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Array bonfire of the sanities since 1918
THE UBYSSEY MAGAZINE Friday, January 14,2000 volume 81 issue 27
UBC Archives Seriai
24 hours of
A group of men piss into a bucket as they sing y
their respective national anthems. The one
who finishes last and is left singing alone wins. There is no point. That's the point.
by Tom Peacock
F" luxus turns a group of butterflies loose in
a concert hall and then lets them escape
through the open windows and doors.
Fluxus drops peas into the open top of a grand
piano. Fluxus smashes all kinds of instruments
on stage. Fluxus plays games. Ruxus tells a
group of people to play soccer with ping-pong
balls. They move the ball by blowing air through
long tubes.
Ruxus is totally random, and totally planned.
Ruxus could be anything*—or nothing. There is
no point. That's the point.
F" luxus is the name of an art and music
movement that began in the early 1960s.
According to University of Maine art professor Owen Smith, Ruxus tried to reconnect art
and culture to the freedoms inherent in life.
American composer John Cage was one of
the key figures in the loose collection of artists
associated with Ruxus, such as Yoko Ono and
La Monte Young. In one of Cage's musical compositions, not a single note is actually played.
The art is in the silence and in the restless
movements of the crowd that break it. Another
of Cage's compositions, O'OO", is, in the words
of the artist, "nothing but the continuation of
one's daily work, whatever it is, providing it's not
selfish, but is the fulfillment of an obligation to
other people, done with contact microphones,
without any notion of concert or theatre or the
public, but simply continuing one's daily work,
now coming out through loudspeakers."
But this article's not supposed to be just
about Ruxus. That's not the point.
Ruxus is a group of people spread out in a
line in January, 1977, searching for Jean Brown,
who has hidden himself in the snow. Ruxus is,
in the words of Professor Smith, "artists' works
intended to transgress boundaries, decentralise
their own activities, and gradually lead to the
elimination of fine art."
The late French Ruxus artist Robert Rliou
said that once there was no fine art. Or any art,
for that matter. Come January 16, one million
and thirtyeight years ago, there was no art, he
said. Then the next day, someone dropped a dry
sponge in a bucket of water, and art was bom.
So Rlliou decided that we should celebrate art's
birthday every January 17. He decided that art
was bom one million and thirty-eight years ago
Monday, with a sponge and a bucket. This is
confusing. That's the point.
So this article's not just about Ruxus—
Monday is the 17th, and to celebrate
art's birthday, there's a 24-hour audio-art
event on CiTR, UBC's campus radio station.
That is what this article is about.
Once Rlliou decided that this otherwise ordinary midwinter day was in fact art's birthday, he
and his followers the world over began to cele-
Tara Westover photo
brate the event. Demands were made for a workers' holiday, for children to be let
out of school, for everyone to be set free to create. But that wasn't all that the
French artist wanterJ—he dreamed that eventually every day would become a celebration of art.
"Art," he said, "is what makes life more interesting than art." That's the point.
The Western Front, a Vancouver artist-run centre founded in 1973 in order to
create a space for the exploration and creation of new art and new art forms,
was heavily influenced by Rlliou and the Ruxus movement. CiTR's program coordinator, Anna Friz, asked the Front to collaborate on the radio station's all-day
event event, as she felt they shared a similar vision. Plus the Front has the coveted technology needed to have real-time, on-air jams with other artists overseas.
"Some years ago," said Anna, "Peter Courtemanche, who is now the media
department director and curator at the Front, used to be at CiTR, and he organised a noise day... So I was partially reviving it...I talked to Hank Bull atthe Front
and he said 'let's do it for art's birthday.'"
On January 17, CiTR will broadcast pure, uncut radio art—or audio-art, or
nois&art, or whatever you want to call it—for 24 hours straight. The familiar
sounds of unfamiliar bands will be supplanted by the sound of art. And what does
art sound like? Well sometimes it sounds pretty cool, and sometimes it sounds
pretty fucked up. And sometimes it sounds pretty cool because it sounds pretty
fucked up. But that's not the point.
"Some listeners might be in a position to stream and
jam, or send in a feed, or send an e-mail, or a fax or something like that," says Hank Bull, whose HP Show ran for
eight years on CFRO, Vancouver's Co-op Radio. "So the
audience in a sense becomes a performer. The difference
between the audience and the performer is what breaks
down on the Internet."
In computer language, you'd call this thing an interactive
transmission, or something like that. Heck, you could pretty much call it anything. There's some 30-odd people taking part and they're all going to do their own thing on air.
Can you give that a name? Some will form groups and jam,
or do phone-ins, or sample voices. Some will just jide
Anna's co-conspirator Hank, will do a spot with his old
co-host, Patrick Reddy.
"We're going to be on with Tetsuo Kogawa at Radio
Home Run [in Tokyo]," says Hank. "He's a legendary pirate
guy, and he's the inventor of the micro-transmitter. His
belief is that everybody should have an FM transmission
station in their own home. We'll be on jamming together. It'll
be pretty nutty because there's a delay of 30 seconds or
something, so the conversation will be pretty weird."
"It's cool," says Anna, "because we're tapping into a different sense. We don't realise how much our senses are
under attack. Noise art—the interpretation of it—makes
you more aware of everyday sounds."
Richard Trimble, a DJ for CiTR's Plutonian Nights, compared the hit-or-miss tension of the radio jams to fusion
jazz. "It'll gel and it's a beautiful thing, and then it'll just
totally fall apart and it's really hard listening. It goes in
Richard and his cohorts plan to use loops and layers,
cut-ups, spoken word samples, and odd sounds to fill their
slot. "A lot of the loops and stuff are very sort of ambient,
mellow-sounding. And then I'll bring in beats here and there
if it's appropriate for where the mix is going. It varies and
then I'll come in with a lot of spoken-word loops...It kind of
goes all over the place."
