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Friday. October 26.2001 fO
UBC's rising star
%fpr by Parminder Nizher
At 19, Olympian Brian Johns is the future of Thunderbirds swimming
Brian Johns's eyes light up at mention of
the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney.
After alL having placed eighth in the
200m individual medley semi-finals and seventh in the 4x200m relay finals, the 19-year-
old swimmer has a right to be proud.
Johns says his experience in Sydney was
"everything I had hoped for and more. All of
the work that I put into swimming truly paid
When Johns watched Curtis Myden win at
the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, he was inspired to
work even harder at his own goal of competing in the games.
"Curtis is someone who I have truly
idolised for a really long time. To swim
together [on the Pan Am team and the
Olympic team lastyear] and talk to him on the
same level was amazing," he says.
Travelling is an added bonus of competitive swimming, says Johns, along with meeting many new people.
Listing off the places he's been, he gets
lost—"I've been to Australia, France, Rome,
Monte Carlo..."
And swimming with his Thunderbirds
teammates is another bonus.
"The UBC team is great to be with. We all
get along well, and being here at UBC is awesome. The team supports each other from top
to bottom, the coaches and the swimmers."
Swimming since he was six years old,
Johns has come a long way. He won three
gold medals and two relay golds at the
CIAU Championships last year—and that was
just his first year at the CIAUs. —
His father, Lawrie Johns, says people have
been telling him for a long time that his son
has talent.
"When Brian was nine, he went to the
Provincial Championships and won a silver
medal. That was when everybody started to
tell us he had the potential to be special," he
says proudly.
Though swimming is _j_ important focus
for Johns right now, the second-year Human
Kinetics student also has a lot of plans for the
future that don't involve getting in the water-
like becoming a teacher or a coach.
"I want to help people get where I am
because I feel that I have accomplished something. I'd like to motivate others to realise they
can do it too," he says.
ntil last year, Johns swam for the
Richmond Rapids, a local swim club
where he began training at age 12.
His old coach from the Rapids, Craig
McCord, says Brian, who affectionately calls
him 'BJ', "has a sound set of values. He's
determined in what he wants to accomplish
in his swimming."
McCord laughs when he recalls John's
youth: "In Grade 8, BJ's basketball coach
benched him and that was the end of his basketball career. That definitely pushed swimming to the forefront!"
Johns ascribes his success to the coaches
he has trained under, especially McCord.
"Everything I know about swimming has
been a stretch of Craig's knowledge of the
sport. Tom [Johnson, UBC's coach,] is a great
extension of that"
With so much of his life revolving
around swimming, it might be tempting to pigeonhole Johns. But it wouldn't be right.
"I'm not just a swimmer," he says. 'It
doesn't seem like that much, but people don't
realise that although I put so much time and
effort into swimming there's so much more
I'm all about"
Outside of the 24 hours a week he
spends in the pool practicing, Johns has
other interests. He has been playing the guitar for four years. Along with studying for
his five courses, Johns also has to fit a social
life in the mix. And somehow he manages to
fit about seven hours of sleep into his jam-
packed life.
The many hours spent in the pool, however, do allow Brian to spend more time
with family; his brother, Kevin, is also on
the team. In fact, 22-year-old Kevin Johns is
the UBC swim team's captain.
According to Lawrie Johns, "Kevin has
always been Brian's role model. He still looks
up to Kevin a lot"
Fortunately, there's no sibling rivalry in
the pool, mostly because the Johns brothers'
swim different events.
M-|here were times when Brian Johns
I considered quitting swimming, but
JL decided against it. The strained social
life, 6am practices, the added stress of
school—basically, an entire life devoted to
swimming—well, it requires some serious
"Some people cannot understand the commitment I put into swimming. If you can't
understand that, then you can't understand
me," Johns says.
"If all I do is win an Olympic medal in my
WATER WORLD: Johns spends 24 hours a week training in the pool, nic fensom photo
life, then that's a pretty sad life. There's so
much more I'm all about beyond swimming,"
he explains.
But whether it's for school or swimming,
dedication is important for Johns.
"I always try to take a certain amount of
commitment into whatever I do in accordance to what I want to do in it," he says.
Johns describes himself as 'a quiet guy,"
but adds that he's two different people in and
out of the water.
