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Array Investing in the madness since 1918
volume 77 issue 12
Tuesday, October 17, 1995
Soggy Trekkers fight the cuts
by Chris Nuttall-Smith
They came on foot, on skateboards, in strollers and by police escort. In a remarkable affront to student apathy, hundreds of umbrella-toting students, faculty and staff from
UBC, Langara College and local high schools braved the rain
last Friday to 'Trek for Education' and fight cutbacks to post-
secondary education.
A group of about 150 trekkers met at Connaught Park in
Kitsilano, grew to over 800
people en route and walked to
UBC to send the government a
message that students will not
bear the weight of cuts to federal transfer payments.
"It was pouring rain and we
had 1,000 people trekking up to
UBC. Today we showed the
provincial and federal governments that we are very serious
about keeping university education accessible to all Canadians," AMS Coordinator of External Affairs Dave Borins told
The Ubyssey.
Borins, who organized the
march, said the goal was to call
upon the federal government to
end corporate tax breaks and
subsidies instead of cutting education funding, and to ask the
provincial government to legislate a limit to tuition increases.
Trekkers screamed "hey hey,
ho ho, tuition hikes have got to
go," and "Stop the hikes" as
they walked towards a rally
outside the SUB.
As shoppers poked their
heads out of store windows
along Broadway and Tenth Ave,
they were greeted with signs
and banners reading "Stop the
Madness" and "Philosophers
are rolling in their graves."
Ironically, a few banners for
the low-budget trek were made
from ripped sections of a banner used to promote last year's
$40,000 flopped "Spirit" campaign.
One high school student who
would only identify herself as
Jen, said she probably wouldn't
be able to go to university if the
government allowed tuition to
double. "Unless I want to pay
for student loans for the rest of
my life, I just won't be able to
afford school," she said.
Langara English department
member Roger Holdstock
agreed the cost of education is
Wage gap shocks researchers
SCORES OF STUDENT PROTESTORS fill the streets of Kitsilano at last Friday's Trek for Education.
growing out of reach of some
students and said faculty must
support students. "I think it's
important that faculty and students come together to recognize that faculty depend on accessible education for their
jobs, and students should have
the right to an education."
Long time UBC activist
Nancy Horseman said she
couldn't believe the Trek's turnout. "I've never seen anything
like this since the sixties," she
yelled over the noise of the
rally. But when asked if the
demonstration would have any
effect on government policy she
said; "No. Not at all."
Horseman said students cannot expect one march and rally
to affect university administration and government policy.
"Eventually this kind of protest
is going to have weight, but this
corporate mentality is just on
the go and there's no stopping
it right now. But when the kids
recognize that, they'll fight really hard."
But Desmond Rodenbour
from Langara's Student Union
was more positive about the future of post-secondary education.
Rodenbour drew raucous applause from the rain-drenched
crowd with a poem inspired by
his favourite professor, Dr.
by Douglas Quan
A new study on the salary gap
between whites and visible minorities suggests that Canadian
employers have some explaining to do.
Earning Differentials among
Ethnic Groups in Canada reveals
that white, male immigrants
earn two percent less than their
white Canadian-born counterparts, while immigrant males of
a visible minority earn fifteen
percent less than their white
male counterparts.
Krishna Pendakur, an assistant professor of economics at
Simon Fraser University co-
authored the study with his
brother Ravi, who works in the
federal government's Canadian
heritage department. While he
"expected to see that immigrants earn less," he didn't expect to find such a large gap
between white immigrants and
those of a visible minority.
He says it is not a new fact that
visible minorities earn less than
white people in Canada, but "[the
differences] have commonly
been blamed on...immigration
status. The natural test of that
is...do Canadian-born visible minorities earn any less?"
He expected no differences, but
the research proved otherwise.
The Pendakurs found Canadian-
born males of a visible minority
earn 10.2 percent less than their
white counterparts.
"That's big," he said. "Such differentials cannot easily be
shrugged off on cultural differences, langugage skills and education quality."
Eric Wong, director of the BC
multicultural education society,
agrees with Pendakur. He said
"too often, our conclusions are
drawn from casual observations."
Wong says the numbers concern him because they suggest that
"certain attributes like education
may, in fact, not be the equalizer
we think it might be."
The study is based on 1991 census data. 150,000 cases from six
major cities were examined and
used to compare the wages of Canadian and foreign-born males
and females, aged 20 to 64, who
are a visible minority, with those
of white, Canadian-born males
and females.
In the full report, no interpretative analysis was made beyond
what Pendakur says is the study's
"rejection" of the misconception
that visible minorities earn less be
cause of their immigrant status.
UBC sociology professor David
Schweitzer says Pendakur's conclusion is not enough. According to
Schweitzer, income differentiation
is usually based on jobs and education, a "structured inequality."
Given this study's measures to
control for language, schooling
and occupation, Schweitzer said,
"there seems to be a hidden message that there are cuscriminatory
practices being combined with,
perhaps in the realm of ideology,
a form of racism."
Pendakur emphasizes, however, that the results are "not
proof." He conceded "you could
still think that [the differences] are
due to something left out of the
analysis, some kind of unobserved
Women immigrants of a visible minority earned about seven
percent less than white Canadian-born females. Visible minority females born in Canada,
however, earned about the same
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The following people are eligible to vote
(as of October 16th):
Desiree Adib
Shelley Gornall
Paula Bach
Scott Hayward
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AMS Update
To all Faculty, Staff and Student
Representatives of UBC,
/'am writing this letter to urge you to vote against the motion to reopen
the Political Science Graduate Program.   The governing body of the Alma
Mater Society (of which all students of UBC are members) recently
passed a motion to support the Graduate Student Society's recommendations in regard to the Political Science inquiry.  One of the recommendations states that closure ofthe department is necessary until the other recommendations have been implemented. Please take the decision of the
Alma Mater Spciety into consideration when voting on the Political Science
Namiko Kunimoto, AMS Vice President
Political Science Update:
The Faculty of Graduate Studies defeated the motion to reopen the
Political Science Department of Graduate Studies. The Faculty of Graduate
Studies passed a motion (with an overwhelming majority) to support Dean
Grace and his efforts towards a university free from discrimination and
If you share the goal of improving the climate at UBC and of promoting
change throughout the institution, please support efforts to address issues of
racism and sexism by joining the Coalition for an Inclusive University.
UBC Senate will facing a motion to reopen the Department of Graduate
Studies of Political Science on Wednesday, October 18th at 8:00 pm in
the auditorium in the Curtis Building. All concerned individuals should
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Tuesday, October 17,1995 news	
Grad Studies council votes to keep poli sci closed
by Sarah O'Donnell
UBC's Dean of Graduate
Studies received an overwhelming
vote of confidence last Wednesday
when the Faculty of Graduate
Studies (FoGS) council defeated a
motion to reopen graduate
admissions in the political science
The 43 to 9 decision is a strong
show of support for Dean John
Grace, who may face a tough battle
this Wednesday as the university's
Senate considers a similar motion
to reopen admissions.
Students attending the meeting
openly applauded as Grace spoke
out against the drubbing he and
others have received from his
university colleagues and the
mainstream media
"To characterize my actions as
'McCarthyism,' or political
correctness,' to label students who
are legitimately seeking
improvements in their educational
environment as 'Red Guards' and
'dissidents,' and to dismiss
genuinely concerned women
scholars as 'hysterical feminists' is
to debase efforts to encourage
much needed change."
Grace reminded FoGS council
that more than three years had
passed since the initial complaints
of racism and sexism in the
political science, and said
department had done little to
address the problems previous to
the admissions embargo.
The Dean warned of the
consequences of prematurely
lifting the admissions ban, saying
he found it "unlikely" that the
reform process would continue if
the suspension were lifted.
"Overturning the suspension
would send a message to many
graduate students that a narrowly
conceived notion of faculty privilege
is more important than providing an
appropriate and hospitable learning
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FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES COUNCIL votes not to reopen political science
environment for their studies."
