I
watched it a couple of times—it was hard to watch, but it
was important for me to watch it. And I just finally realised
I'm going to get much more from just picking up Howard's
work and reading it. And I did." jf 2 THE UBYSSEY, JANUARY 17, 1997
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Basketball star Eric Butler
found success the old
fashioned way, through
hard work, and practice,
lots of practice.
by Bruce Arthur
ERIC  BUTLER IS AN  UNLIKELY SUCCESS STORY.
When the fifth-year basketball forward came to
UBC in the fall of 1992, he did so with little
fanfare and was overshadowed by two more
highly regarded teammates.
But it was Buder who made the successful
leap from third-best player on his high school
team, a rating he admits might be generous,
to the highest level of basketball in the
province.
And he did it the old fashioned way.
"Eric has made himself into a player," says
Birds' coach Bruce Enns. "When he came
from high school, he was six-foot-six, hundred
and seventy pounds. Now he weighs two hundred and ten pounds. So he has worked hard
to build himself up. His skills, too, have
improved tremendously simply from pure
hard work."
However, the first two years under Bruce
Enns were difficult. Butler played very little on
a team dominated by veterans and it was easy
to dismiss the lanky, fresh-faced player firmly
planted on the bench most nights. Still, his
commitment never wavered.
As it is his style, Butler just kept working
and developed into a consistent player, both
offensively and defensively.
Butler, though, nearly never made it to the
level he is at; he considered quitting basketball prior to Grade 10.
"Eric was really frustrated with a lack of
playing time, so he and another teammate
wanted to quit," says former Prince of Wales
teammate Matt Strand. But Buder re-dedicated
himself to the game and according to Strand,
"just worked his ass off."
A starter for the last three
years, Butler has also assumed
a major leadership role on the
team.
"He does whatever he feels
is going to be useful to make a
team better. He is an incredible
team player," says Enns.
But Butler's resolve couldn't
When Eric leaves next year,
there's no question...
somebody may fill his
uniform, but there won't be
another Eric Butler
-T-Bird Coach Bruce Enns
AIR BUTLER Star Eric Butler leads a 'Bird attack. Dedication
and hardwork, are his keys to success, richard lam photo
overcome a broken left foot that forced him to
watch last year's national championship from
the bench.
"Eric     dreaded
the    thought   that
some   day   in   the
future   he   would
look back and say
'my team needed
me,  and  I  wasn't
there',"  says Enns.
His left foot still hasn't healed yet and
he can't play three
games a row.
"There'll be one time where I'll play
three games in a row," says Butler,
"and that'll be in Halifax."
That's if the Birds make it that far
this year. And if they don't, it won't be
for any lack of effort on Butler's behalf.
Once again, he has been one of the
Birds' most consistent players. "Not
getting to play at nationals was one of
the hardest things I've had to do in my
life...but I think it just gives me more
hunger, more drive to make sure I end
my five years in the right way and
hopefully that'll happen."
While Butler will be done with CIAU
hoops this year, he doesn't want to
hang up the sneakers quite yet. He
hopes to play in Europe for one or two
years and just "live in another country
and have fun doing that."
If all is said and done, Enns will
hate to see Butler leave UBC. "Eric is
like my son," he says. "He'll be successful in whatever field he goes into.
He doesn't have to continue with basketball to be high in my books. When
Eric leaves next year, there's no question... somebody may fill his uniform,
but there won't be another Eric
Butler."^/
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Foreign Grads face huge fee hike
 by Neal Razzell
Look up. Way up. That's where foreign graduate students' tuition will be next September,
310 per cent higher than their Canadian colleagues'.
Last month, UBC's Board of Governors
approved a 24 percent tuition hike for foreign graduate students. Those starting programmes in September will pay another 2.5
times in addition, bringing their fees into the
$8000 range.
Some 1500 students from 102 countries
take higher degrees at UBC.
The increase, say students, will be devastating for many overseas grad students.
"As it is," says Bianca Kuipers, a PhD student from Auckland studying pollution in the
Canadian environment, "I just have enough
to live on."
Graduate Student Society Director of
Student Affairs Michael Hughes said the university also stands to lose.
"The university wants to remain a world
class research institution, however, much of
the research at the university is done by
international students who will not be able to
come here if the changes go through."
Kuipers concurs. Of three foreign students
in her research group, one will quit if the
increases are given final approval by the
Board of Governors in February.
But the university says it had litde choice.
In November, Ministry of Education officials reminded university representatives
that the current tuition freeze applied only to
domestic students. A month later the Clark
government cut UBC's grant by $ 1.2 million
and announced a $ 1.67 million recurring cut
after 1997-98.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS line up to speak out against the proposed 310 percent fee
increase slated for graduate students next year at the Your UBC Forum richard lam photo
The government estimated a fee increase
for foreign grad students would make-up the
shortfall exactly.
But, says the Graduate Student Society, the
increase was rushed through without either
consultation or consideration.
UBC's Vice-President Academic Dan Birch
acknowledged that the increase was
approved quickly, saying the Board of
Governors pushed the changes through
because they wanted the new budget figures
included in graduate directors' letters of
acceptance to new foreign students.
Immigration Canada forbids foreign students entry unless they prove sources for
their financial needs, which will top $ 15,000
next year. University Graduate Fellowships
cover only $13,500.
Asked how students could work around
this provision, Birch was unequivocal: "They
won't."
But he promised the university, "will continue to work with Immigration Canada to try
to get greater understanding and sympathy
for the circumstances of the students."
Sympathy, however, may not be enough
for some international graduate students.
"I'm actually quite worried how I'm going to
manage," said Kuipers, "I don't really know."
At press time, Minister of Education Paul
Ramsey was out of the country and could not
be reached for comment, jj
Althetics cries foul over funding cuts
 by Wolf Depner
UBC athletes may be skating on
thin financial ice next year in
light of recent changes to BC's
athletes assistance program.
The province's sports service
branch announced last month
that it was cutting its $1.5 million athlete assistance budget by
$500,000 for 1997/98 and giving exclusive spending authority
over the  remaining million to
ATHLETICS DIRECTOR Bob Philip
was visibly upset at the recent
atheletic cuts, richard lam photo
individual amateur sports organisations.
The changes mean UBC
Athletics loses control over
$200,000 worth of athletes' assistance funds currently distributed
to 120 team sport varsity athletes.
Those athletes will remain eligible for some of that money, but
only if they can meet criteria set
by the province.
Leaders in the student athletics community are crying foul.
Thunderbird Athletic Council
Vice-President Lisa Archer said
athletes will be hit very hard
because many depend on financial assistance to carry them
through the school year.
"It's very difficult for a student
athlete to have a part-time job or
to have any sort of extra income,"
she said, adding that some players have already expressed
doubts about being able to play
varsity sports next year.
Bob Philip, director of athletics at UBC, said he is particularly
frustrated because the changes
violate a written agreement be
tween BC colleges and universities and the provincial government. Under the deal, signed last
June, any cuts to provincial
sports funding would be shared
equally between post-secondary
schools and the provincial sports
organisations. This cut, he said,
comes completely at the expense
ofthe schools.
Tom Jones, manager of athlete
development for BC, says the
focus ofthe athlete assistance program was never solely on universities and colleges. Jones still considers universities a significant
player in the development of high-
calibre athletes, but added that a
new approach was required to
fund deserving athletes in a time
of government cutbacks.
"Funding is now based on
merit rather than on affiliation
with a university," he says.
First-year soccer goalie Sarah
Collings said that any cutbacks
will make UBC an unattractive
option for young, promising high
school athletes. She maintained
she would probably have come to
UBC even if she had known about
the recent changes, but the decision would have been tougher.
"I don't know what I would
have gotten from SFU, but I
would have definitely taken that
under consideration," she said.
Philip said these changes will
send the wrong message to BC
high school athletes and force
them to pursue their education
and athletics outside of BC.
"There are people leaving
right now. Every time you pick
up the paper, you read about talented high school kids going to
the States and Alberta."
But David Smith, Pacific
Northwest Regional Director for
College Prospects, a US-based
scouting agency for American and
Canadian schools, doesn't buy it.
"The average athlete going to
UBC doesn't get an awful lot of
money compared to the kid who
has already made up his mind to
go down to the United States and
get a full ride playing football.
Those kids are not going to
change their mind." jf
Mew fee hikes
draw crowd
by trfan Dhalla
Faced with the possibility of increasing fees at UBC, about 200 students
came out to the latest Your UBC
Forum last Wednesday to debate
"tuition and other fees."
While many previous Your UBC
Forums held in the SUB conversation pit saw students eating lunch
and generally ignoring the debate,
Wednesday's crowd was standing-
room only; virtually everybody was
paying close attention.
Discussions at the forum mainly
focused on two issues: the possibility
of a student technology fee, and the
planned increase in international
graduate students' tuition next year.
Many people asking questions
about the proposed technology fee
wanted to know what degree of con-
saltation students could expect from
the university. The proposed fee is
about $ 100 per student; revenue collected from the levy will be used to
increase technology support for students.
Your UBC panelists Jessica
Escribano, assistant director of student affairs for the Graduate Student
Society, said neither the AMS nor the
GSS would support the technology
fee unless a student referendum was
held on the issue.
But Commerce Professor Bob
Goldstein, who sits on the Student
Information Technology Advisory
Gonimittee, seemed worried about
the prospect of a referendum. "The
problem is, what happens if you
don't get [a positive result]?" asked
Goldstein.
At that point, a heckler from the
crowd interrupted, "It means the students don't want it."
Forum moderator Maria Klawe,
who is also the university's vice-president of student and academic services, replied that UBC's Board of
Governors is the authority on fee
increases, and said the university
would not hold ahinding referendum.
But the GSS is considering holding a referendum on the technology
fee anyway; such a referendum
would be held only among graduate
students and UBC's Board of
Governors could still implement the
fee even if students voted against it.
Even Klawe seemed to contradict
herself at times during the debate.
When defending the Board of
Governors' right to impose an extra
fee without student approval, she
said, "We'd like decisions to be made
by informed people."