Richard is concerned with the audience's response; at
least more than a lot of the other artists taking part in the
event. As a working DJ, he knows that what the audience
thinks is important. Unlike the unabashed absurdity of the
Ruxus pioneers, he sees the need for a modicum of accessibility in order for art to have value. He recognises the art
in the everyday, but does not go so far as to call the everyday art. There may be no point, but maybe there's a limit
to pointlessness.
"Being able to create a bridge between where you're at,
what you're doing and what you really want to be doing.. .it's
more than just about making it commercially viable," says
Richard. "It's more about the fact that if you're too far up in
the comer, if you're in art-wank world, you're alienatirjg so
much of the human race. A lot of people have this attitude
of 'if you don't relate to it then you can't get into it, then
you're afuckin' idiot.'"
Ironically, maybe Ruxus, which has always tried to tear
down the boundaries around the exclusive world of artists
and their patrons, might have trapped itself in the corner
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But, when you think about it, Fluxus sort of makes sense. The squelching sound made by a chorus of cream-covered hands—or the mere sight
of such a scene—is impossible to associate with art or music as we know
it. But that's the whole problem—what we already know is beside the
point. Ruxus draws art out of its traditional confines. The value? At the
very least, it is funny, and to be funny was one of the goals of the Ruxus
artists. The point, maybe.
"I think that the Front [at the beginning] rebelled, again in a very playful way, against the dry, intellectual, market-driven art world thing," says
Hank. "A lot of artists did that, it wasn't just at the Front, that was the
whole movement of the time, and Ruxus was a part of that—the idea that
art didn't have to be serious, that it could be fun, that it'could be funny. I
mean, imagine art being fun. It's not something that you associate with
When Hank had his radio show in the late 1970s and early 1980s, he
used to denounce the art world, though he admitted he did so with his
tongue planted in his cheek "Nobody with half a brain would be caught
dead in an art gallery, right? Because what's there? A bunch of people bal-
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philosophy of Ruxus, of the HP
But now? "I go to openings,"
Hank admits. "If I can make it, I'll
go out to UBC tonight, for whatever
it is at the Belkin Gallery."
Whatever the case, whether or
not you go to openings, read art
books, or know the names of the
bazillion different movements, it
doesn't really matter. It's like discussing musical taste. Pointless.
Your convictions are based on
If you've studied Fluxus, and you
think you understand it inside
and out, congratulations. You've
missed the point.
Similarly, the stated intents of
the artists participating in the 24-
hour event explain little. So much
the better. You walk into the gallery
where you see something you don't
understand. Explain it to me.
Explain please, you think. I don't
understand. I am ill-informed.
Stop trying to understand. Just
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Don't enjoy. Don't dislike. Don't
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Campus strike update
The University President's Council (UPC), which represents BC's four universities, has agreed to appoint a special mediator to help BC's seven Canadian Union of Public
Employees (CUPE) support staff locals resolve sectoral
issues, including wages and value-added benefits. UPC
has, however, included a number of conditions to its
Last week, the locals gave the government a January
19 deadline to appoint a mediator. Although he would not
elaborate on the conditions of the agreement, John
Geppert, president of campus Local 116, said CUPE officials will meet on Monday to review the UPC proposal.
Job action is likely if the deadline passes and a mediator
is not appointed.
As part of their continuing rotating strike, UBC locals
picketed Norman Mackenzie House—UBC President
Martha Piper's residence—and the UBC mailroom this
UBC will join the CFS
National Day of Action
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) will support the
Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) in its National
Day of Action to draw attention to the strain on the
post-secondary educational system in Canada.
Because the AMS is a member of the Canadian
Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) and not the
CFS, it has not participated in recent Days of Action.
But the student society voted yesterday to participate
this year because the goals of both national student
organisations are similar.
In its Access 2000 campaign, the CFS is advocating a national system of need-based grants, and the
restoration of transfer payments to the provinces for
post-secondary education.
"We're not making the kind of right decisions we
need to be making to prepare ourselves as a country,"
BC CFS Chairperson Mark Veerkamp told AMS Council
The February 2 event will see rallies across the
province, including one at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
The CFS encourages students to attend the rally
instead of going to class.
"What we really want to have is a strong showing
for public education," said Veerkamp.*
Smoking ban hurt Pit
and Gallery sales
During the first week of the Workers' Compensation
Board's province-wide ban on smoking in the workplace, sales at the Pit and the Gallery were down, but
only slightly.
Between the first Tuesday and Sunday of the school
year, the Pit's figures dropped 0.8 per cent, and 4.8 per
cent at the Gallery, which equals roughly $580.
AMS General Manager Bernie Peets said that these
decreases were not a great concern.♦
BC funds new hi-tech co-op jobs
by Daliah Merzaban
High-end desktop computers, multichannel logic analysers, and high-speed
digitising oscilloscopes are not usually
found in university 6lassrooms.
But Lonny Chen, a fourth-year engineering student at UBC, uses these
pieces of equipment every day.
At PMC-Sierra, a major high-technology company in the Lower Mainland,
Chen—along with 12 other UBC students—is fulfilling a co-op requirement
this term by helping design computer
chips and assisting customers to debug
their computer systems.
Chen, currently in his second co-op
term with the company, said the job is
helping him gain invaluable skills for the
future. The job allows him to apply his
academic knowledge to discover which
areas of technology interest him, he
"Without [co-op] you don't get exposure to the industry. You don't know
what you'd like to do. It really gives you
a good idea of what you want to do for
your career," said Chen.
And the BC government's announcement yesterday of a $2.5 million
increase in funding for high-tech co-op
education means that hundreds of other
UBC students will be offered similar
The fund will devote $500,000 this
year to create 1000 co-op placements
within BC's high-tech industry for students across the province. Over 250
positions will go to UBC students.
During the next two years, an additional $2 million will create a total of
4800 new co-op work terms in the high-
tech sector. BC is the only province
which has a fund committed to expanding co-op programs for students in conjunction with universities and industries.
