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The Ubyssey Mar 26, 1997

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Array Fees
Admin scrambles on
fee referendum
A sit-in is captured
on film
Fraternity speaks out
for the first time
Sittin' in solidarity since 1918
Still sitting
 by Sarah O'Donnell
There was growing community support Monday for the ten
students occupying President David Strangway's office for
the fifth consecutive day.
At the largest lunchtime rally yet, over 400 students, faculty and staff turned out to protest the 310 percent increase
in international graduate student fees and the perceived
lack of student consultation on ancillary fees.
Graduate Student Society Director of Student Affairs
Jessica Escribano said she was very pleased with the support.
"We've been having phenomenal success," she said, noting
that over $700 in donations were collected during the rally.
"International students tend to be quiet group...[but]
they've expressed gratitude that we're standing up for their
Adding to the festive atmosphere that included live dancing and music, was the Chinese Students and Scholars
Association—comprised mostly of graduate students from
China—which sang for the crowd in support of the GSS.
"We have come here to support this protest for the whole
international student [body], not just our own" said Congjin
Lu, Chair of the CSSA.
More than 20 students also set-up tents outside
Strangway's office Sunday night in a show of solidarity for
the students inside the building. The tent city, which has
been dubbed "Camp David," is scheduled to stay up for as
long as the protestors remain inside.
WELCOME TO THE STRANGWAY CAFE: sitters talk to their supporters through Strangway's window, richard lam photo
of support on the trees outside Strangway's office.
The ten protestors inside the office said they were overwhelmed by the support from the campus and around the
province. Protest organiser Jonathan Oppenheim said he
only wished the Alma Mater Society (AMS) was as supportive as the student councils at other universities.
"I think they sincerely believe in our cause, but I wish
"We're extremely skeptical that if we left the office   S 7bf ^ S„ • 2
we would have any kind of meaningful exchange."     said i think that's one Prob
 qpiaN    lem we  have  here  is  that
_ _ UBC's   idea   about   getting
STUDENT PROTESTOR something done is to sign a
letter or sign a memo saying that they agree or disagree
with something and that's it. But if you really want to get
things done you really have to start doing things and I think
that's what this student population has to do and I wish the
The GSS also received support from Dean of Graduate
Studies Frieda Granot, who campaigned strongly against
the international student fee increase when it was initially
proposed. Granot was one of the first people to tie a ribbon
UVic students stage sympathy protest
by Sharon Bennett
The Martlett
VICTORIA-Eight students from the
University of Victoria staged an occupation of the Deputy Minister of
Education's office last Friday night to
protest the proposed tuition increase
for international graduate students at
The demonstration began at 3pm
March 21 with more than 20 students
storming the office. Once inside,
activists appropriated two desks and
started phoning media outlets, sending out press releases.
Deputy minister Don Avison was
in session at the legislature, but
assistant Deputy Minister Shell
Harvey met with several protesters to
hear their demands.
UVic Student Society (UVSS) direc-
tor-at-large Leigh Phillips, director-elect
Anita Zuenker and Women s Centre
representative   Danya   Chaikel   ex
pressed their outrage at UBC's tuition
increase, as well as concerns about
mounting funding pressures at UVic.
"Our position is that there shouldn't be any differential fees for international students, because what happens is only the wealthiest students
from other nations are able to attend,"
said Phillips. 'This flies in the face of
accessibility, which this government
is supposed to be in favour of."
"It's not the position of the provincial government to get into commenting on the decisions of the [university]
boards/ Harvey told protesters.
Phillips was also concerned that
UVic's administration will follow
UBC's lead and increase ancillary fees
to get around the tuition freeze.
"They're looking to introduce an
Athletics and Rec user fee," she said.
"This is not right for a social democratic government to be allowing
-these things to go ahead. Premier
Clark and this government should be
taking a proactive stance."
Harvey agreed that ancillary fees
were not to be used as substitutes for
tuition, and said the education ministry's guidelines on this point were
quite clear and specific.
After meeting Phillips, Zaenker
and Chaikel reconvened with the protesters, and eight of them decided to
continue the occupation overnight
Harvey cautioned that if the protesters chose to stay, they risked
arrest. Ministry officials hired security guards to watch the protesters
overnight and warned them they had
to leave by noon on Saturday.
The group organised a press conference for 11:30am Saturday after
which they left peacefully.
"We accomplished what we set out
to do," said Zaenker. "Now we want to
organise for Monday. We're going to
keep up the pressure on the government and let them know this [tuition
increase] is not okay." ♦
AMS would take some lead in that. We see it at other universities, why doesn't it happen here?"
AMS President Ryan Davies, however, defended the society and its committment to both the fight against increasing
international graduate fees and for student consultation.
"There are different ways of representing student views
and just because we're not in the office with them doesn't
mean we aren't addressing the same concerns with the university administration," he said.
While the atmosphere outside the old administration
building was upbeat, negotiations inside with the university administration appear to have hit an impass.
Dennis Pavlich, UBC's associate vice-president of legal
and academic affairs, said Monday the aclministration is now
treating the sit-in as an illegal occupation and will not proceed with any kind of discussions until the protestors leave.
"We're prepared to talk about all ofthe issues, but we're
not prepared to talk about it in the context of an illegal occupation," he said.
"I admire their stand on an issue of principle, I just think
it's not the way to do it. I don't believe in resorting to breaking the law to make a point, especially when I think there
are a whole lot of other measures you can take that are just
as effective."
But Brian, one of the students currently occupying
Strangway's office, said the protestors had no intention of
vacating tlie office. "We're extremely skeptical that if we left
the office we would have any kind of meaningful exchange
with [acting-president] Dan Birch and so we explained that
to Dennis Pavlich," he said.
There has also been little movement from the provincial
government. Michael Lancaster, communications officer
for the Ministry of Education, Skills and Training, said the
ministry had no plans to revisit the issue.
"Tuition fees for international students in general we
specifically expemted from the government's tuition freeze
policy, because the policy was directed towards maintaining access for British Columbia students."
He also said the ministry had no plans to get involved
with the sit-in. "This is an issue for the University of British
Columbia administration," he explained.
And while the sit-in has gone on longer than the administration anticipated, Pavlich said there were no plans to
have the protestors forcibly removed.
"At the moment I regard this as a spat within the family
and I think one calls the police as the last resort," he said. ♦ 2    THE UBYSSEY, MARCH 26, 1997
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Corporations on UBCs food menu
by Todd Silver
Large corporations will be favoured
in bidding to take over food services
at UBC, says a student on the university's Food Advisory Committee.
Efrem Swartz, a first year law
student who sits as a student representative on the committee told The
Ubyssey that original, small business ideas are being ignored in
favour of large cafeteria corporations.