Later however, she said that the:
GSS's planned referendum was a
good idea, and said, "I'm hoping the
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Klawe promised a vigorous campaign from the university if a vote
were to be held. jfw
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Mudgirl and the poster boy
Mudgirl and Moist talk about doing the
dishes, playing guitar and living in a
small apartment in a big city.
 by Theresa Chaboyer
Mudgirl and Moist
opening for I Mother Earth Jan 20 at the PNE Forum
Where did Mudgirl get its name? From a short story, The
Mudgirl, written by lead singer Kim Bingham.
"Mudgirl is me thinking about what I want to do next as
Mudgirl," Bingham says. "I'm interested in doing broader
things, like the story."
In essence Mudgirl is the name of her company, which she
doesn't limit to musical pursuits. The Mudgirl will be published in the next year, with its own website, and Bingham, who
manages herself, produced her independent debut First Book.
Bingham has a unique exercise for coming up with creative
ideas, though the ease with which she applies it has infuriated
other writers: "I try to write a song or come up with something
in fifteen minutes a day and, after fifteen minutes is over, drop
the guitar and go back to washing the dishes."
Bingham has several of these daily ten-minute regimens,
and she insists people would be much happier if they did something they loved for ten minutes each day.
Bingham is awed by the perfect timing of her tour with
"I'm waiting for screaming girls
every night. The guys in my band
are, like, totally stoked and I'm just
going, 'Oh God, please.'"
Kim Bingham of Mudgirl
a total poster boy tour, I'm waiting for screaming
every night. The guys in my band are, like, totally s
and I'm just going, 'Oh God, please.'"
Mudgirl's uplifting tunes will be a great contrast
dark lyrics of Moist. Bingham sounds like
McLachlan but with a rougher hip hop edge. I one
Mudgirl open for The Odds (of whom the re<
Stephen Drake is Bingham's husband), and their p
mance was unusually catching for an opening band
Moist and I Mother Earth. This cross-Canada tour is at a much
higher level than she is used to, both for the size of the shows
and the money and time involved as well. And because
MuchMusic is sponsoring the tour, she will get a lot of play and
airtime for her first two releases, "This Day' and 'Adjusted.'
Commenting on Moist's quick rise to fame, she says, "I
guess it has a lot to do with appeal and, well, David's not a bad
looking guy, and Mark's pretty good looking. This is going to be
Misogyny funny
and disturbing
When I first catch up with Moist bassist Jeff Pearce
ensuring his apartment won't have its electricity c
while he was away on tour. When I ask how his lit
been affected by fame, he seems surprised and sco
still live in a little apartment in a big city."
Looking at the lyrics from both of their CDs, Moi;
an exciting number of spiritual references, from "toi
by God" in 'Believe Me' to the tide of 'Resurrection,
second release off of Creature. But instead of reve
some intense spiritual meaning, these reference:
cleverly masterminded to describe the human emot
experience.
"There are lots of references to things like thai
only because those are really important icons as far a
culture goes. Using those sorts of images can be the
descriptive way of trying to get something across."
The members of Moist are independently-r
ed businessmen who still have a tight rein
every aspect of their career. They not only
struct their lyrics carefully with well-known
sions, but they also oversee the translation of
ideas   to   video.   (Pearce   and   guitarist   I
Makoway both have degrees in film from Qt
University.)
The newest video, 'Resurrection,' was the
produced by someone else, but he had sirr
and, even then, "we still had final creative word."
"Starting as an indie band we got used to doir
things ourselves, and even at this point we still do a lc
ourselves. We're still very much involved with runn
at the fan club and designing merchandise and comi
video ideas and that takes up a lot of time."
And how does Moist feel about their music being
in reviews as dark and melancholic? "There are defii
by Richelle Rae
Freeway
at the Ridge theatre until Jan 23
Michael Bright's Freeway is the kind
of movie cult classic junkies flock to.
It has all the necessary ingredients:
a cheesy plot; colourful, cartooned
characters; lots of action; a healthy
dose of satire and irony; and a half-
assed script, its transition to screen
more an example of dumb luck than
talent. A little misogyny doesn't hurt
either, though in this case it's more
than a little. The film begins with
crotch and titty shots of scantily clad
girls being chased by a wolf in a
Robert Crumbesque cartoon.
Bright has taken the Brothers
Grimm fairy tale Little Red Riding
Hood and supposedly retooled it for
the '90s. Reese Witherspoon plays
Vanesssa Lutz, AKA "Red,' but in
this case she is ihe trash-talking illiterate spawn of a crack-addicted
prostitute (a delightfully twitchy
Amanda Plummer). The arrest of
Vanessa's mother and slea2y stepfather, Larry, forces Vanessa to
make some hasty desicions, such as
cuffing her probation officer to her
bed and going on a road trip to her
Grandmother's house, a Grandmother she's never met before.
So where does the wolf
come in?
When Vanessa's car breaks
down on the highway and the
seemingly kind and helpful
Bob Wolverton (Keifer
Sutherland) offers to come to
her rescue. This all happens
in the first ten minutes or so,
and from this point on the
plot gets incredibly convoluted: Vanessa finds out that Bob
is a famed highway serial
killer, she shoots him, goes to
jail, goes to court, breaks out
of jail, finds Grandma, and
finally kills the "wolf."
As amusing as Vanessa's
adventures are, and I did
laugh out loud many times, I
still find it disturbing when
scenes about child molestation and prostitution are supposed to be funny. Bright's
script caters to the male idea
of feminine power, not to its
reality.
Though Vanessa, a perpetual victim both physically and psychologically, does overcome her
many adversaries through her street
smart talk and tough bitch
tantrums, I still find it hard to buy
her as a strong female character.
The stereotypical lesbian inmate
A LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD FOR THE '90s .-
OR AT LEAST THE '70s: Reese Witherspoon
wards off the wolves (and Brooke Shields)
as Vanessa "Red" Lutz in Freeway.
and Brooke Shields' cameo as Mrs
Wolverton, a grown-up Barbie doll,
are huge indicators of Bright's lack
of originality in what he chooses to
satirise and write about. Bright's
treatment of his female characters
belongs in the '70s, not the '90s.jf " '
I      SIIIEIT      GUIDE      TO      TIE      AMS/UPS      ELECTIONS
The President Is the spokesperson for the society. The
President chairs Student Council, the executive committee and
both the Communication Planning and Working Groups.
1) The university is proposing yet another increase in ancillary fees. What would you do in response?
2) One of the President's responsibilities is to be the official liason between the student society and the General
Manager. What would you do to ensure that relations between elected student officials and the full time AMS staff
run smoothly?
3) Assuming that all five elected executives are not on the same slate, what would you do to make sure the new executive works together as a team?
Ryan Danes
Students f or students
II think that with ancillary fees, they are tantamount to tuition. We need meaningful consultation with students on whether or not the students, as the users of the university, feel that these ancillary fees are warranted. I would want to ensure that the university well publicises
any intended fee increase and doesn't just slip them through, claiming them to be necessary for the university. I think one of the most effective ways for students to become aware of the ancillary fees being proposed by the university is if there is a binding referendum held among
the student population with a lot of information, things like the Your UBC Forum, where the question is put out and debated and the university actually solicits feedback. The university has ideas on projects which they feel warrant ancillary fees but they have no way of ensuring that
the students want them without asking.
2 Key in the relationship between the executive and the General Manager is communications. The General Manager attends sessions of the
executive committee and is there to participate fully in the deliberations and discussions. I think it's very important that the General
Manager and the full-time staff be aware of the wishes of the elected executive, the elected council and understand where those are coming
from, why it is that the students feel they need to do a certain plan or take a certain course of action. If that's the case, if they do understand where it's coming from, I've
never seen the staff not respond positively, at the end, to what the students wanted to do. The staff are concerned that the elected students, the elected officials are aware
of all the consequences of their decisions, but at that point, they do recognise that the students of UBC run the society.
3 Well, I've always been a team builder. I think I've had a lot of experience in working with diverse groups of people. I was the Director of AMS Volunteering Services and
that position taught me a great deal about how to get people who don't always initially think they could get along, to get along. People can seek common ground despite
their differences. There's always things that we can work on, there's initiatives. It's not a tragic thing to have variety, and sometimes even forceful debate between people
of opposing views. Often, that brings out some of the best ideas.
Iln response to their trying to get around--what I see as their trying to get around--the tuition fee freeze, I believe that we should have referendum guidelines that students can vote on what they see as necessary ancillary fee's. The University of Toronto has such guidelines, so obviously it is a possibility. I also think students are intelligent enough to know what they need in their education to make it worthwhile, so if they
believe that a technology fee is necessary, then they'll vote for it. If they don't, they won't vote for it. My other problem with ancillary fees is
that they are not tax-deductible. You do not get a tax receipt for them. They're not considered in the same light as tuition.
2As it sits, the liaison does come between the President and Council for the General Manager, but the General Manager could do more reports
direcdy to council. Presendy, that is happening. I would like to see the General Manager report to council more often. As well, I think the
executive should attend managers' meetings to know what's going on, to offer their support and information where they can. As well, I think
executive members have to treat all staff in a respectful nature and realise where they sit within the framework.
3Well, since 1 am on Action Now, my end goal and what 1 hope is that Action Now is elected together because I can see that having five people working together, who come in with a solid goal and a solid vision of what the student union should be, are going to be more effective at reaching
if that isn't to happen, I think you have to get down to work and do the best job that you can.
Jake Gray
Haded Beer Faction
IWell, I think I'd probably throw a really big party and have lots of beer and try and invite as much of the faculty out as 1 could and then while
they were really drunk on the free beer that we'd be giving the faculty, we'd try and get quotes from them that we could print so that we could
send letters to the other people like the President and everybody else, from the faculty saving that, "you know, the faculty doesn't want these
increases; it's not really us."
2Well I think this can also be solved by really big parties with a lot more free beer. Also, you don't want the AMS doing stupid things, which
they are continually doing and you want the AMS to be run in a smart way, so you just make sure that the General Manager knows what the
plans are and you keep them involved in everything that you can.
