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udget affects students
by Ai Lin Choo
With the release of last week's provincial
budget and changes to post-secondaiy education, student groups are concerned by what
they see is a shift of responsibility from the
government to universities and students.
When the government released its budget
February 19, they also announced the elimination of BC's first-year grants program.
While funding to advanced education is
frozen for the next three years, last week the
government included provisions to increase
the number of spaces in post-secondary institutions, leaving students wondering where
the money to pay for additional student
spaces will come from.
"I think the provincial government is shifting its responsibilities, especially when they
remove the grant system and change more
loans. It's a step backwards in education,"
said Erfan Kazemi, president of the Alma
Mater Society (AMS).
Kazemi said that removing the grant system would really hurt incoming students,
especially those from low-income families.
The first-year grant system was introduced
in 1987 and provides financial aid to students who come from low or middle-income
Summer McFadyen, spokesperson for the
Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), said
that the removal of the program would
increase the debt load of the neediest students by $3500 for those without children,
and by $ 7800 for those with children.
"(The policy is] going to have the most significant impact on students from poor families and from low-income families and the
government needs to reconsider their positions because they're really, really short-sighted and they're very much targeted to low-
income students," she said.
But Brian Sullivan, UBC. vice-president,
students, said that through UBC's Board of
Governors (BoG) policy and bursary support,
the program's removal will not prevent
potential students from attending UBC.
"UBC, through its Board, has a policy of
ensuring that any domestic student that is
qualified and gets an offer of admission, will
not be denied entrance for financial reasons
alone," he said.
But the new responsibilities of providing
for needy students and for increasing spaces
in post-secondary institutions has Kazemi
concerned about the financial burden the government is shifting over to universities and
"When the provincial government has
mandated an increase in graduates, that's a
See "Budget" on page 4.
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NOT A HOCKEY RIOT: Marching to the Legislature to protest the Liberal government's cuts, thousands of people walked down Victoria's Government Street on Saturday
morning. People poured onto the Legislature iawnto form one of the largest demonstrations in BC's history, per e. walle photos
Tens of thousands converge at Legislature
by Sarah MacNeill Morrison
VICTORIA-The rally at the provincial Legislature didn't start until
noon, but all Saturday morning, an
atmosphere of discontent towards
the BC Liberals could be felt in
A middle-aged woman on a
downtown bus en route to the rally
handed out stickers to transit riders,
encouraging them to attend the
demonstration. Restaurants in the
capital city were packed with people
wearing pins criticising Premier
Gordon Campbell, and hoards of
people carrying placards headed to
the centre of town.
The BC Federation of Labour
(BCEED) rented a BC Ferries vessel
to bring protesters to Victoria from
the mainland and hundreds of chartered buses swarmed the capital's
downtown core in the morning
before the event
And the February 23 rally, which
is estimated to have drawn over
20,000 protesters and to have cost
the BCFED union $100,000, was
one of the largest in BC's history. By
10am, people had already begun
gathering in Victoria's Centennial
Square. At just after 1 lam, a line of
people stretching from the Square to
Johnson Street started marching,
and flooded down Government
From "Yo, Gordo. You could have
at least bought us dinner before you
fucked us" to "Cuts hurt kids," the
messages carried on placards and
home-made signs were as diverse as
the people at the rally. Attendees
ranged from First Nations leaders
upset about the Liberals' plan to
hold a province-wide referendum
this year on Native treaty rights, to
students upset about Minister of
Advanced Education Shirley Bond's
decision to repeal the province's six-
year tuition fee freeze.
There were also thousands of
union workers upset about the
Liberals' decision to reopen contract
negotiations and seniors upset
about cuts to Pharmacare and
health programs. There were nurses, teachers, and firefighters, and
there were other citizens who said
they were there just because they
were concerned about what was
happening to their province.
For over an hour, a river of angry
citizens flooded into the intersection
of Belleville and Government, onto
the Legislature lawn and the surrounding roads and sidewalks.
While most people at the rally
marched down Government Street,
protesters came from all sides.
Speakers, who began talking at
about 12:30pm, ranged from First
Nations chiefs to union leaders.
See "Protesf on page 4.
by Sarah MacNeill Morrison
Some people got to the February
23 rally early—almost three
weeks early.        i
On February 6, which was the
Canadian Federation of Students'
(CFS) Day of Action, nearly 3000
people gathered in Victoria to
protest an end to the tuition
freeze. A group of activists set up
'Camp Campbell' on the BC
Legislature lawn that day, and
many have been living there.
But while Camp Campbell was
pitched on February 6, the
activist-campers have many concerns besides the tuition freeze,
says Sasha Kvakic, a student at
Camosun College and a resident
of Camp Campbell from February
6 to 11.
"From the outset. Camp
Campbell was about a lot more
issues than just post-secondary
education, including poverty and
environmental issues," he said.
Melissa Moroz, a UVic
Master's student in sociology, has
been living at the Legislature
since February 6. She said she has
stayed to protest the cuts to education and social spending, the
privitisation of public industries
and the government's decision to
break collective agreements.
Kvakic says the camp numbers
have increased from around ten
to more than 30. Moroz said the
camp has grown on weekends
and during reading break, with as
many as 50 residents at one
"I was hoping to basically
show the people of BC that it's
okay to be creative and take some
risks in trying to change the
Campbell regime," Kvakic said.
On Saturday, Camp Campbell
comprised     20     tents.     The
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Students occupy premier's office
by Sarah MacNeill Morrison
Students who occupied Premier
Gordon Campbell's office for more
than 24 hours said that they would
not leave until they heard from the
premier—but they were finally
forced out by their bladders.
On February 12, 16 students
from SFU, UBC, Langara College and
the Emily Carr Institute of Art and
Design arrived at Campbell's consistency office in Point Grey. The
occupation was a response to the
announcement on February 11 that
post-secondary institutions in BC
will be given the freedom to set their
own tuition levels.
The students brought along 5000
postcards signed by SFU students
opposed to the thaw of BC's six-year
tuition-fee freeze. The protesters
told Campbell's employees they
would not leave the office until the
premier phoned them or rescinded
his government's decision to deregulate tuition, or until the they were
moved by the police.
But occupying a small, warm
office, lacking bathroom facilities
and food, the students finally gave
up at about 8:30pm on Wednesday,
February 13.
Security guards, called by the
consituency office, arrived around
8pm, Tuesday, February 12, and
kept the door closed. After about
9:30pm, no one who left the small
lobby of Campbell's constituency
office was permitted to re-enter. No
blankets, kitty litter or food got in,
according to Joel Warren, university
relations officer of the Simon Fraser
Student Society (SFSS).
Seven protesters lasted the first
night, remaining in the lobby. Warren
said the next day that people were
demonstrating outside and that public-service vehicles had been honking
in support all day. The students also
received faxes of support from university groups across the country.
"Numbers have dwindled and
it's come down to a battle of bladders and clenched cheeks," said
Warren on February 13. The stu
dents left the office later that
According to Mike Morton,
Campbell's press secretary, the students had a chance to speak individually to the premier, but they turned
down the opportunity.
Individual meetings were not
good enough, said Jan Gunn, SFSS
representative to the Canadian
Federation of Students. The people
occupying the office represented the
5000 students that signed petitions—petitions that wall-papered
Campbell's consituency-office lobby
after the protesters took over
According to Morton, an injunction forcing the students out of
Campbell's office was being
processed, but had not yet been
granted, when the students left
The occupation was just one
protest in a series of actions aimed
at the premier's constituency office.
Last week, a roman candle was
thrown through the office door's
mail slot, lighting a small bookshelf
on fire. ♦
Toronto law schools' tuition on the rise
by Sharon Liao
TORONTO (CUP)-Now that the
University of Toronto (U of T) law
school has passed a contentious
five-year plan to raise annual
tuition fees to $22,000, nearly double their current level, York
University's Osgoode Hall Law
School may follow suit.
Cheryl Sullivan, director of communications at U of T's Faculiy of
Law, says the plan is not about
tuition fees but about making the
university one of ihe world's top
law schools.
Queen's University's Faculty of
Law Dean Allison Harvison Young
agrees that boosting fees is necessary to ensure the university's
law school can provide quality
"The size of the increase has
been necessitated by continuing
cutbacks in government support,"
Harvison Young said. "The recruitment of newer professors has
become more expensive. Another
factor for us is the reality of facilities that are in desperate need of
renovation, and which are at present inaccessible/
Ontario chairperson of the
Canadian Federation of Students
(CFS) Joel Duff feels the hefty fee
increase is a bad idea, however.
"This plan is an unmitigated disaster for accessibility," said Duff.
"It will completely wipe off equality
of opportunity."
At last Thursday's public meeting
on the issue, the U of T's Faculty
Council, made up of 42 faculty and
14 students, voted 37-13 in favour
of the move to raise fees. There was
one abstention, and five council
members were not present
The plan must now go before
the provost who will review it
before it goes to the university's
governing council for final
At York, the issue of higher fees
for law school is currently under
"A proposal will be circulating
in the next few weeks within the
faculty and students at Osgoode,"
said Peter Hogg, dean of Osgoode
Hall Law School.