"Students want quality, not
brand names, but the guidelines set
out by the committee make any proposal not consisting of one large
company a long-shot," Swartz said.
Those guidelines, which have not
been made public, call for candidates to be experienced in a campus
environment,  have  a past dealing
with unions  and have  significant
financial backing.
But other members of the Food
Advisory Committee say the university's request for proposals leaves the
door wide open for new and original
ideas. Bernie Peets, general manager
of the AMS and former committee
member, says there is still room for
creative proposals. "The committee
did not want to put unreasonable
restrictions on those making a proposal. Those applying only have to
prove that they have the money to
run a business and pay the wages."
Paula Martin, manager of UBC's
Public Affairs Office, also sits on the
committee and says the university
is interested in any proposal which
can meet their needs. "We [want to]
ensure that we get a viable business plan that meets the criteria
that we have decided are best for
the   university   and   takes   into
account the quality and service
and environment that we want to
AS OF SEPT. 1997, the SUB Cafeteria will be closed, ubyssey file photo
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But Swartz says the current
vision may result in food services
which focus on financial considerations and not with the problems of community space on campus
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Swartz says there is little in the
official Request for Proposals that
ensures  student concerns will be
met. Specifically, a lack of standards
for vegetarian diets or the mandatory use of reusable dishware may,
Swartz  said,  result in a company
moving in that ignores aspects of service which, while important to students, could cut into profitability.
"We might end up with a mall on
campus, and that would be a disaster.
Students do not want brand names on
campus," he said.
What students want, however, may
be a very hard sell. The AMS has proposed turning the current SUB cafeteria
into a non-revenue sitting area. It would,
the student council says, meet student
needs for more social space on campus.
"But [the university] wants a cafeteria, so I do not give our proposal much
of a chance," said Peets, who resigned
his seat on the Food Advisory
Committee last week to avoid conflict
of interest with the AMS proposal.
But there is, Peets says, much still to
be decided before a new food services
operation starts up on campus. The
committee has not yet weighted or
ranked the basis of selection; that will
be done in April. "This Request for
Proposals is only the very beginning of
the process," he said.<*
Gov't cuts hurt working
women more, report says
      by Rachel Furey
OTTAWA (CUP)-Ciite at all levels of government are
totting women hardest because more women work
in those areas being cut; indicates Women's Work, a
Canadian Labour Congress report
Two thirds of the public sector's unionised workforce and 80 percent of health care workers are
women. The federal government has cut 7 billion
over three years from payments to the provinces for
health, education and social programs.
"Where women are most are the areas that are being
cut back,* said Sue Genge, national representative for
the women's and human rights department ofthe CLC.
Joanne Heming, a spokesperson for the Prime
Minister's Office, says the government's focus is on
creating jobs for youth.
"The focus is on youth employment I haven't
seen any comments from the Prime Minister about
jobs for women," said Herning.
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a reason many women are not able to work.
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time jobs.**
Saskatchewan asks universities to leave tuition alone
by Hannah Scissors
REGINA (CUP)~The Saskatchewan
government is asking its two universities to slow down on tuition
fee increases in order to maintain
In his provincial budget,
Saskatchewan's finance minister
said me government would make
up lor federal cuts to education
for the next two years. In return,
the government is asking the
University of Saskatchewan to
reconsider its ten percent tuition
increase and the University of
Regina to consider the new budget in its determination of next
year's fees.
"We don't expect resistance.
We expect that they will be prepared to say, 'Okay, we can now
reconsider those decisions,"
Finance Minister Janice Mac^
JSniion said.
Universities administrators,
however, will not commit to a
change in the planned ten percent
increase. U of R president Don
Wells says there are still problems
the universities have to deal with,
such as inflation and ongoing
cosls^ THE UBYSSEY, MARCH 26, 1997   3
Fee referendum starts scramble
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by Ian Gunn
Thursday's surprise decision by the Board of
Governors (BoG) to hold a student vote on $100 in
new student fees has left administrators scrambling
to organise a student referendum before the end of
the term.
Students will vote on both a new $90 student technology fee for improved Internet access and
upgrades to campus computer equipment, and a $ 10
increase in the $165 dollar athletics and recreation
fee to support UBC Athletics. Both ancillary fees, if
approved, will come into effect this September.
AMS Vice-President for Student and Academic
Services, Maria Klawe, said Monday that organising
for the vote has been thrown into high gear since
Thursday's BoG decision. "We've put together something of a SWAT team to get this thing together in
time," she said.
Voting will take place during the last three days of
classes, April 9, 10 and 11, and will likely use a combination of the Televote system and a World Wide
Web page to let students cast their ballots.
The main challenge now is getting the word out to
students, Klawe said, as UBC can be a difficult campus on which to make your message heard. Having
the support of student leaders on campus, she said,
will be key.
It appears she will get that support.
"I'm definitely going to promote this thing," student Board of Governors representative Jeff Meyers
said, "and I happen to think personally that these are
worthwhile fees, but I think it is critical that students
be given enough good information about them to
make informed decisions of their own. That's what
this has all been about."
The Alma Mater Society, too, will lend its support
to the referendum, AMS president Ryan Davies said
after a lunch-time meeting with Klawe Monday. "We
spent an hour with Dr. Klawe brainstorming ways to
let students know about this referendum and the
issues," he said. "We would certainly like to see this
have wide student support."
But high student turnout for voting will be critical,
he warned, if the university is to pay attention to the
results. "If there isn't enough turn-out, the university
won't have to take the result seriously," he said.
Meyers agrees. "I think the question as to whether
this is a binding or non-binding referendum is
moot," he said, "if students get out and vote. A strong
voice from the students would not be —could not be—
ignored by the Board."♦
Athletics braces for referendum
by Wolf Depner
The Department of Athletics is sending mixed signals
about the recent decision to put a proposed athletic
fee increase to a student referendum.
The vote, which came as a surprise to Athletics,
will ask students to vote for changes to the athletic fee
which will result in a $ 10 fee increase every year for
the next five years. The total fee will eventually be
Athletics Director Bob Philip argued a referendum
was not the most appropriate way to settle an issue
that affects the long term financial stability of UBC
Athletics and Recreation.
"The unfortunate part of any referendum is that it
is very, very difficult for people to make informed
choices," he said, adding that the decision on
whether or not to raise the athletic fee over the next
five years should rest with elected student representatives.
"I don't see why the students on the university athletic council and the AMS who have been elected by
students to represent them can't make that decision,"
Philip said.
"And what if the referendum doesn't pass," he
"Is there another referendum the year after,
because obviously Athletics will come back with
another budget and another fee increase and we
would keep having referendums until we won one."
Despite his concerns, however, Philip said he is
confident the referendum will pass if people are
given the right information and varsity athletes come
out to vote.