"When I'm in the water, I'm very extroverted—ready to go there and get myself,
and my teammates, motivated. Out of the
pool, I'm a different person. I keep to
myself a little bit.*
And what does the future hold for the
swimmer who won five gold medals at his
first CIAU national meet?
"Lots of school probablyl" he laughs. 'My
ultimate goal is to win at the Olympics. And if I
get second knowing that I've given my all and I
did my best and if it only gets me second, so be
it I can live with that
'But I would much rather be first," he adds,
This year's big meet the Commonwealth
Games in Manchester, will be a stepping stone
to the next Olympics in Athens.
He may be quiet and shy, but with his confidence and determination, Brian Johns will
make it there. ♦
ail men ready for new seaso
by Mary Ann Rozar.ce
Tlie L'BC men's volleyball team is ^'ir.s. to
itcd a lot mom 'ban luck ;his season 'o make
it to 'he Canada West conferi-nce pluvo'Ts for
the fiM ;*rne Lnyesrs. The It-ague includes the
top fo'T teams in ihe country and two other
'.Cams in the national lep '.e:i. But ailer soiue
serious s-immi'r (raining, ind with &Jmo>t all
'). ihe T Birds' major players returning, the
B'nls this u\ ear ':i.iyj':st have a wiot
The Lea'n has had both good and bad v\pe-
riences in its two major presessfi tourna-
in.-nts. L'iiC brought back gold in the
r/rherwly of Western Orlario tournament
fron October 3 to 7, Jefoiling York, 'Vostorn
Ontario and I'uivcrsile de Moalr&il, and losing only lo Quota's. Birds captaYa Child
Or mm was named MVP and his teammate
Mike Tuekwood was named to 'Jig all-star
3ut d-ipga didn't go so well for the Birds at
their own ftmnderbaH XVI tournament from
October 13 to 21. The Birds won only one
game, taking bronze. Grimm was still named
to the a!l-slar team, however.
Despite tlie disappointment of losing at
homo, the 'jam is prepared for its next games.
' "Ihe ujaia is ready to start the regular season," s-iid L'SC head coach Dale Ohman. 'The
players &n-n t disheartened."
Tho te>iiu certainly hasn't slacked off daring ihe pre-season. Over-the summer, four
members of the UBC team—Tuekwood, Ike
Onukw-dii. Jake Cabott and the 2000-2001
CFAU roclie of the year, Dave Beleznay—
gained valuable playing experience representing BC at the Canada Games. Ryan
Cawsey, who plays middle position, spent his
sumir.t-r i raising with Sung Kwun Kwan
Urmcrsity men's volleyball team in Korea—
where- they take volleyball so seriously you
can get a degree in it He will be bring some
finely tuned technique to the team.
And, of course, a stand-out on the team is
seven-footer Ryan Ganby. The PhD student
from South Africa, a mid-season addition to
the team last year, adds some serious power
to the team's front line.
Blocking has been one of UBC's weaknesses in the past but this season the team has
improved, and with four great middles, UBC
may soon be a blocking powerhouse. This season, up against impressive opposition on the
court VBC will need to capitalise on its ability to produce consistently good blocking.
There's no doubt that captain Chad
Grimm is the heart and soul of the team. He
is really positive and seems excited for the
season, with high goals and expectations for
the team. If the Birds come ready to play—
which they didn't at the Thunderball—he
believes that they'll be able to achieve those
goals. For Grimm, effort is the key.
"The league is strong. It's going to be a battle every night because every team is pretty
even," said Grimm. "Whoever comes out
harder that night is going to win."
The Birds have quite a bit of depth to their
team. All the players on the court and on the
bench are working together, and no matter
who is thrown out on the court all of the
Birds can play at the varsity level.
The team's season opener is tonight
against Saskatchewan, followed by a Saturday
night re-match. Saskatchewan is currently
favoured to win the Canada West conference.
"They are well-coached and excellent players who are also beatable," said Ohman. "We
have  to  come  prepared  to  play to  be
Game time is at 8pm tonight and 6:15pm
on Saturday. Both games are at War
Memorial Gym. ♦ ^ 1 Friday. October 26.2001
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Friday, October 26.2001 jg
alk into Damien Gillis's on-campus apartment
and try to find a place to sit You won't find
That's because Gillis's tiny residence is also a fully
functioning digital studio. Sandwiched between the typical household items are computers, video gear, musical instruments and hundreds of wires.