William Benjamin, the music
professor responsible for the
motion, challenged Grace's
assertion that a vote to reopen
admissions would be synonymous
with a vote of non-confidence,
ENDANGERED SPECIES: UBC's koi are being snapped up by fishnappers
Students still sardined into buses
by Stanley Tromp
Students packed into
overcrowded buses will have to
wait for relief while 28 old BC
Transit buses await repairs.
Transit spokesperson Trace
Acres said students can continue
to expect delays and overcrowding
until full transit service to UBC
resumes at the end of this month.
"With so many buses in repair,
certain runs may be cancelled, like
high volume 'trippers,' which are
short runs during rush hours,"
Acres said. "So with a UBC bus
you may have a ten minute-wait
instead of a six minute one."
First year UBC science student
Francine Perrault said she's had to
grin and bear it.
"The bus was so crowded at
7:30 in the morning that when
people were jammed against the
door inside, the driver still opened
the door to let more in," she said.
"I thought that was really
dangerous. And he drove slower
because it was full, so I was five
minutes late for class."
Nicos Fassler, second year arts,
was luckier. Taking a diesel bus
direct from West Vancouver, he
said he can always find a seat "But
when I take the number 9 or 10
downtown, it's very crowded."
In the past three weeks, badly
corroded sections of the rear
frames of trolley buses—such as the
rear axles and suspensions-have
weakened and fallen off. The buses
were bought in 1982 and have a
20 year life expectancy.
BC Transit has plans to buy
more diesel buses in January.
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arguing there was no direct link.
Benjamin said it was inappropriate
to halt admissions for its symbolic
effect "The act is not ostensible if it is
intended as a wake-up call "Vbu don't
wake up somebody by stabbing them
in the back.
"Put simply, laudable ends do not
justify morally repugnant means."
Although faculty spoke both for
and against the motion, the final
vote was decisive. Not a single
student representative voted in
favour of Benjamin's motion.
Fishy disappearances
by Desiree Adib
The Koi at Naitobi Memorial
Gardens are mysteriously
disappearing from their pond.
Koi are rare Japanese carp
worth anywhere from $200 to
$10,000 each and are considered
one of the Gardens' most
valuable treasures.
There are currently three
"suspects" for the "crime":
raccoons, heron and humans.
Their respective motives are
food, food and money.
"In March there were 35 Koi
in the pond, and by late August
only eighteen were counted," said
Gardens Gatekeeper Veronica.
"We usually know when the
raccoons have eaten them
because fish carcasses are found,
and since March we have only
recovered three [of 17] carcasses."
The Naitobi Gardens grounds
crew has found broken bushes,
clothes and smouldering
campfires left by trespassers.
Staff, however, believe that while
these vandals are stealing night
time swims, they are not the
Although staff twice reported
missing fish to the RCMP, police
have no leads.
"We have no leads or suspects
right now," said an RCMP
"It's a great shame really," said
Botanical Gardens Director
Bruce MacDonald, "because it's
not just the value of [the fish]
that's important but the
enjoyment people get from
seeing them.
"The odd thing is that it hasn't
really happened before. This year
has been the first [when the fish
have been stolen]. I suspect that
we've had these fish for 20 to 25
For now, staff say they will put
up a 'No Trespassing' sign outside
the Naitobi gate. They can only
hope it will be enough to deter
the thieves.
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Tuesday, October 17,1995
The Ubyssey news
Native rights forgotten by Quebec seperatists
by Samer Muscati
OTTAWA (CUP) - Quebec
sovereigntists will need more
than a mere referendum to
achieve independence from
Canada, say some native leaders. They will also need the go-
ahead from aboriginal nations
within the province, or
Quebec's claim should be
deemed invalid and rejected by
Canada and the world community.
A new royal commission report reinforces that view, and
states that the federal government should resort to "whatever
measures it deems necessary" to
protect Quebec aboriginal and
treaty rights in the event of a
unilateral declaration of independence by the province.
The federal government
should take appropriate action
in protecting aboriginal rights,
but only after consultation with
native groups, says the study released Sept ember 15 by the
Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.
Some of these actions may
include denying Quebec recognition as an independent state
and lobbying the international
community to do the same, as
well as instructing federal officials to disregard the declaration, states the study.
The federal government
would be responsible for protecting aboriginal rights because
safeguards currendy in the Canadian constitution would disappear with Quebec sovereignty.
"Even if Quebec included
protections of aboriginal and
treaty rights in its new constitu
tion, those protections could be
removed by Quebec at anytime,'' the report says.
Allen Gabriel, head of communications for the $60 million
commission, said that he has
received no political response on
the study from either the federal
or Quebec government.
John Bray, director of communications for Indian Affairs
and Northern Development,
said the federal government
would not issue any comment
until the commission submits its
final report early next year.
However, Indian Affairs Minister Ronald Irwin announced
last May that the federal government would honour its constitutional responsibilities towards
aboriginal peoples and that they
would have the option of staying in Canada with their territories, if the province separates.
He added that aboriginal
people have been living in Quebec for 10,000 years and have
the right to self-determination.
Aboriginals claim they should
be able to redraw Quebec's borders if the province separates.
They maintain that only they
can choose whether to join a new
nation of Quebec or remain in
The Cree Nation has taken an
active role in the referendum
debate, since Quebec independence could make their plight
in the province even more
Last month, the Cree flatly
rejected a provincial government invitation to help draft a
new constitution should Que-
beckers vote for independence.
The Parti Quebecois have had
problems gaining the trust of
aboriginals in Quebec and convincing them to separate because
of past hostilities by the PQ towards treaty and aboriginal
In the 1970's, the Cree were
forced to allocate large segments,
of their land for mega-power
Bill Namagoose, executive
director for the Grand Council
of the Cree, says his people's
connections with their lands
have existed for thousands of
years before Quebec and
Canada even existed.
He is bewildered by PQ
leader Jacques Parizeau's claim
that the federal government's responsibilities to the Cree were
terminated with the 1977 James
Bay agreement.
The agreement extinguished
the native groups' traditional aboriginal rights in exchange for
compensation, but cannot be
amended without the approval
of the federal and provincial governments, and the aboriginal
Namagoose said if Cree rights
were extinguished, then Que-
beckers similarly extinguished
their rights when they surrendered to the British at the time
of the conquest of 1760.
"They have absolutely no
moral or legal ground to take
Cree land with them. We have a
treaty with Canada," he said.
"The Cree nation is being kidnapped . . . you can't just stake
your claim on the globe and
make a country."
Namagoose said Canada is
constitutionally obligated to protect native rights, and the Cree
are considering legal action to
force Canada to protect those
The Cree and Inuit will each
hold separate referendums on
Quebec sovereignty before the
rest of the province votes. The
texts of the questions will be released later this month.
Cree and Inuit land claims
currendy represent more than
half of the province.
David Cliche, Quebec Premier Parizeau's special adviser
on native affairs, has said an independent Quebec will retain
it's territorial integrity, and that
his government would not respect the outcome of any referendum that gives aboriginals a
mandate to secede.
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The Ubyssey
Tuesday, October 17,1995 news
MUSICAL CHAIRS has become a popular pastime among the masses of students in some Science classes. The music has stopped, can you find an empty chair?
Students stay silent
by Simon Rogers
Government cutbacks to
post-secondary education may
have been on evervone's
minds at the last AMS-spoh-
sored open mike session, but
few students were willing to say
much about it.
Last Wednesday's session
drew a larger crowd than the
AMS' last open mike attempt
in September, but students
were still reluctant to get up and
speak their mind.
Most limited their participation to signing petitions pleading that ihe Federal House of
Commons and B.C.'s legislative assembly put students' concerns first.
According to AMS Vice
President Namiko Kunimoto,
the monthly student forums are
die AMS' latest attempt to "fos
ter a communicative link between the Board of Governors
and the student body, to create
a university community that
embraces students."