"We know that co-op education helps
students turn their education into a job.
It helps our industry to grow," said BC
Advanced Education Minister Andrew
Petter at the PMC-Sierra headquarters
in Burnaby yesterday morning.
BC's $5.2 billion high-tech industry
has grown 61 per cent since 1991, offering over 50,000 jobs to British
Columbians. Petter believes co-op education gives students a competitive
edge in the industry, and the numbers
back him up.
Eighty-six per cent of co-op graduates
find full-time jobs—a figure 15 per cent
higher than non-co-op graduates. In addition, 80 per cent of co-op students find
work in their field, and earn a salary ten
per cent higher than other graduates.
But Michael Isaacson, dean of
Applied Science at UBC, said that
although co-op opportunities for UBC
students have expanded exponentially
over the past five years, 40 per cent of
students can't get into co-op programs
because there isn't enough space.
He added that while over 2000 qualified students apply for engineering each
year, only 500 to 600 are accepted.
Consequently, the number of graduates
is not meeting the industry's demand.
"The big issue is the ability to expand
our enrollments to cater to the needs of
industry and to cater to the needs of the
students, and that's where we have to
look at trying to find the resources to
increase the capacity in engineering."
Although the new fund is focused on
expanding co-op opportunities for engineering students, Petter said the fund
will also help students from other
"As we expand this program next
year I think you'll find that students in
programs like graphic arts or in English
departments, they're being much
sought after by software companies,"
Petter told the Ubyssey.
Jack Blaney, president of Simon
Fraser University (SFU), believes the
fund is a positive step in increasing the
quality of education. SFU will receive
259 additional co-op placements this
"These programs will help BC's universities turn out world-class graduates
in the high-tech field," said Blaney.
And the prospects for employment in
BC will likely keep many BC graduates in
the province.
Although he still has another eight
months of co-op and eight months of
school left, Chen is confident he'll be
able to find a job in BC when he graduates, possibly even at PMC-Sierra.
"My time at PMC has been very good
experience for my career. It has started
my career," he said.*
Beer and whine in AMS elections
by Alex Dimson
Beer and partisan interests overshadowed any meaningful debate at the first
forum for candidates in the upcoming
Alma Mater Society (AMS) elections.
Most students who happened to be in
the SUB Conversation Pit as the forum
began remained oblivious to the debate,
looking up only to grab the free beer that
Radical Beer Faction candidates were
passing out.
Candidates for the positions of vice-
president academic and university
affairs, vice-president finance, and vice-
president external affairs, as well as the
candidates for the two student positions
on the UBC Board of Governors (BoG),
faced questions focusing primarily on
proposed changes to the Residential
Tenancy Act (RTA), which sets regulations concerning tenants and landlords
in BC.
The RTA does not apply to students
living in residence on campus, leaving
them, some candidates claim, vulnerable
to unfair treatment from UBC Housing.
Jon Chandler, Action Now candidate
for VP external affairs, said that he supports changes to the RTA's implementation that would allow it to "provide third-
party arbitration" to students in residence. He also charged UBC Housing
with "fearmongering" among both residents and advisors.
But several residents and residence
advisors expressed concerns that if proposed changes to the RTA go ahead, the
result would be chaotic to UBC Housing
Erfan Kazemi, the recently-elected
co-president of the Place Vanier
Residents' Association (PVRA) and the
Students for Students candidate for VP
academic and university affairs disagreed. He opposed Chandler, claiming
that "almost no consultation" had been
made with residents on the issue, and
that the PVRA "were not notified [of the
plans] until December."
Both Kazemi and his Action Now
counterpart Erin Kaiser agreed that
improvements to campus safety must be
made, but disagreed over how to do it.
"Safety is not what it should be on
campus," said Kaiser, who plans to lobby
the university for increased funding to
safety programs, and to develop a rape
crisis centre in the UBC Hospital.
Kazemi hopes to expand lighting on
Main Mall, while further developing
Safewalk and the UBC security bus
route. Students First candidate Mike
Kleisinger, on the other hand, did not
mention safety, but emphasised the RTA
and low tuition fees.
In the BoG race, meanwhile, independent candidate Mark Beese and
Students for Students candidate Maili
Wong promised to bring to the board
table the issue of tuition reform and
third-party arbitration in student disputes
with UBC Housing.
Action Now candidates Dea Lloyd and
Rob Nagai both insisted on the need for
a "stable tuition policy," and Lloyd highlighted the importance of residence life.
Students First candidate Tieg Martin
added that the university "need[s] to get
the little things right before it negotiates
with the government" about tuition.
A second forum will be held next
Wednesday for the positions of president, VP administration, and senate.*
University considering program-based tuition fees
by Nicholas Bradley
Future UBC students could pay differential tuition fees depending on
their program of study, according to
the university's proposed tuition policy, which is currently undergoing
public consultation.
A tuition policy committee, head
ed by Associate Vice-President,
Academic Programs Neil Guppy and
Commerce professor Don Wehrung,
has recommended a set of principles
to guide tuition policy. Among these
is the principle that tuition levels for
each program should be set accord
ing to the cost of the program per
"Individual programs differ in the
costs of delivery per student," reads
the committee's report, dated April
1999. "The proportion of program
cost paid as tuition by students can
differ in magnitude both by category
of program and by Status of student."
Both the Alma Mater Society
(AMS) and the Graduate Students'
Society have recently heard presentations on the tuition policy, and
there will be two public forums on
the policy in the next two weeks.
AMS   President  Ryan  Marshall
expressed concern at Wednesday's
council meeting that the proposed
tuition structure would encourage
students to choose their program
based on cost.
BC Minister of Advanced
Education Andrew Petter said yes
terday that he would like to continue
the tuition freeze, but that the decision would not be made until the new
budget is prepared.
"We've made a commitment to
keep costs for students down and
not to, as some other jurisdictions
have, make it necessary fbr universities to increase tuition in order to
provide adequate funding," he said.