Like Philip, Thunderbird Athletic Council Vice-
President Lisa Archer is optimistic the fee increase
will pass. The difference, however, is that Archer
doesn't mind that students will have a say in decid
BOB PHILIP director of UBC athletics.
ing the financial future of UBC Athletics.
"We think that students need a voice," said Archer.
"But we believe that Athletics and Recreation is a program that needs to be supported by all students
because it brings so much back to the university."
Archer said steps are already under way to
mobilise varsity athletes to vote and promised that
athletes will come out in full force to support the fee
"Basically, every athlete will know that their programmes are in jeopardy," Archer said. But, she
adds, there won't be a big campaign blitz over the
next two weeks to get the message across. "I believe
that the athletes' achievement throughout the year
are our campaign posters." ♦
New feminist legal studies centre established
by Desiree Adib
UBC's Faculty of Law is hoping to
enhance its research capabilities
in feminist legal studies.
Last week, both the Senate and
the Board of Governors voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new centre for feminist legal studies to
help promote research initiatives
in feminist legal theory.
Susan Boyd, the Chair in
Feminist Legal Studies at UBC's
Faculty of Law, said UBC's Law
Faculty already has one of the
most well-established Feminist
Legal Studies curriculum in the
"We are building on our
strengths and trying to enhance
the visibility of what we are
doing," she said.
The proposal outlined to senate and BoG also emphasised the
centre's interdisciplinary benefits for scholars from other faculties such as sociology, anthropology and women's studies.
"There is a general benefit to
students from all faculties regarding research in law and feminist
theory," said Boyd. "A more visible centre will only promote
The proposal has been placed
into a "resource neutral* category
as it doesn't require any funding
from the university; instead, it
seeks to promote external funding.
"Part of our objective is to
obtain external research funding,
which this centre can hopefully
promote more of," she explained.
Although UBC is building its
own model to establish the centre, SFU's School of Criminology
has a similar institute for feminist studies; Boyd said the new
centre hopes to do some collaborate research with SFU. Osgoode
Hall School of Law at York
University also has a similar centre. ♦
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Bus pass
by Alison Cole
Funding continues to be the major
barrier in efforts to provide UBC with
a bus pass system, say members of
UBC's Official Committee Plan transportation committee.
The committee has until the end of
May to develop a transportation plan
to reduce the number of single-occupancy vehicles heading to campus by
16,000. A bus pass system is seen as
a vital component of any such program.
Allison Dunnet is one of the AMS
student representatives on the transportation committee and says she has
been pushing for the adoption of a 'U-
Pass'-type system at UBC, similar to
the one at the University of
Washington. Students in Washington
pay nine dollars to have their student
cards recognised as a three-month
transit pass.
"We just can't keep having more
people travel (alone in their cars] to our
campus," she said. "We need more
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BUS SERVICE to UBC improved when the 99B line opened last fall, but reduced
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|UW, UVic programs
The University of Washington's
U-PASS program was implemented in
1991. Ofthe 50,000 people in the university community, more than 36,000
participate in the programme. Since
the beginning of operation, vehicle
trips to campus have decreased 16
percent, parking lot use has decreased
13 percent and transit ridership is up
35 percent.
The University of Victoria also
offers students a discounted bus pass,
at $15 less for full-time students and
eight dollars less for part-time students. The program is run by the UVic
Student Society and is subsidised by
the university's campus security
buses travelling to our campus, and we
need a lot cheaper student rate."
But that's easier said than done,
says Bill Lambert, Director of
Customer Support for BC Transit.
Increased ridership will demand
expansion of a bus service which is at
capacity already. "We'd need a new
depot and a number of new buses," he
said, "and the lead time on that is
about two years."
Expansion will also
require significant funding,
he said, both to build the
new infrastructure and to
fund its operation.
The University of
Washington's U-Pass model
funds transit in part through
higher parking fees, but
committee chair David Grigg
says that may not be practical at UBC.
"You might find that, sure,
we've been very successful in
getting people out of cars, but
then UBC has lost its lustre...as an accessible university," said Grigg. "In fact, we
may even end up with a student enrollment drop,
because UBC is deemed to be
too expensive to reach."
Both Grigg and Dunnet believe
that a system that is flexible for all students is necessary. "I think choice is
an essential component of it, so it's a
matter of looking for alternatives so
that those people have a choice," said
But the committee is concerned
that a vital piece of the funding solution is still missing. Washington's 'U-
Pass' program is subsidised by state
funding, but so far there is no similar
commitment from BC, which forces
UBC to look elsewhere for funds, said
Dunnet believes that UBC should be
ready to assume the funding role itself.
"I think it should be part of the cost of
running a university," she said.
However, she also thinks the
provincial government bears some
funding responsibility. When she
raised the issue with the Premier at a
recent meeting, she said, he was surprised that UBC didn't already have
reduced bus fares.
"The problem falls into everybody's jurisdiction," she said.
"We're talking about tens of thousands of people out on a tiny peninsula in a very awkward location for a
university. So it's going to take some
creativity." ♦
 by Matt Green
Students looking for on-going counselling at the UBC
Resources Centre will have to go elsewhere.
According to Richard Spencer, director of student services,
the centre is no longer "in the business of long term counselling."
With a shortage of staff and no funding increases in sight,
the centre has been forced to switch to the "brief therapy
model," which examines a student's present situation, but is
not adequate for students with a history of serious trauma.
Instead often or more meetings, students must make do with
four to six.
"The move to a brief therapy model was made to allow us
to move more students through/ said Cheryl Washburn, manager of Counselling Services.
But, she added, increases in the student population means
the wait has not been reduced. "The lists have stayed pretty constant since I arrived here in 1992," she said.
The counsellor shortage has gravely affected service. "After
intake, students can expect a six to eight week wait" Washburn
UBC Counselling currently employs six counsellors; international recommendations call for at least 20. "We see ourselves as desperately in need of more staff," Washburn said.
Both Spencer and Washburn agree more funding is needed. "More staff requires more funding on an on-going basis,"
Washburn said.
The problem, said Spencer, is that the centre's options are
limited. One alternative would be a student fee designed to
fund services such as counselling. "It is an approach other universities have taken," Spencer said, "but I am not proposing it"
Waiting lists are less of an issue at the Women Students'
Office. Within two weeks, the office will have on-going counselling available with five professional counseEors and two
practicum Psychology students. Unlike Counselling Services
the WSO is not limited to a brief therapy model. But space,
unfortunately, is limited and men aren't eligible.
For those students whose needs can't be met at UBC,
Spencer said "there are [off-campusj alternatives."