Board of Governors representative Heather Hermant suggested that it would probably
take students a while to get used
to the monthly meetings and to
feel comfortable about voicing
their concerns in public.
"UBC students arc basically
apathetic and for the most part
don't care what goes on on cam-
pus because they're not informed," she added. "The only
information they get about the
university is from what they
read in Ihe Ubyssey."
A date and topic for the next
open mike session, to he held
sometime in late November, has
not yet been announced.
Review of Student Health Services
A committee chaired by Dr. Carol Herbert, Head of the Family
Practice Department in UBC's Faculty of Medicine has been
established to conduct a review of Student Health Services (SHS).
The committee's terms of reference are:
• To review and make recommendations on: the mission,
vision and goals of SHS; the quality and scope of service
provided by SHS; the staffing of SHS given the size of the
UBC student body and the apparent demand for service;
the indicators being used to assess quality of service and
cost effectiveness; and the management and operational
structure for SHS.
• To identify the key challenges facing SHS and the
opportunities for change.
• To recommend courses of action to enhance the strengths
and eliminate any weaknesses of SHS.
• To comment on how the unit compares to other units with
similar mandates.
The committee will welcome written submissions from
individuals or groups. Submissions should be received no later
than October 27, 1995 and should be addressed to:
Diane Kent
Secretary, Student Health Services Review Committee
c/o Registrar's Office
2016 - 1874 East Mall
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z1
Fax: 822-5945   e-mail: diane.kent@ubc.ca
Students with an interest in Student Health Services are invited
to an open meeting with the Review Committee on
Thursday, November 2 from 1:30 to 2:20 pm in IRC #3.
Science classes ready to burst
by Michelle Zeleschuk
First year science professors are lecturing to packed
classes after UBC's faculty of
science enrolled two hundred
more students than it expected.
Science exceeded their anticipated enrollment of 1,300
student by over 200.
Animal biology student Colleen Campbell was told by her
professor that "registration
[was] down his year," despite
the fact her lab class doesn't
have enough chairs for everyone.
Heather Svendsen, another
biology student, said her professor signed the forced entry
form of large numbers of students not yet registered in her
class. As a result, "some classes
such as Human Nutrition's lecture in the Woodward Building
have up to ten people sitting
in the aisles because every seat
is occupied," she said.
The influx is a result of a
change in UBC's academic requirements this year. The admissions office now considers only
four grade twelve marks rather
than the previous system of five
grade eleven marks and four
grade 12 marks.
The change may give high
school students the incentive to
focus on academic courses in
grade twelve; however the long
term effects will be extremely
high student GPA's, raising the
number of applicants accepted
by the faculty.
UBC Admissions says the
change is intended to bring
UBC's entrance requirements
in line with other universities.
SFU and Uvic have been using the four grade model for
some time.
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Marks (Japan)
by Jordan Robinson
Sai Yoichi's brutal detective
thriller is intriguing, yet ultimately
puzzling. Following a haunting
opening scene where a young boy
walks down an isolated snowy
road away,from the car his parents have just committed suicide
in, the film shifts to present-day
Tokyo where rebel Detective Goda
(Nakai Kiichi) is breaking the strict
rules of Tokyo police investigation
as he struggles to find the connection between the similarly styled
savage murders of a lowlife thug
and a justice minister in different
parts of the city.
Like all good movie cops, the
stonefaced Goda must cut through
much red tape before he gradually comes to a partial understanding of the relationship between the
mentally disturbed young murderer, the blackmailing of former
members of a highly unorthodox
university alpinist club and
MARKS, a group of violent extreme
left-wing student demonstrators.
Except for Hagiwara Masoto's
eerily convincing portrayal of the
dazed young killer, Hiroyuki, the
rest of the performances in MARKS
are merely adequate. The compelling but complex plot, based on a
novel by Takamura Kaoru, compensates somewhat for these flat
performances but the film's meandering, uneven flow and the almost total absence of a soundtrack
do little to tighten the film into a
taut thriller like Seven or
Definitely not for prudes, MARKS
will most likely be remembered for
its unbridled sex scenes and excessive brutal violence. A sweaty
scene involving Hiroyuki and his
girlfriend gives new meaning to
the term locker room sex. Another
scene lasts fifteen minutes and intercuts three scenes of continuous
stomach kicking, crowbar pulverizing and vicious headbashing
comparable to that practiced by
Sailor Ripley in Wild at Heart.
Yoichi also inserts humour into
otherwise dark scenes, such as
when a corrupt businessman
leaves his couch and casually
walks out a nearby window to his
death. Like Lynch and De Palma,
Yoichi is clearly aiming to shock,
as evidenced by the way in which
a slow motion shot of Hiroyuki's
girlfriend being blown into midar,
a hail of gunfire ripping a hole
through her torso, is repeated in
flashback three times.
It's no wonder that Detective
Goda ends each day in a ritual of
scrubbing his shoes until they
gleam with whiteness, cleansing
the soles and his own soul of the
gore of Tokyo's dark underside.
A Shadow you Soon
Will Be (Argentina)
by Knut Ivanov
Is this film Highway 61 set in
Well, not really, but Hector
Olivera's A Shadow You Soon Will
Be is a road movie set in the windswept pampas of Argentina. The
main character, known only as
"the engineer" (Miguel Angel Sol),
returns to his homeland after years
spent exiled in Italy. The film opens
with him hitchhiking in a barren
wasteland trying to find work.
The film's highlights are the
eccentric characters he meets
along the way: a gypsy fortune
teller, a gambler, a drifter, soccer-
playing priests and a mute rocker
and his girlfriend who are trying
to get to Cleveland. The most
memorable character he meets is
Coluccini (Pepe Soriano), a con artist and retired circus performer.
Coluccini has an unshakable zest
for life and an impish propensity
for getting into trouble.
The sense of emptiness that
enveloped Argentina after the fall
of the military dictatorship permeates the atmosphere. While this
film doesn't really go anywhere,
the quirky and endearing characters we encounter along the journey make the trip worthwhile.
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Nothing Personal
by Hugh Gefring
Directed by Thaddeus
O'Sullivan, Nothing Personal
chronicles the harsh reality of life
in Belfast in Northern Ireland in
1975. The story revolves around
the lives of family man Liam Kelly
and Kenny, a leader and hitman
for the Loyalist movement. Two of
the bigwigs of the opposing movements seek to obtain a truce because they are fast growing weary
of the ever increasing violence.
Nonetheless, the violence and
the hatred are evidently deeply
ingrained in the minds of nearly
all levels of Belfast society. Even
the very young are drawn into the
desire for revenge. Regrettably,
this desire to quell the other side
occasionally results in street
battles and riots. Nothing Personal
spares little of the graphic nature
of these fierce riots and their inevitable consequences.
Pacifist sentiment among a few
members of either side do not go
very far among the sea of hatred
as we find out during the course
of the film. The efforts of the few
are, however, laudable. Nonetheless, Nothing Personal is, if nothing else, a testimony to the evils
of ingrained hatred. Owing to the
success of this film it is more than
likely to come back to Vancouver
The War Between Us
by Alison Luddit
History can mean so little until
there is a face put on it. The War
Between [/stakes the Japanese internment in BC during World War
II and gives it just this: faces,
names, a place to live. It acts as a
reminder of, and for some an introduction to, this complicated and
painful segment of BC history.
The War Between Us is a sensitively molded story of a Japanese
family who are evicted from their
home in Vancouver and shipped
to the Kootenay town of New Denver, along with many others. It
traces the relationships between
the Japanese families and their
next door neighbours as prejudices
are overcome, understandings are
reached and friendships are
Considering the writer. Shannon Gibbon, had such a delicate
subject to deal with, the script was
extremely well crafted. This, along
with solid performances, results in
a film that has the ability to move
the audience both backwards in
time and elsewhere in emotion, to
relive history.