Meanwhile, UBC has prepared a
lobbying strategy to increase funding
for post-secondary education from
the provincial government. Since revenue per student has dropped in BC
in recent years, there is a substantial
funding shortfall, explained Vice-
President, Students Brian Sullivan.
"We've got to do something
about this situation now, here," he
"Eventually it's not going to be a
question of whether you can afford to
go, it's going to be a question of
whether there are spaces available."
UBC's lobbying efforts, supported by the AMS, call for a five per cent
increase in the provincial operating
grant awarded to BC universities in
2000-01, which translates to roughly $25 million. About half of this
amount would goto UBC. In addition,
UBC is recommending that the
province provides a research grant
equivalent to 15 per cent of each fed
eral research dollar brought into BC.
"I would point out that research
does not equal high-tech," said
Sullivan, who noted that humanities
and social science research would
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"Barb's back": Bellini wi
by Naomi Kim
A 6'1" national team player, multiple-time Canada West
All-Star, and CIAU All-Canadian is an enviable addition to
any team. But to the UBC women's volleyball team, it's
just Barb Bellini.
"Everyone loves Barb...she knows everyone," said
head coach Erminia Russo. "She's a little tired, you can
tell a bit. She's been training full-time for a long time right
now, but she hit a few balls yesterday that sort of said,
'Okay. Barb's back.'"
December 10 was Bellini's first practice back with the
team this season and the fifth-year power will return to
the line-up this weekend against the University of
"I feel different now [than in past years] because I'm
coming back halfway through the season...but I'm looking
forward to it," said Bellini with a smile. She has a long
few months ahead of her.
She began playing with the national team last May and
has not taken a break since. The Canadian women's volleyball team competed at the Olympic qualification tournament in Florida, but failed to qualify. This means
Bellini's already long season will continue into the university season, followed by more personal training at the
end of March and then back with the national team in
May to prepare for another shot at qualifying for the
"Not much of a break—but I don't really mind because
that's really what it's going to have to take. The goal is
the Olympics and I don't mind training because it's what
I like to do," said Bellini, whose plans after the Olympics
include playing pro in Europe for "however long."
She admits that playing at the international level
brings about more pressure and that there are "bigger
people [and] harder hit balls." This is coming from Bellini,
who towers over most of her UBC teammates and brings
truth to the term 'kill.' But she laughs at how much her
personal game has changed.
"I think I've come a long way. Five years ago, starting
out here at UBC, I was definitely a typical rookie, like I
really didn't know what I was doing, and personally, I'm happy with how I've come along
and I'm hoping to keep getting better," said
And now that she's back with UBC, her big
hitting and blocking skills to the floor and her
size will help the team that barely averages
5'10" in height.
"She's going to make us better," said
Russo assuredly. "But we were good before."
Despite Bellini's undeniable contributions to
the team in the past, the team has not struggled so far this season in her absence. Players
such as fifth-year power Karen Moore, who is
fifth in the Canada West conference in kills, is
stepping up, as is fourth-year power Sarah
Maxwell, who leads the team and conference
in digs.
The team (9-3) is currently in a comfortable
second place in the Canada West conference
and is ranked fourth nationally.
The University of Alberta is the only team
that the UBC women's volleyball team has not
beaten so far this season—the same team
that ended UBC's golden hopes last year.
Bellini's play, although impressive, cannot
be enough to carry the team, but with her experience and leadership, Bellini is more than just
another player.
"I think the best thing about Barb is her personality," said Russo. "She's the type of player that makes everyone laugh, but at the same
time, she's not this loud player on the court.
But she's going to lead by just how she plays."
"It's not like 'Oh, we need a savior,"
explained Maxwell who has played with Bellini
throughout her UBC volleyball experience.PI think all we
have to make sure is that our team dynamics stays the
same or gets better with her here. And I think if she's
here in practice everyday, people will try to rise to a new
level. And that will help us...[but] she is just Barb...and
months of train
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After the 1999 UBC football season, in
which the Birds compiled an &-2 record in
CIAU play, coaches and players celebrated
their accomplishments and remembered the
good times in an annual football banquet on
The first-ever Casey Smith Football
Award, donated by Casey's father Frank
Smith and his family, is a coach-selected
award given to a player based on qualifications of citizenship^ athletics, scholastics,
excellence, and youth (CASEY)-—characteris
tics which embodied Casey Smith. The
Casey Smith Football Award was presented
to Akbal Singh.
The most valuable player awards were voted
upon by players:
Offensive Player Award—Akbal Singh
Defensive Player Award—Tyson St. James
Special Teams Player Award—Brad Coutts
Awards voted upon by coaches:
Most Improved Player (offence)—Eric CoBings
Most Improved Player (defence)—Trevor
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intensity)*—Javier Glr"
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Daaron McField, defensive
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at the Arts Club Theatre
until Jan. 29
by Jaime Tong
If you skipped all your English 365
classes last term and desperately
need to catch up, the Arts Club might
have the solution to all your scholastic
problems. The Complete Works of
William Shakespeare (Abridged) won't
make up for those discussions on
Freudian analysis of say, Hamlet, but
it might just jumpstart your studying.
Toby Berner, Nicholas Harrison and
David C. Jones give the audience an
energetic run-down of the Bard's various comedies, tragedies, and lesser-
known plays. The trio whips through
costume changes, countries (via some
bad, hammed-up accents), and time
periods in a hilarious attempt to cover
all the plays.
Posited as a play within a play, The
Complete Works started off with the
three actors introducing themselves
as new actors. All this meta-theatrical-
ity is very Shakespearean, of course,
but it didn't end there. Throughout the
show, they constantly moved the
action into the audience's space, in
addition to involving the audience.
The first act was devoted to
all the plays, except Hamlet.