Hogg says any proposal to raise
fees, if approved, will not affect
existing students. .>
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 by Laural Raine
A recuiuy released sl.idy illustra'.es
sninc 'Ir«jiTi-J!ic ^ips in Ihe iliinogriiphic
i-i'ofile of diiudi-in university family.
According to a study released by Lhe
Canadian Allid.ice uf Education and
Tri-iTun^ Organisations ;OAETO|, 38
per cut of unhcrsiLv proftssjrs are.
between 50 and SOjears old. Tho study
predicts th;it fr:im now unlil 2010,
Canadian universities will have lo hire
2000 new facully each )ear lo replace
those who retire or leave for oher reasons, and will require a total of 30,000
new foc'illy in Lhe next decade.
According lo Waller Sudmanl, director of planning and institutional
11 soarc h at UBC, 2200 of bC's 3000 fac-
ui y members will need lo be replaced in
Lhe next decade.
' \Ve have S'>me budgeted funding to
aitratt faculty. One of llio hia things in
ailrK!i:i» faculty is providing Lhcin
with Lb space and irifrasLrutLure," said
Sudnianl. He said prugr.inis such as
•he federal government's Canadian
Fouri laikm for Ir:nova:ion and
Canadian Research Chairs help U3C to
dc'ii'.e ::ew faculty po-i'inns and '.o
fund re-ie ireh.
Oilier L'BC iiuLialhcs to attract family
"nd.ide recerilly developed faculty «nd
slaif housing, spou-al iippointmi-rils.
support for graduate students, nnd Lhe
i reati.iri -.if s-pecilir 'ivsearth dusters.'
The. CAETO .-ludy also notes hnl Jie
.•lumber of full-Lime facully in Canadian
i.piviTsilics has dropped by ten per cent
since 1992. There has also been a 13.5
per cent iru roast1 in ihe number of parl-
■-iffip lecjij-ers, or sessional.-?, in Western
Canadian uiiiversilie.-'. Sessional teachers, ai hough diey do much Uie same
work as full-time professor-*, .ire paid up
lo Go' per cent less, have ie<s jub security
and often nnn't qualify lor medical bone-
Els, pensi ins and union member >hip.
Sulniunt said Jiat although, there is
no policy forcing L'BC to hire faculty al
lhe sa'ne rule Lhey leavn, lhe unhersity
"would like Lo have tenured faculty members learhing wherever possible.
?e<si'.>nais arc one way of filling in when
•Jit-re's n shr-iWe 'V when lenured Far-
1.1 Ly arei't :i\ ail'ible," he said.
CAETO's demogrriphic study also
e.\air.ined the gender gap in university
In la03-lP93, women represented
26 per cent of all full lime fatuity in
Canada, an ini rease nf fi\ e per cent from
l!)92-ly&3. But female prefessurs ollen
occupy lower ranking positions than
m;iie professors. Fem;Jts make up 29
per rent of associate professors in
Canada, butjust under 14 per cent of full
The number of female full-time facul-
ly at UBC is higher ihan lhe national
average, according to statistics from Lhe
UBC Equky Office, with women holding
37 per tenL of as«ot late-professor pusi-
lions and 16 per cent of Fall professor
Sudm:mt said that while. UBC follows
a policy of ftrittly merit-based hiring,
there is an c-qiiity program in place to
encourage members of equity youps.
including women, to apply for positions.
In many fields, such as Engineering, a
large part of Ihe problem is simply finding applicants from equity groups to
compete for positions.
"We are clusing Lhe gap, in sonw
fields more rapidly than others," he said.
Because bo feiv women occupy high-
ranking positions within Canadian uni-
veisilies, their average salary is S3 per
tent of men's. However, within tlie same
professional rank, women professors
earn i>5 per cent .<! Iho m:de average. ♦
China evicts UBC student
Ben Larkman deported for protesting persecution of Falun Gong
by Chris Shepherd
Ben Larkman doesn't seem like
the sort to be kicked out of a country. But Larkman, a soft-spoken
third-year UBC Arts student, was
quickly deported earlier this
month when he travelled to China
to protest the persecution of
Falun Gong practitioners.
Larkman arrived in Beijing on
February 8 and the next morning
began distributing pamphlets
about Falun Gong, a meditation
and exercise practice also known
as Falun Dafa.
"[The leaflet] basically said
that Falun Gong is good. We're
not against the government," he
Larkman didn't have long to
share his message though.
"Within 15 minutes I was
arrested," he said. "That was in
the morning, and throughout the
day I was in about three different
police compounds."
Following his arrest, Larkman
had no contact with authorities
other than the Chinese police. In
the first two police stations where
he was held, no one spoke
English. An English-speaker was
brought into the third.
"I was interrogated, but I was
not given any of my rights," said
Larkman. "They promised me
that they would call the
embassy, but that never happened. They ended up just taking me to the airport and putting
me on a plane."
Larkman's original plan was
to hand out as many pamphlets as
possible and then to join a group
of Falun Gong practitioners from
outside China who were meeting
at Tiananmen Square on
February 14.
"When I said that Falun Dafa is
good, I had six guards bring me
down," said Sophia Bronwen, a
spokesperson for Falun Gong and
one of the people who had gathered at Tiananmen Square to display banners on February 14.
Bronwen said she saw several
Falun Gong supporters beaten by
police that day, and that after 30
hours of detention, she and the
others were deported from China.
Larkman, however, was not
abused by the police.
"I wasn't violently treated," he
said. "I was pushed around a little. Whenever I was in public
places and I would tell people that
Falun Gong was good, I would get
pushed around and threatened by
the police."
Falun Gong became popular in
China in 1992, and by 1999,
when it was made illegal by the
Chinese government, it was being
practised by 100 million people.
Many people outside of China
travel to the country to support
Falun Gong. Falun Gong practitioners go to China, especially^
Tiananmen Square,- they say,
because they want to counter the
Chinese government's efforts to
stop the practice.
The treatment of Falun Gong
practitioners in China has been
much disputed. Falun Gong
practitioners say that they have
documented the deaths of 366
of their members in Chinese
labour camps. They believe, but
cannot confirm, that number is
actually over 1000. They also
claim the Chinese government
has been torturing Falun Gong
However, Wang Ying, a cultural consul at the Consulate General
of the People's Republic of China,
says that the Chinese government
has never told its police to torture
Falun Gong practitioners.
"Perhaps one or two of the
people, under some kind of circumstances were killed, but it's
not the order of the government,"
he   said.   "Sometimes   I  think
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TRY AND HOLD THAT! Ben Larkman demonstrates one of
several Falun Gong meditation exercises, chris shepherd photo
Westerners, some of them anyway, are very pure. They believe
whatever the practitioners say to
them," Ying said.
The Chinese government has
done much to oppose Falun Gong.
One government magazine
depicts suicides and murders that
it claims were committed by
Falun Gong practitioners.
"The slander is very huge,"
says Bronwen, "and most Chinese
people are believing it"
Amnesty International, a
worldwide organisation dedicated to protecting human rights.
has been monitoring the situation
in China.
"Amnesty International is
gravely concerned by the allegations of state-sanctioned violence
against Falun Gong practition-''
ers," says a report on the organisations' website.
Amnesty International is calling on the Chinese government to
"stop all violence against Falun
Gong practitioners and provide
convincing evidence that all allegations of torture of detained
practitioners are being investigated, in line with Chinese law."*>
UBC grad students talk science to kids
     by Kathleen Deering
By uniting graduate students in Science with
kids in grade school, the Let's Talk Science
Partnership program at UBC aims to promote
science as fun, rather than as a chore.
About 50 UBC graduate students regularly volunteer at elementary and high schools
throughout Vancouver. Volunteers create a
partnership with teachers and usually visit
the- same class more than once during the
school year, organising experiments and
activities designed to stimulate student
interest in science.
Bobby Yanagawa, a cardiovascular pathology grad student, helps kids dissect pig hearts
each year, an activity students are enthusiastic
about, he said.
"The best thing is when they're asking a lot
of questions. They seem really excited about
cutting up a heart and learning more about
themselves," he said.
Yanagawa said he feels a responsibility to
share his knowledge in science and research
with BC high school students because of the
province's exploding biotechnology field.
Many BC jobs are being filled by people from
outside the province and Canada, he said.
Beth Simpson, one of the two program
organisers, said Let's Talk Science tries to dispel stereotypes about science.
"We like to introduce kids to scientists and
show them scientists are just like anyone
else," she said.
Often the best way to get kids interested in
illustrating principles of science is to create
hands-on activities.
"One thing that we do with the Utile kids is
make 'slime," said Simpson. "We mix cornstarch and water and it makes a polymer so
they get to make this goopy stuff and get their
hands dirty—and then you can talk about
chemistry and polymers."