31 think this also can be easily solved in our slate because ours is based on making sure that people have a good time with lots of free beer and
that. I think, will help to bring the different groups together and this also brings up my thought that this year, there's not enough normal
slates. I mean, we've got these joke slates running. Action Now, like that's going to get anywhere; and Students for Students, who are they trying to kid? So, you know, quite frankly, 1 don't think there's going to be a problem.
those goals. But
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UBC StUJ^HT <J0»J5***MINT ams/ups election guide
Hie Vice-President takes care of internal university issues.
The VP chairs the University Commission and coordinates all
of the AMS student services.
1) One of theVice-Preisdent's responsibilities is to
chair the University Commission. What on-
campus issues do you feel the commission
should address in the upcoming year?
2) Where do you feel the Vice-President's position
fits into the executive structure?
Ruta Fluxgold
Students For Students
1.1 think I have a little bit of an advantage when I'm talking about the university commission because I was the vice chair ofthe university commission for the past two months so I
think that places that need targeting most are academics. Now, 1 think academic accountability encompasses a huge and wide variety of tilings. It includes topics such as advising
and not just scholastic advising, (do we have the right courses, are we going to graduate on
time?). It also includes tilings like career advising. At UBC we do not have enough career
advisors. We have one for the entire population. That's ridiculous. We need to look into this, we need to find out
if we as a society can do something to help out. We can ourselves have career councillors, or if we can in someway help the university to obtain or hire more career councillors. Other things in terms of academics that we
need to look into are things like internship programs and co-op programs. Why does the university still lag
behind in creating these types of opportunities for students? In terms of safety the university commission needs
to continue its campaign to have safety put into the general operating budget at UBC. This doesn't mean necessarily more money for safety, although we'd all like to see that. But it does mean that money that in certain
departments are earmarked for safety need to be used for safety and not for other things. We also need to do a
review of housing appeals because people are unclear and feel that the process is unfair for the most part.
2. The Vice-President's position is essential in the executive structure because it is the primary liaison with the
university in terms of academics, safety and housing, which are issues that affect most students. Academics
certainly affects everybody, we're all here to go to school, therefore the Vice-President affects all students on
campus, so the position is very important. The Vice-President is also important because it provides yet another link to a different section of the university. The services that provide safety services, disability resource services, women's center, these all tie into the budget of the Vice-President's portfolio, and it is necessary, absolutely necessary to maintain a link with these university institutions so that we can work together to get the job
done, because if we're constantly stonewalling each other nothing is going to get done.
Victory Hegedus
Independent
LObviousIy there are certain ongoing commissions that will continue being ongoing concerns
for students such as campus safety, academics and the other thing I'd like to see added is issues
of accessibility, especially concerning students of lower income and also disabled. Because
right now they have no representation at all in the AMS and they feel it. Those are the main
ones, and obviously if there are other concerns that students bring forward during the campaign and during my year in office I would definitely consider the possibility of adding them to
my commission positions, nobody really has a certain amount of commission positions already and you can only
support so many, so you want to have a certain percent. But if there very strong, you can get a lot accomplished.
2.The Vice-President's position technically by definition is a liaison between the AMS and the university and its also
to kind of supervise the various services. I find in a way the Vice-President is a very strong position because of all
the relationships with the AMS and with the university, especially considering this year, this coming year with Dr.
Piper, Martha Piper, coming in. It's a wonderful opportunity for the Vice-President to really work on building rapport between the AMS and UBC. We've had some positive movement in that direction and I 'd like to see far more
communication between the two and a lot more student participation and students actually having a vote on
whats going on in UBC's aclministration, because we don't have it right now.
Chris Matisz
Independent
t Definitely I think that Arts advising should be an issue that could be continued to be
addressed. The reason why I got into student politics my second year at UBC was because
I had a, I guess a negative run in with Arts advising and rather than continue complaining
I joined the AUS council to get involved, to see if I could do something positive. I was glad
•to see that commission dealt with the advising issue over this past summer, and I think
that with a more organised survey of student feedback as to their run-ins with advising in
all faculties in university I think that more work could be done. Obviously housing, student housing is another issue with the Shantytown idea getting coverage on local news hour programs. That definitely is something
that not only plagues students but all residents of Vancouver and its a great opportunity for the commissiomo
get involved in something that transcends inter-campus issues and gets involved with community importance. I think that for me the Your UBC Forums are an excellent vehicle for gathering student input I think that
the commissions should look at that vehicle for gathering more student input. I think what the commissions
should definitely do is get Arts, or not Arts Undergraduate Society but all undergraduate societies to become
more academically involved. For instance my position with the AUS as academic coordinator, if similar positions can be created and promoted in all undergrad societies and graduate societies I think the commission
could have more of a link with undergraduate societies.
2.1 feel the Vice-President's position is the most diplomatic. It involves and requires the most diplomatic skill
of any exec position because the AMS VP must act as a liaison between faculty and staff at the university level
between students at tlie AMS level and constituency at the udergraduate level and remain in a neutral stance
without taking sides without creating negative debate between university and students. This is a challenge I
look forward to doing and I believe that the key to my being able to this is my communication skills. I find
myself in being able to get people to speak out on their opinions and cooperate with each other rather than
build force and take sides. I think that diplomatic skill in chairing the commission in linking university to students will be my greatest challenge and I believe I can do it.
Brian "Carreras" Cross
The 3 Candidates
1. The first priority is housing. The housing as it stands now is a joke. I'd
invite anyone who didn't have housing to come down to my house in White
Rock and camp out there until we could find them appropriate housing.
The other issue is safety; and it's a serious one and I hope whoever wins this
thing gets off their ass and getsParking and Security to do better with the
second part of their name.
2. Since everyone knows that the real power in the AMS is Val Evans, who runs the office, it would
have to be somewhere beneath Val. Without Val, the AMS shuts down.
Carolyn Granholm
Action Now
1. The commission is primarily responsible for the issues of housing, salelv
and academics; this is what is written out in code. On campus I'd like to see
them address these issues, all these issues and also make sure that they lobby
the university to make them also deal with these issues. The issue of housing
is very important. I'd like to see the commission work towards getting UBC
residents to have the same rights as tenants have off campus. Safety-wise, it's
very important that the university take a greater role in dealing with safety,
but it's also important that safety prevention be expanded to beyond Safewalk and getting more
blue lights. You have to realise that safely is a larger issue than getting from point A to point B.
Most people who are assaulted are assaulted by someone they know, and these are safety issues
we also have to address. In terms of academics I'd like to see the commission work towards getting an interactive net site so that students can make their own course evaluations and hopefully
help students make informed decisions about the courses they want to take.
2. What it says in the Code is that the Vice-President is responsible for activities and at council
for keeping records and such, and it's responsible for the services. Particularly on the executive,
the defined role is to assist the President and to take over the Presidential responsibilities if the
President is not there.
Scott Johnston
Independent
1. The main issue that I feel that the university commission should be
steered towards is reform ofthe UBC housing residence system. I'm a student that's lived at home, I've lived in residence for a year and a half and I've
lived off campus on my own. And I guess I've seen the different opportunities for a student to live, and 1 feel that basically especially in UBC residence there's not much focus on the student's needs. And when a student
signs up to go into UBC housing they are forced to sign a contract whereby they give up their
rights under the residential tenancy act. I feel that this is not right. 1 feel that students deserve
to have those basic rights given to them by provincial law. And so I'd like to see reform on
housing, and basically making residence life a lot better for students on campus. I'd also like
to look at better housing off campus, affordable housing. I think we can challenge attempts
like the Official Community Plan. It didn't allocate enough affordable student housing. I'd also
like to work with the university commission on campus safety and better lighting on campus.
2. As Vice-President you are responsible for the day to day operations of a great deal of excellent AMS student services from Safewalk, to Rentsline, to the Used Bookstore and I think tlie
Vice-President's job is to act as a leader and a facilitator and make sure that these services are
run efficiently and economically and are accessible to as many students: not just certain
groups but the whole membership of the AMS. I think the Vice-President needs to be someone who can be strong with their convictions and principles, who will stand up for what they
believe in, and they will use the university commission to really make a change on campus for
the better of all students. And that means better housing, fighting to make sure tuition is kept
affordable, fighting against their increases in levies and ancillary fees and basically making a
safe and excellent campus for all of us.
Jeremy Thorp
Radical Beer Faction
1. Well I have to say that it's important to understand that there's one priority that the Radical Beer Faction has over anything else and that's to ensure
the continued supply of beer on campus, and to increase the supply on
campus. I'd like the committee to address several really drastic problems
that we feel campus is facing, one of which has just come to my attention
today which is that the Gallery is not open on Sundays and that reduces a
possible drinking time from one entire seventh from what it could be. In addition I think they
should probably look at the beer prices in the Gallery and the Pit. We'd like to see them lowered.
We'd like to some heavy lobbying to breweries and to micro-breweries to try to get better support
for what we believe. We want UBC to be the cheapest beer campus in Canada.
2. Well I'm hoping that it won't really fit in too much because I don't think any of us want to do a
lot of work. As far as I'm concerned tlie President obviously has complete control over the dictatorship if you will. As long as 1 get in there for my beer there'll be... Once we procure the money
from the AMS budget for our beer supply. I'll be right in there second place, and as long as I get
almost as much beer as tlie President does, I'll be happy. ams/ups election guide
The Director of Administration oversees the Student Union
Building. The D of A chairs the Student Administration
Commission and the Renovations Planning Group.
1) With the closure of Pacific Spirit Place Cafeteria, the Student Union Building will be going through some major
changes. How will you work to ensure the outcome is in the best interest of students?
2) Why do you want this job?
3) Club space is at an absolute premium in the SUB. How do you set priorities in the allocation of club space?
Craig "Domingo" Bavis
I The 3 Candidates
IWell obviously the best way to ensure that the interest ofthe students are served when we get the cafeteria is, we start an immediate campaign of wining and dining Martha Piper, the new president whose coming in. So we're probably going to be throwing
some stuff her way. Perhaps a new car, she's new to Vancouver,
we'll take her out on the town and see what she can do. Now as for
the actual cafeteria, we first of all want to see it returned to bowling in the SUB. For
diose of you who were here several years ago you remember bowling was an integral
part ofthe Student Union Building. Personally that's why I came to UBC, you can imagine my dismay when it had been replaced by pool tables. It's a tragedy that can only be
corrected at this point. We've got this opportunity to bring back bowling to the SUB. I
think that's got to be a critical factor. Now we're going to be aided in this by the fact that
Martha Piper, my sources tell me, was the league champion at U of A. So we're going
to try to swing this: we're going to work a promotional deal, maybe we'll name one of
the lanes after her. 1 think this is an excellent chance to recover some hard-earned cash
and be able to serve to the students better. No matter where I go, that's the one thing
I'm always being told - bowling back in the SUB!