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FptDERic Wood Box Office
YEP, THAT'S A DOOR: And Gillis is opening it with his
own video production company. Adrian john burrus photo
equipment," says Gillis, a fourth-year UBC Arts student
and co-founder of Alive Entertainment.
"We're children of the new digital age," he adds.
It all began when Gillis, an avid film fan and musician, decided to go to a studio in North Vancouver a few
years ago to record music. Disappointed after a
mediocre experience with an incompetent sound engineer, he decided to take matters into his own hands.
"I thought the guy there was an idiot, even
though we were paying him," Gillis says, "and
I said to myself, 'I can do a better job than this.
If he can be doing this, I can be doing it too."
Gillis founded Alive Entertainment with
business partner Scott Johnson last year after
taking a film class, FILM 233, at UBC. The
audio-video production company has been
officially registered for eight months.
"We have a lot of video production contracts with UBC," says Gillis.
And he's not kidding.
Gillis helped produce both the
Ritsumeikan residence video and last year's
UBC Athletics Big Block Banquet video. Alive
Entertainment, Gillis says, has secured a
niche market in creating cost-effective UBC
promotional films.
"This year we have a contract with
Imagine UBC," says Gillis, also a former volunteer and squad leader for the orientation
program. "What we are doing is a video that
will be sent out to high schools across the
country. It's a recruitment tool to stimulate
interest in UBC."
Richard D. Spratley, faculty co-chair of
Imagine UBC, has been working with Alive
Entertainment on a shooting schedule and
encourages hiring student leaders like
"He's a multi-talented guy who brings a
big package of skills and abilities to the job,"
says Spratley. "For example, in the middle of
planning for the Imagine taping, he wrote an
Imagine 'rant,' composed and recorded
music for the background, and performed it
at our leader training session, as well as the
Science 'meet the dean'
session on Imagine Day."
In addition to securing the Imagine contract,
Alive Entertainment has
also found plenty of work
through the UBC
Athletics department
"I'm probably going to
be doing series of recruitment videos for individual teams, starting with
the baseball team," says
Gillis. "Then we'll be
moving on to some other
teams next year or even
later this year.^_
"The advantage of
using someone like
Damien is that both
groups benefit from the
partnership," says Marc
by Adrian John Burrus
Weber, communications coordinator for the UBC
Thunderbirds. "Obviously Alive Entertainment is going
to be a lot more cost-effective for us than a large production company.. .Eillis is using the project to improve
as a videographer and experiment with new ideas, and
we are providing him with a forum for his development"
So far. Alive Entertainment has not cut from its
profits, putting everything back into the company. But
Gillis and Johnson have managed, through projects
and a financial partnership, to build up about $40,000-
worth of audio-video production equipment
"We don't spend money we don't have," Gillis says.
"We take money from a contract and buy more stuff to
help create a better product and then take that product
and go to the next contract*
Ten years ago, Gillis says, he wouldn't have been
able to start his own company like this. Thanks to
cheaper and simpler technologies, he can now learn
about new equipment while creating a project, and
focus his energy on the creative end of the business.
"It's a lot easier than people think, but all my spare
time is spent fooling around with this stuff," he says. "I
guess I'm an intuitive person, but I think this is an intuitive medium."
While creating promotional videos pays well and
establishes a market presence, Gillis and his company
are thinking ahead. He wants to do films, screenplays,
music videos, and produce.
"By the time I'm done university I want to have
enough of my business up and running as my sole
source of income," says Gillis. "Every day I'm juggling
between work and school."
"I don't want to work as a slave at some post-production house and clean the floor for five years," he
adds with a serious tone. "I'm going to do it now."
But how realistic is it to break into the entertainment industry? Sharon McGowan, UBC film professor
and a documentary producer and director, says that a
high percentage of her students go on to successful
careers in film-related fields. But she also warns that
the business has risks.
"It is extremely difficult to start out in, but once you
are established, it can get a lot easier," says McGowan.
"There is never much stability or predictability so you
can't plan too much, but that seems to suit the type of
people who go into it They are normally people who
like a lot of risk and enjoy the possibilities that come
with uncertainty."
Gillis is one of those people, and is quite open about
those risks. The allure of fame and fortune is too great
"I end up skipping classes a lot I won't lie," he says
with a smile. "The real secret to time management is
not knowing how to balance time; it's knowing how to
cut corners. It's knowing how to prioritise what your
values are. For me, this is a value above school."