The actors managed to fit them
all in by condensing them, performing a rap that would make
Master P proud, or, in the case
of Titus Andronicus, presenting
the play as a cooking show with
"Tight Ass Androgynous." The
dish: how to cook your daughter's rapist.
Hamlet took up the whole of
the second act as the troupe
performed it forwards, sped up,
all at once, and backwards. There was
quite a bit of audience interaction in
the second act. It all culminated in
theatregoers—as her id, ego, and
superego—yelling out various lines to
Ophelia (who was plucked from the
front row of the audience) such as,
"Cut the crap, Hamlet. My biological
clock is ticking and I want babies,
now," or "Maybe, maybe not."
The set looked like the backstage
or greenroom of a theatre. It was filled
with theatrical props and cleaning
supplies, various doors and ladders,
all of which were put to use throughout the show. Lighting and music were
used effectively to milk the comic
moments in many scenes, as were
the selection of costumes. The codpieces used here are definitely not
borrowed from Bard on the Beach.
The three members of the local
improv troupe, Rock-Paper-Scissors,
have been performing their abridged
version of all of the Bard's plays since
December 3 and it shows. All three
actors were at ease in their comic
roles and their timing was excellent.
Even if you didn't skip any of your
Shakespeare lectures, you still might
want to catch this show before its
term is up.^ -page friday—the ubyssey magazine*friday, January?
vill be big help to Birds
feedback @ ubyssey.bc.ca
UP THE DIRT on the volleyball floor is fifth-year power Barb Bellini, who has just returned to the Birds after eight
»f training with the Canadian national women's volleyball team. She will bring experience and leadership, not to mention
> the already successful UBC team, richard lam/ ubyssey file photo
we don't really want to overthink that."
While putting on her shoes after arriving a bit late for
her second practice, Bellini was already no longer seeming to be just a national team player. She was just as
quickly filling her spot as part of the UBC team. Last
year's disappointing loss at nationals was enough of a
il      Player—Nathan    Dan Rootes, defensive back
hustle and    CIAU All-Canadians:
Akbal Singh (first team)
& Aaron Barker (first team)
Tyson St. James (first team)
Daaron McField (first team)
Brad Coutts (second team)
reminder of what needs to be done this year.
"As my last year, I want to leave with the gold medal
at the nationals and just feel that we've played our best
as a team and be successful as a group. So, that's
what I hope for," said Bellini, running off to join her
teammates on the courts
-leading rusher in CIAU
-Canada West single-season rushing record
-UBC single-season and total offence record
J.P. Metras Award Winner (most outstanding university defensive lineman in Canada):
Tyson St. James
-31 tackles, six sacks, one fumble recovery
sive lineman
isive lineman
Hec Crighton Award Nominee (most out-
Ik standing   university   football   player   in
'*•"' Canada): Akbal Singh
-1646 yards rushing, 172 yards receiving,
11 touchdowns
Fifthyear players who wHI not return next
year were presented with their jerseys.
These players are: Ken Baker, Aaron Barker,
Greg Hallifax, Frank Luisser, Nathan
Mellalieu, Dan Rootes, J.C. Williams.*
at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre
Jan. 14 and Jan. 15
by Duncan M. McHugh
Vancouver's sixth annual Rock for Choice hits the
Cultch this weekend, with another very full, rather loud
line-up. The event, which features local artists Gob and
Kinnie Starr, and Olympia, Washington's Dub Narcotic
Sound System, takes place Friday and Saturday nights.
Both shows are all ages. *p>.,.P.      . ,    p*
Rock for Choice's mandate is to raise awareness
and activism opportunities in the'^gtot for abortion
rights. It also serves as a benefit fbr women's counselling and health clinics. In Vancouver, all proceeds
go to the Everywoman's Health Centre and the
Elizabeth Bagshaw Clinic.
Rock for Choice was founded in the early '90s by
the band L7, journalist Sue Cummings and the
Feminist Majority Foundation as a means of fundraising for pro-choice groups. The first concert, featuring
Nirvana, L7, Hole and Sister Double Happiness,
occurred in October 1991. Since then, artists including Pearl Jam, Liz Phair, Rage Against the Machine,
David Byrne and Iggy Pop have lent their talents to
the cause.
Vancouver has had annual concerts since 1994.
Since then, organisers have brought in artists that
appeal to a variety of music fans.
"In past years," says co-organiser Denise
Sheppard, "we've had Sleater-Kinney, on the first
date they played after the release of their album.
We've had 54-40 play in a small venue a few years
back. Bif Naked has played nearly every year and
she's donated prizes every year. Lots of different
artists, Team Dresch, lots of different artists across
the board. We're trying to cross as many demographics as possible to get everybody in."
Fellow organiser Meegan Maultsaid said that this
year's shows will be broken down into a celebratory
punk .show on Friday and a more political show on
Saturday night.
IP Friday night is headlined by Nettwerk's local
"piMiks" Gob, along with Closed Caption Radio, By A
Thread;^the#irtjnitts and Notch. Saturday night features Kinnte Starr; k Records founder Calvin Johnson
with his band Dub Narcotic Sound System, Che
Chapter 127, Tegan + Sara, and Joel.
As attractive as" the music may be, the event is
really about raising awareness and focusing energy
within the pro-choice movement. And as Sheppard
explains, "it really only takes getting the wrong person in power to take away rights. So, this is about
pro-choice, this is also about voting, this is about
realising that you can have your rights taken away
from you if you let someone with the wrong ideas into
power. Every year, I say from the stage, the simple
act of [attending these concerts] is, in itself, a political action. I believe that very strongly."