These, however, are not free. "We try to find resources that
are affordable," Washburn explained. "Most of the places we
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They may not get much recognition,
but UBC's women's rugby team has
made a solid impact on the field.
 by Wolf Depner
ly breathe when she faced the media Sunday afternoon. The
third-year flanker was clobbered in the ribs late in Sunday's 24-
14 semi-linal win over the Ex Brits Lions, a Vancouver club team.
But the pain was sweetened by the knowledge that the Birds
had just advanced into the provincial final by pulling off the
biggest upset in BC women's rugby history.
"This is so huge," she exclaimed with teary eyes.
You bet it is. Prior to Sunday, the Lions had dropped only
one game in the past six years en route to six straight titles.
Once again, they were favoured to win it all this season
given their superior size, experience and talent—five players
are on the senior national team. But experience and size did
not matter in the final analysis—speed did, and the Birds
had plenty to spare in their first-ever victory over the Lions.
All four UBC tries were scored off long runs that left the
bigger, slower Lions' defence gasping for air and for
answers as to what happened this Sunday.
In their last two meetings, the Lions beat the Birds by a
combined 63 to 7 margin, raising the inevitable question:
what made the difference this time around?
"Lots of pasta, I tell ya man, lots of pasta," joked Christy
Hay, referring to the team's potluck dinner the evening
before the game.
So what made this pasta so special? pushed one reporter.
"It's a big secret," replied Kim Bourbonais with a hearty
While someone may eventually unravel the pasta secret and
send it to Chef Boyardee, you'll be hard-pressed to find out exactly what made the team click Sunday afternoon and, for that matter, all season long. They're not the most imposing bunch and,
when it comes to experience, the Birds are somewhat short.
That's hardly surprising, given that women's rugby is not the
most visible sport around. But that's changed in recent years and
will continue to do so as high schools become more involved in
the sport and develop young rugby players.
For the moment, most new players come from sports other
than rugby. Bourbonais, for example, has a strong soccer background. She knew very little about rugby when she joined the
team last January; she had watched games on TV on occasion,
but that was about it.
"[First practice] was pretty nerve racking," she recalled. "I didn't even know you had to pass the ball backwards."
She wasn't the only one who didn't. "Most of us didn't know
a thing about rugby when we started," explained Angie Hay, the
team's veteran with just three years experience.
Over six years, the team has made the transition from UBC
club team to a fully recognised varsity team and is now but one
win away from being the best in western Canada. Even if the
SAM COOK'S pass to Kelly Kitamura for the try gave the 'Birds the lead, earning them a spot
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Birds fall flat two weeks from now, they will be forever remembered as the team that knocked off the Lions in a sloppy, scrappy, but very entert^Linirig match played in almost perfect conditions.
"If we are going to hurt, they are going to hurt more," Christy
Hay predicted in the team huddle just minutes before kickoff.
She was wrong, at least for the moment. The Lions dished out
punishment early and often, dominating the scrum and taking a
well-deserved 14-0 half time lead.
"We had some good plays," said Bourbonais. "I think we were
just sort of overwhelmed by them in the beginning.
"We had this mind block, thinking that they are the bigger,
better team, and they capitalised on that. And they had the wind
[in first hall] which made a difference in the Woking. Our kicking
was poor."
Suspect kicking nearly cost the Birds' the game as Kerry
Webb missed two converts, including the one on Christy Hay's
try that pulled the Birds within two points midway through the
second half. But the Birds also got a big break minutes later.
An ill-fated pass found its way into the arms of Lion Patty Pare
who had nothing but real estate in front of her. But a knockon
call awarded the ball back to the Birds who were pale-faced after
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Had the Lions scored, the game would have been over right
there and then. Instead, the Birds hung in defensively and
Bourbonais' uncontested 30-yard dash down the sideline with
two minutes left put the Birds up 17-14.
"I always worry about over-running my
winger, but I just saw that gap, went for the
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"There was nobody there to catch me."
When it comes to finding that gap and
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star outside receiver Andrew English of
UBC football fame.
"I found fullback and wide receiver to
be comparable positions and I kinda
watch him making moves on defensive
backs. So I think I might have learned a little bit from him," she said with tongue
firmly nudged against her swollen cheek.
"WeVe got the tools on the outside to
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Kelly Kitamura's try a minute later sealed the Birds' trip to the
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lhe  names  of each
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described  in  The
Province as "racist,
'    sexist and homophobic."
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right for them to have written the remarks,
ho disagrees with the characterisation.
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the Lhings lhat were published had no racial intent at all,"
Stoddard says. "They were inside punchlines to jokes made by
guys about their own background."
"We're pretty racially diverse," he adds.
national fraternity when such incidents arise.
"I can guarantee action will be taken. They're the one that
gives them tlie right to have a charter at the university. Any more
incidents like that and they would have their charter revoked."
However, Bill Martin, executive director of the Kentuckv-
based Phi Gamma Delta international fraternity that oversees
130 chapters across North America, says the incident was dealt
with properly.
He says that a letter of reprimand was issued after consultation with graduate advisors and undergraduate members.
"There was no need for the fraternity to make the punishment
harder," he told The Ubyssey. "The lesson was learned."
While racially discriminatory folici'es'may'be a thing of the past,
getting into a fraternity is still selective.
At the beginning of every year during the three-week 'Rush'
period, students shop around for the fraternity that suits them
best. Fraternities then bid on members as to whether they can be
Pledging takes place over two to three months, during which
time members get a chance to better judge the character of the
candidates. They say the process is not unlike what you would
have to do in applying for a job, and insist that all they are looking for are guys who treat others well and are of sound moral
character. They also require members to achieve above-average
grades and provide incentives through scholarships.
"The fraternity mystique can attract a certain type of person,
and Lhat person who is solely interested in partying and beer is
not necessarily the type we're looking for," explains Placzek.
"It's very important to us that we don't bring discredit to our
None ofthe fraternities would divulge their initiation rituals.
"It's a secret," says Sharpe. "Each fraternity has their secrets."
But they all maintain that mere is no hazing or degrading acts
After last December's public relations
nightmare, UBC fraternities are trying
to clear their name by reaching out to
the campus community. But they're
not giving everything away just yet.
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by Douglas Quan
It's 9 AM Saturday morning and the guys at the Phi Gamma Delta
(FIJI) fraternity house have more than just a little housekeeping
to do. Last night was "bladder buster" Friday.
They ask me to come back in the afternoon when things are a
little tidier, and heads are a lot clearer.
From the side of the house a girl appears—she looks to be in her
teens. Her eyes are bloodshot. I ask her what went on last night.
She tells me there was a lot of drinking and "fooling around."
As she walks away to find a bus, a FIJI leans out from his second-
storey: window grinning. He calls her name and waves goodbye.
While fraternity members make no secret of the fact that parrying and drinking make up a big part ofthe frat experience, they
insist there is more to it than that.