Amanda Zimmerman, who is in UBC's
animal welfare graduate program, volunteers at a Vancouver kindergarten class. The
last time she was there, the kids, built 3-D
models of habitats for coyotes and frogs
using twigs and pieces of ferns. She said she
wants students to gain an interest in the natural world.
"By the end of the day they had made
some really good models, They were quite
anxious to show their parents. I think they
like having a visitor, someone new and
unusual," she said.
Volunteer Nicole Klenk, a graduate student
in Forestry, believes that it is important that
kids see women scientists, and enjoys being
able to provide that representation.
"In my particular class there's only four
girls and 16 boys and I'm hoping that my
being a graduate student and a woman gives
them a model, maybe the idea that a woman
can actually do these things."
Simpson said she is surprised this gender
stereotype stilt exists in classrooms today.
"I always get comments from the teachers
afterwards that there's someone in the class,
some little girl saying 'Wow! There's a
female scientist! I didn't kndw girls could do
that.' I just can't believe it. I just didn't
expect that kids would think that girls can't
be scientists."
University Hill Secondary teacher
Jennifer Kinakin had a volunteer visit her
Grade 12 biology classroom a few weeks ago.
She thinks the program is valuable for her
students because they gain a more thorough
understanding of a particular subject from a
grad student than they could from a regular
"They like to have someone new who is a
specialist—one who they can ask higher level
questions of," she said. "And there isn't an
age gap. I think students can relate to them
Simpson said that volunteers benefit from
the program as well as the children.
"Partly what we want to do is not just educate the kids, we want to help the grad students be better educators."
Klenk agreed.
"Communicating at the kids' level is
refreshing," she said. "It makes me reflect on
what I'm doing and how to bring it back down
to the basics. I really love seeing sparks in
kids' eyes when they look up and say, 'Wow, I
never knew that"
Presently, graduate student volunteers outnumber teacher participants in Vancouver.
Simpson said she hopes to raise awareness
about the program through its website.
UBC has run the Let's Talk Science program for the past five years. The idea of a
University of Western Ontario graduate student, the program exists in universities across
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"Budget'from page 1.
concern because it throws the
[financial] responsibility back on to
the university and students," he
said.. "It's a backward step for
Sullivan, however, said that he
did not believe the government is
shifting its responsibility, as it has
protected advanced education funding, despite removing programs.
"I don't see any evidence of any
of that kind of shifting. It's more a
notion of shared responsibility. The
way tuition has been frozen for six
years, it's their belief that it's appropriate for students and families to
assume a bit more of the cost," he
Sullivan also said that UBC's
increased responsibility for the
first-year grant program will not
necessarily translate into increased
tuition fees for students, but said it
could alter how the revenue from
increased fees would be allocated.
"I think what it's likely to do, if
anything, is not affect the total
amount of the proposed increase,
but affect perhaps the allocation of
that increase. That perhaps it would
convince the Board to set aside a
slightly larger amount for student
financial support from any increase
than it might have otherwise."
Sullivan added that while the
government has increased spaces
in programs such as Medicine and
Nursing, the increase in spaces
mostly applies to university colleges. He said currently UBC is
already accepting more students
than it receives funding for, but the
university will not know if it has to
accept additional students until it
receives a budget letter from the
But McFadyen also questions the
government's involvement in post-
secondary institutional policies
after the Liberals announced they
would grant autonomy to universities for tuition fees, then replaced
board members at eight institutions
two weeks later.
The provincial government
appointed six new members to
UBC's BoG yesterday. With backgrounds ranging from architecture
to corporate management, the new
members will serve three-year
"So" it's not about restoring
autonomy," said McFadyen. "It's
about making sure that there are
hugefeition fee increases. This government  is,   I  think,  becoming
quickly very famous for saying one
thing and then doing another."
Students are particularly worried about the timing of the appointment, given that the first meeting
new UBC BoG members will participate in will include a tuition policy
Kazemi said that the AMS
Council would be dilligent in ensuring that the university not use the
Board change to push forward with
a negative tuition policy.
But Sullivan said unprecedented
increases would not occur. He said
that to date UBC has not received
any encouragement from the government to move in any other direction than to raise tuition to the
national average over the next three
BoG student representative Tieg
Martin agrees with Sullivan, and
said that after meeting with the new
members at a BoG orientation
meeting yesterday, he was confident they will make the right
"We could assume the provincial
government would appoint people
who share their same values, thinking or perspective, but...it boils
down to what is a responsible and
good decision to make," he said. ♦
Turnout to protest historic
"Protest" from page 1.
Summer McFadyen, the BC chair of
the Canadian Federation of
Students, publicly disagreed with
Campbell and BC Minister of
Finance Gary Collins for dismissing
Saturday's protest as the work of
only unions and activists.
"The changes Gordon Campbell
proposes affect every person in this
province," she said to the crowd
which had gatherered on the
Legislature lawn. "But Campbell
says if you're upset about what he
has in mind, you're just part of a
special-interest group. He Says if
you're concerned, you're just a
loser—a union member."
"Let there be no doubt that the
people here today represent the
majority of people in the province,"
announced Jim Sinclair, president
of the BCFED. "We are from all
walks of life. We make no apologies
for being working people."
Not everyone felt the rally would
be effective, however.
"So what's this going to accomplish?" said an onlooker on
Johnson Street, as she and her coworkers watched the shouting
pven though many protesters
said they hoped the rally would provoke the government to act, they
thought change was doubtful.
Rob and Pat Jensen, Canadian
Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
members who both work for the
Victoria school district, said they
came to the rally because they were
concerned about many of the government's decisions, but mainly
because they were worried about
their jobs.
Although Rod Jansen said he felt
the rally would accomplish nothing
and was little more than a good
start, his wife Pat was more
"It'll let [the government] know
we're not going to sit back and take
it," she said. "You've got representatives from all unions and associations here, and you've got every
age group, from students up to
And many at the rally said that
February 23 was just the beginning
of actions of protest against the
Liberals. As people marched down
Government Street, they chanted
"No justice, no peace."
Alex Grant, president of UBC's
teachers assistants' union, CUPE
2278, said he wanted to make the
February 23 rally the largest
demonstration in BC history.
"It must be a launchpad for further actions involving every community against Campbell and the
corporations that back him," he
• said. "The only language they
understand is money, so we need
to oppose them in their pocket-
books, with strikes, occupations,
demonstrations." During the rally,
there was talk of a province-wide„
general strike in the near future,
where employees of all professions
would walk off the job.
Police were on hand but mainly
just kept traffic off the city blocks
surrounding the Legislature.
But the protest was peaceful.
The atmosphere of the event
seemed more like that of a festival,
with radical cheerleaders. Raging
Grannies, children, papier mache
images of Campbell, and a large
balloon carrying anti-Liberal slogans. A band welcomed people to
the lawn, where vendors sold anti-
Campbell pins and where outdoor
toilets and recycling bins had been
provided. The only noticable violence was to the grass of the
Legislature lawn, which was quickly ground to mud.
Near the tents of Camp
Campbell, where protesters have
remained since the CFS Day of
Action on February 6, a compost
and small vegetable garden were
constructed on the front lawn of the
Legislature. Protester Peter
DeGroog was turning up soil with a
"There's no jobs on the island,
so we might as well plant some
food here, overturn Campbell's
grass," he said. "Victoria's a fertile
climate. We don't have to starve." ♦
"Camp" from page I
campsite also included a food tent
and a compost. According to
Moroz, the campers have shared a
communal kitchen, and received
donations from the community.
The campers said they would
stay until February 23, but after
Saturday's rally, they did not seem
so ready to shut the camp down.
"I thought that this would be the
last day, but now I'm not so sure,"
said Kvakic.
"Some people might leave, but
lots of people are planning on staying, and really, they don't have a
place to go," said Moroz. She said
she believed many people had no
other option because of cuts to
social services and a lack of affordable housing.
On February 12, the Crown
filed an enforcement order, asking
the police to force campers to
leave. The campers were then
allowed to stay on until Saturday's
protest, but now that they show no
signs of leaving, the police may
intervene. ♦
—with files from Kevin Groves
the Martlet THE UBYSSEY
Track team stands out at
CanWest Championship
Men finish fourth at regionals, women last
by Scott Bardsiey
UBC's men's and women's track
and field teams both went into the
Canada West Championship in
Saskatoon last Friday and Saturday
ranked tenth nationally, but anyone
expecting the rankings to determine
the meet's outcome must have been
The men's team won five medals
and beat Regina and Victoria—both
ranked higher than UBC—to win
fourth place overall.
"I've been at UBC three years
and that's the best we've ever come.
We performed pretty well in all the
events," middle-distance runner
Chris Williams said.
The UBC men's 4x800m relay
team did especially well, finishing a
scant 21 seconds behind the first-
place Saskatchewan team to claim
the silver. Last year the men finished fifth in the event.