2Je ne marche pas la vertu d'un fonctionnaire ne sera pas prise au piege de la vertu
d'un forcat il n'y a que deux verites I'homme est soit bon, soit mauvais mais, lui,
qu'est-il, bon ou mauvais, faux ou vrai commme si le bien pouvait se servir du mal
pour faire douter un juste et pour torturer son ame je ne veux pas etre la proie du
doute cet accident ne peut devier ma rout il n'y a que deux sortes d'hommes et pas
d'autre une pou subir et une autre pour sevir noir ou blanc, hors la loi ou dedans	
3Well to begin with we've got to revamp the entire premium position. As you were saying you do have premium on club space, but I think we should actually take the other
meaning of premium in that clubs that really want space in the SUB should be willing to
pay for them. Lets take for example a comer office here on the second floor, we should
be charging perhaps a $ 100 a month for this. The AMS needs to have some more revenue
generation. Now however there's a lot of clubs that don't have any money but this is certainly an opportunity to do some fundraising. Clubs that have a really good office, they
can sublet them. Of course there's the court yard, if you don't have very much money, hey,
we'll let you set up a tent there. However club space is going to be declining dramatically after we introduce the AMS executive suites on the second floor. Each executive I propose should have their own 3 bedroom studio, complete with kitchen, full bath and
whirlpool. Since we all know AMS executive life revolves around die second floor SUB
and why should we have to leave when this is where our whole life is?
Weihsi Hu
independant
1 Basically, I would first of all, after taking over the space, I
would first give out a survey and ask the public or the students
what they would like to see in the space and as far as I know I am
very sure that the shortage of sitting space is a major problem
and I would like to put more sitting space in there. 1 would like
to open up some stores that will actually be able to help the students such as giving the students cheaper prices or selling things that students will
need when they are on campus.
21 feel that I would like to represent the students and I would like to make some
changes in the SUB. I feel like a lot of the executives or the council members,
once they are in council or they are in the position too long it starts to become a very
interesting situation where they do a lot of jobs, which is a really hard job, but they
have a rare chance of listening to students and listening to students opinions.
3The priorties I would set would be given to the clubs that have the most senority
and that are the most beneficial to the students and those are the ones that really need the club space or office space, because 1 notice a lot of clubs have the space
but they don't use it as often as the other clubs, so it will be given to the ones that
will have the most usage ofthe office space.
Jennie Chen
Students for Students
1
believe that communication is probably the main thing that
■I'll be focusing on this year. We've established this year a dialogue with the university administration and I really feel they
already know how we feel about the entire thing. I would like to
see that space for student space; either for club space, social
space, cause that's something that the campus lacks, is some
sort of central social sort of environment. 1 really think that the AMS should really
fight for the univeristy to be accountable to students. We must have a voice, and we
must be consulted. According to our SUB lease the university is obliged to consult
with us as the AMS is a major tenant in the SUB.
21 really feel in the last year that I have been Director of Administration I've really
spent the year learning and listening and trying to gauge the various forces and
issues that involve students and the entire campus community. 1 really feel that I
know what I stand for, I know what students 1 represent and I have a vision for UBC
to be the best university in Canada and in the world. I have spent the year setting
things up the way I want them to be set up and now I feel I have the vehicles to facilitate my ideas and to carry them out through and through.
3As for club offices, how I have always thought club offices should be allocated is
usually towards the activity of the club, how relevant they are, how students like
- them, how popular they are and basically their need for their office. Some clubs have
approached me and said "we really need it" and usually they get it. With about 200
clubs and only about 40-50 offices that are ready to be allocated it's high in demand
and usually it's a judgement call and sometimes it's a tough one but it's usually based
on need, activity and overall relevance ofthe club to most students of UBC.
ShirazDindar
Action Now
1 First of all I think that students should be fully aware of the
consequences of this closure. A lot of discourse needs to take
place, hopefully in the papers like The Ubyssey, so that people
understand that it is closing down; because right now alot of people don't even know about it. After that, after people start to know
about it, we don't want the university to sell it off to just fast food
chains, which won't represent student interests. It won't be very much a choice of
food, and it's a whole issue of commercialisation issues of the campus that we need
to be aware of. I have been looking at this with the group, with the UBC Culture
Jammers and we are specifically looking at this.
21 feel that there is a lot that needs to be done within the AMS. Specifically, I'll be
dealing with the SUB, where there is a lot of potential for change, and positive
change at that. 1 think right now, the Director of Administration and the Director of
Administrations in the past have focused on running the AMS as a business, including the SUB operations. Now it is important that we don't go into financial bankrup-
cy or anything like but, it's working very well. But we need to have something that is
more for the students instead of running as a separate business. There are a lot of
things you can do. You can put microwaves in the buildings so that you can bring in
your own food, you can make the SUB building more of a community type place
instead of a place where everything is for sale.
3Well as it is now, we are booking rooms for a lot of commercial services. People that
don't even go to the university are paying for it and unfortunately they are paying
for big rooms and we are losing a lot of student space. As for prioritising the space that
we have left, I think we need to work witii the groups in the AMS. As the Director of
Administration, I'd like to be as approachable as possible, I'd like to talk to the groups
and try to work things out. Among other things some groups might not want or need
offices, what they really want is the telephone or fax machine. We could set up a separate office so that all groups could have access to a fax or a telephone and other things
like a filing system. We won't be so short of space otherwise. We have to create creative
alternatives because there is only so much space we have in the SUB. UIIHMU|M» UIUUIIUII  «fUIU«F
The Coordinator of External Affairs deals witt student issues
outside of ihe BBC community. They chair the External Commission and are the contact for other student organizatJoRs.
1) In the May provincial election, the government imposed a two-year tuition freeze. Will you lobby to extend the
tuition freeze; if so how?
2) What do you see as the two or three main areas where the AMS external lobbying effort would be best expanded
this year?
3) Suppose government policy becomes a major issue of concern for students this year. How do you get the government's attention and effect change?
I
I Yes, I, as well as my slate, will be lobbying to prolong the tuition freeze as well as lobbying to keep university fees, costs of university education, down at the same level as it is by opposing ancilliary fees and any additional fees imposed by the administration, as well as any
increases passed on by the provincial government. To do that I think it's important that we get, not just the Coordinator of External Affairs
■who lobbies - that's very important, I intend to be out lobbying and talking with government officials, at all levels, not just provincial - but
also to try to get students more actively involved so it's not simply just an AMS person working; it has to be a broad-based movement.
2The three areas that I am going to focus on if elected are transportation, housing and tuition; basically, making UBC accessible to as many
people as possible. Starting off with - this is something that I have been involved with heavily through my role as President ofthe Student
Environment Centre - is lobbying for better bus access, cheaper bus fares, and better carpooling and better bike facilities on campus. These
issues are extremely political and are very much an external role to be campaigning for. As well, campaigning for affordable housing with the
City of Vancouver, getting cheaper rental housing, better tenants rights, informing students. It's not just tuition that's important to students.
Because of the tuition freeze, tuition will be a lobbying effort but it will be on the back burner compared to these other issues.
3 One ofthe most important things to do if you're going to be lobbying the government is to build coalitions with other people and schools and students so it's not simply the AMS. External [affairs] has to get out ofthe office and get students involved; get other student organisations to go fight with a single voice. Well, multiple voices but all channeling energy in a single way, so it's important that we talk with people and not just do litde phone calls to the government agency. It has to be very active
and trying to get an action: people doing things by either organising rallies, by letter writing campaigns, getting the students agitated and getting the students doing
things, as opposed to letting the AMS rest on their laurels.
for
IWeli 1 do believe that most likely there is going to be a federal election coming up and absolutely I want to make sure education is a priority in
terms of federal and provincial governments. It is a transfer payment to provincial governments, meaning that the provinces can do as they see
best but the federal government has to know that education is a priority. I mean, needless to say, students are the people who are going to make
up the business community, the intellectual community and they are the ones that really need to be supported throughout their education.
However I also want to ensure that when the tuition freeze is lifted, I want to make sure that all pf a sudden we're not going to be faced with a
tuition hike because I know that happened in Alberta. Tuition was increased by 23 percent just last year, and our President right now, Martha,
Piper as well as the new dean of arts, Shiriey Neuman, they were there so for them. A five percent increase may not seem like a great thing, but to
us it is, so I want to make sure that not only education is affordable and accessible but it won't all of a sudden jump if one day the freeze is lifted.
2 External lobbying is something I think is an area that has been created in the past few years. Lobbying, I don't think, was a large part ofthe
AMS in the past and I really think that that's a phenomenal area that's been growing. What I would like to continue is, like I said, education. I
I would like to work closely with the ministers to work out transportation issues. I titink it's unfeasible for BC Transit to deroute 100 buses to UBC in one year, but we can
get the ball rolling to improve transit conditions, the hours the buses are running and make it easier for students to use BC Transit. We have to understand that UBC is a
commuter university and there are some students who will always drive. For those drivers, we need to work on the road conditions, because for drivers and bikers, it's hazardous to hit a pothole that's half a foot deep. The third issue that Students for Students and myself would want to work on is safety on campus. I think that some of the
most treacherous areas in terms of safety conditions are the roads leading to campus. Southwest Marine Drive is hideous to drive at night. We need to work with the city
to implement lights. We need to work with both the university and the city to ensure safety is a priority for students and staff.
3 Well I think that government policy, if not already, is a major concern for students. If it hasn't been I think it's the AMS' job because the AMS represents students. I think
people have to stop thinking the AMS is an autonomous body working without students because that is who we are, we are the students. So I think it's our job to make
sure the students realise that the government really is affecting their lives. Be it through transfer payments for education, be it through sponsorship from the business community or social welfare programs for our citizens, everyone is affected by government actions. The AMS tries to get their message across to students without listening to
what it is the students need and the AMS can learn alot from what it is the students have to say because, like I said, the AMS is the students. Only through education of
ourselves, which is why we're at university, can we get the government's attention because we will make up the intellectual community.