Perhaps the film's most impressive element is the way it handles
the inevitable changes in attitude,
especially in Peg (Shannon
Lawson), the main non-Japanese
character. Her awakening to the
injustice of the families' situation
is a gradual process, not a one-
night wonder of an epiphany, that
ailminates in her tearful questioning, "how did all this happen? How
did I get in the middle of this?"
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in The War Between Us remind us
that the answer lies in the past and
the resolution lies in individual
Portrait Of A young
Girl At The End Of The
1960s In Brussels
by Janet Winters
Chantal Akerman's portrait of
Michelle (Circe), a fifteen year old
girl coming to terms with her sexuality, leaves many unanswered
questions. The film's puzzling ending compliments the laughable
mistakes in direction, production
and the characters' peculiar
It is almost impossible to take
this film seriously when tourists on
the streets of Brussels are staring
into the camera, evidently fascinated by the fact there is a movie
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may be over and all, but that
hasn't stopped this humdinger of a movie...
opens Oct 20 at the Ridge and Plaza theatres
by brett josef grubisic
Safe is difficult to enjoy. But enjoyability is not really part of
its mandate. Todd Haynes, its writer and director, has claimed
that he made his film ambiguous and hard to digest because so
much contemporary American cinema gives easy answers in
neat packages. Safe is thoughtful and cool, an unsettling contemplation of identity, hysteria and spirituality.
awards for best costume design: I
did not spot any beehives, false
eyelashes or bellbottoms; people
on the street are dressed in nineties attire.
Despite the mistakes and the
ambiguous moments, the film does
have some interesting scenes, such
as the one in which Paul (Julien
Rassam) rubs Michelle's knee in a
theatre. Even more stimulating is
his later seduction of Michelle,
played to Leonard Cohen's
The plot becomes confusing, but
somewhat amusing, when
Michelle's lesbian tendencies toward her very beautiful buddy,
Danielle (Joelle Marlier), become
more apparent. However, this
awkwardly portrayed twist threw
the entire show over my head. A
stronger flow was desperately
needed to fill the many gaps in the
The young Poisoner's
(U K/Germany/France)
by Jenn Kuo
Who has ever heard of a young
kid pursuing a career as a poisoner? Well, if you haven't, then
let this movie be the first true account of one such person.
If you can enjoy a fine piece of
morbid, bizarre humour, this film
definitely fits the category. Set in
Britain in the sixties, Graham
Young is a fourteen year old chemistry buff who lives with his family in a small flat. After being
falsely accused and then abused
by his parents, Graham decides to
slowly murder his father, stepmother and sister. He slowly poisons his parents' food, experimenting each time with a different combination of elements procured from
the local alchemist. Ironically, because he is the family's "chemistry genius," the doctor assigns him
to take care of their medication.
After another family member
dies, Graham is picked up by the
police, convicted of murder, and
put in a hospital for the criminally
insane. A wonderful example of a
sociopath, Graham convinces the
parole board after a couple years
that he is reformed. At first, he really does seem reformed, but then
he has an accidental run-in with
his old friend Thallium...
Graham's warped nature is consistently exposed during the course
of the film, and it is especially hilarious if you can handle rather
morbid humour. (After his mother
dies, he decides to bury her in a
walnut coffin "because she had
always liked walnuts.")
The painful misunderstandings
of youth are also portrayed in this
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Unlike Haynes' first feature Poison, whose subversive
perspective was tempered by an ironic (and captivating)
visual style. Safe is shot cooly, like science fiction. The
landscape he investigates is as strange as the moon's.
For most viewers, the world under Safe's gaze is, well,
safe and comfortable. In fact for many, the life of its central character, Carol White (Julianne Moore), would seem
idyllic. She lives with a supportive spouse and well-behaved child in an affluent Californian suburb. She drives
a Mercedes and follows a routine that consists of luncheons, aerobics and shopping.
Like a heroine in a Victorian novel, she is infantile and unformed. Her one outstanding feature-a
vast wardrobe of frilly pastel get-ups-only confirms her meek invisibility.
A good child, Carol does what she should. Her
life is altered, however, when she begins to get
sick. Her nose bleeds, she feels faint, her breathing is laboured.
Unable to find a cure through traditional medicine, she consults a healer who claims that she
has a heightened chemical sensitivity which is, in turn, part of an environmental
illness syndrome. Her world is poisoned and she can
no longer live in it.
Once diagnosed, her sickness accelerates. Soon
she is unable to leave her specially fitted room unless acompanied by an oxygen tank.
Unable to remain in her toxic suburban environment, she flees to a New Age retreat in Mexico, which
is where she remains to the film's end.
Watching Safe, you expect certain conventions to
be upheld. For instance, that Carol will become enlightened through her ordeal. Haynes stymies those
expectations. It's difficult to like Carol, the New Age
spiritualists, or the suburban culture. There are no
readily available solutions.
Carol remains a cipher. In the final scene, when
she weakly tells herself (on the advice of her healer),
"I love you," the audience is left wondering who that
"I" is.
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picture from Graham's point of
view, this film blends successfully
dark comic humour with a first
person look at the angst of a sorry
Nadja (USA)
by Joe Soroka
Director Michael Almereyda
makes a noble attempt with Nadja,
but it's not without its faults. The
vampire genre has enjoyed a
comeback in recent years, and as
a consequence Almereyda treads
familiar territory. Unfortunately, he
does not cover much ground.
The story begins with Nadja,
played respectably by Romanian-
born Elina Lowensohn [Amateur],
a vampiress soaking up the atmosphere and some blood in New
York City. We meet Martin Donovan, who recovers from a boxing
lesson gone bad only to learn from
his wife Galaxy Craze that his crazy
uncle (Peter Fonda) has just been
arrested for driving a stake through
someone's heart. Of course that
heart belongs to Nadja's father,
who may be Bela Lugosi's quintessential Dracula. When the cat's
away the mice will play; when
Donovan goes to bail out Uncle
Fonda, Craze meets Nadja in a local bar and they explode in passion ending with a transforming
exchange of bodily fluids.
False serendipity abounds in the
fairly predictable script. Where
Pulp Fiction had fully separate stories, Nadja takes one story and
tries to split it up. Faux philosophical rambling is another ingredient
in the bitter stew of Nadja's cauldron. Almereyda raises the interesting idea of the sense of imper-
manence in a vampire's eternal existence, "the pain of life is the pain
of fleeting joy," but fails to develop
it or any other issue fully in any of
the monologues.
But perhaps the worst spice in
the whole r-agu are the totally misplaced and barely funny attempts
at black humour: SNL writers seem
to possess the characters at points.
The acting is decent, and in the
case of Nadja's brother and her
servant Rainfield, actually pretty
good. Fonda carries himself like a
poor man's Dennis Hopper, awash
in Hopper's patented wild-eyed
old coot persona, and actually
bears a striking resemblance to
Robert Carradine's senile Kane.
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Laying Roots: An Interview with Carmen Aguirre
Chile Con Came
at Station Street Arts Centre
until Oct 21
by Federico Barahona
Carmen sits in a busy coffee shop on
Commercial Drive, talking about her new
play and the concept of being Canadian.
The play, she says, is a true Canadian play
because it deals with truly Canadian experiences. She doesn't want her piece to be
considered the "other" reality. No, she insists, Chile Con Came is about "the" reality. That is, the "Canadian" reality.
But in Canada, the line between what is
and is not Canadian is a blurry one. That is
a Canadian thing in itself. Does Carmen
consider herself Canadian? "Oh, man," she
sighs. "It's very funny because when I'm in
Canada, no, I always say I'm Chilean, I'm
Chilean, I'm Chilean. But when I go to Chile
or Argentina, I say, no, I'm Canadian."
Carmen admits she considers herself a
bit of a hypocrite for feeling the way she
does. But, I think, it's all so Canadian.
Carmen Aguirre was born in Chile, but
her family moved to North America when
she was five years old. She's lived in Argentina, Bolivia and the United States. Yet
Carmen considers herself Chilean—sort of.