"Chris Williams pulled the team
up from third, I think, up until the
last 100m and he put in a phenomenal kick to put them up almost for
the win," Jonathan Luckhurst said.
Luckhurst took fourth place in the
David Milne, arguably one of
UBC's best athletes, finished second
in the 3000m and third in the
1500m. Williams took fourth in the
300m and was second by just 0.07
seconds in the 600m.
"I just got ducked out at the line
fin the 600m]," Williams said. "It
was really, really close. It didn't go
well tactically, but overall the weekend went pretty well."
Jeremy Edwards made the team's
only first-place finish when he won
in the 351b weight throw. "[That
feels] pretty good," he said. "But it's
just warm up for nationals."
Things didn't go so well for the
women's team. With Heather
MacDonald, their top runner,
unable to compete due to illness,
the women finished last out of eight
schools, down from sixth last
"We did have quite a lot of our
runners who were injured right
now," distance runner Megan
Dorthey said. "[But] our team has a
lot of potential because we had a lot
of first-years who weren't able to
run at CanWest, but who definitely
will be factors in the future."
The one bright spot was first-
year Sally Wong's performance.
Wong finished sixth in the 60m and
third in the 60m hurdles. "I wasn't
really going in with any expectations, but all I wanted to do was perforin and I had nothing to lose," she
After the regional final, both
teams climbed up in the standings.
The men are now ranked fourth
nationally and the women are
The team will send six men and
three women to the CIS National
Championships in Laval on March 8
and 9. ♦
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by Sarah Conchie
At least the season didn't end in Victoria. But
the fact that the Thunderbirds handily beat
their former nemesis twice this season was
little consolation as last weekend's pair of
losses on home turf abruptly ended the year
for the women's basketball team and put yet
another chance at Nationals on hold until
next year.
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There was a
locker room
on February
16. After losing the first
game of the
Canada West
quarterfinal to
the Winnipeg Wesmen  59-57
Saturday was do-or-die, and UBC lost.
Losing by a mere two points on Friday
night was hard, but knowing that injured
point guard Charmene Adams wouldn't be
there the following evening to work her last-
minute magic was even harder. And with
leading-scorer Carrie Rogers and frontcourt
guard Sheila Townsend still pained from an
untimely accident the week before, it was
apparent that the team which had stepped
so confidently past the Wesmen earlier in
the year would be hard pressed to repeat
such a win.
The Wesmen walked away with an 11
point lead Saturday night to win the game
68-57 and the series 2-0, taking whatever
hope was left of a T-Bird run to the
Nationals with them.
"We just got beaten by a team that played
better this weekend...I don't think that we
played up to our capabilities," coach Deb
Huband said. "We were really injured going
into it, but in spite of that, I thought that we
would be able to do what we needed to do this
weekend, but unfortunately we didn't"
Both retiring veterans Carrie Rogers and
Charmene Adams were too overcome to comment directly after the game, but Rogers sent
her thoughts via e-mail a few days later. She
had little to say about the weekend, but rather
emphasised the positive experience of playing with "the best bunch of girls" she'd known
in her three-year career at UBC.
And perhaps, in the aftermath of such a
quick, painful end to a promising season,
remembering the accomplishments is more
fitting than rehashing the regrets.
The Birds began the year by sweeping the
Victoria Vikes in a historic series, firmly
breaking the 'McKinnon Curse,' a curse that
saw UBC lose 2 7 consecutive games at UVic.
They went on to establish themselves as the
number two team in the Canada West
Division and climbed the country's top-ten
rankings to the number three spot before
they fell down to fifth.
It seemed as if UBC was headed for territory last visited in 1994 (when the Birds
won a berth to the Nationals), before starter
Charmene Adams bowed out in early
January due to a back injury, only to be followed by a car accident that left Rogers and
Townsend with whiplash. They came back
to play, but the damage to UBC's starting
line-up had already been done. Rogers posted only six points in her final game and
Townsend had difficulty finishing the
perimeter shots she so effortlessly executed
earlier in the season.
The heightened national profile may have
made losing in the first round of the playoffs
more publicly painfiil, but it did bolster UBC's
reputation as an inviting place to play varsity
basketball. The shoes left by fifth-years
Adams, Rogers and post Melissa Stooshinoff
are already being earmarked for some of BC's
top high-schoolers. Both Kim Howe from
Thomas Haney Thunder and Kelsey Blair
from the Argyle Pipers have committed to
UBC for next year's season. ♦
One for the history books
UBC swimmers break seven records and sweep CIS nationals for fifth year in a row
      by Parminder Nizher
Once the UBC swim teams had set,
their eyes on their fifth consecutive
National titles nothing could stand in
their way. They smashed the competition at the CIS National
Championship held at UBC's Aquatic
Centre this past weekend and earned
two more championship banners,
scoring a first for any school in CIS
The men's UBC swim team beat
their archrivals, the Calgary Dinos, by
70 points. The women were even
more impressive—ravaging second-
place Calgary by 180 points.
Winning the championship, and
making CIS history were just two jewels in the crown of the Birds. The
Birds also set CIS and Canadian
records in all but one relay swim.
Thirteen gold medals also hung
around their necks, along with a combination of 20 silver and bronze.
Co-captain of the women's team
Angela Stanley was ecstatic. "I am so
proud of everyone. From day one we
took charge of the meet and didn't
look back."
"This is pretty amazing," Stanley's
partner in crime, Olympian Katie
Brambley, said. "We're winning our
fifth title and we have never lost...and
that is the best you can ever do in a
university swimming career...It's
pretty special."
The men's captain, Kevin Johns,
who clinched gold in the men's 50m
freestyle, is still in shock. "Five titles
is the best you can do on a varsity
team., .and it has not sunk in yet!"
The captain's brother, 19-year-old
Olympian Brian Johns, was named
the male swimmer of the meet Johns
broke a 15-year-old CIS record in the
400 IM, as well as the CIS record of
his idol, Curtis Myden, in the 200 IM.
Add to the mix his gold medals in
three relays, 200m butterfly, 100m
backstroke and you have a recipe for
a great Canadian swimmer.
The younger Johns spoke modestly
on the records he broke. "It's a pretty
big honour to be able to break one of
[Myden's] records. I was just trying to
get the win for the team and see the
best time I could do for myself."
Johns was also named Canada
West athlete of the week, a title the
Richmond native also earned in
January after the Canada West
Championship. Johns' next step is
taking on the world at the
Commonwealth Games. "I hope that I
can keep it going at the
Commonwealth Trials, and then the
Commonwealth Games and show the
world what I can really do."
On the women's side, second-year
Olympian Kelly Stefanyshyn had
some solid swims, even though she
was recovering from a minor muscle
injury. Stefanyshyn swam in two of
the gold medal relays. Although she
won one silver medal, her previous
CIS record in the 200m backstroke
was broken. "I know I will get it back
eventually. My injury has affected my
training for the past two months."
"It has been pretty special being at
home and winning five in a row. But
we don't plan to stop here. We're .
gonna keep on going and coming on
strong," she added.
Rookie Elizabeth Collins made her
mark, collecting two individual silvers and a bronze. Collins also swam
in a number of the gold-winning
female relay teams. "I have never
been a part of anything like this
before! It is an amazing feeling right
' now...to be a part of a team that
comes together every single year and
pulls out the championship."
Kitsilano native Jessica Deglau
was the third swimmer on all three
Canadian record-breaking relay
swims, and also won three silver
medals of her own. The Olympian
was even more excited for her fifth-
year teammates. "For Kate
[Brambley] and Kelly [Doody], it's
their last year swimming varsity with
us. To end it off with a relay like that
is incredible. And to smash the
record! We are so pumped."
Other notable UBC swimmers
were rookie Brent Hayden, who won
a silver and a bronze, and third-year
Garret Pulle, who won gold in the
50m butterfly, narrowly niissing his
own record.
Unfortunately, not all UBC swimmers swam their best this past weekend. Fourth-year Olympian Mark
Johnston lost a handful of his races to
Calgary rival Rick Say. Until this
weekend Johnston had not lost a single race at the Aquatic Centre pool.
The disappointment was clear in
Johnston's voice, "I tried my best and
I competed against Say who's been
competing really well and focusing
on swimming right now." This year
Say spent most of his time swimming; Johnston chose to feus on his
But it is definitely not time to
count Johnston out of the race. "I
wish I could have done it,but it will
only drive me further. Netfyear, it's
my last year and he's goipa have a
race for his money 'causei I am not
gonna lay down." I
The T-Birds' head cqach Tom
Johnson was definitely smiling this
weekend. And who wouldn't be?
Johnson has been head coach of the
Birds for 11 years, and haj been key
in all five consecutive CIS
Championship titles. >
"I'm very, very proud of these
kids. They are bright, intelligent,
motivated, young people wlo have no
limits and that is pretty (exciting."
Johnson was named the CIS women's
team coach of the year, a trophy not
new on his shelf. He certainly has no
complaints. "I look forward to coming to work every day...and there
aren't many jobs like that/he said.