Rock for Choice starts at 7:30pm Friday and
Saturday at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre
(Venables and Victoria). Tickets are $11 advance and
$12 at the door, with all proceeds going to Vancouver
women's clinics.**
Phone: (604) 224-2322
4320 West 10th Avenue Vancouver, B.C. V6R 2H7
* Denotes Optometric Corp. Email: inf6@.westl0thoptometry.bc.ca
Bistro Pub
at the David Lam Research Centre
Monday to Friday
7:30 am-7:00 pm
UBlrvvD)[Kilu) www.foodserv.ubc.ca 14, 2000 • page friday—the ubyssey magazine -
On the subject of the coming strike
The strike. What rhymes with strike? Mike and bike. And like. I
don't like to strike a Mike on my Nike bike, so take a hike. Who
do you like? Who cares? Who do you not like? Maybe the person you don't like doesn't like you. Ever think of that? Maybe
there's gonna be some punching and kicking and stuff. What if
the person you don't like doesn't even know you? Or worse, they
couldn't care less if you liked them or not?
You'd probably just get more and more pissed. Like those
people you see everywhere around campus every single day of
every single year of your entire life at this school, but you don't
even introduce yourself to them. How lame is that? You'll see
them 15 years down the road in the middle of some friggin'
desert in the middle of nowhere, bullets flying over your head,
and you'll be all, "Oh, uh... ahem... don't I recognise you from
somewhere?" And then you'll be best friends or something stupid. And these people are all shooting at you and shit. "Oh,
we're best friends now 'cause some dudes are shooting at us,
but I saw you around everywhere, everyday for four years of my
stupid life and I didn't even bother to say hi to you." Pretty
dumb. Not as dumb as the guys shooting at each other. What's
up with guns and war and all that shit anyways? Guns. Huh.
Years ago, they used to have a shotgun around this office to
scare off engineers. Seriously. As if they would ever have used
it. But that's probably what everybody says when they get a gun.
"Oh, I'm never gonna use it. It's just for self-defence." Or some
such bull. You've gotta hate it when people lie like that. Like they
don't think they're lying but they so totally ace. You get that?
Like, "oh yeah, I'm so totally going to quit this and start doing
that," they say. What a joke.
Or, "Oh yeah, I'd totally love to do that." But then the time
comes, and you're all, "where the hell aaaaare you?" Lame.
People are lame. It's like you almost wish that they spoke
another language sometimes, so you wouldn't have to listen
to their bullshit. No, that's dumb. It's all in their facial expressions anyways. Like we have this hamster in the office, and
when she sticks her little head out of her cage, you know
she's just pissed.
Some animals are pretty good at telling you when they're
pissed and when they're happy. Like cats, they either purr away,
or they just haul off and bite you. No qualms about getting
tossed like a rag doll into the corner, while your hand's just
bleeding and bleeding all over the friggin' place.
But shit, what were we saying? Oh yeah, those engineers....Did you know they once kidnapped old Allan
Fotheringham and dumped him out in Horseshoe Bay with no
money. But that was a joke. No big deal, right? Right. Well, we
were discussing the election forum. What is there to say
though? Were you there? Did you drink the free beer? Did you
like any of the candidates? Is that important? Does it really matter how you personally feel about the candidates? Ask yourself
that question. That's all we want to say on that issue. End of
story. Case closed. But shit, what was that other thing? Oh
yeah, the strike. That too is a super big deal, and should be
closely examined and discussed.*>
Bruce Arthur
Todd Silver
Cynthia Lee
Naomi Kim
Tom Peacock Tara Westover
Duncan Iff. McHugh Nicholas Bradley
Jaime Tong Daliah Merzaban
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Duncan M. McHugh, Jaime Tong and Nick Bradley decided to
go to the movies, no... wait. Daliah Merzaban and Bruce Arthur
wanted to go toboganning... , er, maybe not. How 'bout Tara
Westover, Todd Silver Tom Peacock were dissatisfied with
being supermodels... This isn't going very welt. Oh, oh, Naomi
Kim, Cynthia Lee and Flora Graham never should've eaten that
sketchy shellfish... Oy! Come on brain, think! The bakery
opened at 7am and Lisa Denton, Graeme Worthy and Daniel
Silverman were gearing up for some serious doughnut makin'.
Crap! Must be clever, must not let Laura Blue and Mel Streich
make fun of me. Okay, okay, calm down. Michelle Mossop and
Tristan Winch weren't the sort of people to frequent this kind
of establishment, winkwink, nudge-nudge. Wait, I can do better, last try. Must be original. Here we go: Jenn Neilsen and
Jeremy Beaulne decided that mastheads were ridiculous. Alex
Dimson was forced to agree.
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Dear Ladies and Sirs.
Hello! At first I want to give my best
wishes to Yours Newspaper and
also wish you all the best in the
My name is Arunas Bagdonas. I
a 29 years old Lithuanian man, I live
in Lithuania, in East Europe. I am
very interesting Canada, in Canada
people, nature, etc., I very want to
find a pen-pals in Canada, so I ask
Yours newspaper help :
Please, help me, and if You can,
PUBLISH in Yours newspaper advertising section my name, address
and a short message like this for
Please, do it foi me and PRINT
my address in the name of friendship and goodwill contacts between
our nations, maybe like a humanistic aid! I hope, that You'll help me
and print my advertising and
address free ! I will wait the answer
from You I
Best greetings from Lithuania !
Sincerely Yours
Arunas Bagdonas
Given a helping hand
This is a thank you letter to two guys
who showed that kindness and selflessness still exist on UBC campus.
Last evening (January 11) when
the skies opened up with the most
bizarre electrical hail storm I have
ever experienced, my car and
dozens of others came to an icy
standstill on Chancellor Boulevard
heading east. I tried to accelerate
and found myself going nowhere
fast. As I spun my tires in dread and
frustration, I noticed a car ahead
pull over and two guys get out. They
started pushing cars and eventually
got to me. They pushed me with
great difficulty until at last I was
moving again. I rolled down my window to say "thanks," but one guy
called back "Don't slow down!", so
I didn't get the chance to express
my appreciation.