She graduated from Langara's Studio 58
in December 1993. Since then, she has
had two plays produced: Maqui & the
Southern Cross (Women in View) and En El
Pais Del No Me Acuerdo (Studio 58).
Despite the fact that Carmen has lived
most of her life in North America, she feels
"For the first few years that we were
here, the idea was that we were not going
to stay here and that we were going to go
back to Chile as soon as Pinochet fell."
But, she adds, the Chilean dictator never
So they stayed, not by choice, but rather,
because of a lack of it.
Carmen first thought of writing a play
about a Chilean girl newly arrived in
Canada while she was in Studio 58, but
didn't pursue the project. But last year,
when she applied for a Canada Council
grant with the same idea, "just to see,"
to her own surprise, she got it. She
phoned   Guillermo   Verdecchia
[Fronteras Americanas) and asked
him to direct. Almost immediately, he
"Guillermo's a brilliant man," she
says. "He's the only person that I
can think of right now that can really understand what the play is
Carmen started writing Chile
Con Came, and the more she
wrote, the funnier it got. After
all, who wants to see a play
about a woman who feels like
a martyr and who feels sorry
for herself? "I mean," she
says, "I didn't want my audience to fall asleep."
Chile Con Came tells the
story of Manuelita, a
seven-year-old Chilean
girl whose family has just
emigrated to Canada. To
her, Canada is a place she sort
of likes, but her parents hate. She can't
speak the language, so she can't understand what the white kids say. Manuelita
wants to have blond hair, and she wants
to have a Barbie doll. Her parents won't let
her, though; they're politically correct, and
Barbies are bad. She spends a good por
tion of her days going to protests and hunger strikes in support of the Chilean
struggle, while her well-to-do
friends live in Shaughnessy.
deals with the aspects of these
two cultures clashing with humour."
"The theatre community in Vancouver
is very..." Carmen hesitates a bit. "White.
Very white.
It's a fact of life that it's difficult for actors to find work; it comes with the territory. But if you happen to be a person of
colour, it's even more difficult to land a part.
It's another fact of life that most of the
plays being produced in
Vancouver are Written by
white people and axe about
white people. Carmen finds
the situation bordering on
the ridiculous.
"The theatre is not real,"
she says. "You can do Whatever you want. If you're doing
a play that was written by Sam
Sheppard, why not cast a Chinese person, and an East Indian
person and a black Canadian -
it's theatre! You can do whatever
you want.
"With that kind of mentality, if
you do Romeo and Juliet, you
should only cast Italians because it
takes place in Italy."
Carmen has also noticed that the
Latin American community doesn't go
to the theatre. She can't blame them,
though. Any Latino will find it difficult to go to a play that does not speak
to them because it's all about upper-
class British people.
Seriously, I note, how many British
comedies can we do in Vancouver? Forget that. I don't really want to know.
Td rather go dance salsa," says Carmen,
But Chile Con Came is a bold new play
(some say it's actually better than dancing
salsa) that tries to bridge the gaps. As
Carmen puts it: "How long are we gonna
live in ghettos?"
The process has to start somewhere.
Shakespeare gets visual!
at Studio 58 until Oct 29
by Noelle Gallagher
What do peanuts, incense, partial nudity, bongo drums, and psychedelic costumes have in common? They're all part of Studio
58's sensual production of
Shakespeare's Pericles. Subtitled
"A Manic Misadventure by William
Shakespeare," the production is a
flashy, frenzied and funny romp
through the life and times of
Pericles, Prince of Tyre.
This brilliant, visual production
plays with scale, colour and pattern to produce a bright,
technicolour effect. Most vivid are
the first of the play's seastorms.
and the closing scene at the
Temple of Diana, both of which are
tightly choreographed. Studio 58
also makes extensive use of auditory cues: sound effects, eclectic
music and recorded voices all add
to the play's bizarre conglomerate of stimuli. The scenes where
the colours, shapes, and sounds
of Pericles all come together are
truly magical.
However, those scenes rarely
involve Pericles himself, due to a
casting blunder that put tiny Haig
Sutherland in the title role.
Sutherland does not have the
presence, voice or demeanor to
make the role of Pericles come
alive, and unless he's alone on the
stage, it's difficult to stay inter-
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ested in his portrayal of the character. He is easily upstaged by
most of his costars, most notably
Krista Mennell as Thaisa, and
Jonathan Young as Simonides.
Also, some ofthe scenes, while
beautiful, are so interpretive that
they run the risk of confusing the
audience. If you do plan on seeing Pericles, be sure you read a
detailed plot synopsis before you
go, or you'll be lost. The scene
where Thaisa rises from her coffin, for example, is beautiful, but
Studio 58's production makes
excellent use of the humour in
Shakespeare's play, and most of
the jokes are innovative and well-
delivered. The lighting, costumes
and set design produce a cohesive vision, and enhance the
play's mystical undertones. It is an
enjoyable production, despite its
weak protagonist. The synthesis
of sights and sounds makes this
production an unusual visual treat.
consists of
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Trust James Cameron to save the day? Pshaw!
Strange Days
at the Granville 7 and
by John Bolton
It is my troubling duty as a film
critic to report that Strange Days
marks the further sinking of the
modern action film into a simmering stew of shit.
It is the latest in a long, rather
recent line of movies whose makers seem to think audience excitement and interest can be built up
and sustained through rapid fire
editing, seemingly random camera
angles, and a barrage of alternative rock as invariably blaring as
it is derivative. What about pacing? Plot? Humour? Hell, what
about a kernel of originality or inspiration?
No one does escapism better
than James Cameron. His films are
technically amazing and genuinely
exciting. They can deliver a rush
that is truly unique. Granted, it all
comes down to manipulating the
audience, but only great care and
attention to detail ensure success.
Cameron always delivers.
Yeah, all right, he's an asshole
and a chauvinist, and admittedly
his work is flawed in some respects, but who can dispute the fact
that, ten years later. Aliens remains
a strong contender for the best film
of its kind, with the Terminator
films not far behind?
Why am I so mad? Well, typically after seeing a film such as
Strange Days, I would wish James
Cameron had been involved. Tragically, Cameron himself must take
much of the blame, as writer and
The central concept—an addictive new entertainment, the sexual
and criminal misadventures of real
people taken "straight from the cerebral cortex" and experienced via
direct brain hook-up-is interesting. But the screenplay is bad. Bad
dialogue. Bad drama. Bad ending—
a groan-worthy, desperate denouement. And the promising,
original premise is forgotten as the
film becomes some sort of disturb-
Fringe hit comes to UBC
Sonofabitch Stew
at the Dorothy Somerset
until Oct 20 at 12:00 noon
by Andy Barham
Sonofabitch Sfewtook the Fringe
Festival by storm last September,
selling out every performance well
in advance. It's an intense one act
play about Janet Pain, a heroine-
worshipping women's studies prof
who is obsessed with Calamity
The set is stripped down to its
bare essentials, since this is a one-
person play in which Deb Pickman
switches rapidly from Janet to Jane
and back again with the subtlety
of a gatling gun mowing down a
group of renegades. In the process
of watching Janet lose her sense
of self, as well as her job, we gain
some insight into the real Calamity
Jane: a loud, coarse, brawling
drunkard of a woman, who was
also courageous, generous and
even kind. For example, she was
willing to risk her own life nursing
miners stricken with smallpox, at
a time when smallpox was a
dreaded and little understood
Deb Pickman's acting is first rate.
When she assumes the persona of
Calamity Jane, it's as though the
real Calamity Jane is there in the
theatre with us. She spits, swears
and swills her way through the
performance in a manner befitting
her real-life heroine.
My only quibble is with the
main premise: namely, that the
real character is Janet Pain, a beleaguered university prof who's
about to lose her tenure. This distracted from what I thought should
have been the real story - the life
and times of Calamity Jane - and
added an unnecessary complication to the plot. It ultimately served
to diminish the play's message by
clubbing us over the head with it.