Graduating swimmers Kevin
Johns, Jake Steele, Ian Wilson, Kate
Brambley and Kelly Doodj are now
five-time CIS national champions.
The championship and the number of graduating swimmers made
for an emotional weekend for the
Birds, and the women's team captain
Angela Stanley felt it "I have been in
tears this entire meet! Kate and Kelly
have been a huge part of this team,
and it's very emotional watching
them leave."
Other notable swimmers this
weekend include Calgary Dino Rick
Say, who broke the CIS record in the
200m freestyle, Laval's Sophie
Simard, who won the 100m and
200m freestyle, and New Brunswick
swimmer Carla Guerts, who won all
of her races.
With the 'Drive for Five' officially
over and a success, the Birds will
defend their title next year' in
Victoria, in the 'Mix for Six'. The T-
Birds will now be training for the
Commonwealth Trials being held in
mid-March. ♦
WHO NEEDS THE OLYMPiCS?: With the gold medal
hockey game conveniently scheduled between momimg
and evening races on Sunday, fans and family were abie
to watch Canada win the gold and then see the UBC
swim tea^s win their fifth consecutive CIS National
t;t!es.This group of 'yeyunds' (that's legends to the uninitiated) p'aced swimmers in most of the final races this
weekend, Peking up the team points and showing that
they deserved the honour of bei,»g the only team to win
five CIS titles in a row. chris shephepd photos
Records smashed by the Birds
800m freestyle relay
Previous Canadian record: 8:06.82
Previous CIS record: 8:05.97
New CIS record: 8:01.16
Set by Liz Collins, Kelly Doody, Katie
Brambley and Jessica Deglau
400m freestyle relay
Previous Canadian record: 3:45.90
Previous CIS record: 3:45.98
New CIS Record: 3:44.72
Set by Liz Collins, Kelly Doody, Kelly
Stefanyshyn and Jessica Deglau
400m freestyle relay
Previous Canadian record: 3:19.23
CIS record: 3:19.84
New CIS record: 3:17.78
Set by Jake Steele, Brent Hayden, Brian
Johns and Mark Johnston
800m freestyle relay
Previous Canadian record: 7:16.39
CIS record: 7:16.48
New CIS record: 7:13.16
Set by Brent Hayden, Justin Tisdall,
Brianjohns and Mark Johnston
400m Individual medley
Previous Canadian record: 4:08.54
Previous CIS record: 4:09.64
New CIS record: 4:09.53
Set by Brianjohns
200m individual medley
Previous Canadian record: 1:57.58
Previous CIS record: 1:58.46
New CIS record: 1:57.55
Set by Brianjohns ♦
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2002      7
As- the soalteag-wet reading week started, the UBC
Thu^derbifd$ went into the Canada West Quarterfinals expecting glory, Th$ outcome couldn't have'
beeto. worse,
v. After winning horae-rourt advantage the weekend „before, UBC went into the playoffs as
favourites. And on Friday night the Birds trashed
the Vikes, lighting ixp the scoreboard 76-SL UVic
never knew what hit them. Or did they?
0» Saturday th&
Vikes burned down
fought game. They
dominated raider
the boards, held
CIS top-scorer Kyle
Russell to just 1?
points, and beat the
Birds 72-60, forcing a third game on Sunday afternoon.
UBCs coach Kevin Hansen wasn't shocked by
Saturday's loss. Tut not utterly sui^rised-raost
Canada West series go three games anyways. Their
backs were against the wall and they came out and
played a lot harder than us. They wanted it more."
he said.
On Sunday afternoon, points fell like rain, for
Victoria, while UBC was stuck in a scoring drought
Keitii Bustard and Sandy Bisaro led UVic on the
court Bisaro, the 6'8", 2401b giant outousded
. UBC inside the paint His teammate. Bustard, dominated the perimeter, scoring 23 points on Sunday
and going five for five from beyond the arc.
Kyle Russell responded with 32 points, but it
couldn't close the huge scoring gap. UVic owned
the game 92-75, and moved up to the Canada West
semi-final against SFU. UVic won the first game
against SFU but would lose the next two.
UBC's post-season all but ended on February
17. But there is still a faint pulse for the Birds.
UBC can snag ihe wild-card team in the Canada
West finals. Unfortunately they are in the run-
< ning against Victoria, Winnipeg and
Saskatchewan. UBC's loss to Victoria makes their
. chances slim.
"We really grew from the team that we were in
September. That's the only positive that can come
from [this]," Hanson said. "We had a great run in
the last 16 games. But we just faced a team that had
two fifth-year guys who were chasing the dream.
They really stepped up."
UBC's 14-6 regular season, their best in six
years was enough to nudge Hanson into a tie
with Alberta's Don Horwood for coach of the
year honours.
Fifth-year players Tasso Kanavos and Jason
, Bristow played their last games as T-Birds and
leave some sizeable shoes to be filled. Bristow
especially stepped up his performance, battling it
out at the end of the season inside the paint
.  Russell was definitely disappointed. "We got a
great group of young kids, but we have to work our
butts off in the off-season," he said. "We're going to
miss Tasso and JB [Bristow]. They do a lot of stuff
' that doesn't show up in the stats."
But the Birds have depth. Rookie Brandon
Ellis was strong off the bench. Guard Brian
Banman was also impressive during the UVic
series, providing points despite tits grueling
UVic defence. First-year Paul Naka started every
game after being sidelined for the early part of
the season. Naka was named to the conference
all-rookie team and if he can gain more confidence shooting the ball, should become a potent
player next season.
Coach Harison is optimistic that next year s
team will be better. "We're stil building. I think it
, is easy to stop one player on the team. Our young
guys have to get experience and play all summer,"
ha said. "And we have to fill some holes, do some
recruiting. Height is one of them. We need to find
some post guys.*
If the T-Birds are going to chase the national
title, next year will be the year. Six Birds will graduating at the end of next season, including 'Big'
Bett Sansburn, Mark Tasic and Aaron Frampton, as
well as Kyle Russell If everything falls into place,
the UBC men's basketball team could give fans
something to cheer about •> 8
Off to Nationals on
a bittersweet note
by Scott Bardsiey
Vancuuu'r's bid for lhe 2010 Winter Olympics
should nim lo '.■[.■fleet the tjobol com^nurLy, «nJ
muve beyond high octane r.rii.ionalis'n," s.dd Uoyd
Avworlhy, director and CEO of l'3C's lia Con'rfl, at
ihe Thunderbird Millennium Scholarship Breakfast
on Fi'brusiy 19. Winning Lhe bid will involve more
than just having the best ir.fr.is'.rui'lure and ptir-ios,
lie t-.iiil. it will be "important to hdvc the right game
pLin.. a rerUiin kind r>f slalement."
He suggested ih.it Vara ouvcr's bid :eiloi t lhe inU-r-..
di-jiyudtnt global community, noting how Lhe 1998
Winter Olympics' optsnina ceremony was dedicated to a
globalr.iusc—Lindmine \ictims- not pcitriotifin.
Axworthy  wjs   ".he   keynote   speaker   at  the
MilliTj-ium BrivJcfesl a UBC Athletics fundraiser.
The sold-out event raised 5236,000 for -nudent Lish-
Icle sj' hularships. The funds raised '.trough ticket
:di'S eire doubled by lhe uni\ er&ily.
Alpine Skiing
l'he ski 1cm drove .id the way lo Boise, Idaho, tast
'■vi'ckcnd for 'he USCSA regional rhui.ipioiiships.
Tho men's tcim finished in s.-omd pi.'.'-e in
i:.tii..i'.ljv's Giant bi.doLn iGS) ,md have q'.nllfied fur
Nationals. The woir.pn \\e:vnt ns lurky, PnNhing
foiTLh iu Sunday's slalom and foiled lo qualify f.ir
N.i'ioic'is. Iffivcvpr, S'pph.ir.ie RoJenkirchpn—who
phied AfJi in Lhe s-lfui-ri—qualified as .he lop indi-
vi ItiI la Lhe Wss-lern P.egion.
Ice Hockey
Vie riim's hockey team ended its .-cason wJih a p lir
of hirr.e losses lo the Kogina Cong irs. They Fell 1-3 on
February 13 and 2-1 the n\.xt day. 'They j"i:-«od playoffs o:ico ut^iln :ind finished with a 15-1 (5-4 ret oni i>n
[tor wiiii ijsL;,i';ir's 6-19-3 season. *>
UBC   YYUofMcUoft
Three UBC sports teams have won national championships this year.
But while the women's field hockey team and the men's and
women's swim teams dominated their sport long before winning
gold, there is no giant in women's volleyball. And that suits the UBC
women's volleyball team just fine.
After eight straight years of qualifying for Nationals with only two
silvers and two bronzes to show for it, 2002 could be the year to hoist
up a volleyball banner in War Memorial.