They will tell you that the sense of community within the
Greek system is second to none, and that the friendships formed
last a lifetime. They will also tell you about their heavy involvement in campus activities like intramural sports, and their fund-
raising work for charily.
But they will be the first to admit they face an ongoing and
uphill battle to create a better image for themselves. The most
recent setback came last Christmas during the annual FIJI pub
crawl through the Downtown Eastside.
Three members were sent to hospital after receiving injuries
in an altercation that began inside the Cambie Street Stadium
pub—the 21st pub on their list of 28 stops—then spilled onto the
sidewalk. The most serious injury was a stab wound to the neck
and chest.
The   Province   described
what  had  happened   as   a
"" * ■ "drunken brawl with locals."
While members of other fraternities agree that the media reports
lacked sensitivity to the victims, they criticise the way FIJI handled the whole incident, and feel that punitive action should
have been taken immediately.
"I know if it had happened in our fraternity, it would have
been handled differently," says Dan Placzek, President of Sigma
Chi. "There would definitely have been discipline brought down
probably in the form of community service."
"Things like that are really bad for reputation. It
hurts all fraternities," he adds.
Chris Sharpe, President of Kappa Sigma agrees.
He feels that the incident was preventable.
"When you put yourself in that kind of situation
where you've got a sheet with racist remarks on it,
you've got guys who've been drinking all night,
and you're in an area of town where people are
obviously going to take offense to those kind of remarks, [that
sort of thing] is bound to happen," Sharpe says.
But Stoddard says taking punitive action would have been an
admission of guilt. "And we weren't guilty of anything."
"What people forgot is that we were victims of a violent
crime," he says, adding that community service is something FIJI
members do all the time. "The social service that goes on is
amazing, but you don't need an event like this to say, 'We'll,
we've got to redeem ourselves by.doing community service.' It's
done on a yearly basis."
He says that if people on campus are worried about accountability, they shouldn't be worried. "If we weren't accountable to
ourselves, it would be mayhem." Pub crawls have been cancelled, he added.
If it had happened in our fraternity, it would
have been handled differently...there would
definitely have been discipline brought down."
—Dan Placzek
President of Sigma Chi
The article was full of inaccuracies, however, according to Greg
Stoddard, a member of Fiji's newly-formed Public Relations
"These guys went into this bar, the five of them. A girl
smacked up on drugs, pointed out a guy as having done something to her. They got cornered by 15 patrons with pool cues and
baseball bats. So they picked up chairs and tables to defend
themselves to get out of the bar. It spilled onto the street. They
went after them and they got hurt."
This is the first time since the incident that a FIJI member has
spoken publicly on the matter.
room to do the interview, someone from the TV room yells,
Accountability, however, is something
that "will be on the agenda," of the
Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC), a body
which acts as a liaison between the
fraternities and sororities on campus,
says newly-elected President Steve
Johnston, who is also a member of Beta Theta Pi.
"We're going to be a lot stronger in terms of setting down
guidelines, and saying this is what we can and cannot do, and
being very strict in enforcing our policies," Johnston says.
But even then, some members are not sure how stringent that
enforcement will be since the IFC is made up of members from
the various frats.
The university can't do anything since it only recognises the
council, and not the individual frats.
"Unfortunately, UBC does not recognise the fraternity system
at all. And the only thing the IFC can do is take away social dates
and things like that as punishment. And if a fraternity chooses
not to obey this, then all you can do is get the whole Greek community to boycott them," says Placzek.
He recommends having a Greek advisor to inform the inter-
performed on the new members.
Active members pay about $500 a year. The money pays for
sports, insurance, social events including an annual formal, and
general upkeep of the house. Members say they get much more
for their money.
"There's a sense of community," says Placzek. "The
friendships you form here
are  probably going  to  be
"What people forgot is that we were
victims of a violent crime."
—Greg Stoddard
FIJI Public Relations committee
some ofthe more lasting ones once you leave university."'"~
"There's something special about being able to go to any other
chapter [in North America], and there are chapters all over the
place, meeting these guys. Every year we go on a road trip."
It is now early Saturday "evening: bacjcat the FIJI house. The odd
beer can and the sticky hardwood floor are the only traces left of
the party from the night before.
While fraternities continue to be enveloped in a shroud of
mystery, Johnston says that this year's IFC will work harder to
create a better image of them on campus. The plan, he explains,
is to dispel the notion that all frats do is drink and parry by promoting more extra-curricular and community-oriented activities.
"We're very much an integral part of the campus, and yet we
don't get our due respect," he says.
Another way is by encouraging cooperation among the various fraternities. "The desire of all of us to work together and
cooperate as a single entity—that's where our strength lies."
"We'll be acting as a unified group," Johnston says of the
newly-formed IFC. "That's one of the differences you'll see."
He hopes that better PR in the upcoming year will boost membership numbers. Currently, the largest frat is Beta, with about
80 members.
The pressure to create a better image for themselves is even
greater when the lease on the land on which the fraternity houses currently sit will expire in about ten years.
"The university wants our land, that's for sure. They want to
kick us off," says Placzek. Negotiations are currently ongoing
between frat alumni and the university.
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maybe some poker later on.
At least during my visit, the guys defy their stereotype and
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The Leon King
When Muhammad Ali met
George Foreman in Zaire
back in 1974, it wasn't to
shake his hand. Leon Gast
captured their bout on film
and, after a 21-year delay,
got an Oscar for his patience.
 by Peter T. Chattaway
When we were Kings
opens Mar 27 at Fifth Avenue theatre
It's a story so good, the;, i uuldn't have made
it up. Muharnrnad Ali, stripped ofhis heavy
weight championship in \$<>7 when he
refused to fight in Vietnam, had a chance to
win it back from curr-wil (hump Georue
Foreman when Don Kin^: masterminded
the Rumble in thejung!'1 in /..lire in 197-1.
The hard-hitting For-'in.iii had recently
knocked out Ken Norton .ind Jort Frazier
the only two men who kid e\er beaien Ah
And it was generally agreed th.it Ali, past his
[>r■ iiii■ .11 !_: would be no match for the 20
■.«■.■■-f»liI I oieman.
In-li-.id Ali withstood 15 rounds before
-ending Foreman to th:: mat It wan and
-lill lemains. the only lime Foreman lias
kvii knocked out. But fur Ah, llie mulch sot
m llie continent of his ancestors, was more
than a fight. It was a vindication ofhis posi
linn as a role model at a time when black
pride was takinu off
Ffirtunateh.. Leon (.a^t. wu* there wilh .i
camera crew tu capture the moment Don
Jxin» had ovidnalh hired him to doiument
Lhe music lesii\al thai w-is supposed to pla\
jusl belo re llie fitiht Jame« Nrown. B.H
Kuiji Miriam V.akeha and others all s-han-d
hilling on what some i ailed tlie Mack
Woodstock" but a ?evere cut to Foreman s
['m.v four d.ivs before tlie fight forced tlie
pugilists to wait .in extra .six weeks.
liven with this areai story Ga.-.t didn't
b ive enough money lo flnis.li the film. With
hi.- negatives held husLige in a film lab
]i<'iiii:all,v. this probably preserved the film
better than any of G.-isl':- own effort.- could
have done  (last spent liie next '?. \ vears liv
ing with "boxes and boxes and boxes" of
material in his apartment, including
300,000 feet of film, 200,000 feet of corresponding sound and 3 2 hours of multi-track
concert tape.