Johnson, who is finishing his degree in international business at the University of Victoria, balances his
time between school and managing the accounting and
finances for Alive Entertainment He says he enjoys
learning about film and producing, and working with
his old high school friend is an added bonus.
"The main reason I decided to pursue being part of
Alive Entertainment was to work with Damien," says
Johnson. "I cannot imagine a better situation in life: a
working with your best friend to do something you
both love to do."
"We're actually working on a screenplay right now,"
says Gillis. "My dream and Scott's dream is to co-write,
direct, produce, score and star in films. I want to be a
throwback to Charlie Chaplin; He's the only successful
major star that wrote, produced, directed and did the
music for films. I want to be another Charlie Chaplin.
The digital Charlie Chaplin."
The room, as Gillis speaks, seems alive. The equipment, the empty pizza boxes, the books and hundreds
of scrawled notes on the floor are captivating. It's like
an overflowing bag of electrical popcorn in a mad scientist's lab. And while most students sleep, he hunkers
down to edit music and videos.
Nothing, he says, will get in the way of his dream.
"I look at classes and school as, 'I enjoy them, and
I'm here to learn what I can,' but this is what I want to
do with my life." ♦
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Phoebe Wang
TISH-40 years on
part of Vie Writer's Fest
Oct 20
I've never seen an. issue of T1SH, nor would I be able to afford
one now. The collected anthology of its first 19 issues is a rare
book priced at $200. Or so they say. It's hard to believe that this
gathering of aging, gray-haired men propelled Canadian literature through the embryonic period of the 1960s. But let them
brag—it's their fortieth anniversary gala.
"Forty years is a long time," says Lionel Kerns in his emblazoned T-shirt "We never thought we'd last this long." He shows
the audience a brief homemade film, titled The Birth of a
Nation. It's a conceptual film of ones and zeroes that meld,
change colours, zoom forwards and backwards. I find the film
mesmerising. Kerns tells us it's an icon for sex, birth and death,
symbolising something out of nothing, the impenetrability of
opposites, the womb within the embryo within the womb. Sure.
But it's too late—I'm engrossed. I listen to the former university students, many of them UBC alumni, who in their mid-
twenties founded the sporadic poetry newsletter. They did not
accept the poet as a passive internalised figure. To them, the
poet is an active and relevant figure-one who engages society.
From 1961 to 1969, TISHfilled an absence in Canada's academic and literary scene. The magazine was also a launch pad
for many. Editors were numerous, joining when others left to
follow other writing projects. Many of them were later teaching
faculty. They penned columns, started the first e-journals, edited and went into publishing.
Forty years has not mellowed these writers and they can still
amuse their audience. The event was also a reunion of sorts.
They seem surprised that they're all still around, still writing
and looking so respectable. Their titles and projects throughout
the years are proof that they've been faithful to their initial aim.
George Bowering, a retired SFU professor, is working on a
book titled The History of Everything. Fred Wah, founding member of the Kootenay School of Writing and president of the
Writers' Union of Canada is also there and speaks about the
post-war experience, about the universal as a part of identity.
As a reward, they're being canonised. Their names have
become synonymous with the Kootenay School of Writing,
language poetry, and postcolonialist discourse in Canada.
TISH represented an important stage of Canada's path to
artistic maturity. In the end this event, the presence of these
poets 40 years older told us that this country's identity is
always evolving. ♦
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part of the Writer's Festival
Oct 18
Got a nine dollar bill
baby can you make me change—(AF. Moritz)
A steel-clad finger slides down the guitar frets and
a harmonica's voice wavers softly across the murmur of the crowd, washing gently over the high,
warm room. Outside, rain splatters on concrete as
the Bill Johnson Blues Band tunes up for what
promises to be a soul-warming event on this
mean October night
Besides being a part of the Writer's Fest and an
excuse for a party. Why I Sing the Blues launched
the book of the same name, a collection of blues
lyrics and poems by poets from across Canada.
The collection was the brainchild of poet Jan
Zwicky and publisher Brad Cran, started off by a
lyrics sheet, and carried along by general enthusi
asm and word of mouth. The music came about
courtesy of a few blues bands whose interest was
piqued. There's also a CD included with the book,
as MC Brad mentioned several times in his
shameless between-readings promotional patter.
