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Tuesday, Februarys 2003
Volume 84 Issue 33
Digital hurts since 1918
Mixing it up
Library school and AMS Tutoring face
space challenges as renovations near
by Kathleen Deering and
Chris Shepherd
The School of Library, Archival and
Information Studies ! (SLAIS) and
Alma Mater Society (AMS) Tutoring
are concerned about their future in
Main Library as the university prepares to demolish the north wing
and begin buildmg the Irving K.
Barber Learning Centre (IKBC).
The SLAIS, which occupies the
upper levels of the north wing, will
have tcf move out of their current
location in May this year.
Terry Eastwood, director of
SLAIS, is excited about the prospect
ofthe new facilities as a result ofthe
renovations, but is concerned about
the transition to temporary facilities—the school will be without a
permanent home for three years.
"We're not going to admit students in May, it being a summer
where we'll be in a considerable
uproar," said Eastwood, "and at this
stage [we] don't really know enough
about our facilities to be sure we
could take another admission."
The IKBC will feature resources
like open computer labs, seminar
rooms," distance learning support
activities and a laptop loan program.
Additions include a fireproof and climate-Controlled ' vault for the
library's rare collections and an
automated storage retrieval system.
There may be parts of the building
open 24 hours per day, seven days
per week.
"' The SLAIS learned it would be
moved last week when the preliminary plans for the new centre were
discussed. Until then it was
unknown which' wing of Main
Library was going to be demolished
Jen Smith, a second-year masters
of Archival Studies student, has concerns about how classes will fare
during the turnover.
"I think that the concern wouldn't be with the teaching necessarily...! know that there is concern
about the labs and having access to
the kind of software that is needed,"
said Smith.
Library courses make use of.
some programs that do not transfer
easily to other computers.
But Catherine Alkenbrack, man-
LOUNGING AROUND BEFORE THE MADNESS:'Terra Dickson (Left) and Jen Smith are concerned,
their program will suffer during the demolitions to Main Library. Nie fensom photo
ager,, space   administration   for needs. ' ... tions are going on," Alkenbrack said,
Campus Planning, assured students The SLAIS will be going into    adding that negotiations are still
that the SLAIS will be housed in "swing" space. "Swing spacers what '"..
buildings   suitable   for   students' we swing people into when fenova- See "Library"On page 2.
Corporate U-Pass in transit?
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PULLING YOU IN: Peter Skipper educates the masses about the U-
Y by Jon Woodward .
The Alma Mater Society (AMS), Translink and UBC are considering
corporate sponsorship for the proposed U-Pass. Ten fo 15 compa--
nies are being considered by the negotiating parties^.though no one
is telling who they are. • a ,c    .   »   .   \       „
While there is a potential of bringing in $ 100,0*00 to $ i million,"
neither the company, nor the way the money would be spent has
been agreed upon. » .,;• *
Translink feels that the money should be used so|ely to defray'
the cost of producing the U-Pass, while the AMS and UBC would like
it split everdy between, the three groups.       - : , Y
'All of this will be "negotiated,*" said AMS1 Vice-President,
External TariLearn. "The AMS and UBC are united on that front"
The AMS's portion would likely *g6 to support the U-Pass appeals
committee, a body that subsidises the mandatory U-Pass for students who demonstrate financial need. Learn said. The money
would not decrease the price of the pass for the majority of
students. - ■ , _• ■
The U-Pass, which is up for approval in a student referendum
next week, is UBC's universal bus pass package, aimed at increas-'
ing sustainable transportation options for travel to "and from the
university. The sponsorship plan is in its preliminary stages.
"While corporate sponsorship has been discussed since the
inception ofthe U-Pass, we couldn't start looking for a sponsor until
w$ knew that this was going to work," said Graham Senft, Program
Manager for TREK—the UBC program that encourages sustainable
transportation. ■       7 *"* "*■ '     -   '
"Realistically, we won't ask until the pass is in place. ISJo corporations have been approached yet' Senft said.
Bill Lambert; a Trarislink negotiator, was optimistic about the
scope of a potential deal "It would be more than a sponsorship for
the UBC prograpi; we sell boards on buses] and other advertisements like that." A logo would appear on the pass for a sponsorship
NEWS. Streeters
What do UBC students think
about the U-Pass? Page 4.
CULTURE:''Art City!
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"Library"'from page 1'.
going on and that the location of tfie
swing space has not yet been
finalised. .•   4
'If this negotiation goes througH,
they're "going to have great.facilitieV
she said. "I have been, doing eveiy-
. thing humanly possible...I have been
rattling cages for months, and everybody is doing everything they can to
negotiate this swing space."
Jessica Young, coordinator for
AMS Tutoring, brought up concerns
at last week's AMS council rneeting
regarding how tutoring wpuld pe
affected when the renovations begin
in the end of April. The north wing
of the library is slated for demolition on April 30, she said, which is
fine because AMS Tutoring finishes
on April 9.
"The issue is more finding space
for us for September," she said.
"Basically, I think it's very promising that they will find us space, but I
think the Ridington room at this
point is fairly ideal for our needs
and I don't know that the space that
we get in September is going to
meet our needs as well a3 what we
have now."
Darrell Bailie, manager for Main
Library, said there will be two phases to the renovations. The north end
will be demolished first and all serv
ices will be moved to the south end.
, Then, the same will happen to the
south end, but in reverse. The central part o.£. jthe building; built in
: 1925, will'not be demolished.
" "We'll probably be acccimmodat-
; ing AMS Tutoring in the building
but it mlglit be a little bit scaled
down," he said, adding that
Tutoring may find itself in the
Science and Engineering Division
Young said the biggest los$ for
AMS Tutoring will be immediate
access" to the Internet Tutors use
this access to help students research
for papers, learn how to distinguish
between a good website and a disreputable one and navigate the
library's website.
. 'That is a useful tool for the
tutors to have access to. It won't be
completely gone but they'll probably
have to leave the room and go into
the Learning Commons, which will
be inconvenient at best," Young said.
Overall, she is hopeful that AMS
Tutoring will continue to be supported despite the renovations. "I
don't think they're shutting us out at
all and in fact they're being quite
supportive of making sure we stay
in the Main Library."
Bailie said plans call for the
majority pf the building to be completed by December 2.005. ♦
> "U-Pass"from page I
of $ 100,000. Using the hypothetical
example of Acme Company, he proposed that "[F]or more money, the
pass might be named Acme U-Pass,"
to better reach the large UBC student market, Lambert said.
"For those kinds of dollars, it's
likely to be a prominent BC firm, but
we won't rule others out," he said.
A list was circulated for feedback
from the AMS and UBC.
. "On the list are companies in the
financial sector, such, as banks,
large companies with deep pockets," said Senft., Candidates would
have to fit guidelines set by UBC and
SFU. Also, the sponsor must not conflict with any current UBC exclusivity agreements, such as the HSBC or
Coca-Cola deals. ^
,,, Both Learn and; Senft insisted
'that the proposal would' inyplve
feedback and approval from UBC
and the AMS. "Having a logo on it
Would have to be worth if, to endure
looking at if every day/ Learn said.
If there was to be an increase in
tlie price of the pass for students
that would be offset by the introduction of corporate sponsorship, there
would be no student referendum.
"At that point, [AMS] Council would
have to decide," said Learn.
. A sponsorship deal would be separate from the possible Merchant
Discount Program (M.DP). In that
case, no money would be received
and logos would not appear on the
U-Pass card. Instead the MDP would
involve a companion, booklet that
would, describe places where students could receive discounts when
they show their transit card.
In giving discounts at places
such as Mountain Equipment Co-op,
the U-Pass organisers hope that the
pass will become more palatable to
students who would otherwise use
the bus pass less.
... Both programs will not be
i finalised, by the AMS referendum on
February 10 to 14. The unresolved
components should not cloud the
more important sustainability issues,
Learn maintained^ "People should
vote on the bus pass," she said. ♦
Palestine is Still the Issue at Langara Campus 100 W 49th Ave,
Room A130 on Thursday, February 6 at 7pm.