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1) In tight financial times, how would you strike a balance between the society's financial stability and providing student services?
2} If further opportunities for corporate sponsorship arose how would you approach them. What would your recommendation be from the Director of Finance's position?
3) As Director of Finance, you'd be responsible for a multi-million dollar budget. What qualifies you to oversee that
amount of student money?
Tiffany Ho
rat I would like to see is that they've cut back a lot this year. I'd like to
the executive take a cut in their pay. They get paid S16,000 a year for
their services, that equals to around, I calculated it to be if you worked
seven, around $8.30 an hour or so. But that's a lot of money. If they even
just cut down—that's over a thousand dollars a year—I mean a month. If
they just took maybe just SI ,000,52,000 dollars off their pay, I mean that's extra money that's
five so say $2,000 they get off their pay a year that's times five, that's already $10,000 to go to
services which are important.
2What I'd do is get the students' opinion on what they want. I mean I was voted—if I
do get elected in I would represent the students and their views are really important.
I can't make a decision on my own on what to do, I'm going to do what the students
would want and whatever the majority of students want. That's how I would vote for.
3I've worked three years on the finance commission. I started in my first year and I've
worked diligently. And I've worked with three director of finances so I've picked up
a lot of better qualities that they have had and I've picked up a lot of ideas and how I
would like to—ideas I would like to pursue, that's how.
Pat
The3
1 That's a very good question, I'm very glad you asked that. After year
after year of broken promises I pledge to break the never ending cycle
of corrupt, vote-buying politicians. Due to the importance of handling
the financial affairs of the AMS I feel that I am eminentiy qualified for the
position of Director of Finance, primarily because 1 still do not have a
criminal record. Currendy the AMS is looking at an accumulated deficit of
almost $2417.77, which is ridiculous and absolutely unacceptable, especially when converted
to pesos. A large part of this is directly attributable to the exorbitant sum of money spent on
previous years' election campaigns, in addition to not taking advantage of so-called sales at the
UBC Bookstore. But what I will do in actual fact to strike the proper balance is freeze everything
on campus. By freezing everything on campus I'll maintain the status quo and all students will
be able to take advantage ofthe current programs. I'll freeze everything including tuition, taxes,
ICBC rates, the AMS fee and all running water on campus, especially in campus toilets and the
aquatic centre pool.
2Well I just want to let you to know that I've just taken a sip of Granville Island Brewing
Island Lager beer. If I had the opportunity for corporate sponsorship I'd take full advantage of it and put corporate signage all over the campus. I'd have the Faculty of Medicine
sponsored by all the pharmaceutical companies that existed in the western worid. Not to
be outdone, I would also raise revenue from any source, especially from those who currently freeload off the system, something which I call "more than full cost recovery," when effectively implemented. For example think of all the revenue we could raise by charging people
admission to the SUB, which would at least help offset the wear on the linoleum tiles in the
basement Not being entirely selfish, common working class students could also profit from
these initiatives as all those who believed in these policies would be offered high-dividend
paying penny shares in the AMS to be issued on the VSE. Everyone wins.
3Now that's a very good question. I'm glad you asked that question. Once elected my best
qualification will be the fact that I will backtrack on all promises made by my split-personality. I promise—really. I will also make nonsensical promises to lhe electorate in an effort to
appeal to emotion and insult their intelligence by buying their votes with their own money.
Then watch in amazement as the opposition splits the vote which will result in my electiorL
Once attaining office I will embark upon a path of slashing expenditures from our bloated
bureaucracy by cutting the AMS welfare rates by 50 percent We could save enough money to
lease and maintain a late-model Benz for my business use on evenings and weekends.To further reduce our social-safety net payments we could buy students one-way BC Transit tickets to all of SFU, UVic and UNBC so as to offload our obligation on to these rival schools.
Never mind that, die best idea I've come across is to implement a quad-tier user-pay parking plan similar to the US health care system. Success in this endeavour would pave the
way for a multi-tiered academic year so die more tuition you paid, the shorter your school
year and the more that class attendance contributed to your final grade. Everyone wins!
Thanks very much
•*In the past the AMS has gone into debt for the past couple years
■when they've been faced with this situation and they've gone into
debt to themselves, so we're paying that off now. I don't see any reason
at this point to go into any further debt and we are paying this debt
that we already have off over a five year period, that should be taken
care of. I don't see essential services are threatened at this point, but I
don't believe that we should be wasting revenues on things like were wasted on last year
like increasing the executives' conference budget to pay for executives to travel to other
places for conferences while cutting services that are benefitting most students, such as
CiTR and Programs budgets.
21 would approach any such opportunities with extreme caution. I don't want to see
our campus become a billboard for corporate logos. Now we have in the past negotiated contracts with companies such as Coke. And as you can see in vending machines
around campus now, Coke costs $1.50, which is ridiculous, just because that's the only
kind of beverage we're allowed to buy. Besides the cost to the consumer like that we
should also definitely research into the history of the company, their human rights
records, globally and make sure that we're not getting into bed with any companies with
things that we'd rather keep in the—we'd have to keep in the dark that they're trying to
keep in the dark. And as far as academics is concerned we should enter into no commercial contracts, commercial funding which would affect any course of study. We do
have revenues, and I believe they're sufficient, from students and from our commercial
services to deal with the kind of services that we want to provide.
31 believe the most important thing about managing students' funds is to have the
interests of students at heart And I do have a background of involvement in student
issues and student activism. 1 would take this as a serious responsibility and therefore
make, be responsible about the way in which I would perform this job, in contrast with
some ofthe previous ministers, or sorry, Directors of Finance such as last year's, who did
not even get around to passing the budget until about three quarters through the financial year, which led to misallocation of funds and created deficits in a couple of areas.
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■■IWeU, as I think everyone is aware that we are in a tight financial times,
■so what I'd like to do is basically go over and make sure that all the
businesses that we have are running efficiently, the AMS businesses, so
that if they're running efficiently then the money that we do make a
profit off there will go to other organisations that we do have for granting special projects, travel grants, because those are also a priority for the students. I feel
that also we just have to ensure that the students are getting a good deal with anything we
do with the SUB building and in the businesses. And we have to ensure that we are spending student money wisely.
2Corporate sponsorship is a very touchy area, especially at UBC and if we were
approached and it's not necessarily a bad thing as long- as the students' rights are
not compromised and the academic learning, you know what they're learning in their
classes is not compromised by any corporation. But students do have to realise that in
tight financial times the government they do have a tuition freeze but we don't know
how long that's going to last especially with a tight financial, or with the federal election
coming up you know there are, we have to look for new ways of finding money so that
student fees can stay low. Where they are right now is a very good deal for students. It's
a good deal for students the tuition right now, so corporate sponsorship, as long as it's
looked at in a wise way and with lot's of groups, is okay.
AWell currently right now I'm on the finance txmimission aiid also the slate I'm on has Ryan
WDavies, who is the Director of Rnance right now and working with him on our slate I've
learned a lot Also with Jenny Chen, the Director of Administration, I've worked well with
them and with Ruta Fluxgold as Vice-President and Shirin Foroutan as External I know that
we can do a good job together and for students. And me, myself I've also was President of
Medicine Hat College and Board of Governors rep. and I've worked with million dollar budgets before at a college and our student association as well, which was $200,000. So I have
done this before and worked with budgets, so I feel that I'm very qualified for this job.
lie he ams/ups election guide
The student representattves to the Board of Governors represent
students' Interests on matters of management, administration
of property, revenue, business and affairs of the university.
1) There are only two student representatives on UBC's Board of Governors. Obviously that is not enough to win a
vote. How then do you ensure that students' voices count at the Board level?
2) Communication between BoG student representatives and the AMS executive was an issue this year. If your
personal feelings on an issue were different from the AMS council's official position, whose position would you
represent?
Edwin Leung
David Borins
Independent
tthink it's a pertinent point that you point out there's only two reps on BoG
id the only way they're going to count is if they're able to persuade other
1 Board members. The most important thing in order to persuade is that they're
knowledgeable ofthe issues of this university and they understand what they're
doing. In order to be persuasive, they also have to be respected by the other
members of BoG. They can't be seen as people who really don't know what they're talking about or
people who take positions which are completely unrealistic or untenable, and ultimately I think
one ofthe best ways to persuade BoG members is also by working with other people within the university building cooperation between the AMS and the BoG members in order to be the most persuasive as possible.
2You point out that interesting paradox that BoG reps are not necessarily bound by AMS decision making, but they're ultimately representatives of students as well. In no way do BoG reps
have to represent the AMS at BoG. However, because the AMS is the official representation of students, it makes sense that BoG reps listen very carefully to the policies coming out of AMS council. I'd be sure to do just that. I'd listen carefully to the policies of Student Council and make every
effort to convey these policies to the Board of Governors to make them understand what students are thinking at the AMS. The AMS is an excellent way to find out how students feel on this
campus and since they're the democratically elected body I would do my best to listen to those
views and take them to the Board of Governors.
Kera McArthur
Action How
t think the most important thing is to speak with a strong voice, to not be afraid
o take on the administration. You have to be able to take a strong stand on the
issues like ancillary fees or like safety, but also listen to other committee members are saying so that you can work with them, not just against them. I think it's
also very important to be active on the smaller BoG committees and I think it's
also important to increase the visibility of the Board so that it is accountable to
students. Because there are two members, the two members can speak with a unified voice, and
whether you get elected with the other person you're running with or not, that's very important. You
also have to be committed to asking questions and being informed about what's going on on the
Board so that you can make informed decisions and take an informed stance on the issues.
2It is very important to work with the AMS. I believe that working with Council is a very important part of the job of the BoG representatives. It's important to speak with a unified voice on
issues as well, but it does depend on the issue. There are some things which cannot be compromised—you have to stand up for what you really believe in and if that means going against the
party line, you have to do what you feel is right and not what you think is going to endear you
most to Council.