The list of guests reads like an anthology of
Canadian verse, from Bisset and Kenyon to
The sen and Zwicky. At the podium, Patrick
Friesen read his piece with a voice made for the
blues—rough and dark and a little lonesome; Bill
Johnson, on vocals and lead guitar, stood as still
as stone and listened intently, nodding in time.
There is quite possibly no other Western song
form as unvarnished as the blues: raw and bleakly realistic, the traditional songs pack their point
into two taut lines per verse, one repeat, hold the
suga^. There's little room, or patience, for fluff.
Sure enough, doe-eyed refrains stayed gone that
night in favour of empty beds and bitchin' bursae,
and the closest the evening came to pop culture
was Rick Maddocks' performance late in the
show. Mischievously introduced as a Britney
Spears-level cultural phenomenon, Maddocks was
the only writer, besides the incomparable Bill, to
brave the stage as a musician, unhooking an
acoustic-electric from the guitar-tree by the amp.
He shrugged off Brad's impish comparison to
play a sweet liquid guitar on 'Tobacco Belt,'
engendering a miraculous quiet ih the garrulous
The best part of the evening was its authenticity: the blues is the best antidote to Britney Spears
of all time. To add to that most of the musicians
on stage were at a time in their lives where, if they
had day jobs, they would be thinking about retirement benefits and pension plans. But there they
were, strumming, or slapping, or wailing about
whisky and hot potato mommas, and the sodden
night was warmer for it If this wasn't the real
deal, it was about as close as an overprivileged
young shmoe who ain't fixin' to die for awhile yet
could get to singing the blues. ♦
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at the Blinding Light!! Cinema
Oct 19
Along with the current explosion of hip-hop on the airwaves
and in the nightclubs, there's also been a surge of interest in
the music's early 1980s New York roots.
Wild Style, a film directed by Charlie Ahern in 1982, is one
of the first films to document New York's nascent hip-hop
scene. It was the first to show how graffiti, rap and break
dancing combine to form a unified and distinct hip-hop culture and it allows today's audience to travel back to the dawn
of the culture.
The plot chronicles a few days in the life of Zoro (Lee
Quinones), a quiet Bronx teenager who sneaks around at night
creating art and tagging his name on the sides of buildings and
boxcars. There's not much to say about the storyline itself—a
boring plot about Zoro's identity being exposed and publicised,
with a blase love story thrown in. The climax is hard to pick out
and not overly exciting; Zoro is paid $200 to paint the stage for
a Rapper's Convention.
Not to say that the film was boring. The retro fashion, hair
styles and lingo along with the revolutionary dancing and
music were enough to keep my attention and leave me wanting
more. The characters' seriousness also adds a comic element
for modern-day viewers. Though seemingly idle, the pioneers
in Aherns's film give off an air of confidence and they know that
their art, parties and music will be important someday. In retrospect, we can see that they were right
Ahern's cast consists Of real graffiti artists and rappers off
the streets of New York, adding even more reality to this real
life story. Fab-5 Freddy, who plays the music promoter Phade
went on to host Yol MTV Raps, while many of the other actors,
such as Grandmaster Flash and Busy B, went on to become
well-known in the music scene.
Both the film and soundtrack have received critical acclaim,
holding spots in various top-ten lists. Modern artists like
Cypress Hill, Beastie Boys and Beck are still using samples from
Wild Style.
Ultimately ifs a strange but exhilirating experience to see
how a culture that is now so mainstream and ingrained in
pop culture had such simple beginnings on the streets of the
South Bronx. ♦ 6!
Friday. October 26.20D1
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Col(l wet it was a real Parm Nizhler kinda night Phoebe Wang was
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'Avenger* Bardsiey, they were raising such a ruckus that Laura
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enigmatic response. And nobody knew EXCEPT Hywel Tuscano,
until it was discovered feat Alicia Miller and Graeme Worthy were
up to their old tricks. But the mystery remained unsolved as
Bronwen Bell and Tessa Richardson refused to divulge the dark
secrete. Regina Yung made this comment 1 mean, who cares
about marshmaBow pie anyway?"