A film with introductory comments by Anne Roberts, Vancouver City
Councillor and Langara Professor of Journalism, and Nettie Wild,
documentary film maker "Fix". A film panel consisting of William
Cleveland, SFU Professor' of Middle East History, Nora Patrich,
painter and political refugee from Argentina and Noha Sedka, of the
Canadian Arab Justice Committee, will respond to questions afterwards.
Discussion—Black History Month
Discussion on growing up in mixed ethnicity at the Norm Theatre,
UBC, onTuesday, February 4 at 7pm.
Lesley Ewen will share her story of being a brown-skinned woman of
Scottish and Jamaican heritage and her process of finding and claiming a space for herself. A discussion on similar issues will follow with
an opportunity for others to share their stories. ♦ - THE UBYSSEY
Going to the top
with the Hills
by Ted Chen
Students of Gerald and Kathleen Hill have a
rewarding but challenging experience in their
class. This dynamic and amiable husband and
wife duo co-teach US politics at UBC, and offer
a particularly grueling syllabus.'
The Hills have an impeccable list of accomplishments and have chalked up a total of 70
years of political campaigning experience
between them. It is not surprising that their
extensive practical experiences have provided a
rigorous academic approach for unsuspecting
students. •
Dr Richard Johnston, head of UBC's department of political science, met Kathleen Hill at
the University of California (UC), Berkely in July
1998 and suggested that because the couple
had a residence in Victoria, they should come to
He was impressed with their involvement at
the Institute for Governmental studies at
Berkely and their extensive practical knowledge
of US politics.
"I think the particular thing they've added
[at UBC] is real-world experience,* Johnston
said. "Both of them have been deeply involved
in campaigns and party organisation in
, California to the extent that the political science
department benefits. V
In 1992, the Hills became the first married
couple ever to be elected delegates to a
Democratic National Convention. They have
managed major US political campaigns, including the 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign in
California and the senatorial campaigns of US
Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer.
Besides co-teaching US politics at UBC, they are
Visiting    Scholars    at    the    Institute    of
Governmental Studies at the University of
Both Gerald and Kathleen Hill individually
have deep roots in political theory. As a student
Gerald attended Stanford University at the tender age of 15 and graduated with a BA in political science. He then earned a Juris Doctor
degree from Hastings College' of the Law,
University o f California.
He served as executive director of the
Governor's Housing Commission ofthe State of
California, drafted legislation, served as an
arbitrator and pro tern judge, lectured at several universities (including UBC), and even testified before Congressional committees. He also
served as a consultant fo US President Jimmy
Carter's transition team.
Both of the Hills are particularly interested
in discussing the current conflict between Iraq
and the United States, and have firmly opposed
President George W. Bush's military campaign
against Iraq.
"I think that as far as Iraq is concerned,
[Bush] conveniently took the case of international terrorism and used it as an excuse to plot
an attack against Iraq,' said Mr Hill, "when
Saddam Hussein has absolutely nothing to do
at all with Al Qaeda."
Mr Hill cautioned against the indiscriminate use of US military force, warning that it
, would have ominous repercussions.
"The military might of the US should be
used very cautiously with a specific goal,
because failure to do so would be extremely disturbing to the Muslim world which will be to
[the US's] disadvantage," said Mr HilL
The Hills are both loyal, card-carrying
Democrats and Mr Hill believes the Democrats
need a more decisive leader to guide America's
THE HILLS, TELLING IT LIKE IT IS "I think that as far as Iraq is concerned, [Bush]
conveniently took the case of international terrorism and used it as an excuse to
plot an attack against Iraq." nic fensom photo
"The problem with the Democrats is that
they haven't shown any consistency," said Mr
Hill. "They've got to find a candidate that's not
subservient but should not be afraid to disagree
and be the loyal opposition However, if you're
not with Bush, then your patriotism is suspect
and that's unfair.*
Mrs Hill graduated with a BA in French and
Italian from UC Berkeley. She earned a
Certificat from the Sorbonne in Paris, France,
and received an MA in Political Psychology
from California State University, Sonoma. She
worked in the White House for President John
F. Kennedy, and headed the Peace Corps
Speakers' Bureau in Washington DC.
Mrs Hill was also the executive coordinator
of the 25th anniversary celebrations of the
United Nations and served as the Marketing
Director at UC Berkeley's Institute of
Governmental Studies. She is also a founding
director of the Sonoma Writers Center.
Mrs Hill is confident of the American
public's growing intolerance of the
Bush Administration's unilateralist policies
towards Iraq.
"More and more Americans are getting the
courage to speak out Hopefully, the Democrats
and Congress will also speak out'
But Mrs Hill is also concerned about conservative groups like The Heritage Foundation
which vehemently opposed a recent anti-war
student protest at Sonoma State University in
"Some conservative groups, including The
Heritage Foundation, have been suggesting that
people who demonstrated last Saturday
(January 18, 2003) against the war on Iraq are
not only unpatriotic citizens, but traitors,* she
Students are very important to the Hills,
who won a Just Desserts' award as professors
at UBC last year. This award honours faculty,
staff or students who have gone 'above and
beyond the call of duty'.
"Students love them,* said Johnston. "And
they love students. Their door is always open so
they present a very human face. They're veiy
popular." ♦
North American social forum in the works
by Chris Shepherd
UBC students are helping to change
theY world, though not stricuy
through their education. Students
from our school are helping plan the
potential North American Social
Forum (NASF) scheduled to happen
in Vancouver this summer.
Laura Beckwith, a second-year
aspiring international relations student, is one such person. Beckwith,
along with other organisers in
Vancouver, pitched the idea to delegates at the World Social Forum
(WSF) which was held in Porto
Alegre, Brazil last week.
Beckwith became involved with
the NASF because of socially active
friends. She heard one ofthe organisers of the NASF speak about the
"It sounded amazing,* said
Beckwith. "It's something complete
ly different from what I've been
involved with before because it's
really proactive.'
She is involved with the financial
planning of the Social Forum, which
is planned for August of this year.
Before attending the summit in
Brazil, Vancouver organisers were
unsure if the event they were planning would,be recognised as the
NASF. Beckwith could not be
reached for comment by press time
to report on what happened in
The WSF was first held in 2001
and arose out of opposition to the
World Economic Forum (WEF)
which is held annually in
Switzerland. The WEF focuses on
issues such as terrorism and global
economy and governance and
charges large delegate fees to business people from across the world.
Organisers ofthe WSF felt that an
alternative to the economy- focused
Laura Beckwith thinks the NASF
is a start, chris shepherd photo
WEF had to be provided for people
to develop an alternative vision for
the future.
The organisers are hoping for
funding from non-governmental
organisations. They've approached
the Red Cross, Amnesty
International and UNICEF for help.
There is much to be planned for
the NASF but Beckwith is optimistic
about the future of the event.
"We don't expect it to be easy,"
she said, "but because everybody is
working towards the same goal, we
don't expect it to be impossible
either." ' ■c"
Mark Pulfer, one of the main
organisers of the NASF, is also optimistic about the summer's event
even though the event was yet to be
sanctioned by the organising body
ofthe WSF.
The WSF is different from other
social movements because it focuses on creating alternatives to the
current economic and social organisation, said Pulfer.
"For the last'30 years, social
groups have basically been protest
ing against the establishment and
just been anti-this, anti-that," said
. Smaller versions ofthe WSF have
been held across the world in the
last few years, in Asia, Africa and
Europe. Vancouver's would be the
first North American event.
"It's absolutely critical that North
America—as having the political
power to deal with these types of
issues—start to get the ball roiling on
an alternative movement,' said
NASF organisers have recently
received the support of Vancouver
city councillor Tim Louis. Louis
believes that there are many problems with the world today and that
events like the NASF are needed to
counter them.