Never mind that after beating the nation's top-ranked team, the
Manitoba Bisons, in the Canada
West semi-final, the Thunderbirds
had a horrible loss to Calgary in
the Canada West final last weekend. After all, the Dinos had a
much easier schedule before the
final (Calgary played two series at
home; UBC played three and hadn't played at home for two weeks). More importantly, the Birds had
already qualified for Nationals, so the outcome didn't count for much
compared to the big prize, but the loss still has an effect on the Birds.
"We know that it can be done. It's obvious that no team is dominant
Calgary has a good record, but they haven't gone unbeaten...We know
that we can definitely get to the final/ right side Kathyrn Peck said.
In Winnipeg the team showed that it wanted to win. After losing
three sets to one on February 15, the Birds won a close match in five
sets Saturday before exploding in the deciding match Sunday and
winning the semi-final.
"After [Saturday], because we had fought so hard, we went in there
the next day thinking 'they didn't know what was coming' and we just
completely destroyed them," Peck said.
It was a different story four days later when the Birds flew to Calgary
for the regional final. It wasn't pretty. UBC barely won the second
match and couldn't even take a single set in the other two matches.
The difference between the two series was clear for left side Leah
Allinger. "It was a 100 percent lack of energy. We're a very emotional team, so when we're high energy and we have high confidence, we
play unbelievably.. .On the flipside, we seem to come out very flat and
very low energy for some games and it kills us...The problem we're
having right now is we don't see a difference in the way we prepared
for either of the games.'
The long season and fatigue has also led to a growing list of
UBC injuries. During reading week, Peck was sidelined with
f:t o r
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stress fractures, and she may not recover in time for Nationals.
Libero Jasmin Yip was also ill. There was a host of other injuries
in the starting line-up.
Fortunately, the week off should go a long way in getting the
team prepared for the Nationals.
"We're so happy to have the weekend off. Haying a couple of
days is going to give us the time we need...to be more than ready
to go there and kick some butt," Peck said.
The Birds will be playing in Laval for the CIS Championships
from March 7 to 9. ♦
The AMS is looking for a Coordinator for the 2002/2003 Inside UBC
Reporting to the AMS President and AMS Communication Coordinator, you wil! craft the message of
the student society (AMS) into a format appealing to UBC students.
YOU: • Are a registered UBC student
• Are a wordsmith with an eye for editing
• Have experience writing for a publication
• Posses a working knowledge of page layout and design programs, specifically:
QuarkXPress, Photoshop and Illustrator
• Are an expert at issues surrounding student life
• Have a sense of creativity and humor
We provide the equipment, you provide the inspiration!
The position is full-time, May - June with flexible hours. Salary is $ 5,500.
Please forward your resume & cover letter by March 12th, to: Inside UBC Coordinator search, C/O
%   Communications Planning group, SUB 268.
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system is a phone, not an intercom so you do not need to hold the button while you speak. Please note
that no sound is activated when the button is pushed.
Where are the blue lights? Blue Lights are located throughout campus and are directly connected to
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edited by Joy Gugeler
[Raincoast Books]
by Heather Arvidson
Write Turns is a collection of 15
short stories by some of the most
talented MFA grads to come out of
UBC's creative writing program in
the last ten years. The media has
called the program everything
from a "literary hothouse" to a
"diploma mill," as editor Joy
Gugeler cites in her introduction.
But she also makes clear that,
whatever the critics' verdict, UBC
grads have been solidly successful
in finding publishers. All of the
writers featured in Write Turns
have had their stories in this volume published in full-length books
of their own.
These 15 writers are receiving
awards to match their publishing
credentials. Three of the collection's contributing writers—Eden
Robinson, Terence Young and
Anne Fleming—have been nominated for Governor General's
Awards. In Write Turns, Raincoast
Books clumps together a set of
incredibly diverse stories under
the subtitle; "New Directions in
Canadian Fiction." Well, what are
the new directions and just how
. are they new?
Most of these stories investigate
certain poignant moments and
their uncertain implications. A
faded, self-pitying man, squatting
on a friend's property, can't cope
when that friend nudges him to
move along in Murray Logan's
"RIP, Roger Miller." In Madeleine
Thien's "Dispatch" (written in the
second person), you are a woman
struggling to accept your husband's infidelity, finding that "your
husband's heart was broken and it
wasn't you who did it."
Almost every stoiy is intensely
sensitive to emotion, requiring
strength of characterisation that,
for the most part, comes through
in the writing. Suzy in Annabel
Lyon's "Black" is a willful, eccentric little girl whose future we can
glimpse in flashes of a solitary university student, a tearless mourner
at her foster father's funeral, a
woman who never fell in love but
lived 86 years of 'slow death." Lisa
in Eden Robinson's "Dogs in
Winter" is a teenager who tells stories of her suicide attempts and of
her mother the serial killer in a
dry, lucid voice that defies the horror she has lived through.
These writers are consistently
toying with temporality. Stories
told through flashbacks or a series
of scattered episodes are the narrative norm and are executed with
varying degrees of control. In
"Hagiography," Aislinn Hunter
builds delightful rhythms into her
prose by regularly pausing the
action to insert the cheeky narrator's two cents.
For the most part, the stories
are strong, but not dazzling.
Despite a title that might make you
cringe, "Write Turns" offers a sampling from a generation of writers
who promise at least the potential
for new directions and right turns.
But I'm curious: just how many
right turns do you take before
you've travelled in a circle? ♦
at the Vancouver East Cultural
Feb. 19
by Emma Fitzgerald
"Isn't it convenient how these
things can be used as seats?" says
choreographer Allen Kaeja with a
warm chuckle as he speaks to
those who have just witnessed
the performance of his work.
Resistance. He is referring to the
four benches that at one point in
the piece are thrown around with
lightning speed. At other times
they serve as as stumbling blocks,
gravestones and even dance partners. Kaeja chooses to use an
object so simple and unthreaten-
ing, but also one that can become
menacing. That is—in essence—
what his work is about; the play
between simple and complex,
between despair and hope.
Kaeja tells the story of his
father, a Holocaust survivor, and
through the athletic dynamism of
the dancers, Kaeja creates a
sense of disturbance. However, at
certain moments, the dancers are
no longer vessels for horror, but
simply bodies in movement-
pure movement that uplifts and
reminds us that humanity can
still exist in the face of the most
terrible atrocities. The hour-long
show has no break, relentless for
the audience as well as the
dancers, but one couldn't imagine stopping for wine and nib-
blies midway through such a
powerful piece.
One realises that the work has
many threads and untold stories
that the audience can only grasp
at an associative level. What, for
instance, is the significance of the
coats put on by the dancers midway through the piece? We don't
know and never find out But
Kaeja does let us in on one story
when the show is over. A powerful moment occurs when his
wife, dancer Karen Kaeja, stands
in a path of light It symbolises a
road that the two of them had
walked when visiting Poland.
They looked down at the cobbled
street, only to realise that the
Russians had paved the road with
broken headstones from a Jewish
The piece doesn't explictly
give us these narratives.
However, the dancing evokes the
essence of the stories, so much so
that one Holocaust survivor who
saw the show in Toronto said she
could smell the camps as she
watched. But I have to say, upon
leaving the show, I was filled
more with a sense of wonder that
a person such as Allen Kaeja
exists and chooses to make art of
the experiences closest to his
heart His show will continue to
tour Canada and Mexico, and perhaps elsewhere as he reaches
more people with his work,
which is filled with inspiration
and integrity. ♦
at the Presentation House
until Mar. 2
by Alicia JL Miller
Playing off every stereotype about
men, women and relationships
along the way, the musical "I Love
You, You're Perfect, Now Change!"
takes us through the stages of the
contemporary mating process.
From first dates to phone calls to
sex, weddings, married life, parenthood, widowhood and even
divorce, this play hits all the heterosexual landmarks—and though
it isn't always pretty, the play's
rapid series of vignettes makes for
a hilarious and fast-paced show.
Curiously enough, most of the
stereotypes in the show hold true.
The scenes and the piano-accompanied rhyming-couplet-filled songs
depict characters who are not
much more than exaggerated versions of our friends. The scene
where a guy laments letting his
date choose a 'chick flick' when he
is craving action, blood and explosions is familiar—as is his weeping
in the theatre at the movie's climactic tear-jerking scene.
Just as familiar is the young couple going hoine for dinner with a
different announcement than
expected. Instead of the engagement the parents were hoping for—
and crushed not to receive—the
couple announced that, because of
his fear of commitment and her
desire to focus on her career, they
were breaking up. The hilarious
song that ensued—"We're your parents/we support you, you little
shit!"—complete with violent
actions, was a perfect representation of the frustration many parents feel about their offsprings'
unmarried, childless lives.
The play also had its poignant
moments. In one of the very last
scenes, an elderly widower sits
next to an elderly widow at a wake
where neither knows the deceased.
He asks her to join him for a cup of
coffee and though she initially
refuses—"I'll always love my Jim"—
his "I can live with that* reply eventually wins her over. The scene
illustrates one of the play's themes:
that love has a funny way of overcoming the obstacles it encounters.