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Saving business, starving students
These are tough economic times here in BC. We
were clearly feeling the effects of a slowdown
even before September 11. Since taking office in
June, the provincial government has desperately
been tiying to stem the flow of economic misfortune: tax cuts, reduced government spending,
and a number of other initiatives have been put
forward and carried out in the name of economic rejuvenation.
Recently, the BC Restaurant and Food
Services Association and the Retail Merchant's
Association of BC brought forward another idea.
They proposed that the Liberal government create a $6 an hour 'training wage/ to be paid out
to new employees, $2 below the government-
mandated miTrmiiTn wage as of next month
These two lobby groups argue that a 'training
wage' would result in fewer job losses in the
food and restaurant sectors, increased employment for youth and the opportunity for new
workers to gain experience.
But, in actuality, a lower training wage could
be disastrous for many of the people that it is
supposed to help. Living on the current minimum wage is difficult as is, especially in
Vancouver where the cost of living is higher than
in most other parts of the country. Mininum
wage is supposed to allow for a decent standard
of living; a lower training wage would make this
standard unattainable for many new employees.
The training wage would also hurt students
dramatically. With the tuition freeze in jeopardy,
not to mention the rising cost of living, many
students have taken full- or part-time jobs during
the academic term, and almost all students look
for work during the summer.
The lower wage has been suggested for a
training period of indefinite length, possibly
months long. Would students taking summer
jobs at a restaurant be paid the training wage
just to go back to school before they were eligible
for normal minimum wage? Would they then
have to take new jobs at the training wage the
following summer?
Students need jobs throughout the year to
survive or to pay off loans. A training wage
might encourage businesses to hire more new
workers, but getting paid less than minimum
wage would obviously not help students with
their finances.
This new proposal, if made law, would also be
open to abuse. What stops restaurants and shops
from letting employees go once they've completed their training periods and are no longer as
affordable as new workers? Sure, training new
employees is a hassle, but really, how long can it
take to train someone'to flip burgers? If employers can get new employees for $2 an hour less
than the previous ones, why keep the old ones?
How many minimum wage jobs require
extensive training? Clearing tables, operating a
cash register and pumping gas don't require
much experience. We're not trying to belittle the
importance of these jobs—we're disputing that a
lengthy training period is at all necessary. The
concept of 'training' people in these jobs for an
extended period of time is simply ludicrous.
What about the claims that this would prevent job loss and create employment by making
it cheaper to hire employees? There's no evfc
dence that this would be effective. If we are
indeed experiencing an economic slowdown,
businesses will be tightening their belts, streamlining their production processes, and generally
not hiring additional workers. What a training
wage will actually do is allow companies to
replace their more expensive workforce with
new, lower-paid workers. The economy may in
fact end up weaker, since the poor and the young
will have less money to spend on new goods or
to save for the future.
It's clear that this policy won't actually benefit workers and those currently trying to survive
on minimum wage—those who really need these
jobs and the money. Instead, it will make labour
cheaper for employers and businesses, allowing
them to increase their profits, or to keep open
businesses that are not currently financially
viable, further weakening our already floundering economy. If the BC government does enact
this proposal, it will show who it's really looking
out for—business owners, not BC's workers, and
not the economy as a whole. ♦
Plans for Friday
       by Jeff Carroil
I am an American student at the
University of British Columbia. I
think it's safe to assume that we all
know about September 11 and the
current military situation. I further
think that it would be trite at this
point for me to even state my own
opinion—we're all adults and have
made up our minds based on our
own critical faculties and the evidence available to us.
I will state up front however,
that I am a recently separated
member of the US Army. I like to
think that gives me a unique perspective on the military aspect of
this situation, and a sensitivity to
the plight of the soldiers and civilians on the other side of the world.
Having recently returned from a
seven-month     deployment     to
Kosovo, I've seen the devastation
that war can cause first-hand.
I know you're all busy—so 111 get
to the point The veiy vocal anti-
American sentiment at UBC right
now is a Utile tough for me to swallow. I have my own personal philosophical objections to the morally
relativistic types
of     arguments
that I hear, day in
and day out but
pening on Friday about the impact
the war on terrorism will have on
freedom of speech (presumably in
Canada). Included on the bottom of
this poster were several quotes,
inducting the following: "Did you
know that 'Imagine' by John Lennon
is not allowed to be played on
_&Pisa j?»»pavHM^^iii^i■ ■ »™   radio stations
 . .   ——      That's
I'm glad that
those debates are
happening.   I'm
glad people are upset that people are
dying, people are being hurt I realise
the important place that dissent has
in a modern democracy, and I suppose that it's heartening that it's happening, as distasteful as I may find
some of the statements personally.