"We need something like [the
NASF] which is hopefully going to be
a beacon of light in a very dark environment,* Louis said. ♦
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RCMP Vehicles torched
Early Friday morning two RCMP vehicles were set
on fire while parked in the RCMP campus detachment parking lot
A patrol car and community police van were
set ablaze at about 3:45am. A personal vehicle
belonging to an officer also caught fire.
. Staff-Sargeant Barry Hickman said that the
RCMP do not have any suspects at this time and
that they are actively seeking information.
"At this point we're reaching to all the public,
though we think its campus-oriented," Hickman
He added that they will be talking to people,
both from the community and students, who've
'crossed paths* with the RCMP recently to look
for information.
There were no injuries during the incident
and the fire department, which is right beside the
RCMP station, responded quickly to the blaze.
Hickman said that both police vehicles weren't
reparable and have since been removed from the
parking lot. The campus detachment does not yet
have replacement vehicles and is borrowing a
patrol car from another RCMP detachment
The personal vehicle is being assesed by ICBC
to determine the extent ofthe damage.
The RCMP are not releasing details about what
was used to start the fire.
Doctors helping doctors
UBC medical students will soon get some help
paying increasing tuition from UBC Faculty of
Medicine alumni in the form of student awards.
Currently, the base tuition for Medicine students is $6500, increasing to $14,000 for students entering in 2004.
UBC Alumnus and Professor Emeritus Dr Al
Boggie chaired the 50th Anniversary Student
Endowment Campaign, which started in 2000.
He recently announced that $1.5 million was
raised for students, surpassing the target amount
of Jjl million.
More than 1500 alumni across the province
Contributed to the campaign. Funding was
'• matched by the faculty, bringing tlie total amount
to $3 million. This money will go towards helping
medical students pay for tuition and jiving costs
for students in need. •> TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2003
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Photos by Ryan Wilson
Personally I think it's a really good idea
because I live off-campus and not too
far away and I can keep going back and
forth—I won't have to spend 60 bucks a
month. And as far as people living on-
campus, they need to get off-campus
more often. I lived on-campus too. I
know how it is, so just pay for it, do it,
it will pay off if you use it
Romi Azzam
Arts 2
Q.What do you think ofthe mandatory
Universal Bus Pass (U-Pass)?
It's cool because it's just really
expensive going by bus, so
yeah, if you've got the U-Pass,
you can just easily go.
[Mandatory] is the only way to
make it affordable.
Katharina Ruf
Arts 3
I think it's a great idea. It will just be a
great way for people to get around.
[Mandatory] is going to suck. For people living off-campus, driving into
school, it's going to be a lot to spend.
But if you think about the number of
people coming to campus every day
and how much you're going to save
in...environmental benefits, it's going
to be huge.
Science 4
I'm kinda worried about that as a driver myself because if I have to buy a bus
pass I don't really see how that's going
to benefit me, per se. So I'd have to get
more details on that. I don't agree with
[a mandatory fee] at all. I think it's
going to justify a raise in parking fees
in B-Lot.
Paul Mann
Arts 2
Students teaching students
by Janet French
For those who have been frustrated
searching the course calendar for
interesting, classes, some UBC students have got an answer. For the
last two years, a number of students
Have been creating and getting credits for courses tailor-made to their
interests.   -
"Sixty to 70 per cent of students
say it's better than any course
they've ever taken," said the program coordinator of Student
Directed Seminars (SDS) Robin
Hawkshaw. "They're enjoying the
format, and they think they work.
To create an SDS course, a third-
or fourth-year undergraduate student must submit a proposal for a
class not already taught at UBC to an
advisory committee through the VP
Academic and Provost office. If an
application is approved, the student
coordinator makes an outline of topics to be covered under the guidance
of a professor in a related field.
This term ten courses are being
offered, including Computer Science
Problem-Solving, Investigations into
Alternative Medicines, -Prevention
and.Treatment of Eating Disorders
and Scandals in History.
"Students from science are really
pumped by the discussion [in SDS
classes],* said Hawkshaw.
For students longing to broadcast
their messages to the masses, the
Activist Media Studies class might
be preferred. Twenty-seven-year-old
class coordinator Eric Rosenberg
said he is pleased with the experience so far. "I'm at the stage where
I'm really excited about learning,"
he said. "And learning is a function
of the people you work with."
Since there's no 'teacher' in SDS
classes, Rosenberg leads the discussion by writing an agenda on the
board, distributing relevant readings, asking questions and proposing ideas to the class of seven.
The Ubyssey recently attended
an afternoon lecture. In class everyone is expected to speak up with
ideas and experiences. Not one eyelid droops as the class discusses
Greenpeace's media-sawy stunts,
and muses over their 'homework
assignment': handing out composting flyers as an experiment in grassroots activism. Every student in the
room has done the reading and
some have brought website addresses, videos and books to share.
Rosenberg isn't the only one
excited about the class. "It gives you
a chance to be empowered in your
education," said 24-year-old anthropology student Shannon Arnold.
"It doesn't feel like work,"
chimed in 20-year-old Jordana
Deveau, also" an anthropology
major. "It's (material] I'd read anyway, and I'm getting credit for it."
Other students cite SDS as a
great way to network. Anthropology
student Nadia Roberts, 23, is auditing the course to "get to know more
activists, because connections are
really important in activism."
During the class, students brainstorm for their final project—a performance of activist media done as a
group. They try to find a cause and a
medium eveiyone can agree on and
contribute to. "We shouldn't judge
ourselves on our results," said
Rosenberg to the class. "You learn as
much from your successes as from
your failures."      >   -
Rosenberg said every SDS class
is different, and the unconventional
learning style isn't for everyone.
"You need to have confidence and
discipline," he said. "Success has to
do with the people around you. The
more [effort] you put in, the more
you get out of it*
Nevertheless, Rosenberg encourages mpre people to join the seminar, held froni 12:30piEt to 3pm on
Tuesday* in the Anthropology and
Sociology building, room 2206.
"Drop in, we're friendly," he said
with a grin. ♦ THEUBYSSEY
"I'M SORRY": Patsy Cline would not be
impressed, josh devins/the peak photo
Prof criticises
by Katrina SarR
VICTORIA (CUP)-When BC Premier Gordon
Campbell offered a public apology after his
arrest for drunk driving in Maui a few weeks
ago, there was one professor at the University of
Victoria (UVic) whose phone began ringing off
the hook. Her name is Janet Bavelas, and she
says what Campbell offered the public was a
In her 32nd year at UVic, Dr. Bavelas' specialty is language and face-to-face communications, as well as applied research on written text
Having begun her research with trial judgments
in sexual assault cases, examining how lawyers
use certain terms to make a case seem more dramatic, she has concentrated her studies on the
examination of apologies from Canadian churches to First Nations people.
"I am interested in the reasons behind the
non-apologies," Bavelas said. "Often it is because
ofthe fear of getting sued that people are advised
not to say they are sorry directly, but rather in an
indirect, passive voice. I am always fascinated by
language that seems to say something without
saying it."
"We say 'I'm so'rry' too often, but we sometimes also say it as a sigh of sympathy," she said.
"The difference between sympathy and apology
is saying that 'I did it'—a clear statement of
responsibility. Campbell said he is sorry, but didn't admit it He apologised for a serious mistake—which is the wrong word, because it was a
conscious decision, not a mistake or accident."
"He chose to drink heavily, then to drive,
ignoring the Jaw. The word mistake denies
According, to Bavelas, pampbell's repetitive
use of terms' such as "mistake" and "personal" is.
another way in which he has misled the public.
"Using the word 'personal' to mean 'private,'
as if it had nothing to do with his official duties, is
misleading," Bavelas said. "We all have official
duties as citizens. It is an effort; to create a different version, not apologising. If you look at his
speech carefully, he didn't actually admit his
wrong—only by implicatioa"
"He didn't have to say it. In normal conversation we don't spell everything out, which makes
the conversation go faster, counting on the listener to do the mental work of putting things
Bavelas further explains that the use of ordinary conversation, paved a comfortable path
instead of a hard one for Campbell in the process
of explaining his weaknesses. ,
However, according to Bavelas, the premier
isn't the only one who has trouble apologising.