Michael Taylor
Independent
II don't think much is to be gained by advocating a fight, promising fighting and then kicking and screaming. I do believe it's essential for the student members to say 'this is unacceptable to the students' whatever the
issue, like ancillary fees or something. But there are other times when it's
not productive to be too confrontational. I think one thing that I do know
from my experience on bodies like the Senate is that very little will get
done that benefits students at all if students isolate themselves. If students go in confronta-
tionally, very often the student ends up being marginalised on the Board. Much more is to
be gained by being productive, possibly by compromising sometimes, definitely by being
pragmatic and working within the limitations of the position. That's what I hope to do is to
recognise what we can do and do that while protecting our vital interests as well. But I don't
believe in going in advocating a fight.
2My goal is to always represent what I believe is in the best interests of students. And I'd
have to weigh the AMS position and my position and see which I think is more in their
best interests. One ofthe reasons I chose to run independently was that I have some contact
with the AMS, I've been academics commissioner on the university commission and one
thing I feel is that the AMS seems irrelevant to many students. And my choice to run as an
independent was a deliberate one because I did not want to be either tied to, or controlled
by, the AMS. I wanted to be there to represent students to the best of my ability without having the AMS in a position of dictating. I'm open to communication and I'm open to consultation with the AMS, but I think the AMS also has to recognise that Board students are independent of them and can't expect them to be part of the AMS.
IE
Hew Student Advocacy Party
For the first time in UBC, I have managed to form a party which totally consists of candidates running for the UBC Senate and the Board of
Governors. Just two representatives on the Board of Governors is not
enough. That is why I formed NSAP, which stands for New Student
Advocacy Party. NSAP consists of ten Senate candidates and one Board
ol Governors candidate. I strongly believe that independent candidates do not have the
sufficient influence to make the changes we want. I also strongly believe that our best
chances of achieving changes can only be done at the level of the UBC Senate and the
Board of Governors, not through the AMS and this is how I'm going to implement the
change-by having a unifying voice with the party that's going to only consist of the UBC
Board of Governors and the UBC Senate.
2There is no definite answer for this question. If I have a personal opinion which differs from
the AMS Council then, I would first of all form a survey, or public inquiry to answer just what
the actual students think about the issue and that's what I will base my position on. Because
the AMS Council and myself were actual individuals, that means our views may not exactly
represent tlie students. That is why if there is a conflict between the AMS Council or myself, I
am not going to go into favour of the council or myself. I am going to do a public inquiry or a
public survey which will be unbiased and I will follow those results.
Jeff Myers
independent
IWell, I'm a strong believer in consensus building and when there's an
adversarial issue, I think one of the best things you can do is make a
compelling argument that other people are going to believe in, and you
have to frame that argument in terms that other people will understand
and that make sense. And I think there's a diverse group of people on the
Board of Governors, people from all sectors including faculty members and representatives
from the provincial government, and I think you have to be able to understand the interests
of all the different groups and find some common ground, and you have to also be able to
compromise. But when you also believe very strongly in an issue, sometimes you have to
take a stand, and people will respect that, as sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.
2Well I believe that the AMS Council is a legitimately elected representative body of students, and I also believe that the Board of Governors representatives are legitimate representatives for students as well. And I think that because the Board of Governors representatives sit on AMS Council, there is certainly a structural impetus for us to work together and
to communicate, and I don't think we're always going to see eye to eye. Ultimately both
groups are accountable to students and were separately elected. However, I think whenever possible to come up with consensus and understanding and to try and represent the
interests of Council as well as those that you think are best is of primary importance because
I believe in the legitimacy of the AMS Council as well as the Board of Governors.
Antonio Zuniga
Action How
guess, is a
Governors.
lEjjJg^n 4I've always seen that that's an area where we have to work as students
HWbHBB> Ion the Board of Governors. I mean that, what 1 mean is there has been
jm^||L a ]ack 0f understanding, not understanding, but a poor relationship
g^^^^^^^^f between the student representatives to the Board of Governors and the
■■■■■■■■■■■■ other representatives to the Board of Governors. What I will achieve, I
kind of support by working together with other members of the Board of
In particular, in what I have noticed from my experience with the Board of
Governors, plus the committee meetings I have gone to, is that the faculty members in fact
have been very, very supportive of student causes and vice versa of course. But 1 think we
can also extend that support base to other members ofthe Board of Governors.
2Honestly, I think we should represent the student's position or we should look after their
interests before anything else. 1 think that there's probably going to be this year a good
deal of negotiation and bargaining between the Board of Governors student representatives
and the AMS. I think they should sit down and try to work out all the problems and disagreements they may have. I actually would suggest too that any decisions taken, or any
motions that the Board of Governors might decide to vote on should be put before the executive to get some feedback as well, and just try to work together with them. 1 would also suggest that the two members ofthe Board of Governors—the student representatives that is—
should have maybe a few minutes during student council to expose, you know, what issues
are being brought up at the Board. ams/ups election guide
The student representatives on Senate are elected to represent students' interests on matters related to the academic
functioning of the university.
1) How do you see your
presence on Senate
being of benefit to
students?
Chris Gorman
Independent (Senator-At-large)
Well, firstiy, I was elected last year as a
member of Senate and I am a member of
two standing committees of senate, the
Senate library committee and the Senate
committee on student appeals on academic discipline. With this experience on
Senate I know the operations within Senate and I can use this
to my advantage and to help students with academic concerns. In addition. I am the co-ordinator of the teaching evaluations publication The Yardstick. This year I was able to
bring more teaching evaluations into publication, and next
year I would like to see it expanded even more. Also this year
I was appointed to the university librarian search committee,
and also I am on the CiTR Board of Directors and I was on
student council. I have developed a network over the: past
year and I see this as being an advantage to students as I will
be able to go right "to the top."
Samson Mui
Independent (Pharmacy Senator)
I understand that the Senate deals with academic matters exclusively, including teaching evaluation, academic appeals, academic advising, and so on. I feel that the teaching evaluation process in the Faculty of
Pharmaceutical Sciences has been taken
very seriously, and 1 want to continue that tradition and further improve the quality of teaching at UBC, and especially
Pharmacy. I was working in the university commission before
I ran for this position. We did a survey called the academic
advising survey a litde bit earlier and found that the academic
advising process should be improved for UBC students. In
terms of academic appeals, there are not that many cases in
the Faculty of Pharmacy as far as I know, but if there are any
improvements to be made, I will do that as well. Personally, I
also think that the Telereg system should be upgraded so that
more students can get through the line during busy hours and
also the first-year English waiting list will be shorter.
Heena Sonik
Independent (Senator-At-large)
A lot of people don't know this, but Senate is
in charge of all academic matters at UBC.
And I really believe in academics. For the
past two years I've been involved with the
AMS and there I've been dealing with the
extra-curricular side of student life, such as
clubs and special events. I believe the skills that I've learned there
are completely transferable to the type of things Senate does,
which is any issues which have any relevance to academics at all.
I see academics as having two sides. The first is the more subjective side, which involves the quality of instruction at UBC and
tlie value ofthe curriculum, of certain courses. And then there's
the more physical side, which is stuff like the condition of buildings on campus and classroom sizes. Presently there are a lot of
issues threatening all of these aspects of academics.
James Boritz.
Independent (Senator-At-large)
I feel that my presence on Senate can be of
benefit to students in large part due to the
fact mat I currently have three years experience on Senate. That gives me the ability
to understand how Senate operates; it
gives me the background of understanding where the issues that arise in Senate — and especially on
the Senate committees — comes from; it gives me an idea of
how students are capable of dealing with those issues as they
come to Senate. I think that one of the biggest hindrances, in
a sense, that students face at Senate is a lack of experience.
And that's not just in Senate, that's dealing with the administration in general, because I think the administration benefits
greatly from the lack of continuity that students have to deal
with. So student Senators all serve for one year, generally
turnover is very high, so there is little appreciation of what has
come before, and how this figures into a long-term overall
plan that the administration is working on.
James Kondopulos
Independent (Senator-At-Large)
First of all, I feel I have the energy and
determination to tackle such matters. I
feel that I can have positive input. I can
get involved in and I can make sure that I
monitor, ensure that student's best interests are represented in the areas concerning curriculum changes, academic concerns, see that
when students come to appeal on academic judgements
and discipline standing. I'm a first year student, so I reckon
that it's important to have a first year student running
because there's not many candidates from first year. I have
got quite a few friends in first year who feel that the present
government is kind of remote from them. Perhaps I can
speak to them and they can relate their concerns to me. I
think it's important, being first-year, that I will be here a
number of years, planning after Pre-Commerce to go onto
Commerce and tlie law faculty.
Brian Murphy
Independent (Senator-At-Large)
The UBC Senate makes many policy decisions which affect all the students of the
university. I personally have had a lot of
experience in many different areas of
issues. For example, in the area of student
issues, I am a volunteer on the AMS
Student Administrative Commission and I am familiar with
AMS issues and student club issues. For housing issues, I've
been in the student housing system for three years and I'm
very aware of the problems and the benefits of living in student housing. Academic issues: I intend to fight for new program development and continuous improvement. There's a
lot of room for improvement in many academic programs.
For employment issues I've been in the co-operative education program for three years now and I'm very familiar with
the job market and the issues facing new graduates. I will fight
for improving campus planning and campus safety — those
are two very important issues — and at the same time I will
speak on maintaining student services for reasonable student
fees. I'm a strong speaker and I 'm not afraid to speak my mind
and to stand up for what I believe will help everyone.
The following candidates for senate were unavailable for interviews:
At Large: Alex Bettencouit. Emily Lai; Stevyn Llewellyn; Zoe Redenbach; Dlanne Vllanyl; victor Wee.
Commerce: 10m Au Yeung. Dentistry: Sompatana Lohachttranont. Graduate Studtes: vighen Pacradouni.
Pharmaceutical Sciences: David Fung; Al A. Laal.
Alex Chui
Independent (Senator-At-large)
I've had extensive involvement with the AMS,
with SAC. I've also been involved with certain
AMS clubs since first year. I feel my involvement
with the AMS and with students and by carrying
a full course load I understand tlie academic
concerns of the majority of students. I hope that by being elected
to the Senate I will be able to establish better career preparation
courses for students and also to establish better academic advising
policies for students.