But here's the problem. On
Wednesday in Buchanan Tower,
there was a poster for a panel hap-
simply not
true. You
may think
that this is unimportant, but I think
that this is symptomatic of the land
of knee-jerk, intellectually dishonest anti-Americanism that is contributing to making my studies and
life more difficult right now. For
those of you that have your name
on this poster as speakers or supporters of this panel, this—in my
mind—places any subsequent dis
cussions you might have on these
subjects under a pall. You're not
starting out from a very philosophically solid platform if you can't
even get the few facts on your
poster correct
Freedom of speech is central to
my beliefs as an American. I take it
so seriously that I would have gone
to war for that right I take it so seriously that I would have gone to war
for your right I'm offended that
UBC is using a piece of Internet gossip to belittle my country's commitment to our core beliefs.
I'm not sure what I want from
this letter. I guess I just couldn't let
this stand. I suppose a retraction
and a public apology would be nice
too, but I don't expect it Perhaps
that lack of expectation says more
than this letter ever could.
-Jeff Carroll is a second-year
Arts student Page Fridav-the Ubvssev Manazine
A friendly safety
reminder to cyclists
Fellow cyclists: Sunday's change
back to Pacific Standard Time will
leave many of us riding home in the
dark, starting Monday. Please check
your reflective gear and lighting
equipment now to ensure safe travels during the gloomy months
ahead. Happy trails!
-Philip D. Laewen
Professor of Mathematics
Courage of expression
Congratulations on the interview
with Sunera Thobani ("An empowering experience" [Oct 19]). How
fortunate we are that Dr Thobani
had the courage to express herself.
It is distressing that so many in the
academic comunity, induding those
of the liberal left, are aligning themselves with a point of view that will
most certainly result in the deaths
of hundreds of thousands of innocent Afghans.
-Jim Wright
Fernie, BC
where's my bus?
I left my house two minutes late this
morning, just in time to see my bus
fly by. I was late for my first class
because the #10 is running less
(every 15 minutes it seems) and as
a result, is packed to capacity with
students. Buses have been passing
my stop all year, and these new cuts
Friday. October 26.2001 \"f
will only make it worse.
I know I am not alone in being
inconvenienced and annoyed by
these changes to our bus service. I
know there are students out there
who are being hurt much more.
Every bus rider coming and going
from campus will be affected by less
frequent service that now ends at
1:40am. Drunk driving is bound to
increase, and I wonder how safe
people will be leaving bars downtown and on campus when there
are no buses.   -
. My car-driving friends are all
mad because this will mean more
cars on the road and less parking
available. This makes me even madder because it means that our sustainability options are decreasing. I
can't think of any student who is not
going to be hurt by these cuts.
While I've heard all these complaints in the halls and classes on
campus, we need to make sure our
problems are being heard where it
The UBC Transit Action
Coalition has come together to
make sure the decreased bus service to campus isn't going to happen
without being challenged. I encourage you to get involved—whether
that means signing petitions,
telling the Translink CEO your concerns or attending the forum on
campus or in town. Anything we do
will make a difference.
The next time you are standing
at your bus stop wondering where
your bus is, think about what we can
do to fight back.
—Megan Cassidy
UBC Transit Action Coalition
Arts 4
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november 2001 referendum
Watch for Referendum 2001
The AMS is calling a three question
referendum next month.
These are the questions that will be asked:
1. Do you support an increase to your
annual AMS fees of $12.00, to be
implemented over four years in $3.00
increments, to create a Services & Safety
Development Fund, which will be used to
improve, protect and expand such AMS
Services as:
• Tutoring
• Joblink
• Safewalk
• Speakeasy
• Events
• New Safety Initiatives
2. Do you accept the proposed
amendments to the AMS Bylaws as
presented ?
3. Do you support Differential Tuition?
Look for more information on the upcoming
Referendum in the next issues of the Ubyssey,
or visit:
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Come and hear the latest news on transit hour cut-backs. Have your
questions answered by TransLink CEO Pat Jacobsen
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For more information, contact TREK at (604) 827-8735, or visit:
October 31
Halloween Party Celebration with Joydrop
The HALLOWEEN BEER GARDEN BASH gets underway on October
31st in the SUB BALLROOM. We will be featuring Joydrop who will be
playing their hit single "Sometimes Wanna Die" and special guests the
Pocket Dwellers.....Tickets are available at Subcetera for only $5.00.