The Asylum Rageth
Soul Asylum
Oct 7 at the Rage
by Bryce Edwards
Soul Asylum rocks.
Anyone who doesn't think so
wasn't at the Rage two Saturday
nights ago. It seemed cursed from
the start: the venue change left
hundreds of minors sadly lining up
for refunds instead of friskings,
Radiohead decided against a
cappella and backed out after their
equipment was stolen, and everyone was moody and pissed off ...
but then Dave Pirner and the boys
straddled the stage and blew the
crowd away with a shotgun blast
of musical power.
Rymes with Orange opened to
sarcastic cries of "Play 'Creep'!", but
persevered with a tight, energetic
set. The overall sentiment wasn't
anti-Orange, it's just that they play
Vancouver twice a week and spend
the rest of their time touring BC.
How often does Radiohead come
Soul Asylum has spent nine
years touring, releasing albums and
building a loyal following. When
Grave Dancers Union hit, they suddenly became the 'next big thing',
complete with socially relevant
videos. Billboard rankings and
White House appearances. The
thing is, they are still just doing
what they do: mental live shows
with well-written, insightful material delivered at deafening volumes. What more could you ask for
from a rock band?
Pirner displayed all the qualities
of a good front man, his tangled
hair obscuring his face as he
mumbled into the mike. He didn't
waste time trying to rile everyone
up, he just went crazy, and everyone followed. The sound was
muffled and the Rage remains a
poseur club far too big for its
britches, but in a city that houses
the Commodore it's hard for any
venue to look good in comparison.
The crowd was chaotic and
crowd surfers flew around with
regularity, leaving Doc imprints on
foreheads in their wake. Soul Asylum rocked, and a good time was
had by all.
ingly simplistic
statement on ethics and race relations.
Kathryn Bige-
low is really not a
great director, and
she's the one responsible for the
numbing visuals,
dragging dramatics and sloppy
Blame the editor,
Howard Smith, for
not allowing a
single shot to last
longer than three
seconds and
Graeme Revell for
the steamroller
Ralph Fiennes,
one of the best actors working today, is sadly miscast as lowlif e peddler Lenny Nero. Angela Bassett is
given nothing to do as Mace,
Lenny's limo driving ally. Juliette
Lewis is predictably bad (she even
sings - oh, help), and the absolutely awful Michael Wincott, the
"There, there, Ralph, the next movie'll be better.
bad guy in 77ie Crow, rounds out
the cast.
Strange Days has a few sparks
of invention, but the film is generally oppressive, ugly and boring.
With a few exceptions, it is the last
major action film to be released this
year, and it represents a dangerous downward trend in the quality
and craftsmanship of a serious and
significant art form.
When James Cameron can't surrender the goods, the future of escapism looks pretty grim.
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Tuesday, October 17,1995
The Ubyssey opinion
Students, Grace finally get well-deserved support
When the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FoGS) council voted against the motion to reopen graduate admissions to the political science department, they did UBC
students a favour.
By backing the only individual with political clout who
has consistently put the interests of students ahead of
grandstanding professors, FoGS is finally giving Dean
John Grace the support he deserves. The university senate should pay close attention.
As divisive and controversial as the last few months
have been, UBC should not "just put this whole McEwen
thing behind it," as some have suggested. The McEwen
report raises real questions that will inevitably have to be
answered. University officials should use this opportunity to revitalize the department and demonstrate its commitment to the people it is supposed to serve—students.
Critics of Grace and McEwen have argued they failed
to follow due process. Where was due process 1210 days
ago when the first student brought complaints forward?
October 17.1995
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danced a happy red-neck Jig; Jc-bnathan Gould and Michelle Zdeschnk kicked up
their heels and did the Stanley TriHnp. "FMnknp, I^rogriairs!*cackfedawhiskey-
addted Scott Hayward, pistol-whipping die ponuro-raited Wah-Kee Ting {spelling?^. Over at the saloon, Chris Nnta&-£snith drew a sixth ace from hfesbfctileeve
to rake in the last ot Doug Qnann's poker chips. Janet Winters made sideways
(dances at piano-player John Bolton while AlHsoo UtddttandJoeSorokasarigto
their darling Andy Barham Clementine. Meanwhile, hired gun and black-dad
badass WbH Depner strode into town with an obviously itchy Nkofle Irigg-er
finger. Simon Rogers ran to fetch the sherriff white Eederico Barahona and Bill
Currie cowered nnder their sombrero's. Bryce £dwards escorted wiie/cousin
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under a water-trough and Hugh Gerring dove behind the scant lower-case cover
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Copy Editor: Sarah O'Donnell
News Editor: Matt Thompson
Culture Editor: Peter T. Chattaway
Sports Editor: Scott Hayward
It is ofthe utmost irony that Dean of Arts Pat Marchak
has criticized the report for its methodological flaws when
an overwhelming majority of these alleged flaws are a
direct result of the terms of reference she helped create.
The terms of reference were written by a faculty that
intended to use the report to exonerate one of its prize
departments. When it got more than it bargained for, it
cried foul. Their rhetoric is wearing thin and the hypocrisy is showing through.
Until FoGS'recent decision, attention has focused on
the perceived shortcomings of the messenger at the expense of the message—a basis for allegations of systemic
racism and sexism within the department does exist.
Philosophy professor Steven Savitt was right to point
out a basis for allegations does not necessarily mean they
are true, but these were the terms of reference Ms.
McEwen was given.
If the political science department's problems are not
systemic, as acting Department Head David Elkins and
Min. wage
I am writing in response to
the editorial minimum wage
is still minimal. I was
shocked at the profound
level of ignorance displayed
by the writer of that article.
Being both a student and an
employer I have a unique
perspective of the job
market. The writer of this
article makes bold
statements such as "It is a
myth minimum wage
increases result in job loss."
The writer obviously has
never taken a course in
economics and yet by
writing this article professes
to be an expert. The simple
laws of supply and demand
dictate that an increase in
the cost of the supply of
labour, will result in a
decrease in demand. This is
not an opinion, this is a fact.
Economics is a science and no
one without some expertise in
this field should be giving
advice on the subject. Will
this author next be giving
advice on how to perform
heart bypass surgery or how
to construct a bridge? Why is
it that so many socialists
profess to be experts on the
subject of economics when in
others have suggested, the few bad apples should have
been asked to resign long ago.
It is about time professors stopped shielding their own
and realized that students with different points of view
are not just a nuisance. Departments should welcome a
diverse range of views and a cutting edge curriculum.
The mainstream press has managed to get people all
hyped up by bashing "political correctness" and "hysterical feminists." It may make for colourful editorials,
but it does a grave disservice to the issues at hand.
Hopefully FoGS' decision is a sign the tide is slowly
turning and cooler heads such as Grace will eventually
It is easy for professors to cast themselves as the latest
casualties of the "moral violence" perpetrated by feminists and minorities. It is more difficult to actively listen
to students' concerns, wrestle with complex issues of the
changing face of university campuses and to try to reach
a common ground.
fact they are incompetents? I
feel just in calling this writer
ignorant and incompetent
based on what they wrote. For
example, they wrote that some
companies "exist solely to
exploit our workers." No
company on the entire planet
exists solely to exploit
workers, they exist to make
money. The minimum wage is
an artificial floor that only
causes unemployment and
inflation. Only those people
with little or no skills earn
minimum wage. I pay higher
than minimum wage simply
because I only want people
who are competent Most of
society earns wages above
minimum wage. Restaurant
workers earn most of their
income from tips. By
increasing their wages, the
cost of menu items will
increase and fewer
customers will frequent
restaurants and jobs will be
lost. Minimum wage is an
archaic concept that has
proven to cost jobs and
should be abandoned.
Minimum wage or not, one
axiom will always survive,
if you pay peanuts, you will
get monkeys. The market
could and will determine
what a person is worth, the
government should not.