"It is really hard for people to apologise, It is
more about face-saving rather than legal issues.
Many people also focus on themselves, rather
than the person they have mistreated. It is really
hard to craft the right apology. And language
helps us to create a particular version of events,
our version of events, which hides or justifies
something through language."
"There are times when you have to be direct,
and this is one of those times. People recognise
how hard an apology is to say" she said. "If he
[Campbell] had said it, people would have
admired him for it."
"In the end, Campbell's speech shifts responsibility away from him and towards the public,"
• Bavelas said. ♦
Transgender needs not met
Plans under development to replace BC Gender Clinic closed by cutbacks
7 by Stephen Hui
BURNABY, BC (CUP)-Any plans to address
the health care needs of transgendered per-'
sons must emphasise flexibility, according to
the  results of a province-wide  survey in
British Columbia.
Respondents to the survey cited the
diverse needs of transgendered individuals,
family members and caregivers, while communicating the need for a centralised transgender health care service and decentralised
service providers in BC. Seventy per cent of
survey respondents reported experiencing
difficulty accessing health services related to
gender transition and transvestism.
"There's clearly no one way to get everyone's needs met," said Joshua Goldberg, chair
of Transcend Transgender Support and
Education Society. "There's no one model
that could be pursued."
A coalition of transgender groups, in partnership with the Vancouver Coastal Health
Authority, created the survey to gain input
towards the future of transgender health care.
The final analysis of the survey incorporated
opinions from 179 respondents—spread
across three provinces—which had used the
services of the Gender Clinic.
. "We had respondents, a lot of them obviously from the Lower Mainland, but also from
tiny little towns all over the province where
trans people are living and working," said
Maria Hudspith, coordinator of community
consultation and partnerships for the
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. "So, that
was really a key Ending in reflecting the diversity of trans people."
Survey respondents favoured adoption of
standards including assessment and diagnosis, counselling, hormones, electrolysis, surgery and post-transition follow up,
The need for transgender health care planning arose from the closure of the Gender
Identity Disorder Program—often called the
Gender Clinic—at the Vancouver Hospital and
Health Sciences Centre in May 2002.
Provincial government funding cutbacks
resulted in reduced staffing at the Gender
Clinic and the subsequent closure of the program, which was located in the hospital's
Centre for Sexuality, Gender Identity and
Reproductive Health.
"The government has made it pretty clear
that they are in the process of dismantling
health, and social services," Goldberg said.
"Within that, it's not a surprise that the
Gender Clinic got cut"
Endocrinological services and support
groups shut down immediately. Any new
patients or patients registered after January
1, 2002 became ineligible for any services
provided by the Gender Clinic. The program
said they would send information about the
gender transition status of persons who
became patients before 2002 to their general
practitioners. Patients who had completed
the two years of 'real life" experience
required of candidates for sexual reassignment surgery were told the Gender Clinic
might be able to write letters recommending
surgery for them.
Tami Marie Starlight, a transgender and
addictions counsellor and activist in
Vancouver^ knows firstharid the impact ofthe
Gender Clinic's closure. Starlight has been
gender transitioning for almost two years and
is living full time as a woman.
"Anyone after January 1, 2002 [was] shit
out of luck and anybody before that they're
phasing out' she said. "I'm that person; I'ni
being phased out."
The counsellor said she had to go outside
the Gender Clinic to get her transitioning
needs met even before the government cuts.
"Their agenda seemed to be to save as
much money as possible and once again
we're to fit in a box," she said. "I know people
who identified as trans lesbian and a few
other things didn't get their needs met"
Starlight asserted that rejection by the
Gender Clinic forced people to navigate
tougher routes to surgery and some even
resorted to genital mutilation. The program's
closure, the counsellor maintained, would
only multiply such, cases. ,     - ,
"If a person is transsexual—has gender
identity dysphoria—I believe it's the law that
[the health care' system] should help provide
health care," Starlight said. "If you did this to
VGH [Vancouver Hospital], there would be this
huge uproar. You'd be iri court in no time."
; Hudspith' said the Vancouver Coastal
Health Authority was aware of criticism levelled at the Gender Clinic and would work
with transgender groups to develop a plan to
implement new transgender health services.
They will release the plan in April.
"We'll really try and build in the pieces
that weren't there in the previous Gender
Clinic, that people have said that they want,"
Hudspith said. "[These include] a more holistic approach, less of a strict medical focus,
and more elements of peer support and care,
related not just to gender transition, but all of
the other things that are impacted by that like
human rights and discrimination." ♦
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Dalhousie TA Union prepares for negotiations
by Josh Seib
HALIFAX (CUP)- Teaching assistants at
Dalhousie University have the distinction of-
earning some ofthe lowest wig'es in the coun-"
try, a hot item on the agenda ofthe upcoming
negotiations for the new CUPE 3912 collective agreement *    "
CUPE 3912 is the union representing part-
time academics and teaching assistants. The
agreement stipulates wage rate's,' workloads
and contracts for teaching assistants.
'Our teaching assistant'wages are; the
worst pretty much of any campus that has a
union and that is because the university has
not recognised the value of its graduate students'—there's no question,' said Jessica
Squires; an executive member ofCUPE3912.
Dalhousie also has the distinction of having
the highest fees for graduate students on average in the country.
Squires also raised concern regarding
potential wage increases.
"Some departments have been adjusting
the scholarship portion of graduate student
funding down by the same amount," said
Squires. "Essentially that means we just negotiated a better deal for that supervisor as
opposed to an increase in wages for teaching
To ensure students do not get shafted in
any new deal," some ideas include inserting a
clause into the agreement keeping total graduate student funding from being frozen when
teaching assistant wages are increased.
Alternatively, teaching assistant wages could
be indexed to tuition such that wage increases would follow tuition increases automatically. Such clauses are fairly standard in other
teaching assistant collective agreements but
have yet to be won at Dalhousie.
UBC's TA Union, CUPE local 22 78, is also
in negotiations for a new contract. The union
has set February 12 as an informal strike
deadline. ♦ .
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Men's volleyball
Out ofthe frying pan, into the fire. The
men's volleyball team proved the
Ubyssey wrong this weekend by
sweeping the Regina Cougars for the
sixth and final berth into the playoffs.
Power Mike Tuekwood rallied the
troops with 11 kills on Saturday night.
Winnipeg, who had a three point
lead over the Birds, also played their
part perfectly, losing not one, but two
games to the Saskatchewan Huskies.
But it isn't all sunshine and roses.
UBC—in the post-season for the first
time in four years—will have to beat
either Manitoba or Alberta to
advance. Neither team has given up
any wins to the Birds this season.
There were no hometown celebrations in Brandon this weekend as both
Thunderbird teams swept in and
nabbed playo ff spo ts.
The men fell 78-62 to the tenth
ranked Bobcats on Friday night, but
won Saturday, with four Birds posting
double digits. Now number one in the
Pacific Division, UBC plays one more
series on the road in Saskatchewan
before taking a week off. The Birds
will then host either the Clan or
Trinity Western at home in round two.
The women's team found their
stride again, beating the 'Cats 83-38
Friday and 85-46 the following night.
YUBC now sits sixth in the Pacific division and will face the Huskies next
weekend in Saskatchewan to end the
regular season before going headlong
into the playoffs.