Well, this morning, as I drove
into UBC on Chancellor, I noticed
their car, sitting on a snow bank,
exactly where they had pulled it over
last evening. I imagine that they
must have made the decision to
sacrifice their car (and warmth and
comfort) to help me rest of us get
home. I was amazed and touched
and wanted at last now to have the
opportunity to say thank you for getting me home!
Gwllyn Tlmmers
Museum of Anthropology
Don't be the one to
cast the first stone
What's the problem? I must admit
to being mystified why people
would    be    offended    by    the
Ubyssey's spoof of the Apocalypse
for the year 2000 edition [letters,
Jan 7]. It's my understanding of
Christian mythology that
Armageddon is going to happen
sooner or later, and I read the
Ubyssey's depiction of it as being
reasonably accurate (it's amusing
to think that God's cleansing wall of
fire would wait for International
Date lines!). As for Jesus being
"pissed," well, in Revelations
19:11-21 (The Coming of Christ) he
sure sounds pissed to me. So, I
ask again: what's the problem?
How is this offensive? I mean, what
do you expect the End Of The World
to be like, anyway?
James Rosso
Pharmacy 1
Protesters who tore down GAP display not comparable to Nazis
by Judy Hecht
I am a child of Holocaust survivors. My family members were killed
by Nazis. Erin Kaiser and Jon Chandler are not Nazis. The right to
have an abortion is a legal right in this country. Women are responsible moral agents capable of making decisions about their own
bodies, their own lives and theirfuture families without interference
from any state or party. Women do NOT commit acts of genocide
as suggested by the horrific displays presented by the Genocide
Awareness Project (GAP). This is fact. GAP was given permission to
exhibit at UBC several weeks ago under certain conditions imposed
by the university so as not to disrupt university activity.
Many student groups had planned peaceful protest to counter
the misinformation put out by this hateful organisation. Apparently
that is not the free speech GAP is talking about. They took the cowards route and did not show up. Finally GAP (or their pawns)
showed up at UBC unannounced. The Womens' Student Union,
the AMS SpeakEasy and tlie UBC Counselling Service were not
informed. Given the climate of violence created by GAP at their previous exhibits this lack of knowledge and information sharing on
the part of the university is totally irresponsible. Though I do not
condone any acts of violence, it is obvious that the GAP displays
would have a profound negative effect on many people. They
deserved to know! Yes the GAP displays are graphic, but are they
the truth? Is it freedom of speech or hate propaganda? The tactic
of not wanting any opposing views gives us reason to suspect.
Let's examine what GAP leaves out. TTie GAP display does not
show pictures of the 100,000 women who die in pools of their own
blood from botched, unsafe, illegal abortions every year. GAP does
not show the millions of women who are maimed, scarred and living in excruciating pain from these same unsafe abortions.
Obviously womens' lives do not factor into their equation. What
then do we know about GAP and their pawns? They are cowards.
They claim they are for freedom of speech, yet show up unannounced afraid of any challenge to their distorted view of the world
and reality. They shout racial epithets to further incite and insult,
and have the audacity to exploit other people's tragedies to further
their own agenda. Is it any wonder that people in our civilised society—where abortion is legal, where survivors of the Holocaust live
in harmony with descendants of slaves, where human beings care
about one another—get a little angry? The Centre for Bioethical
Reform, the parent organisation of GAP, is run by a group of
lawyers. In the wake of GAP displays across Canada and the US all
we are left with is a trail of lawsuits and litigation. That is the REAL
truth about the Genocide Awareness Project.*
—Judy Hecht Is a Vancouver resident
The new Millennium Scholarship is nothing new
by Andrea Paras
Everyone is familiar with the junkmail that arrives on the doorstep
to announce that "you are the lucky winner of X amount of dollars." Recently I received such a letter from no one other than our
government, under the guise of the "Canada Millennium
Scholarship Foundation."
In a new and brilliant initiative, the powers that be have decided to brighten up our lives, changing the name of the federal
grant that university students receive from "Federal Grant" to
"Canada Millennium Scholarship." However, in the notification
letters to each student, they failed to mention that the
"Millennium Scholarship" was the exact same thing, save the
name change, as the federal grants that students already knew
they were receiving. Thus, students who received the notification
letter were under the impression that they were entitled to additional funding on top of their federal grants, as a result of a new
initiative of the government.
The notification letter claims that the scholarship "represents
a significant investment in your future and is Canada's way of celebrating the new millennium. The Foundation hopes that this
scholarship will help you to achieve your goals while contributing
to the development of our country." Fair enough, but the purposes of the so-called federal grant were the same and were made
no more effective by a change of name. Considering the timing
that I received my notification letter (two weeks before the end of
1999), I am left to conclude that the Canada Millennium
Scholarship initiative is nothing but an exercise in public relations, and an expensive one at that. Tax dollars were spent on
sending thousands of deceptive letters Canadawide to students,
causing eventual frustration and disappointment. University students live with enough financial and academic pressures—we do
not need to deal with the actions of a government trying to create an impression of generosity that really masks their need to
boost public opinion polls. I discovered that I was the recipient of
a Canada Millennium Scholarship only to subsequently find out
upon return to my studies on January 4 that it was the same as
the federal grant that I already knew I was receiving.
Please don't misconstrue my words—I sincerely thank the
government for my Federal Grant/Millennium Scholarship. This
letter is not an expression of ingratitude. But please, please,
could we use the communication skills that we learned back in
grade school?*
—Andrea Paras Is a
second year Arts student
All should have a voice in RTA changes
As the dust settles at the end of week one of the AMS election
campaign, the rights of students in residence has emerged as
the controversial election issue. It dominated the all-candidates' forum this past Wednesday. It continues to provoke heated debate throughout campus. And it is surprising that it is such
a thorny issue because at the root we are all in agreement on
the most basic principle underlying this debate: the well-being
of students in UBC residences must be safeguarded. Where we
disagree is in the process this is secured by.