Sarah Lerchs
independent (Law Senator)
1 will be able to provide a unique perspective on
the Senate because I will be representing tlie
Law School and also I will be able to bring some
of the perspective and knowledge of a L.aw student to the Senate. I hope that I will be able to
apply that on the committees that are quasi-
judicial such as the Academic Discipline Committee. I hope that I
will be able to use some of my knowledge to help that committee
and to help the Senate as a whole and to represent the Law School
as a whole. I hope that as the Uw Senator I will be able to bring
excellent communication and encourage participation and help to
build a strong and active Law School both within the institution
itself and in the greater community of UBC.
Jesse Hobbs-Thiessen
Independent (Arts Senator)
Well, I see my presence on Senate being of benefit to students because I've a strong personality,
and I'm willing to talk with the department heads
and with the President. I don't feel uncomfortable
speaking in front of them. I also have a very strong
backing in finance and economics so I'm very comfortable with my
position on the budget committee. As well, I sit on the admissions
committee, and once again you need a strong presence and have to
be willing to stand out and speak for the things you think are important. It moves very quickly so you have to be ready for it. As well, I have
a lot of experience on council and on campus. I've been with the Arts
Undergraduate Society for two years and this was my second year on
Senate. It's important to have that kind of backing so you understand
rules and how procedure works and you're able to keep on top of it.
That's the most important thing, the continuity. The professors who
are on the Senate have years of experience and the students, if they
keep cycling through so quickly, never have a chance to fully understand the rules and regulations. So it's very important to understand
how the budget works and how the admissions procedure works in
order to make sure the students get full value for their representation.
Michael Taylor
Independent (Law Senator)
I think I bring two advantages to the position.
First I have extensive experience. I came from
the University of Alberta where I was on the
equivalent of the Senate there for two years.
I'm used to meeting with administration and
with other members of faculty there and seeing how things get
done. This year I was on the Law Faculty council. I think that's an
important experience I can transfer to council. The second thing I
can bring is more communication and visibility. This year the
Senator wasn't visible and a I don't think most Law students feel
the Senate is at all relevant to the faculty, and I think a lot of that
feeling is well founded because of a lot that goes on, and most
people don't care. I'd like the Senator to be in a more visible position, to be there as a resource and communicator for the students.
Applied Science: Alan Kwong. Arts.- Yvonne Chau.
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1) What issues do you feel will be important to the society in the year to come?
MrectOfS:
2) What do see as the relationship between the Board of Directors and the Editorial Board?
for OPS President
II think we have to be prepared for major changes at this university over the next few years. I'd like to see the Society
become progressively less and less reliant on student fees by
increasing ad revenues. This shift in funds would increase the
autonomy of the paper from the university administration and
the AMS. I'm also into putting The Ubyssey online, a medium
which is just going to become more and more popular. 1 think
most papers will gradually go digital, at least in part. I'd also like to increase our profile as an independent society so that more students are aware that we're not a
branch of the AMS. Finally, I want to continue to work towards improving the reputation of the paper both in the eyes of students and in the community at large.
tor Director
2My goal is to learn about the business side of The Ubyssey and
perhaps help to define the future direction of the paper while
serving on the Board. The allocation and mobilisation of the
Society's funds will be a complicated task but I think it's important to develop a strong working relationship with the editorial
board to ensure that this budget is being properly spent. In general, I feel the Board should stick to administrative issues and
leave the editorial direction of the paper alone.
torDirectar
IThe role of the Board of Directors is to facilitate the produc-
•tion of the paper. There is a distinct line between the editorial
and the administrative sides ofthe paper and it's important that
there be no influence by the Board in terms of editorial decisions. The editorial side of the paper must be free to objectively
pursue stories for the UBC community which it represents,
something which it is unable to do if worried about politics,
advertising or the paper's relationship with the university, while the Board of
Directors must take an active interest in the quality of the paper their involvement
should remain detached from content.
BAreui KeHcppan
Candidate for Director
AThe Board should give staff the freedom to produce the best
fcpaper they can and this means concentrating on Financial
and bureaucratic issues, the UPS is a young society and I feel the
infrastructure of the paper is still in its development. It's the
responsibility of the Board to ensure continuity and plan for
future opportunities and events. The editors already have
enough to do with the production ofthe paper and the existence
ofthe Board allows them to concentrate on the news rather than on the political relationship between the UPS and the University or the AMS.
for Director
2I'm glad the Board has little influence on the content of the
paper and would like to keep it that way The internal workings of the paper are critical to keeping the production of the
paper continuous. I'm interested to see how the Board functions
and look forward to gaining experience by observing and interacting with all those involved at The Ubyssey. A fair decisionmaking process is important in the production of a student
newspaper and I feel the Board has a responsibility to be as fair and impartial as possible. 1 have a pretty good knowledge of the editorial side of the paper and I feel this
will help me make educated decisions regarding the production ofthe paper.
for Director
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paper. This support comes in various ways such as the setting of
the budget, providing physical resources such as computer hardware and software so that a professional and accessible paper
can be put out, and dealing with issues such as advertising. In the
last year we' ve seen a lot of changes in the appearance and direction ofthe paper. By serving on the Board of Directors I would work to make sure that
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by Alison Cole
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Jan 13 at the Orpheum
It is said that Beethoven moved his audience deeply with his passion and
idealism. 170 years after his death, his music still has the power to do so,
as the VSO proved last weekend with an exciting night of the classical
master's great works.
Opening with the 'Leonore Overture No. 3' from Fidelia, Beethoven's
only opera, the orchestra presented an impressive display of composure,
from the slow string subdeties at the beginning to the gallant timpani roll
that marked the end. Conductor Zdenek Macal's unique hand motions
and distorted facial expressions communicated effectively, the ensemble
duplicating his changing moods which ranged from agitated vigour to a
calm peace.
The 'Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano' featured acclaimed
violinist Robert Davidovici, celloist Eugene Osadchy and Linda Lee
Thomas on piano. The three performed their solos immaculately, playing
variants of the same themes off each other while the orchestra accompanied them. This piece exemplified the classic Beethoven sound — a sound
that really defines the classical period.
The second movement ofthe concerto lived up to its 'Largo' tide, with
its soothing solo melody and the equally peaceful and beautiful accompanying strings. This movement conveyed a strong, uncontrollably hypnotic feeling — it even put me literally to sleep! It took the energetic presto
conclusion to this convincing grand-oeuvre to wake me up.
The anticipated 'Eroica' symphony marked the concert's finale. The
first movement conveyed so much energy and power as the brilliant
sounds emanated ceaselessly from the violins. Again, in the third movement, the strings' flailing finger movements played convincingly as the
low brass contrasted with its sober deep sounds. The bassists' agitated
bow motions also gave substance to this movement's agitated nature.
The fourth and final movement was just as impressive. The orchestra
showed seamless transformations to the changing tempos, demonstrating a certain confidence with the piece.
The VSO's interpretations of the god of classical music did not leave
my Beethoven passion unfulfilled. The meaning of the music of this man,
who was nearly deaf at the time of composing these works, was well
realised by the musicians of the VSO, and hopefully as effectively by the
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Canadian
University
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Gov't leaves T-Birds shorthanded
Recent changes to the BC provincial athletes
assistance budget highlight once again the
differences between Canadian and American
university athletics.
Student athletes north of the border are
students first, not the other way around as in
many universities and colleges down south.
Most Canadians believe that's the way it
should be, pointing to the number of illiterate
student athletes that graduate from American
colleges every year.
The other big difference between the two
systems is the amount of funding available-
American colleges and universities have
much more cash to work with than Canadian
schools.
The National Collegiate Athletics
Association (NCAA) has been forced to draft
very strict rules to prevent athletic administrators, coaches and the athletes themselves
from accepting illegal outside donations.
Member schools of the Canadian
Interuniversity Athletics Union (CIAU) are
constandy looking for new sources of money
just to maintain programs, let alone add new
ones.  Nevertheless,  Canadian universities
have somehow managed to produce student
athletes who can compete in the pro ranks, as
well as in international sporting events.
Canada's recent success at the 1996 summer Olympics proved that once again.
But Canadian university athletics do not
exist just to pump out Olympic quality athletes. The system gives high school students a
chance to continue their athletic endeavours
while pursuing a post-secondary education. It
also develops well-rounded individuals and
gives the student body a sense of community
and pride.
Unfortunately, the BC provincial government has decided to reduce UBC's role by taking away $200,000 worth of guaranteed athletes assistance. The university has said that
it will try to get that funding restored, but it is
unlikely that the government will oblige. And
even if some of that funding is restored, it will
be less than it was before.
In short, there will be less money to support varsity athletes, who do not have time for
a part-time job with the double pressures of
being both athletes and students.
UBC's  stringent entrance  requirements
already make it difficult for coaches to recruit
promising high school athletes; these new
cuts will make it even harder.
Worse yet, the cuts mean that playing varsity sports at UBC will depend more on financial status and less on athletic ability and academics.
How much it will affect on-the-field performance is yet unkown. But there is little doubt
that it will have a negative impact on the quality of UBC teams.
The Athletics department knows that, and
is prepared to look for alternative funding
sources, including private scholarships funded by the corporate community.
At the moment, direct corporate support
for athletes violates CIAU regulations. How
long these rules will stay in place is unknown.
But as traditional funding sources dry up,
corporate funding becomes the only viable
alternative. For those who care about the
purity and integrity of Canadian university
athletics, that's a terrifying prospect indeed.
In the end, however, it may be the only
solution to save athletes assistance and
Canadian varsity athletics as a whole, if
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Marked inconsistencies
I am writing to open a discussion
on marking practices here at UBC.
During my four years at this university, I have noticed that marking practices are quite inconsistent between sections, classes,
and even at the department and
faculty level.
First of all, the ranges of marks
commonly given out in different
faculties vary tremendously. In a
typical math course passing
grades vary right from 50 percent
all the way to 100 percent.
However, near-perfect marks are
unheard of in a life science
course, where typical passing
marks range from 65 to 90 percent. And in many arts courses,
the range of marks may be compressed to a narrow 60 to 80 percent range.