Michael McKee
Student Entrepreneur
In the October 6th issue of
The Ubyssey several articles were
written about the Cold
Beverage Deal. I appreciated
Matt Thompson's coverage of
the "Coke" issue as well as his
coverage of the last council
meeting; however, headlines
such as "AMS squashes Coke
Deal Protest" and comments
such as "...should reaffirm
student's belief that their
student union is dominated by
clueless resume sniffers" only
work to further alienate the
student body from their student
government I would be the first
to admit that the council meeting
was an embarrassment, I know
I was embarrassed. But I take
heart in the fact that many
councillors—including the
majority ofthe AMS executives,
supported the protestors through
their vote. In fact, the protest
occurred at the invitation of an
AMS executive; otherwise
people likejaggi Singh would not
have known that the issue was on
the council agenda at all.
Now is the time to encourage
responsible, concerned students to get involved in student
government so change can
occur. Focusing on the poor
behaviour of some council
members discourages students
from running in elections, voting,
and just generally caring. If
students' cynicism prevents
them from participating, no
new ideas will be generated,
and old " regimes" will never
be challenged.
Many councillors were
working hard before, during,
and after the meeting to ensure
student's voices were being
heard-and ensuring those
voices were being treated with
respect Further to that goal, a
motion to be addressed at the
next council meeting reads:
"Whereas there is a significant loss
of consumer choice through an
exclusivity arrangement; and
whereas student opinion is
essential in this matter, be it
resolved that the final ratification
ofthe Cold Beverage Agreement be
decided through a simple majority
plebiscite which shall be binding
on council."
We (some of us in student
government) would like to fight
for continued cooperation and
communication with the
student body. We would like
to ask the student body for their
opinions on the Coke DtJttl:
vote in the plebiscite, talk to
council, or call the AMS Vice-
president at 822-3092. Thank
you, Matt, for your sound
advice to council and your
thorough coverage of this issue.
Namiko Kunimoto
AMS Vice President
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The Ubyssey
Tuesday, October 17,1995 sports
UBC hosts underwater hockey tournament
by Scott Hayward
Teams from all over North
America and the Philippines
fought it out on the floor of the
Aquatic Centre in the 1995 Pa
cific Coast Championship of underwater hockey this weekend.
Competition was varied, and
each ofthe three divisions was won
by a team from a different region.
This competition helps teams determine which players will go the
World Championships, which are
held every two years and will take
place in South Africa at the end of
SPECTATORS enjoy a front row view of the action at this weekend's underwater hockey tournament A live feed
from an underwater camera was provided on the Aquatic Centre deck for those who chose to watch from dry land.
UBC plays in ultimate tournament
by Wolf Depner
It was an historic weekend for
UBC's Ultimate Frisbee Team
and for Ultimate in general.
A fourteen man squad from
UBC took part in the first ever
Canadian University Ultimate
Championship held in Ottawa.
UBC tied for third with McGill
University's "A" team in the twelve
team "Open" competition. Tournament host Carleton beat UVic
by a score of 14-12 in the final Sunday afternoon. The University of
Ottawa beat McGill "A" by a score
of 13-10 to take the final in the five
team women's division.
Overall, UBC's trip was an enjoyable experience despite the
travel involved and an embarrassing 4-15 loss at the hands of
UVic in the semi-final.
Following a six-hour overnight
trip with little or no sleep, the T-
Birds strolled off the plane and
onto the field to demolish the
University of Guelph 15-4 in their
The T-Bird
men's team opened
its exhibition season with a 115-59
drubbing of Trinity
Western University
Friday afternoon.
The Birds will be in
opening game Friday morning.
Jet-lag and the lack of sleep, however, caught up with the T-Birds
in their second game.
The T-Birds battled hard
against the eventual tournament
winners Carleton University
"Freakshows," but in the end
were flying on less than fumes
and lost the intense contest 9-15.
The Birds went on to soundly
defeat the University of Waterloo 15-4 and finish the day with
a 2-1 record.
UBC faced Ottawa Saturday
morning and despite a solid night's
rest, they received an unruly wake-
up call. The Birds struggled, but
hung on for a 15-12 victory over
the GeeGees. They responded to
the early morning scare by thrashing McGill 'B' 15-2 in the following game.
The 'Birds went on to play their
best Ultimate in a 15-11 quarterfinal match victory over Queen's
University. In less than perfect
action again Tuesday night at 8
pm against the Seattle Christian
Athletes, who are expected to provide UBC with more robust competition.
The UBC T-
Birds lost their season home opener
6-1 against the
Regina Cougars
on Friday night on
a lone goal by Doug Ast.
Saturday they came back
with stong goaltending by Matt
Wealick who played his first
game for the Birds. They settled
for a 2-2 overtime tie, on goals
by Cory Stock and Shea
playing conditions, the team found
itself behind 1-6 early in the game
and were still tiailing 5-8 at half-
time. It took an inspired second
half to steal the match.
"The team showed a lot of
character after being down at the
half. All players on the team rose
to the occasion to make contributions on and off the field," said
team captain Alex Rosenczweig.
The hard fought victory over
Queens meant UBC faced Georgia Strait rival UVic in a semi-final match Sunday morning. The
other semi featured Carleton versus U of McGill "A".
The Birds clipped their own
wings in the 4-15 loss, committing
several crucial turn-overs near
UVic's end-zone.
UBC was outmatched by
Victoria's zone defence and superior disk handling skills in the cold
and windy Ottawa weather. "We
just couldn't capitalize on our
opportunities," said Rosenczweig.
TheT-Birds fell to
California State—
Chico by a score of
\r-v 38-22 in exhibition
\jr_\ play on Saturday.
^> The NCAA Division II Wildcats led 20-7 at half-
time, and scored eighteen unanswered points in the third quarter. Quarterback Steve Lopez
threw for 354 yards against the
Birds before being pulled late in
the third quarter.
UBC's number two quarterback
Jason Day passed for 294 yards,
threw two interceptions and was
sacked five times.
He connected with Grayson
Shillingford for two TDs and
April, according to tournament
organizer Melanie Johnson.
Conditioning was an important
factor in the tournament, as most
teams played eight games over two
days. "You're allowed to have twelve
people on the roster and ten suit up
for any one game," said Cape Cod
men's team captain Kendall Banks.
Most players from his team played
six or seven games.
The men's division was won
by a team from Cape Cod, although competition was very
tight. "The last game ofthe round
robin determined all four of the
top seeds for the playoffs," said
Banks. "Any one of those four
teams could have won it."
Banks said about one half of
his team was from Cape Cod,
while the rest came from up and
down the east coast ofthe US. His
team beat Club Puck, from the
San Francisco Bay area, by a
score of 4-0 in the final. "It was
very close the first half, they were
pressing us as much as we were.
We were able to get a couple in
and that helped." Cape Cod
dominated the second half of the
game and coasted to victory.
Third place in the competition
went to the Seattle Sea Hammers,
who beat the Vancouver men's
team in the consolation finals.
Andrea Arenovski who played
for the Cape Cod women's team,
also played for the San Diegc
mixed team which was short ol
women. In mixed competition, al
least three of six swimmers in the
water must be women.
"In the mixed division, all the
teams were really closely
matched," said Arenovski. Sari
Diego, which picked up players
from other teams struggled early.
"It was tough to get the teamwork
going," she said.
The entry from Simon Frasei
University won the mixed competition, followed by Chicagc
and San Diego.
The women's division was won
by Chicago, with Club Pucker up
from San Francisco coming second, Vancouver's team came
third and Seattle came fourth.
Some competitors watched the
action either from a television on
the pools deck which had a feed
from an underwater camera. Others preferred to float in the watei
with masks and snorkels just out
side the playing court.
CHILDREN appear unconcerned by the presence of a large grizzly outside
War Memorial Gym during Open House weekend.
Simon Beckow for a third.