Salvation came "in the form of David
Sonenberg, a lawyer turned show biz 'manager who financed the completion of the
film over die l.i.-l ley years.
Li's been said Ah wouldn't have won if it
weren't for the six week stay in Zaire The
crowds in Zaire hated Foreman, who hid in
the hotel, while they cheered Ali on with
■ Ties of   All. homaye" ("Ali, kill him!").
Bet-wee i tlie uLUvnlion of the masses and
tlie attention ofthe film crew, Ali used those
six months to ]is\ih himself up. "Angelo
Dundee, his Lrainer would come in," Gast
recalls, "aid he'd .-.r. I'nrne on, champ,
wni've ttot to met b.n k lo the gym. You have
lo tram ' And Ali would -ay, This is a dif-
ieienl kind »1 tramnu; Tin- is just as important as tlie other :-lnll \nd he would just
keep on speaking to u-
■\li had such a (lear vi-ion for the film,
Gast hef-an looking lor opportunities to
catili him off-guard, bul \li played with the
camera every chance he goL 11 - like that
persona on camera was the same .-n "||-
camera. He had that wav of making yuii leel
tlie re was an honesty and a purity alum I
Ali'h knack for otT-lhe-cuff rhymes—"You
think lhe. world was surprised when Nixon
resigned''' / Just wait 'til 1 kick George
Foreman's behind" is a il.-is.sif example
actualh saw him rec.rd an alburn of his
own, I Am llie GkuiU'^I back when he still
went by lhe name tJas.-ius Clay For tlie new
film Ali teamed up with llie I'ugees to
record Rumble m Ihejutig!,''
Willi all the monk on ilisplav, difl Ga-I
ever consider using am of Ah s other
recording.-.'-' "Yeah, I've {.'ot 'ein!" Gast
laughs Xol only stuff lhat lit; did. bul there
were a couple of songs about iiiru." Ga.st
begin- to sini.;. Wluhaimnad Muhammad
Ah ' Flew like a butterfly, stung like a bee "
(last laughs again "2.. years l'\epla\ed
around with this thing. I've plaved around
with just about every possibility \ou can
think of 1 had his 'Stand Bv Me in there at
one {inn; He considered it. but in llie end,
we didn't use it."
Gast originally wanted to forego
narration and let the athletes and
musicians speak for themselves, but
co-editor Taylor Hackford, best
known for directing An Officer and a
Gentleman, pushed for talking
heads, including Ali biographer Tom
Hauser and journalists George
Plimpton and Norman Mailer. They
also turned to Spike Lee and Malik
Bowens for commentary on how the
fight affected black people on both
sides of the Atlantic.
However, neither Ali nor Foreman makes a modern-day appearance. Gast almost invited them into
the studio to bring his film up to
date, but in the end, he kept his focus
on 1974. "When I saw the Olympics,
and that moment when Ali lit the
torch, I thought, 'Oh my God, what an
image that is.' And we cut it in so that
the last image that you saw was the
picture of Ali with the torch, and it
was there for a couple of days. We
had contacted George Foreman's
lawver and manager, but then we
realised, 'No. It's not necessary. To
li.ive that image of Ali is completely
inmei essary; if anything, it's a cheap
-hoi So we removed it and we
ne\ei continued wirjh. the negotiation-, with George. We figured, 'IM it be
aboiil this event.'" .y-,±>x ' ;
(.a-t also passed on the opporfcioity to
brum audiences up to date on quo ofer key
playei event sponsor General Mobutu Sese
Seko. whose 32-year grip on Zaire has
slipped dramatically in recent months.
"Thon* are people who've said, 'Why didn't
you let us foiQw more about Zaire, and what
a despot Mobutu is and how he's been running his country into the ground?' But this
is about the event, and I Stink you get a
sense of what we feel about. Mobutu in the
film a sense ofthe kind'of dictator he was."
Academics will probably debate the role
(last's 81m crew played in motivating Ali's
victory for sometime. But if Gast helped Ali
win, it's a risen Ali repaid the favour by
helping lo propel Gast's film into this year's
Oscar race, where it was nominated for the
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finished Wh,en We Were Kings (at last) after living
with it—literally—for over 20 years.
Best Documentary award.
Speaking to The Ubyssey just three days
before the ceremony, Gast notes that the
documentary category typically resents—
and will not nominate—non-fiction films
with a semblance of popular appeal. "It
meant so much to be nominated, since a lot
of my favorite films—documentaries such
as Hoop Dreams, Crumb, Roger & Me, The
Thin Blue Line, Brothers Keeper—were not
nominated for the award when it was their
turn. Just to be nominated is a huge victory,
especially in this category, so we're winners
As it happens, Gast and his film did get
the Oscar last Monday night. "It's all due to
Muhammad Ali, the hero of our times;"
says Gast. "As the centrepiece of our film,
he gave us a tremendous edge, so all the
praise goes to him." ♦
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Claxton makes it backstage
by Robin Yeatman
UBC Theatre grad Tom Claxton is carving out a nice niche for himself as
an assistant director at The Vancouver Playhouse.
The Brandon native took the semester off to assist in both The
Heiress and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? In addition to the hands-on
experience he'll get from working in a theatrical community, Claxton
will also receive course credit towards his degree.
"Susan Cox took me on board after a series of letters and pleading,
etcetera," says Claxton. "It's been an excellent learning experience from
a lot of vantage points."
Claxton was happily surprised to learn that his post-secondary education was actually applicable to directing a professional play. "I didn't
realise that university was a vocational institution, but now I'm beginning to understand that it is. Everything learned in first, second and
third year is actual protocol, is actually what's being done on stage."
Claxton's responsibilities at the Playhouse cover a broad spectrum,
including research, lighting, sound, even directing. But sometimes he
just watches and soaks in everything happening around him. "Even
though I'm assigned as assistant director, I'm basically a hodgepodge of
learning whatever," he explains.
J==SttSwM lounging with Susan Cox of The
For Who's Afraid of
Virginia Woolf? by American playwright Edward Albee, one
of Claxton's tasks was to translate the exorcism scene from the original
Latin into English. In The Heiress he did extensive research into 19th-
century American etiquette. "Some of this etiquette does not occur in
the play, but it was all helpful background in making the characters real
and personal for the actors. And that's the whole goal in theatre, to
make it a live event on the stage."