New York, New York
The men's track and field team
will likely be warming up for their
next meet' in Central Park. The
4x800m crew just got invited to
Madison Square Gardens for the 96th
Verizon Millrose Games, a rather
prestigious track and field event that's
been taking place under the roof for
.-. ninety years. Chris Williams, David
Roulstoii, Jerry Ziak and Mathew
Jedrzejek will compete for UBC
February 7. ♦
by Sarah Conchie
I'm shivering on a green bench at
rink two, talking with Dave Newson,
who is quite possibly the most posi- .
tive mam I have ever met But then he
has to be, as head coach of the
women's hockey team. This year
they've won a whole game, tied onc,t\
and lost the other 17. When I bring
this up, Newson dips his head only
slightly and doesn't stop smiling.,
He focuses instead on tha'deveK
opment cycle, and how most of his
players are new to the UBC rink and
relatively new to varsity hockey. After
those top 15 highschool and college
players are scooped up by American
universities and the more established Canadian clubs in the East, he
says, there aren't a lot.of talented,
experienced bodies left in BC.
I watch my first game on Friday
night. This time I'm sitting on a blue
bench in the scorebox with Chris
Brereton, who's been watching UBC
teams since 1983. He's clearly fond
of this year's crew, saying that they're
such a happy bunch, who never wallow in their disappointment.
"They've got character—I never see
them down.' As I wander to the other
side ofthe rink in search of some hot
chocolate and a heater that works, I
think, happy?
The Regina Cougars are skating
circles around the Birds, scoring four
goals in the first two periods and
rotating their bench as UBC struggles
to put up more than ten shots on goal.
The game mercifully comes to a close
,at 6-1, and the UBC women skate
slowly off the ice, not exactly looking
Goalie TerynS Russell has saved
an impressive 47 shots in the game.
Just as impressively, she hurled her
stick across the ice after a particularly messy goal. "That happens about
once a year," Russell says seriously.
"I'm usually pretty good—patient with
the team, you know—but there comes
a point where, no matter what I say,
they don't react as much, and I was a
little bit impatient with the goals that
were going in." She's still wearing her
full gear, and looks tired. "It kind of
sends a message—and I wouldn't def
it a lot, because it feels like I'm giving
up on the team,"
But after three years, instead of
settling into a surly mood or even
simpler, leaving for a better team,
Russell keeps doing her best "Us as '
goalies, we feel that we contribute a
little bit more than other goalies in
the league." And in what is becoming
a common refrain, Russell says she
loves the coaches. "They're awesome,
arid there's a great team atmosphere."
Eavesdropping on the Regina
Cougars as they warm up before
Saturday's- rematch^ I hear the usual,
sports pop-psychology, but also something else. "Appearances," cautions
One Cougaf as her teammates trash
their opponents, "can be deceiving."
What I see on the ice on Saturday,
however, is pretty much the same
struggle. Regina—rumoured to challenge the" Alberta Pandas for this
year's national tide—controls the
puck, and their shots on goal mulitply
exponentially. The atmosphere over
the UBC bench is understandably
cloudy. But not bleak. The first thing
the Birds do after the game is congratulate their other goalie, Lucie
Fortin. They gather around the crease
and cuff her mask respectfully before
shaking hands with the victorious
"Being a goalie for this team," says
Fortin amiably, "you're so busy during the game. It's just .fun—I love to
play." Most goalies in the CIS wouldn't categorise stopping an average 52
shots on goal per night as 'fun', but
Fortin isn't most goalies. After a stint
with the McGill Martlets, she thinks
filling the net for UBC is somewhat of
a break. "Well, when I played [at
McGill], we weren't very good at all. It
was really bad, every game," she
grins, "arid I was busier there than
here." I ask her what is the craziest
thing she's done as a UBC goalie. She
simply smiles sweetly and turns the
tables on me. "Well, what exactly are
you looking for?"
It's a question I've been trying, to
answer since watching that first
Wednesday practice.
"I mean, I don't think anybody's
happy about losing—it weighs heavily
on the players and the coaches," confides Newson. "But if they were quitters and they gave up, it would have
happened a long time ago in our season."
But how do you keep a team that's
lost 16 games in a row motivated,
and more importantly, attractive to
much-needed talent? "I'm disappointed every time we lose," Newson readily admits. "Obviously, you want to
praise effort as much as you can, and
patience is important, but at times it
certainly runs thin. But," arid here I
sense I'm getting close to the answer,
"if we started yelling, and screaming
and blowing a gasket every time
things didn't go well for our team,
we'd grow old pretty quick."
Maybe that's why Carmen Milne
gave up a hockey scholarship in
Pennsylvania. A speedy forward who
scored one of UBC's two goals over
the weekend, Milne seems devoted to
the Birds. "I have'so much respect for
the coaches," she says. "They were a
huge part of my decision." Milne's
mom is happy to have her daughter
back in town after what she says was
a "difficult" stint in in the States. And
there is relief in Carmen's voice at
simply being able to play and—
there's that word again—have fun.
Haleigh Callison, a straight-talking
rookie, agrees. "Winning?" she* says
carefully "Yes, it's nice. But I love the.
LOOKING AHEAD: The women's hockey team hopes to improve
on a 12-55-2 record in the last five years, roberto wittmann photo
sport, and when I get to play, I'm
happy. So when I play here, I love it,
and the people I play with are great"
The university just approved a five
per cent increase in athletics fees—
$2 5,000 of which is earmarked for
the women's hockey program. The
money will likely be used towards
scholarship incentives, new equip- ,
ment and increased ice time.
Rumours that the program would
be cut or downgraded to club status '
have proved unfounded, as Athletics
Director Bob Philip has made the
women's rink a part of his long-term
plan for the department. Last year's
19 per cent athletics fee increase
included $63,000 for travel expenses, mostly'so that the women's hockey team could compete in a full game
schedule in the CIS. Philip was
unavailable for comment at press
time. : '     .:
And the potential for success is
certainly evident. Fortin's former
team, the McGill Martlets, are now
number one in Quebec, winning the
QSSF championships for the first
time since 1973. Four years ago, the
Martlets had an 0-8 season.
The Regina Cougars went to their,
first national championship in 2001'.
Coach Sarah Howald, who has been
with the Cougars for five years, says
that building a successful women's
hockey program is possible. "I've"
been with the team since the beginning, and we've been in the same
place (as UBC is now] before."
It may take awhile, but when—not
if—the women's hockey team' starts
winning, I sure hope I'm there to see
it. If they can still smile after a season
like this one, just imagine what kind
of celebration there'll be when they
; have victory to smile about ♦
THE PUCK STOPS HERE: Lucie Fortin faces a nation-leading average of 52 shots on goal per game, roberto wittmann photo
Birds battle past
gars to playoffs
UBC women
end season
two in the
by Jesse Marchand
It was my first university volleyball game and I
soon realised that these players have dedication and sportsmanship unparalleled anywhere else. Instead of getting into a drunken
stupor like many of their university brethren,
the visiting Regina Cougars and Birds were
high-fiving their teammates over every play
Friday night, whether it was lost or won.
With the number one spot in the conference
on the line the women's team had a full turnout
of fans, screaming and waving placards with
veteran Kaley Boyd's name ori them. According
to coach Doug Reimer, the fan support has
been great all year. He added that tonightit was
especially "great to see some of the other athletes coming out and cheering (the team] on."
After boasting that the entire team would
come dressed in drag, a few members of tjie
men's ice hockey team came in skirts. The
most memorable looks were pigtails and_ a
magic marker moustache. They booed the
Cougars during warm-up and chanted "it's all
your fault" during Cougar foibles.
Compared to the thrill of winning, however,
the cheers were only a tickle on the tastebud.
"[Winning] is not the only focus," said Boyd,
"but when you train this hard every single day
through school, through jobs, summers, .that's
what you're aiming for."
With Alberta holding a mere two points over
their heads for the Canada West title, the Birds
wanted to prove that they deserved to win the
number one position by beating Regina. On
Friday, UBC won in three straight sets, finishing 25-22 in the final match. It was a close call
and a signpost of what was to come.
- While the coach adamanUy denied over-
confidence as a problem for the team, they lost
on Saturday to the eighth-ranked Cougars.
The Birds played through five s'ets, winning
two. Christine Bonish, (fifth, right side hitter)
doesn't mind losing occasionally, saying those
losses serve as a reminder that the Birds "are
not necessarily an unbeatable team."