Backed by a simple set of three
lighted panels that take the action
to the city, onto the street, or into
the church, the actors use trunks
and suitcases to represent furniture or cars throughout the show.
While the symbolism of the luggage
at first escaped me, it became clear
during the first scene: the suitcases
represent the baggage that we all
carry onto our dates and into our
relationships, the 'emotional drag-
gage' that we just can't escape.
Throughout the evening, the
four actors—two women and two
men—impressed the audience with
the versatility of their acting.
Juggling that many characters,
moods, songs and scenes without
missing a hitch is impressive, as is
the fact that each performer was as
strong as the next Their voices projected well to the capacity crowd of
' mostly middle-aged couples.
After such a hilarious and well-
executed play, the only thing at the
back of my mind is the title. A bit
long for starters, and it doesn't
seem to capture the essence of the
musical itself. Something a bit wittier, catchier, more tongue-in-
cheek, like the scenes themselves,
would've worked better.
All in all, however, this is a great
^show. It's lovable, laughable and at
times touching, without being overly fluffy, cheesy or offensive. So I
say go. For not much more than the
price of a movie, you can have fill-
filling, feel-good entertainment
that's well worth the trip to
North Van. ♦
at the Railway Club
Feb. 19
by Lauren Emberson
"I've turned my back on snow and
cold / And I won't be back again,"
sang Kevin Barr, the lead singer for
the Undertakin' Daddies, as the
band launched a tour last week to
promote its new album Post Atomic
Hillbilly. Having dug its roots deep
in Whitehorse, this small-town
Canadian band had no problem filling the Railway Club with twanging
guitar, rustic harmonica solos and
bluesy vocals.
At first the band seemed stiff
and uncomfortable on stage, and
George McConkey, who played a
wailing harmonica, seemed perturbed by someone filming the
Undertakin' Daddies' performance.
However, after two stiff-lipped and
straight-backed songs, these country
folk started to ease up. I spent a
great deal of time wondering if the
band members—with their fringed
guitar straps, tanned leather belts
and cowboy boots—had stolen their
clothes from an old4ime portrait
The band quickly made friends
with the audience, interacting inti
mately with the spectators. Most
songs were introduced with a personal touch. "We don't have a name
for this one yet Maybe you will have
a better idea than what we have,"
Barr said before launching into a
Perhaps in a reflection of the
web of small-town relationships, the
Daddies tried to show the audience
how to connect to their music.
Before one song, Barr asked if anyone in the audience had ever run
away from anything important in
their lives. Strangely, this very personal question didn't seem out of
place and several people willingly
gave their hands to the air.
Under the yellow fights of the
Railway Club, the Undertakin'
Daddies wailed away about life in
the Yukon. As the bright, neon
store-signs glared in from the
street, it became clear that the
band's intimacy with the audience
couldn't dispel the musicians' awkwardness. I watched a woman in a
beige business suit and huge sea-
shell earrings struggling with the
cellophane wrapping of the band's
album and I had to wonder if the
band felt like a rural novelty, like a
group of men with guitars and great
countiy voices behind a wall of
glass in a museum. ♦ 10
Duncan M. McHugh
Ai Lin Choo
Sarah MacNeill Morrison
Ron Nurwisah
Scott Bardsiey
Julia Christensen
Laura Blue
Nic Fensom
Hywel Tuscano
Graeme Worthy
Alicia Miller
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"The score is Q to 171* cried laural Eaine. Just then Xatiry
Deering. Farm Nizher and Alios Miller all dove for lhe invincibility hat. only to be outwitted by Lauren Ember son who ran off
kughinR impervious to the song ball thrown al her by Rob Nagai.
Chris Shepherd made a grab lor the infinity widest but Ai Lin
Choc declared the zone la he the backwards zone, bo Sarah
MacNeill Morrison and Kim The 'sdrawkcab Itfal ot dah lb.'
Emma Fitzgerald declared that standing on grass meant you had
lo hop on one root, catching Heather Arvidatm, Sarah Conchie and
Mike AUersall all of!"guard. Meanwhile, unknown to eveiyone hat
Michelle Furbacher who watched from the trees, Nic Fensom was
creeping up on Laura Blue with the water balloon or impersonation. Graeme Worthy fell victim to the sponge of silence thrown
by Son Nurwisah and Julia Chri&leosen could onh/ laugh as he
tried to communicate in mime. Dan Silverman thought he was
racking up the points with the hula hoop of victoiy, only to be devastated when he learnt Stat Scott Bardsiey had touched the reversal tree, meaning thBtall points were actually being taken away
from him. Duncan M. McHugh lead a charge to the hoop and
blasted by Hywell Tuscano who was distracted as Sara Young
finally found the Calvinbali. ♦
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Why Gordon loves hockey
This weekend, history was made, and it wasn't
just in hockey. Just as people flooded
Vancouver's downtown streets in celebration of
Sunday's men's hockey Olympic gold-medal
win, Victoria saw similar crowds on Saturday,
albeit for very different reasons.
In one of the largest demonstrations BC has
ever seen, about 2 5,000 people gathered on
Saturday on the Legislature lawn in Victoria to
protest the Liberal government's massive cuts.
Smaller demonstrations occurred simultaneously across the province.
But you wouldn't know it from opening up
the newspapers Monday morning. The men's
Olympic hockey gold overshadowed any mention of Saturday's event. The Vancouver Sun
relegated it to page four. The Globe and Mail,
while covering the story on its website, apparently didn't feel the historic demonstration
. warranted ink in the print version of the paper.
The Province, which published on Sunday,
placed a pre-game story on page one and covered the protest on a single page. It also printed a comment from 'In the House* legislative
columnist Michael Smythe about how the
rally—attended by tens of thousands of peo
ple—was put on by special-interest groups.
But eveiyone would rather hear about the
Olympics anyway—even our politicians it seems.
Last week, both Premier Gordon Campbell and
Finance Minister Gary Collins said they would
be spending Saturday watching the Olympics
with their families.
Even though anger towards his government
brought the BC capital's downtown to a halt,
Campbell didn't consider commenting on the
protest a priority, according to the Sun.
The rally has been dismissed as the work
of Trig unions,' and yes, the BC Federation of
Labour is estimated to have spent $100,000
on the event. They chartered a ferry to
Victoria (The Queen of Solidarity^ and sent
hundreds of buses to the capital. While expensive, this rally cost less than ten cabinet
speeches written for Minister of Health
Planning Sandi Hawkins.
But for anyone who was at the protest, it was
clear that representation at the rally was
diverse. Children, students and seniors, as well
as workers, were there in droves.
According to one student upset about the
removal of the province's tuition-fee freeze.
unions simply provided a place for people to
voice their anger towards a government lhat
doesn't appear to be listening to them. And the
number of angry people is overwhelming.
Collins says most British Columbians support the Liberals and that only "public-sector
union leaders and some activist groups" attend
these rallies.
But according to recent polls, 53 per cent of
British Columbians feel that the government is
cutting too much, too fast Even the mainstream newspapers, who replaced the rally
with hockey coverage, reflect this, with numerous letters to the editor calling on the Liberals
to tone down their malicious attacks on programs people rely on.
How long can the Liberals dismiss everyone who disagrees with them as just members of a special-interest group? Even dogs
showed up to Saturday's protest. Premier
Campbell may have benefited from the blanket coverage of a hockey game this time
around, but it's only a matter of time before
the majority of the people in this province
realise that an Olympic win isn't the only reason to take to the streets. ♦
Quit your whining!
After observing all the fuss about
the Liberals' planned increases in
tuition, I am amazed at the apparent lack of knowledge of basic economics. As time goes on, the price
of goods and services increases.
This is because of a phenomenon
known as 'inflation.' We are all
aware of this—it is obvious in nearly every aspect of our daily lives.
As time goes on, the cost of everything from movie admission to
bus fare increases.
The cost of education is no different. Generally, these cost
increases are not noticed because
they occur gradually. Imagine if the
transit fare did not increase for
eight years and then suddenly
increased by 60 per cent People
would be outraged at this sudden
drastic increase. A much better policy is to slowly increase the cost
over a long period of time.
Unfortunately, we here in BC
spent the last eight years under a
socialist government "which had little or no economic sense. The NDP
decided to make the idiotic decision of freezing tuition fees thereby leading to the inevitable
increase we now have to deal with.
It will be hard to accept but we
must take the hit because this
increase will lead to more money
in the universities thereby increasing the level of services available.
Don't be lured into the leftist
ranting. On lhe contrary, stop and
look at what is really going on here:
a difficult but necessary economic
decision which will benefit all of us
in the long run,
-Matt Campbell
Forestry 4
Volunteering: a
privilege or a right?
On Thursday, January 16, 2002
there was a Human Rights
Tribunal victory and reward granted to Kimberly Nixon, a transsexual, who sued the Vancouver Rape
Relief and Women's Shelter after
she was denied the role of volunteer at the shelter. The reward was
the largest sum ever granted by
the Tribunal.