While this might ben
efit an Arts student
near the bottom of
the class, who feels
comfortable in the
knowledge that he
can pass all his courses, such marking
practices are a
major disadvantage to a
top Arts student. After
all, many of us from diverse faculties are competing for the same
spots in post-graduate faculties
such as Medicine or Law.
I have also noticed over the
past few years that both high
school and university students not
only hope for high marks, but
have come to expect them. It is my
belief that this attitude is
entrenched in high schools,
where marks are artificially high.
Over the last few decades, the
grades required to enter a university have shot up. While the number of applicants may have
increased, the number of positions open in universities has also
increased. Still, the grades of the
average university applicant have
continued to rise. Are high school
students more intelligent than
they were 20 years ago? I don't
think so. This must mean that
high school teachers feel pressured, both direcdy by students
and indirecdy by the pressure to
conform, to give high marks,
ensuring their students will have
a good chance of entering a university. This same attitude now
seems to have reached universities.
Many of my friends have commented to me on how high some
class averages have become. For
example, a friend of mine recently told me that he took a Physics
course where well over half the
class received first class marks.
This is also quite common in my
own faculty. This gradual rise in
marks may appear, to an individual student, to be beneficial as.it
seems to increase one's chances
of getting into a post-graduate
field of choice. However, in the
long term, such a rise in marks is
detrimental, both to students and
to the reputation of the university.
Because marks are so inconsistent from program to program
and university to university, graduate and professional schools are
forced to look to other means to
evaluate applicants. One's performance on a standardised test
such as the LSAT or GRE, as well
as one's performance in a short,
personal interview have become
more important in the admissions process than one's transcript. A classmate pointed out to
me, that at the end of a usual
degree one will have written 40
exams, each of which is at least
two hours long, giving a total evaluation time of at least 80 hours.
The MCAT is only six hours long,
and is often given as much weight
as a university transcript when
applying to medical school.
Tests such as the MCAT, the
LSAT, and the GRE are also not
completely objective. All three of
these examples have an inherent
American bias, and are extremely
difficult for people who have
learned English as a foreign language. I am not arguing that standardised tests should be scrapped
altogether; rather, I am arguing
that four years at university should count for
more. Of course, this
can only be possible if grading is
consistent and
well regulated.
Another, more
local, problem is that
students in different
sections of the same
course often receive wildly
different marks. When I was in
first year, it was common knowledge that one professor in the
Mathematics Department offered
a section of Math 100/101 where
the class average was over 80 percent. I was fortunate enough to be
in his section. (Actually, I knew his
section was easy and used my
early telereg date to get in.)
Meanwhile, other students suffered in sections where the averages were in the 60s.
On the other hand, some
instructors veer to the other
extreme, believing it is their role
to "introduce students to what
university is like," by giving
extremely low marks.
One might argue that individual courses do not matter, and
that over the course of a four-year
degree, they tend to average out.
This may be true, but examples
like these are indicative of the lack
of consistency in marking at our
university.
I would love to hear what other
students and faculty think about
this issue, and I also have my own
suggestion to make. I propose that
the University of British Columbia
lead by example, recommending
an appropriate average (perhaps a
range) and standard deviation that
would apply to all courses. If a professor submitted marks to the
Registrar's Office that strayed
from these guidelines, the professor would be required to write a
letter justifying the unusual
marks, be they high, low, tightiy
bunched, or otherwise unusual.
This would permit teachers of honours courses like Math 120/121 to
keep their averages high, but
would force other instructors to
think carefully before submitting
marks that deviate from university
expectations. Such a process could
also be used as a "red flag" by the
university administration, who
would quickly become aware of
sections, classes, or programs
where the average was surprisingly aberrant.
Michael Edwards is a fourth
year Human Kinetics student
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Student Position Available:
Food Services Advisory Committee
A Student-at-Large Position is now available
on the Food Services Advisory Committee.
The Committee, chaired by Terry Sumner, VP
Administration and Finance, consists of 13
people from around the campus community.
The mandate of the Committee is to advise upon
the contents of a Request For Proposals that will
be issued in February or March, 1997. The
committee will also evaluate responses to the
Request For Proposals.
Interested students should send a resume and a
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Moore than words
Full-time satirist and
author Michael Moore
tours Canada in support of
his latest effort. Downsize
This! He's not a socialist,
he says, but workers of the
world should still unite.
by Michael W. Collins
TORONTO (CUP)-When a fan offers
Michael Moore a Lifesaver during a book
signing, he picks a red one. This is not to
suggest the New York based writer/filmmaker is a communist at heart; actually,
Moore claims to have never read Das
Kapital or the Communist Manifesto. Nor
does he mention the "S" word-as in social-
ist-anywhere in his new book, Downsize
This!
"I have to admit, I've never read anything by Marx, which I'm not proud to
admit this. I think that's embarrassing. I
think I should read something by this guy
because it seems we have a lot in common.
We'd get along, you know," says Moore.
But what could an American satirist
have in common with history's best-known
communist? Well, besides both being love-
able and chubby, Marx and Moore share
common goals: the triumph ofthe rights of
the worker over unbridled profit-driven
capitalism. One chapter of his book, entitied
"Why Doesn't GM Sell Crack?" essentially
calls for greater worker control over the fate
of the factories they work in; a very socialist
ideal, many would argue, but Moore carefully avoids the label.
"[I'm] trying to reach people without...
the rhetoric of the left, that either people
don't understand or it turns them off."
Raising awareness about the unfairness
and inequalities of capitalism in the US is
something Moore accomplishes throughout
Downsize This! For example, he argues that
the US is willing to outiaw selling crack,
while allowing destructive economic activi-
ty-specifically, the relocation of profitable
companies to increase profits-to continue.
Moore believes both activities destroy
lives and both should be illegal.
"It would be a tough thing [to make this
illegal] because it flies in the face of the economic system and the way it's set up,"
Moore explains. "Having said that, weeks
ago Clinton signed a bill doing that very
same thing: prohibiting US capital businesses, factories, whatever, from doing
business with Libya. We passed a law prohibiting that-why did we do that? Because I
guess the government believes that Libya's
a terrorist state. Well, I think that these corporations, like General Motors, are performing acts of economic terrorism, and I
think we have the right to prevent that."
Few Americans would agree with
Moore's ideas. The failure of publicly-funded health care certainly indicates that
much. In fact, many Americans feared its
implementation would lead down the "slippery road of socialism."
Moore sees it differenuy, however.
"I can tell you, when anthropologists dig
up our culture 500 years from now," he
says, "they will see all these other industrialised nations that believed that when a person got sick they should be healed... It was a
basic tenet of society, and this one country,
apparendy it looks like they were the
wealthiest country, their attitude was: you
get sick, fuck you!"
Even viewed from a less progressive
political perspective,  Moore considers it
impossible to understand how anyone could
be against the health and well-being of the
general population in the United States.
"Why is this wrong? Forget about doing it
for the right reasons and the moral reasons...
It helps productivity, it increases profits. Do
it for those reasons," argues Moore.
Moore's work in Downsize This! makes
brilliant connections between the worlds of
people who long for more stability in
America's society, political system and
economy. But unlike those who turn to the
"security" afforded by firearms, segregation, and harsher criminal justice laws,
Moore calls for a practical solution.
"People do not understand the importance of a guaranteed income," he begins.
"Basically, what I would like to say to the
average American-even the average conservative American-is: you worry about crime,
you're worried about safety. You hate seeing
the divorce rate go up and drugs and alcohol...What are the chances of the guy living
next to you , if he is making $40,000 a year,
what are the chances he's going to break
into your house while you're gone and steal
your colour TV? None, unless he's a kleptomaniac. So why wouldn't you want everyone
earning a middle-class wage? Forget about
doing it...for the right reasons and because
it's the moral thing to do. Just do it for your
own selfish reasons, to save your ass."
THE LEFT WING DOESN'T ESCAPE MOORE'S
scathing pen, either. In Downsize This!
Moore attacks organised labour's close ties
with management. He also attacks the intellectual left's inability to confront its own
eliticism.
"I can just see it now," he writes in
Downsize This! "All the groovy lefties holding their PC meetings in
Room 305 of the student
union, talking about the
oppressed masses and
not even noticing the
oppressed Mark from
Michigan who has to pick
up their half-empty
Starbucks cups filled with
soaked cigarette butts.
Mark needs some help,
but he's an Invisible Man
to this crowd."
Moore recalls the
reaction of the student
audience at the University of Michigan when he
read that portion of his
book.
"I was in Ann Arbor
last week on the book
tour and I read that section of the book. A couple
of people hissed me, and
I said, 'There's proof
right here."
When Moore read the
exact same section to the
U of T crowd weeks later,
there were again strains
of hissing from the audience, but were drowned
out by applause.
Also at the reading,
Moore urged the assembled lefties to "quit meet'
ing, and go line-dancing,"
in reference to his appreciation ofthe socially-conscious nature of recent
country music.
He also encouraged
people to read The Globe
and Mail to "know what
the enemy is up to."
Needless to say,
Moore is not only super-
conscious of the political
events   concerning  his
own country, but is well aware
of the political forces at work in
ours as well. Moore actually
calls us his "adopted country."
His        grandfather        was
Canadian and parts  of his
family   live   in   Alvinston,
Ontario.
"I turned 18 during the
last year  of the Vietnam
war,"  recalls Moore.  "All
through high school this
war is going on, and what
am I going to do? I'm not
going   over   there   and
killing people. Those of
us who were of that
opinion had the good
fortune   to   have   the
people of Canada living next door to us.
Canada took in literally tens of thousands
of young Americans.
I think people like
myself will always have a special
place for Canada in our hearts."
Moore likes to tell the story of a speech
he gave to a group of American librarians at
the Canadian consulate in New York. When
it came time to discussing Canada, Moore
says, he asked how many could name the
current Canadian prime minister. Not a sin
gle hand went up in the room. After a few
embarrassingly quiet moments a voice
from the back said, "But we can look it up."
MOORE'S PRESENT BOOK TOUR-"THIS IS BIG-
ger than the KISS tour"-has not only taken
him to universities across the US and
Canada; he has also chaired a press confer
ence on behalf of
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\tj(j9(     I oday's job market is
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