Claxton believes that theatre is relevant, even indispensable to society. "Theatre has something to each everybody, and in every respect is
just as valid as medicine and law."
Unfortunately, performing arts are not recognised nearly as much as
film. Though Claxton acknowledges that our internet-obsessed age of
electronics may have lost touch with theatre, there is still a thriving,
loyal community that keeps it alive.
Claxton was initially drawn to theatre for its live aspect, or, as he puts
it, "the instant gratification." For him, one of the most rewarding and
educational elements of theatre is watching the audience's reaction. As
opposed to film, he feels theatre is "more of a personal interaction."
Claxton's experiences at the Playhouse have been very positive, and
he is grateful for the chance to work with Cox. "It's enabled me to relax
more in a professional setting," he explains. "I realise that peopie in the
theatre community are just like people everywhere else."
Not only has he gained knowledge, but confidence in his abilities. "I
feel that I can contribute something more directly to the theatre community." However, for Claxton, this is only the beginning of his education in the theatrical world.
"I realise that school has more to teach me," he says. So, if the chips
fall the way he hopes, a Master's degree in direction in the next few
years could be a very real goal. "I have a renewed respect for learning,
because it is a process, and it's a shaping process in theatre, where you
get more and more refined until the act seems like a seamless event,
even though it's not."
Claxton also found theatre to be a constanuy changing medium. "The
most valuable. thing I've learned is that there's not just one way,"
Claxton says. That is why he hopes he will have the opportunity to work
with other directors in the future, even if he is just sweeping the floors.
In five years, Claxton hopes to be active as a director in a theatre
community. He particularly hopes to direct Arthur Miller's The Crucible
and Edward Albee's Zoo Story someday.
In the meantime, he will enjoy seeing the fruits of his labour at the
Playhouse, even as he works on his own screenplay and continues with
his education. "I started out as an observer, and I switched to research
assistant, and in the final sum total, I'm still a student. And that's a role
I'd like to play a little while longer." ♦ THE UBYSSEY, MARCH 26, 1997   13
No! Not the Scottish play!
 by Noelle Gallagher
at Studio 58 until Apr 6
Just when you thought God was dead, the Bard convinces you otherwise. In their production of
Macbeth, Studio 58 uses elements of voodoo, mysticism and technoshamanism to craft Shakespeare's
take on life after God into an interesting visual experience. The problem, however, is that this Macbeth
remains a visual experience, not an intellectual one.
For all those readers who skipped those troublesome English 10 classes, Macbeth tells the story of a
Scottish thane who, after a great conquest in battle,
comes across three weird women who predict that
he will be king. Driven by his own ambition and the
sadomasochistic urgings of his wife, Macbeth murders Duncan, the existing king, and wades through a
series of slaughters to keep the throne. Macbeth's
rule is marked by turbulence and paranoia until a
group of Scottish nobles, backed by the Brits, declare
war against Scotland is Macbeth's reign given its
bloody end. Macduffs victory marks the return of
Judeo-Christian society, with God, king, and servant
all in their proper place.
RUB-A-DUB-DUB: Lady Macduff (Jaimie Tait) gives her
son (Toby Berner) a bath in Studio 58's Macbeth.
Plot details aside, Studio 58's version of the
Scottish play is fundamentally different from the
original. Drawing on technoshamanism, a fashion
phenomenon born of rave culture that mixes body
ornaments and biker clothing with ritualistic
music, Studio 58 offers a group of Scottish nobles
clad in barely recognizable jeans, swatches of plaid
flannel fabric and massive tattoos.
While the androgynous nature of technoshamanism fits in beautifully with the Weird Sisters, who
use ritual as a means of suggesting the primitive
and the prelinguistic, the ripped denim and leather
bras don't work quite so well on the maternal Lady
Macduff or the rest of the noble Scots.
As for the players, most seem to struggle under
what appears to be director Campbell Smith's misinterpretation of the text. Ty Olsson is one of a few
exceptions; his Macbeth is both interestingly primitive and energetically bloodthirsty. By contrast,
Jennie-Rebecca Hogan's Lady Macbeth disappoints;
her response to Macbeth's regal aspirations is so
blatantly sexual the play's subtler undertones are
undone, and her later rendition of Lady Macbeth's
madness is so glib it makes 'Out, damned spot!"
sound like a command to a disobedient puppy.
Presumably because there are so few female
roles in the play, the part of Duncan is given to
Jennifer Hill. While cross-gendering was common in Shakespeare's theatre, assigning the role
of the king, meant to be the ultimate representative of malehood, to a woman certainly undermines, if not destroys, the play's concept of social
Studio 58's Macbeth is not without its good
performances—apart from Olsson, Blair Keyzer
is an incredible scene-stealer in his brief stmt as
the Porter—but the rest ofthe company struggles
in what appears to be fundamentally more con-
r cerned with how Shakespeare looks than what
he has to say. ♦
The medium is the message
by Sarah Barr
at the AMS Gallery
until Mar 27
Geology and ecology are the
themes at the Fine Arts department's third-year printmaking
exhibition, though—apart from
such colourfully drawn schoolyard
slogans as 'the earth is dying'—
this may not be entirely obvious
when viewing the artwork itself.
The 'collaborative connections'
attempted here between art and
science, and between UBC students and school children, come
across as rather vague concepts.
Ultimately, the viewer is drawn in
by the bright children's drawings
and etchings which, on an individual basis, are delicately intriguing.
Printmaking in the 20th century has sought to define itself outside the traditional painter's
realms of landscape, portraiture
and still life by raising awareness
of such social issues as the environment. Yet in the age of television, magazines and photocopies,
does printmaking—a medium
which itself can produce multiple
copies—still have a place in society
as a form of mass communication?
Rather than try to understand
this exhibit through such pop
media subjects, I would suggest
we appreciate how these etchings
were produced and the physical
attributes of the art form. For
instance, Sandra Cheung and
Jennie Elgie's 'Intersecting Red' is
an arresting image produced by
using black-and-white etching and
red lino prints.
In an expanding world of competing communication mediums,
perhaps we should just see that, in
printmaking, 'the medium is the
message.' The question is not
what these etchings are trying to
say, but how they say it. ♦
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March 26, 1997 • volume 78 issue 43
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beating the SFU Scott Haywards 3-2
at the Forum, but received no favor
from the UVic Charlie Chos on
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In a March 18 Ubyssey article,
UVic law school assistant professor Margot Young described as
"hypocritical" and "reactionary"
the bill proposed by Reform MP
Keith Martin that would prevent
pregnant women—who intend
not to abort the fetus—from
consuming damaging substances
and risking severe damage to the
fetus; however, it is, in my
opinion, Ms. Young who's the
hypocrite, for her almost-hysterical response to Mr. Martin's
positive bill is quite "reactionary"
(albeit perhaps not by the left's
definition ofthe term).