10th Annual Halloween Food Drive
Get your costumes out for the 10th Annual AMS & Circle K Halloween
food drive! Come out for a good cause and trick or treat for
non-perishable food items. Meet at 5:00 pm in SUB room 213
All Proceeds go to the Vancouver Food Bank.
i  '
r     Student Rights Advocate/Advisor Positions Available    "
The AMS Student Advocacy Office is seeking 1 or 2 students to serve as
Advocate/Advisors. Please forward your resume, in confidence, with cover
letter and contact information for two references to:
Toireasa J. Nelson Student Advocacy Office
Fax: 604.822.9019
■ E-mail advocate@ams.ubc.ca (please use MS Word)
CASA is your national non-partisan
student lobby organization representing
over 310,000 students to the Canadian
Government. CASA works to ensure
that you have an accessible, high
quality post secondary education
system through more federal funding,
more grants especially for low-income
students, and the revamping of the
Canadian CASA student loan program.
Furthermore, CASA also addresses the
issue of crumbling buildings, outdated
laboratories, attracting and retaining the
best professors, and improved social
space. Member schools range from
over 23 different university and colleges
including McGill University, Okanagan
University College, Dalhousie
University, University of Western
Ontario, University of Alberta and
University of Calgary. For more
information please contact Kristen
Harvey, AMS Vice President External
Affairs, at vpexternal@ams.ubc.ca. 8
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by Sarah MacNeill Morrison
SpeaMng to UBC Commerce students yesterday, BC Premier
Gordon Campbell said that lie is
considering reforms to the current
provincial electoral system while he
works on more prevalent promises
to revitalise the economy.
In a lecture hall at the
Henry Angus Building,
Campbell spoke for about
45 minutes, and then
turned the floor over to a
student question period.
Organised by the Facully
of Commerce, the event
was limited to Commerce
students and tickets were
required for admission.
While most of the
Commerce and MBA students
focused their questions on the economy, one student asked Campbell
about the discrepency between the
percentage of people who voted for
Campbell's Liberal parry and the
percentage of seats the party currently holds.
Tm by no means trying to attack
you,* he began. "My understanding,
and correct me if I'm wrong, is that
your party received 57 per cent of
the popular vote, but you have 97
per cent of the power.
"How do you plan to represent
the 40 per cent of the population
who didn't vote for you?" he asked.
"Extremely well," the premier
replied light-heartedly, who then
added that in 1996, when his party
got the most votes, but did not
become the government, "he wasn't
complaining and whining about it*
"We're going to have a citizens'
assembly that's going to allow you
to think about how you want to elect
people and whether the institution
we have today is the appropriate
one or not," he said.
"We're going to ask you, 'How do
you want to elect people," he said.
Speaking   to   a   packed   hall.
Campbell spoke about how much he
enjoyed his new position, noting
that there were many more people
listening to his speech this year
than when he spoke to the Faculty of
Commerce lastyear.
"It's way more fun being premier than leader of the opposition,"
he said.
Campbell encouraged
students to consider
careers in the public service, stating that having
worked in both sectors,
he finds his job now to be
much more exciting than
his life as a buisnessman.
'I actually believe in
public life," he said, saying he feels it is "lots of
fun* to run for public
office, especially if you get elected.
The Commerce Undergraduate
Society (CUS) helped to organise yesterday's event, and a representative
from the society asked Campbell
what his government was doing to
change the commonly held belief
that it is easier to find financial success in eastern Canada and the
United States than in BC.
"We have to get the private sector going again. That's a critical part
of our strategy,' said the premier.
"We have to be a place where people
want to do business.*
Campbell also said that he
expected most of the people in the
room to understand the financial
situation the government is in.
"We've inherited a $3 billion
deficit next year. Do you know how
much $3 billion is?' he asked.
Campbell said that three billion
loonies could more than fill the lecture hall in Angus where he was
Campbell said that reviving the
economy for his son, who is studying
in Ontario, is an added incentive for
him. One of his goals,, he said, "is to
attract an economy, an economy that
will attract him back.'*>
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