The thing that bothers me about
this is the complete contradiction
of intent by Kimberly. I'm wondering, did she seek to help battered
women because she wanted to be
part of the great work to protect,
assist and aid them, or because she
wanted to validate her own womanhood? How else could she justify
taking desperately needed money
from a non-profit group and then
demand their doors be opened to
all people who want to volunteer at
the shelter? I'm wondering, what is
the greater good served here?
I agree Kimberly Nixon can
know spousal violence, but in a
totally different context of worn-
anood. Gender confusion as a child
and gender-reversal surgery as an
adult does not make one knowledgeable of the experience of
women. To be a girl, to grow up as a
girl in a social and family context
and to have shared girlhood experiences, cannot be surgically implanted. It is this context and the idea of
shared experience that aid
women's work with other women,
I am sorry Kimberly Nixon's
feelings were hurt to the degree
they were, but women-only space
must be protected. At the risk of losing the confidence of battered
women seeking help, "no* was the
only answer that could be given to
Kunberh/s offer to serve women.
Therefore, I'm confused. Don't
all volunteer organisations screen
potential volunteers? How is it that
the Vancouver Rape Relief and
Women's Shelter is any different?
Does this mean that I can be a volunteer anywhere I like just
because I want to and nobody can
say 'no' now? I thought being a
volunteer was an opportunity I
was granted, not a human right I
guess I was wrong.
-Madelene Cleland
SFU Fine Arts 3
Hulk's horrific hjjinks
On Saturday, February 23, I happened to be switching channels on
the TV when I came across
wrestling with Hulk Hogan and
couldn't believe what I was seeing.
Two wrestlers were holding a man
and Hogan was beating him up.
As if this was not enough, Hogan
went outside the ring and got a toolbox from underneath the ring,
dumped the contents on the floor.
selected what appeared to be a one-
kilo steel hammer and hit the
immobilised man from the rear
over his head, who collapsed, like
dead, to the floor.
He was then put on a stretcher
and taken to the. ambulance outside, which was ambushed by two
big trucks and sandwiched in
between them. Now Hogan and his
friends attacked the ambulance's
windshield and doors in a vicious
manner with crowbars and then
one of the trucks rammed it with a
good speed from the side...It was
then that I had to switch channels.
Of course all this is fake, but
how low has humanity sunk to call
this entertainment? Millionaire
actors and billion-dollar network
corporations shape the future of
our children and humanity.
I only described what I saw
without my personal opinion,
which would certainly not be politically correct and not published in
the newspapers.
I have to say this, because several of my letters to the editor have
not been printed in which I only
suggest what a better world we
could have if we would apply 'intelligence' and examine the causes
and possible solutions to our escalating misery.
Are there any mature, educated
and concerned human beings who
would like to spend their wealth
towards an antidote to our word-
wide global madness?
—Gunther Ostermann
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2002  11
How do you feel about the increases to taxes and
fees in the recently released provincial budget?
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16-Aug-01 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2002
Who's red-haired, birth wiggling,
and coming to a TV near you?
MuchMusic's latest VJ addition,
that's who!
by Kim The
"Oh, my GodI It's him...It's Aaron Strate, the
new MuchMusic VJI' squeal a gaggle of wide-
eyed girls when they spot the lanky, red-headed Vancouverite. With his long hair and 'shabby" dress, Strate could easily pass as a member for either of his two favourite bands,
Weezer or the Strokes.
Between Arts One homework, press interviews, shifts at York Fresh Pizza and monthly
performances with UBC's Improv Theatre
Club, Strate has found time to meet me for a
short interview on campus. While sitting on
the patio of the Pendulum restaurant, the 18-
year old UBC student is cool, candid, but also
animated; "Oh God...I was into the Mini Pops!
I listened to [them] a lot...Wake me up, before
you go-go!"
While his music collection may have once
included the likes of the Mini Pops and Fred
Penner, Strate's musical tastes have changed
a lot since then. When I ask him what some of
his favourite albums are, the responses vary.
Air's 10,000 Hertz Legend, Weezer's
Pinkerton, Radiohead's OK Computer, Beta
Band's Hot Shots Part 2 and Beastie Boys'
Sounds of Science. But there are many sides to
Strate—he will, after all, admit that he "can
rock to Garth Brooks from time to time.*
Born in Calgary, Strate moved to
Vancouver when he was two years old with his
parents and three.older siblings. Although his
mom liked jazz and his dad "unfortunately
liked country," five-year-old State's musical
sensibility developed after he stole his sister's
tape of Van Morrison's Greatest Hits. He
played it over and over and tracks like "Brown
Eyed Girl" quickly replaced his previous affection for Penner tunes.
But, like most kids, an interest in music
gave his eager parents an excuse to sign him
up for piano lessons. While Strate remembers
hating those lessons, he eventually learned to
deal with his misery in order to make his
mother happy. The one good thing about the
tedium of practicing piano, he says, is that he
can still "play a mean 'Bohemian Rhapsody."
Piano lessons, as dreadful as they were, led
Aaron to discover a love for playing guitar,
drums and "dumb little pick-up instruments"
like the harmonica. Strate even formed a band
with some of his friends called Spider Jones
and the Braniacs.
For a music-lover, State's concert-going
career started late. At 13, Strate and his buddies stealthily crawled under the bleachers
onto the floor and rushed the stage of the PNE
forum to thrash to the hip-hop sounds of The
Beastie Boys' Hello Nasty tour, and the opening act, A Tribe Called Quest
Although Strate loves music, before being
chosen as a MuchMusic yj, it was just a hobby.
His dream was to be a filmmaker a la P.T.
Anderson (Boogie Nights), Wes Anderson
(Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums) or
Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream)—
filmmakers who don't always conform to the
mainstream. But strangely enough, one of his
favourite films—the first one he saw in theatres—is Ghostbusters, which he's watched at
least 18 times.
Strate has also dabbled in acting. In his last
years at Lord Byng Secondary, Strate was the
head of the improv team and had a memorable part as Balthasar, "the swingin' ladies'
man," in Shakespeare's comedy, "Much Ado
About Nothing."
He was first able to explore his love for
filmmaking with projects like his Grade 9 claymation short, How to keep your pants on
without a belt, starring a blue clay blob with
chunky arms and with pennies for eyes. He
has since dabbled, in digital media and has
made some fun films with his friends under
the company name, Propaganda for Smart
Boys. The organisation can be seen on the web
at Propagandaweb.ca.
State's ambitions took a small detour last
year when he applied for the film program at
Ryerson and wasn't accepted. He attributes
that to a "portfolio [that] wasn't good enough."
Instead, he decided on the Arts One program
at UBC.
Oddly    enough,    Strate's    ih'nn    io
MuchMusic fame began with a Ivt at ihe
family dinner table. Known for Hs keenness, but also for his procrastina'ion, his
sister Lindsay bet him that he wouldn't
make a video for MuchMusic's YJ
contest Strate had seen several ads
aired on TV about the MuchMusic
YJ Search 2002, but had missed
VJ Bradford How's stop at the
Pacific     Centre     mall     in -
September because of a geog-   .
raphy lab.
Soon after, Strate forgot
about the contest, until his sister made the bet with him. Of
course, he proved her wrong by making a
video in three weeks. The video included an
interview with the 'Duck Lad/ who frequents
Robson Street with her pet duck and is known
for throwing birthday parties for homeless
men. After rushing his video to meet the
December 31 deadline, Strate again forgot
about the contest, until he received a phone
call two weeks later from YJ Bradford, congratulating him. He was one of the eight finalists
chosen from over 2000 contest participants.
After being flown to Toronto, the finalists
got to play—they danced on Electric
Ciri us, interviewed random pedes-
IriaiiS a.'id competed In a lri\ ia
contest hosted by Kids in >lw *
lLill sUr, Scott Thompson
One   of   State's   funniest .        ,
moments  .vas his buit-vwg-   • 'J
gling lip-sync lo Sh-ikira'shit,       ■   ',
'Wherever, Whenewr." |
After t\\ o d i> s of c urn- 1
petition. Stale was pre- <\
pared  lo poll I ply senile :
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winner,   but   was   once .?.
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was    declared    the    new J
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able with himself in front of the camera.
Although he's excited to live out a surreal
experience as a MuchMusic YJ and receive all
the perks—including a fully subsidised and
furnished apartment in downtown Toronto
for three months—Strate realises that his
choice to relocate has already affected his
friendships. Although he'll be able to pack
two of his prized possessions, his father's
acoustic guitar and his digital camera, he
won't be able to lug along the third one—his
best friend Jonathan Loewen.
My interview with Strate ends on a
note just as strange as the one it
sliirled on. State confesses to
**   me one of his rcmtasies—npth-
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'*,   ^ p-ira.lo Jieir talent or
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■'■    the praise, or abusive
i      cciiilcpipt, of iho aadience.
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