Beckow was the Birds' leading
receiver, racking up 114 yards on
11 completions.
The undefeated
T-Bird women's
r*      ^V^Tlteam l°St a P^T °f
•\m/\\ I close games on the
rf \ r°a<l this weekend.
Alberta beat
UBC 2-1 in Saturday's game,
with Tammy Crawford getting
the Bird's lone marker, and they
dropped a 1-0 game to
Saskatchewan on Sunday.
Their male counterparts split
their weekend series. After losing
2-1 to Alberta on Saturday, the
Birdmen bounced back to beat the
Saskatchewan Huskies by a score
of 3-0. Ken Strain scored UBC's
lone goal against Alberta and came
up strong again Sunday with a hat
trick against the Huskies.
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£<C\^    The UBC men's
y(( I r^B team went to the final
^s^j^W and lost at the Brock
University Tournament       in       St.
Catherine's, Ontario
\Ak.   m  this weekend. They
vHLy    swept the University
\~J      of Guelph and Wilfrid
\ «f      Laurier University
both by scores of 2-0.
They took.Ryerson 3-1 in the
semi-finals, but lost 3-1 to the University of Windsor in the final.
Tuesday, October 17,1995
The Ubyssey
5ffl»35s«K feature
Mismanagement threatens world-class research centre
Dan Tencer chronicles a tangled web of administrative misdealings and corporate give-aways that have
nearly destroyed UBC's Biomedical Research Centre.
In its nine year history UBC's
Biomedical Research Centre
(BRC) has developed an international reputation as a leader in
many fields, including genetics
and immunology. It is a cross-disciplinary institution where specialists from various fields cooperate in breakthrough biological
research and pass their experience to graduate students.
The BRC's success can even
be measured in dollars-it has the
highest per capita funding of any
institute on campus, and generates ten percent of the medicine
faculty's revenue.
But the BRC has been plagued
by a recent series of resignations
from top researchers. The major
reasons: the unexplained firing of
John Schrader, the institute's director until 1991, the lack of a
permanent replacement for
Schrader and an agreement with
a pharmaceutical company that
staff say signs away the intellectual property rights of professors
and graduate students to a private company.
The problem's origins can be
traced back many years. The BRC
was originally a subsidiary of the
Terry Fox Medical Research Foundation. Interest in the institute was
divided 50-50 between the Fox
Foundation and Burroughs-
Wellcome, a British pharmaceutical company that has never invested any significant amount of
money in the institute.
In 1989, Burroughs-Wellcome
was privatized, the company
opted out ofthe BRC and the Fox
Foundation lost its partner. Since
the privatization, the BRC has
had nothing but bad news.
In January 1991, BRC's board
of trustees voted not to continue
the contract ofjohn Schrader, the
institute's director who had been
specifically chosen for the job five
years earlier. No reason was ever
given for the firing.
One ofthe trustee board's members was Robert C. Miller, vice-
president of research at UBC. A
week after announcing Schrader's
removal, Miller told a group of
BRC faculty members he wanted
UBC to get "control of the [BRC]
building and the people in it."
Soon afterwards, the financially-troubled Fox Foundation
opted out of the BRC. By March
1992, Vice President Academic
and Provost Dan Birch announced
UBC was taking control of the institute. One month later, the university senate tried to change the
name ofthe BRC to the Biomedical Research Laboratories.
"It was an attempt to obliterate
the name [the BRC] had built
around the world," said Schrader,
who still works as a researcher at
the institute. "The university was
after the building itself. There was
not any serious consideration for
the institute itself."
Meanwhile, the BRC began its
search for a new director. Before
giving up control ofthe BRC, the
Fox Foundation had named
Nobel prize winning chemist
Michael Smith as interim director
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STAFF and graduate students outside
of the institute. When UBC took
control, Birch said Schrader would
not be reappointed, but could reapply for his old position, and
would be notified of the
administration's decision within a
year. The committee did not actually meet for eleven months.
Although the university told the
BRC it would have a say in the
hiring of a new director, they were
never consulted. Schrader was
one of four possible candidates,
but after a period of deliberation
Dean of Science Barry McBride
said Schrader was out of the running. It was "time for a change."
The BRC complained to the
provincial ombudsperson about
the hiring process. After investigating, the ombudsperson concluded the selection process was
unfair to all ofthe candidates, including Schrader. Nevertheless,
the selection process went on unabated.
The fact that the BRC lacks a
permanent director is not the
only problem raising eyebrows
within the institute. When UBC
took control of the BRC, it also
took control of the shares belonging to Burroughs-Wellcome
In exchange for BW's shares,
Michael Smith and Robert Miller
signed a contract in September
1991 giving BW a percentage of
the profits on Interferon, a drug
used in the treatment of sickle-
cell leukemia. The profits are
roughly $10,000 a year.
In 1989, the accounting firm
Price-Westinghouse reported that
the prospects for Interferon are
"very limited," meaning the BRC
could soon receive virtually nothing from BW.
To complicate matters further,
Burroughs-Wellcome received
"first rights of refusal" for all research done by the BRC. In other
words, BW now has the right to
look at any discoveries made by
the BRC before anyone else and
decide whether or not they want
the rights to the research.
the Biomedical Research Centre.
According to Schrader, this
means UBC has "signed researchers' and students' intellectual property away." By signing
away grad students' research to
a private company, UBC set a
precedent in Canada.
Once BW acquires an intellectual property from the BRC, they
have no obligation to continue the
research in Canada Since the BRC
is receiving $75 million in public
funding over fifteen years beginning
in 1991, Canadian taxpayers may
be paying millions of dollars for
research that never benefits Canadians. And because of its contract
with Burroughs-Wellcome the BRC
is ineligible for private funding.
BRC staff argue the ethics of
the deal with BW is similar to a
"UBC is by far
the worst-run
university I
have ever been
associated with."
Former BRC scientist
Ian Clark-Lewis
recent case is the U.S. When
Sandoz pharmaceuticals of Switzerland signed a $150 million
dollar contract with Scripps Research Institute in California for
first rights to their research, the
U.S. Congress struck it down for
ethical and legal reasons.
But in Canada, no actions have
been taken to investigate the
agreement between the BRC and
Most of the university
administration's deals have
caused problems for researchers
at the BRC, say the staff. Three
of the institute's top scientists recently left to work abroad. Geneticist James Marth left for the
University of California in San
Diego, Ruedi Aebersold went to
the University of Washington and
Ian Clark-Lewis, who was quoted
in the Vancouver Sun as saying that
UBC is "by far the worst-run university I have ever been associated with," left for Australia.
No counter-offers were ever
made to stop these scientists from
leaving the country. Research
Technician John Babcock said
"[These researchers] could have
been supported here, with the
university's help."
This scientific exdous has left
many grad students in a difficult
position. Scott Pownall, a PhD
student working at the BRC, depends on the instruction ofjames
Marth, who recently departed.
The departures have hindered
the progress of many other graduate students as well. According to
Schrader, the damage to the institution is "almost irreversible."
First-class scientists won't come
to the BRC, says Schrader, because
of its instability. "The university
has failed to understand this."
Meanwhile, BRC staff and
other medical researchers have
been petitioning for answers as to
why no one has been named director, and what the university intends for the future ofthe BRC. In
a letter dated Mar. 7, 1995, Vice
President Academic and Provost
Daniel Birch responded by saying
"neither President Strangway nor
I see any purpose by extending the
Despite an uncertain future, the
BRC continues to function. Earlier
this year 36 BRC staffers signed a
petition requesting Schrader's reinstatement as director.
Xeroxes are posted throughout
the BRC labs as their battle with
UBC's administration continues.
The poster quotes Daniel Birch
in a letter to the Globe and Mail:
"UBC will not permit its mission of excellence to be poisoned
either by intolerance or by a reckless disregard for fair play. We will
act on these principles and we will
be accountable for our actions."
Oh, the irony.
The Ubyssey
Tuesday, October 17,1995


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