As it stands right now. UBC Housing has absolute jurisdiction in setting and enforcing standards of behaviour in residences. This is not unreasonable considering the unique nature
of the residence community. Having been a past president of
Totem Park Residents' Association, I well appreciate the singular character of what we call "Res Life." UBC Housing is tasked
with many objectives, chief among which is fostering of a safe,
supportive environment wherein students can achieve their academic goals. Housing and its advising staff, for the most part,
meet this mandate admirably. What is unreasonable is that students who feel that they have been treated unfairly by this system do not have the right to third-party arbitration—if Housing
wishes to evict a resident, there is no avenue for appeal but to
Housing itself. What is appalling is that the right to thrrd-parfy
arbitration of tenant-landlord disputes is guaranteed by the
Residential Tenancy Act (RTA) to every tenant in British
Columbia except university residents. This is blatant discrimination against students and it must be stopped.
The easiest way to do so is for Housing to change its policy
and adopt an impartial third-party arbitration system. Over the
years, however. Housing has been notoriously difficult to to deal
with on this issue. So another option that has recently come to
light is to lobby the provincial government to entrench this right
for residents in the RTA.
The reason most often given for denying the nght to third-
party arbitration to residents is that to give it to them would
jeopardise the unique character of residence community.
Specifically, people are worried that advisors would be eliminated and that residents would suffer as a result. This is
absurd. Thirdparty arbitration would not change the fact that
advisors can give out points, only that these decisions can be
later appealed if a resident isn't satisfied with the internal
appeal process. Nor would this mechanism endanger the safe
ty of residents, as other individuals have expressed concern
about. To say that third-party arbitration would encourage standards violations is to say that the existence of a fair justice sys
tern encourages crime.
Obviously, any change to the current system must be done
carefully. It must balance the stated objectives of Housing with
the fundamental right to due process. It won't be easy, but this
is no excuse to refuse to explore the possibility, either through
lobbying the Board of Governors to change Housing policy or,
failing that and only failing that, through an appeal by the AMS
External Commission to the provincial government to entrench
this right for university residents in the RTA.
There has been a huge uproar about this proposal, with
many people aligned for and against it without heanng the facts.
Consultation needs to be done with residents' associations and
advisors, a process that is now just beginning In earnest. The
AMS is committed to representing the rights of all UBC students
and it is AMS policy to fight transgressions of these rights in
UBC residences. This process will require input from a wide
range of people. The process itself may be controversial, but
what makes it meaningful is that all parties have a voice in it.*
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Those in glass houses
should not write letters
by Yang Chang
I was surprised by the strong and, in
my opinion, misdirected reaction to
the satirical article about Jesus Christ
[Jan 4. "Jesus returns 'pissed'"]. It
made me wonder if those who called
the piece "hateful and degrading" really read the spoof accurately? In it
Jesus Christ was "pissed" at
humankind. If Christ was what the stories in the Bible say he was, I'd imagine he wouldn't be too happy with the
state of affairs in the world today,
especially after being nailed to a cross
to "save" such a world. In the spoof
Christ was arrested (although this
time by security guards), just as he
was by the Romans, according to the
Bible. So where is the "hateful and
degrading" part? That he showed up
his words and characterisation have
been written and rewritten, edited and
re-edited, interpreted and reinterpreted over the last 2000 years by, it
seems, every significant and insignificant genuine lover, fearer, and believer
of God, to monarchs, slave-traders,
and televangelists. So I can't see how
anyone can make the claim that the
spoof was offensive to "Christ himself," as one letter did. You would
think that if Jesus was indeed such an
amazing and perfect person that he
would have had a pretty wicked sense
of humour (or at least have been a little less sensitive about being poked
fun at).
Just one last note: I couldn't help
but notice that at least one of the letters attacking the satire was written by
a member of the Lifeline Club (which is
at a Rolling Stones concert? Also, the
idea that this satire might, as another
letter suggested, be able to incite
hatred towards Christians seems completely absurd to me.
I guess that an important part of
the outrage was based on the argument that the "real" Jesus Christ
would never have uttered such
obscenities. But how do we know
that? The ancient Roman Empire was
not a nice place (wars, random smit-
ings, and lepers everywhere).
Personally, I think that Christ would've
had a lot of trouble gaining the trust of
his followers among the "poor and the
rabble" if he didn't know a few good
cuss words and a dirty joke or two. If
Jesus appeared today and tried to
"save" people in Vancouver's
Downtown Eastside by preaching in
the language he uses in the Bible, he
would either be ignored or mugged
(more likely ignored since he doesn't
seem to wear anything but a robe, and
you can't pawn a used robe for much
these days).
But this is all speculation and I
have no real idea who Christ was or
even if he was. What I do know is that
responsible for bringing the Genocide
Awareness Project (GAP) to UBC) who
has publicly defended GAP's tactics. I
find it extremely ironic that this 200-
word satire has brought about accusations of being "hateful and degrading" from the same people who want
to convince everyone by way of 12-foot
high posters, barricades, and megaphones that women who have abortions are akin to Nazis and the Ku Klux
This particular letter writer even
had the gall to righteously proclaim to
"Do unto others whatever you would
have them do to you." Hello? I don't
remember anyone attacking
Christianity with 12-foot posters and
megaphones but I do, however,
remember a quarter-page satire on
the last page of a student newspaper
which brought the wrath of a hypocrite.
A more appropriate quote might be:
"You should not be throwing stones
when you live in a house made of
—Yang Chang Is an Arts 4
student and a member of
Students For Choice
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Development (CABSD) is seeking nominations of
individuals, services and programs or departments who
make exceptional contributions or significant
improvements to student experience and the learning
environment at UBC.
Nominations from UBC students, faculty, staff and
recent graduates are welcome.
Submissions, including a written statement and two
supporting letters, should be sent to the Office of the
Vice President, Students, Room 123, Old
Administration Building, 6328 Memorial Rd. by
Feb. 15th, 2000.
For further information, please either call 822-3955
or email lyuen@exchange.ubc.ca


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