Furthermore, the article read
like a left-wing editorial almost as
much as it did an objective news
story. For example, the article's
lead boldly stated that "women
who drink while pregnant could
spend up to a year behind bars if
Reform MP Keith Martin has his
way." Having read only thus far, I
shook my head and mumbled,
"Oh, Reform does it again."; however, reading on a bit further,
Mr. Martin says that he would
have such women placed "into a
treatment facility." Prisons have
bars; treatment facilities don't.
Sure, all journalists have a
right to hold opinions on various
issues, but to allow those opinions to influence what he/she
writes as news stories only goes
towards corrupting the profession.
Frank G. Sterle
a prospective UBC students
and occasional Ubyssey reader
Frat's campus
Regarding the recent article in
Tangent — "Frats on Campus: A
Question of Accountability":
In the Tangent article examining the accountability of fraternities on campus, the writer,
Nicole Capler, raised some very
valid points. She highlighted the
need for clearer links between
the Greek Letter Societies and the
AMS. I would like to highlight
that, unfortunately, in her
research of fraternities she overlooked the many contributions
fraternities make to our university and our community.
I will be graduating this year,
and in my four years of membership in my fraternity I can honestly say I am proud to be a
Sigma Chi. Our annual Derby
Days fundraiser has contributed
an average of $ 1500 a year to the
BC Children's Hospital. Each
year we have also assisted the
Phrateres, a women's club on
campus, with their annual
Halloween Unicef Fundraising
efforts. As a member of my fraternity I have had the pleasure of
being involved in promoting the
"white ribbon campaign". These
ribbons are worn by men who
are against violence against
women. One year we helped
make and distribute 2000 of
these ribbons.
I assure you that this community involvement is not just window dressing. We realise the
importance of an ongoing commitment toward improving ourselves and our community. Last
year we hosted a workshop, facilitated by the UBC Women
Student's Office, on acquaintance
sexual assault. This workshop,
which we attended with the
members of the Delta Gamma
sorority, included a video that
addressed  the  misconceptions
and misunderstandings surrounding date rape. The video
was followed by group discussion.
Our fraternity is not insular
either. Several of our brothers are
involved in other campus groups,
voluntarily giving their time and
energy to serve all the students
on campus. They are involved in
clubs, intramurals, undergraduate societies and the AMS.
We are also a diverse group of
individuals: 30% of our membership belong to multiple ethnicities, covering from Asia, the
Middle East and South America.
We feel that our diversity gives
the Fraternity a greater depth of
character and positively affects
all our members.
Like my fraternity, the other
fraternities on campus are
expected by their fraternity
statutes to behave in a moral and
congenial manner. Since all the
fraternities on campus have
made a commitment to this end,
we should be held accountable
for our behaviour.
Sincerely and Appreciatively,
David Stroud-Drinkwater
Public Relations Chairman
Sigma Chi Fraternity THE UBYSSEY, MARCH 26, 1997    15
Down and out in the UEL
by Victoria Scott
This letter is about the way we
live: it is an effort to span the gap
between how things are and how
they ought to be. The way people
push around the campus with
their sharp hair, happening
threads, and brand new cars you
might think that everything is
right as rain out: here past the golf
course. But as far as I am concerned there are some problems
and they are a little more pressing
than acing the last hole on the
green. Something is terribly
wrong out here at UBC, and it goes
beyond student life past the gates
and concerns the whole fucking
community we call greater
People in this "smart city"
might dress a little better than
they did a few years ago but if the
last municipal election is any indication they sure don't think any
better. Like has anybody heard of
the words RENT CONTROL? Why
are we seemingly unable to put
together the fact that shitty living
standards for students, waiting for
that evasive garlic wagon
we euphemistically
call the bus, and being
too poor to make rent,
see a film, or buy that
bag of rice we've all
been dreaming about
has something to do
with say, a Philip Owen,
or perhaps a Martha
Piper? Have you ever wondered
about all those new buildings
surging up all over the place? Do
you ever question why you don't
know what they are and how they
are being paid for? Has it ever
occurred to you that the reason
you don't know what they are all
up to has something to do with the
apparently plain politics of what is
wrongly termed "development"?
Distressed? Feeling alienated?
Harassed by the unrelenting
patrol cars? Maybe even a little
frustrated by that crazy fucked up
library? And you wonder why you
are so angry all the time. When
you are sitting in your illegal basement suite nursing your cold
because you can't afford to turn
up the heat, remember not to
blow your nose too hard because
you'll have to pay through it next
semester — that is if you make it
there in one mental piece.
!!!???? Out on the west side it
seems that it is a crime to be poor
and a sin to discuss it. It is our
campus: OUR CAMPUS. We pay
for it — although the administration never acknowledges it. We
are the ones with big debts and
small futures — not the people
who suck back in their comfortable condos complaining about
Speaking of which, what about
that Martha Piper? I don't care if
she does look better in a suit than
Strangway. The reluctance of
people to engage in any critical
discussion about her is testing my
limits. Just because this University
hires a woman does not necessarily mean things are going to get
feminist around here. I went to
see her talk. Could someone
please explain to me what "human
capital" is? Somehow I don't think
Marx would like it. So much for
the humanities, or critical education of any kind for that matter. To
hear Martha talk you would think
that universities are all about
sucking corporate dick. According
to her humanities are; good for
understanding worker motivation
and providing language skills.
God forbid we want to stop working for a desperate moment and
talk about the good life, over even
what the heU it might be.
Ubyssey — what are you
doing? Journalists are
: | j \ ,\Y\^\ suPPOsed to foment
debate and discus
sion! You know — get
students talking
about things, and
keep them informed
take some risks... If
you stopped thinking
about how good it's all going
to look on your resumes and started writing about campus issues
with some passion, why who
knows what could happen... And
while you're at it — get some style
damn it! Your layout is so moronic I am embarrassed to be seen
reading it. You don't even have an
art director for Christ sake! Do you
know what an art director is? Just
say no to Mountain Equipment
Co-op and give your fleece away —
you might even consider taking an
art history course; maybe even
make it your major! Visuals are
important you know. Stop being
such a student body and start
thinking about living.
I came here because I wanted
to learn how to think, read, and
write better. I wanted a critical
education because I believe
passionately that criticism is a
creative force; that debate, discussion, and disagreement — the hot
tension caused by emotion and
desire can finally erupt into
pleasure and change.
It all might seem a bit forward
to the average Canadian student
but I mean every word.
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