But with five fifth-year players filling out
the roster, winning a national title is even
more important for these volley Birds "It's my
fifth year, so I'd like to go out with a big bang,"
said Bonish, "and I think for us to win that
championship—that would just make the team
UBC enters the first round of die playoffs on
the strength of a 16-4 record, they will host
Manitoba at home, and although the Birds have
beaten the Bisons twice this season, it wasn't
easy. Both matches were won in five sets, with
UBC coming back from a two-set deficit one
night The Bisons may not have an at-home
advantage, but they do boast two championship
trophies in the past two years.
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Colorful You
by Tejas Ewing
This CD typifies exactly why the
music, industiy is petrified about
online music sharing and why the
consumer continues to rejoice at its
presence. The simple fact is that in
the past, this. CD might have sold
well based on the name of the artist
alone. Miguel Migs is a popular. DJ
in the ubiquitous downtempo
lounge/jazz mishmash that proliferates every coffee shop and clothing
store searching for a cool vibe.
This is his first original album,
contrasting previous mixed CDs
that basically replicated his live
sets. Migs's prior work made him
justifiably well-known in the genre.
As a result he could have expected a
certain amount of guaranteed sales
in the past However, this CD really
isn't deserving of any attention at
all. When downtempo beats are
done badly, they are some of the
most tired, unoriginal tunes available, and this CD fits that bill.
Honestly, the entire CD can be
summarised   thusly:   a   woman
singing breathily over some medium-tempo drums with a few ethnic
* sounds thrown in for complete uno-
riginality. That's all it is, with not a
single truly memorable tune available. Downtempo must walk a fing
line between chilled and downright
boring, and this CD couldn't follow
the line any better than Gordo at his
roadside sobriety test
Now back to my point about
computers and music. There are so
many DJs out there now trying to
make a name for themselves that
you can get much better stuff than
this legally and free on the web. And
if you chose to go the shady route
(which I am of course not advocating) and do some 'research' on
Kazaa or Gnutella, you will realise
how tired this album is. I think the
music industry only really has to
worry about lame CDs like this one.
When the new Lemonjelly CD came
out, I did a bit of searching myself
and was impressed enough to buy
the CD. If artists put out strong
work," it will get bought, but they
can't hide behind a name and slick
njarketing anymore. And that, readers, is why the music industry continues to quake in its boots, while
the honest music lover continues to
support quality work. ♦
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but they opened for Motley Cruel'.!    wmmm^m^mmmmmmwmmmwm
by Matt Whalley
As a genre, only country & western music comes close,
to the flagrant use of cliches that metal does, and
cliche after cliche seem to be the only things holding
Noise Therapy's album Tension together. The lyrics
and riffs sound like they have been cut and pasted
from an assortment of nu-metal albums. From the
first loud guitar chord you know exactly where the
songs are going—it's like watching pornography in
slow motion.
The cutest thing about the album is that they use
being hand-picked to open for Motley Crue as a. selling
point Godfathers of tired metal liked Nojse Therapy
and gave them an opening spot, so the album must be
worth listening to? Commercial rock musicians must
smell their own.
Tension sounds dated from the moment of conception, like it belongs in the late nineties Korn-
inspired glut of tormented rock—nothing new is
offered up or even hinted at. Noise Therapy sounds
like the Deftones played by Nickleback's Chad
Kroeger, "and as the album's ten tracks click away, we
get lines like, "Sit around and stare at, the walls all day
/ talk to myself, can't walk away." Dave Ottoson is not
afraid to tell us what he feels inside. He's brave. It's as
if a black T-shirt and a piercing dictates mood and
behavior. .
.The most disappointing thing about this album is
that it takes Noise Therapy almost a full hour to get
across the same point the Fresh Prince did in only
three minutes: "Parents just don't understand." Not
all albums need to be revolutionary, but the tracks
should be distinguishable from one another.
"^Tension" is very bland, palatable heavy metal. It is
easy to understand and easy to relate to, with veiy little to say. ♦
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AMS Referendum - February 10-14,2003
*————^sexual assault support services^
At February's U-Pass Referendum, students will also be voting on whether they want
an increase to their student fees of $ 1.00 to fund permanent sexual assault support
services on campus.This year, the Sexual Assault Support Center (SASC) was opened
as a pilot project between the AMS, and WAVAW(Women against Violence against
Women) Rape Crisis Center.The goal of this initiative was to provide UBC students
access to sexual assault support services on campus.
For more information please see the website at www.ams.ubc.ca.
women's week
The AMS, your student society, is organfzing a Celebration of Women Week and we
are looking for a variety of submissions of women's artwork for a concourse display
on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Art submissions may come in "any form"- for example: paintings,
drawings, poetrytwriting and monologues. If you prefer, your artwork may be
displayed anonymously. All work submitted jjvill be showcased in the Student Union
Building concourse, on February 25, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. All the material's will
be returned to the artist after the display is over.
If you are interested in submitting your artwork, please email us at:
vday@ams.ubc.ca or leave a message on our hotline: 604-822-8998.You can also
drop off your artwork at the AMS Events office, SUB Room 220. A1I artwork must be
submitted by February] 14.
u-pass ..your chance to decide
VOTE!!!!! February 10-14
. If passed the U-Pass will be a mandatory program for all UBC students*
The U-Pass will give you:
• Unlimited access to TransLink Bus, SeaBus and SkyTrain Services (all zones);
• Discounted West Coast Express Fares;
• Increased service and capacity on UBC routes;
• Discounts at participating merchants; 7
• Continued access to other UBC transportation programs (provided by the Trek.
program center) ■■,7.7
, How much will it cost? ^
• $20 per month (Sept. - April) for non UBC housing students
•$ 15 per month (Sept. - April) for UBC housing students
Want More Info?
Check out: www.upass.ubc.ca, or email AMSVP External,Tara Learn at:
black history month events
Coming in March, XFM and the AMS present:
To participate, please REGISTER NOWl
Registration packages can be picked up at the AMS Events Office, SUB Room 220.
*all bands must have at least 1 UBC student member*
For more info, contact AMS Events at: 822-6273.
February 3,7:00 pm. Norm Theatre, SUB. Former MLA, Rosemary Brown, and
legendary tap dancer, JeniLeGon, will speak about their lives'as BlacK women in this
city. Black History Month high school essay contest winners will also be featured.
"■■ ■■
valentine's day fair
When:   February 12 to 14,9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
What:    Flowers & chocolates and loads of other goodies....
Where:   Main concourse level in the SUB THE UBYSSEY
If the ring fits...
Film visits emotions of extreme fighters
at Pacific Cinematheque
Feb. 4
by Anna King
I grew up in a family where the cartoons were carefully
monitored for violence, where a "War Toy Free Zone' sign
hung in the front window, where the annual peace march
was as sacrosanct as Christmas. Violence in movies, violence in sports—these things were criticised as encouraging
violence in the world and feeding the nuclear stockpiling
that my parents vocally decried. I have shed chunks of that
rhetoric now, but still, before meeting Dan Bigras, a man
who has made a remarkably gentle film about an exceptionally brutal sport, "extreme fighting," I wondered if I would
understand him.
Turns out he's easy to understand, because he's an emotional wellspring. "I went fo do a movie about fighting," he tells
me. "I found peace, I found friendship, I found tenderness."
He's talking about "extreme fighting," the sport he plays
with his friends in Montreal, who happen to be some of the
best martial arts fighters in Canada and the world. Bigras
hates the term "extreme fighting," because he says it's just
the North American media sensationalising a legitimate
new sport that is no more
"extreme" than boxing.
He prefers the Japanese
term, "mixed martial
arts," for the gloveless
hybrid of tai kwon do,
boxing and wrestling he
says has saved him and
his friends from being
destroyed by their own
Take his^ friend
Charles Ali Nestor, for
example, who Bigras L' '., ''
sometimes refers to as
his alter ego. Nestor grew
up in stunted silence at
home, unable to stand up
to his manipulative
father. He became a bully
at school—gangs and
youth detention centres
followed. When he was left on his own at 18 Nestor realised
that if he didn't find something to do with his rage he'd'end
up dead or in jail. He chose' martial arts, and has now
become a five-time world champion at Chinese boxing, as
well as the master of a dojo, his own martial arts school.
Most of Bigras's fighting friends have childhood pain they
still try to deal with. Why they work it out through blows is
a question Bigras doesn't know the answer to.
"When I started training three years ago, I would practice
for three hours, then fight a match [against Nestor] for two
more, At the end of those five hours, we were so exhausted
our hearts were open and we talked like crazy," Bigras says.
Those talks led Bigras to think about making a movie about
fighters and how it was that they found peace in the ring.
A well-known rock musician in Quebec, Bigras had never
made a film before. He started training in an effort to get his
life back into shape after being stuck on booze and dope and
the memory of his kid brother's murder.
"Every time we talk about rage and anger it sounds like 20
years ago when we wanted to talk about sex. It's taboo, we
shouldn't talk about it," Bigras explains. "But we need violence. When you see people fighting on TV or on the ice,
they're fighting for you. Because sometimes you're pissed off,
but you don't fight, because you'll lose your job or go to jail."
My peacenik sensibilities are reeling, and yet there's
something there, in Bigras's voice, that makes this- argument sound sane to me for the first time ever.
"Is our society excessively violent? No," he says "But it's
very, very badly-placed "violence and people don't take
responsibility for it. You don't talk about it, you do it
Bigras tells me one reason why he likes extreme fighting:
it's the physical intimacy involved.
"When you box you don't touch. But when you grapple
you're very together, you're very tight. And men, they don't,
touch each other unless they're gay. It was a language I
didn't know. I found a lot
of tenderness there,"
he says.
There is a scene in the
film where Steve
Vigneault, a little brother,-' to his friends, is battling the fight of his life
with Jason St-Louis for the
Canadian extreme fighting championship. The
two men have smashed
and kickedYeach other in
the head, so many times
they can hardly stand.
Vigneault grabs St-Louis
from behind and they
hang there together,
unable to move. Their
eyes closed with exhaustion, they look like lovers,
/ind utterly vulnerable. In
the dressing room, after he has won, Vigneault bursts into
tears and pours out a stream of confessions. "I often felt like
dying. Like there was nothing for me in this world. I'm glad
I didn't. This," he looks tearfully around him, "is all I have."
For a very honest, film about a much-maligned sport,
head to the Pacific Cinematheque tonight, February 4, at
7pm for a free screening of The Ring Within. Bigras will be
answering questions after the show and there will be a free
master class for film students given by the director
of photography. ♦
BIG GUY, BIG HEART: Quebecois rock star Dan Bigras
tells the story of how his friends—some of the world's
best fighters—bind their sadness and anger to their
hearts and find intimacy in the ring, anna king photo
Should have taken a picture
Quebec dance
company honours
deceased Italian
at the Firehall Arts Centre
Jan. 24
by Bryan Zandberg
So, when Louise Bedard was laying there,
prostrate in the spotlight, flinging pebbles
out into the darkness beyond the circle of
light, with a single stone balanced upon her
uplifted head, yes, you could say that I was
just a hair perplexed. Don't get me wrong, I
liked her performance and all, it was just
my first brush with interpretive dance.
And quite a brush at that: EUes stands
as a commemoration in dance of the life
and accomplishments of the Italian-born
photographer Tina Modotti. A political
activist whose photographic essays immortalised the Mexico ofthe 1920s and caught
the attention of the world, Modotti also
fired the heart and imagination of dancer
and choreographer Bedard, who created
EUes as a personal expression of homage
to the photographer, who passed away
in 1942.
The work, pirouetting through a number of scenes and themes, is tracked aurally by a lilting original score for piano and
strings by Mexican composer Ana Lara,
and visually by the fluttering motion-pictures of Pierre Hebert. The movements of
dancers Bddard and Sophie Corriveau conduct the audience into the former's own
interior, where we are invited to venture a
guess at the meanings and emotions
woven by the sometimes intimate, oftentimes erratic tete-a-tete between the duo.
I suppose that was when the confusion
started, at least for me. Somewhere
between the outlandishness ofthe opening
scene, which sets the pair convulsing like
the puppets of some puppeteer gone mad,
and another in which Bedard and
Corriveau, attired in poofy pink dresses
and white undershirts, go at each other in
a (Jomical sisterly-struggle, I gof a little
bewildered. Then came the dance with a
death, mask, wooden-hoop skirts and the
aforementioned stones skittering away
into the darkness. Hmm.
This, however, is probably just the perplexity of a neophyte. While interpretive
dance may not be everybody's cup of tea,
EUes evokes, even for the uninitiated, a
strong senseof the womanly. It is a visual
incarnation ofthe wavering dance between
Modotti and Bedard, or perhaps better
said, Bedard's responses to Modetti's life
and art. On stage, Corriveau and Bedard
are like two spirits locked in spiralling
combat, each of them sussing out the
boundaries and limitations of the other's
entity. And they ably create a rich palette of
emotion,.aided as much by the stirring airs
ofthe score and the projection of flickering
images as by the sheer brilliance and control they exhibit with their bodies. The
sounds of their bare feet scrubbing across
the blackness of the stage, the beads of
sweat and the undisguised panting went
miles in communicating the celebration of
a life well lived.
Nevertheless, after an Ijour and 20 minutes' worth, the audience's attention was
noticeably beginning to drift—testimony,
maybe, to how long audiences can sustain
the sort of attentiveness required by interpretive dance. And I'd have to admit that
the guy yawning one seat up did bring me
the comfort of knowing that I wasn't the
sole dance dud in attendance—someone"
else was not quite there yet. ♦ 10
Duncan M. McHugh
Kathleen Deering
Chris Shepherd
Michael Schwandt
Sarah Conchie
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production Manager
Hywel Tuscano
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Chris Shepherd decided that it was too cold to publish a university paper and suggested that the Ubyssey establish a satellite
office in a warmer climate. Tea Chen and Janet French seconded the motion, and the discussion began: Don Woodward and
Megan Thomas suggested that Jamaica had the best clothes, but
Michael Schwandt and Greg Ursic fell that they'd be too out of
place with no dreads and Zera Lurei had already forsaken hit
Rasta ways. Anna King and Sara Young thought that Bora Bora
would be great but Sarah Conchie pointed out the whole
Volcano thing [Kathy Deering waa pretty sure that it was dormant but said "Why risk it*). 8yan Wilson and Emily Chan. Tejaa
Ewing pointed out to Graeme Worthy that Cuba was nice, but
Matt Whalley and Bryan Zandberg noted that Fidel might have
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An early report card
for Mayor Campbell
When Larry Campbell announced his bid for '
mayor, way back in October, he was asked by
the Vancouver Courier what his wife thought
about it.
With typical aplomb, he said, "She doesn't
care what I do, so long as I'm out ofthe house."
Well, that may be true, but the people who
voted Campbell in on the strength of several
ambitious promises certainly care what our
new mayor has been up to in the house of civic
politics. And while Campbell—elected in a land-.
slide last November—is still relatively fresh,
he's already changed his mind, and policies,
about several important issues.
Shortly before being elected, Campbell said
that setting up a safe-injection site was his
number-one priority. And although his shining deadline of January 1 appealed to many
voters, the reality of the project soon hit
home. In December, the Canadian Association
of Police Chiefs called for more treatment
facilities instead of safe-injection sites, saying
that the sites were only one part of a successful drug treatment plan. Then, as the early
days of January ticked away, the Vancouver
Coastal Health Authority expressed concern
over funding for the proposed site, and
revealed that they had yet to put together a
working, group which would partner with
Health Canada to create the structure and regulations for the injection site. Meanwhile,
Campbell pushed back his calendar, saying
Vancouverites would see an up-and-running
facility in early March.
But although Campbell may not be able to
move the city's harm reduction plans along as
promised, he has been doing some great things
in the Downtown Eastside (DTES), The
Vancouver Agreement, bringing together the
provincial, federal and municipal governments, swung into action in January and a $3
million grant fo| revitalisation programs and
health initiatives in the neighbourhood was
announced January 22.
Last week, the news that the Woodwards
building—a bleak, empty symbol of government inaction—had been bought by the city
spread like wildfire, although Campbell was
rather reticent to discuss the sale at first
Critics have said that, although the city bought
the building for a song ($5.5 million), the cost
of'upgrading the heritage structure—estimated
between $60 and 100 million—may be too
much for the city to handle alone. Cries of
'social housing for all* have been downgraded
and the shared housing arrangement has also
come under fire. Squatters and organisers of
"Three   cam paian
U*V  H
the initial. Woodwards protest say that a token
100 units of social housing, blended with
upscale residences, will only help a handful of
the hundreds of homeless that live in the DTES.
the Olympic bid has been perhaps the most
dramatic example of Campbell's linguistic loopholes. In September, in an article in The
Province, he said that it was entirely up the people to decide the fate of the Games in
Vancouver. He championed a referendum, but
later called it a plebiscite. In December, settling
into his mayor's office, Campbell threw himself
firmly behind the 'Yes' crowd, saying that he
would personally deliver 'the impressive
results of a solid 'yes' vote" to the bid commissioner. Even Councillor Jim Green, formerly a
member of the Impact of the Olympics on
Community Coalition (IOCC), made a remarkable jump to the yes side, toeing the line for his
new boss.
Bus riders are still toughing it out, as usual.
Citing the needs of students, lower income earners and late-night pub goers, Campbell claimed
that the Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE)
would increase services on high-volume routes,
and restore and expand late night bus services.
And while Translink has promised to reinstate
its 'night owl' service—at least on the weekends—the service won't be back until this summer at the earliest. So far, the only tangible
action Campbell has taken, in regards to transit,
was to sign a letter to the federal government
asking for $500 million to establish a rapid
transit link to Richmond.
We all remember when our grade-school
teachers wrote those dire words on our report
cards: if only this student applied themselves,
they could realise their full potential. If only
Campbell would truly apply himself to the promises that got him elected in the first place, and
the wishes of the public who elected him, he
could be the mayor we all hoped he would be. ♦
For the love/hate of election campaigns
by Leah McKenzie-Brown
First, snaps to the few brave souls
willing to put themselves on the
block and be judged by their fellow
students. That says a lot. Having
been so bitterly
defeated by a competent Commerce
student, there was
no other avenue for
me but to herald
my experiences to
the Ubyssey, and maybe throw out
a few reflections while I'm at it
I ran with a slate. Slates are powerful. People have to organise,
there is strength in numbers and
having similar aims ain't a bad
start But the intensity of the elections often goes unrealised by the
student body. Last year when I saw
the happy faces at the polling stations reminding me about the elections, I smiled, thought "How nice,"
and didn't bother replacing my student card which I had lost a month
before along with my purse and
camera on a particularly messy
binge which, for the benefit of the
reader, I won't go into. I had an
inherent respect for the go-getters
running, but it certainly wasn't
worth five bucks for the* card plus
the inconvenience of making it to
the library during their entirely
illogical and obscenely inconvenient times (1:30
on a Thursday?
Honestly). It would
have taken five
minutes of organisation, 20 minutes
to read up on what
the candidates had to say, and ten
minutes to vote—what am I, a
So, as punishment, I had to actually go through the grueling and
damn near debilitating experience
of running to have any appreciation for these impossibly determined candidates.
Two weeks of literal hell, constituted in the prostration of each candidate to the student body at large,
fazing each student into a ballot,
seeing people the way cops see
them, and viewing every class as a
potential riot of approval during
our 16-hour, five class talks, 700
leafletter and more-beer-gardens-
days—and something was lost With
our sun-strained faces, pizza-
stuffed bodies and glossy eyes, the
election seemed to become an entity in and of itself. It was eating us
and all we could do was stay positive and speak of empowermentf
Students were cynical, the press
bored and the debates friends-only
events. In our madness of campaigning, I lost track of the real
motives behind this insanity. I
became the insanity. Opportunistic
and desperate. It was truly terrifying: my world began to fuse with
the reality, of electoral politics.
Seeing my face gazing into the distance like a damn Republican, I had
to wonder. Yet I got what I wanted.
This year was a serious victory:
the slate sweep system was
smashed. The students voiced their
divided opinions by electing two
well-publicised slates in roughly
equal proportions. All of our leaflet-
ting in the name of sustainability
paid off, and the Alma Mater
Society (AMS) has become a place
where different opinions will have
no choice but to synthesise into
productivity, and no one interest
will be over-represented.' this is an
incredibly* exciting year for the
AMS. But what about the independents? Every candidate that ran
must have had a genuine concern
for the university to trudge through
these past weeks—despite being
chased by the electoral demon—
and for the. independents to have
the guts to run alone in this circus
is bloody inspirational! I wouldn't
have even considered it. A. strong
opposing slate was necessary to
break the tradition of sweeps, but
now is the year to move beyond
that Slate abolition could be great
think about it
So in spite of the odds, the apathy, the all-round annoyance of the
elections, one in ten students voted.
For a conservative commuter university like UBC, that's nothing to
sneeze at this is a great year for
the AMS, but for us as students too.
Our student reps are only the facilitators of our voices, let's make good
use of them. ♦
—Leah McKenzie-Brown is a
second-year Arts student. THEUBYSSEY
at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
until Mar. 9
by Heather Pauls
Four themes, "Sub-text and
Sexuality," "the Deconstructed
Body," . "Documentation," and
"Dwellings," are explored by the various artists featured at the Morris
and Helen Belkin Art Gallery's latest
exhibit, Various Properties; Recent
Acquisitions to the Collection.
Exhibitionists in more ways than
one, the artists' respective works
often scream of sexuality. Perhaps
the most eye-catching (or eye-diverting, depending on your upbringing)
is an enlarged photograph, an interesting spin on what many might consider a close-up shot of genitalia that
conveys the nuances of body as landscape. The hills, valleys and contours
ofthe human figure sweep along like
Bowen Island—riddled with trees of
wiry pubic hair. This theme, conceived by Genevieve Cadieux, also
permeates another of her pieces,
"Sans Titre, (sein)," which almost
grows off the two-dimensional plane
into a large hairy optical illusion It
expresses the very contrary aspects
of her and her lover's personal physical landscape, evoking alienation in
their differences.
Y Oil a more vulgar note, Marina
Roy's caricature and pornography-
inspired "Thumb, Sketches," each
drawn on the thick slanted edges of
paperbacks, stir the basest desires
up from the bottom of the intellectual thinking pot to convey underlying
naughty connotations in literature,
and our own dirty little psyches.
Reminiscent of the perverted drawings you used to sketch in your high
school biology textbook, Roy's works
are humorous, gruesome and yet so
honest, fitting perfectly into, the
theme of "Sub-text and Sexuality."
You may be appalled, but you won't
dare to lopk, away.      -,      .
Tom Burrows, an artist with a
cause, contributed an* outlook on the
many different squatter communities from locations all over the globe,
echoing the housing problems we
face here at home in the Downtown.
Eastside. Burrows, Kenneth Coutts-
Smith and Roy Kiyooka, contributors
tq the "Documentation* theme,
expose issues of land ownership and
the meanings attributed to certain
sites. Tha theme of "Dwellings"
stresses impermanence in its exploration of housing and landscape by
portraying decaying Roman ruins
and Vancouver's shifting geography.
Besides being an exciting addition to the Belkin Gallery Archives,
the exhibit also marks another new
emergence: UBC's first graduating
students pf the masters program in
Critical Curatorial Studies. Heather
Bjorgan, Alice Edwards, Katie Spicer
and Kiriko Watanabe arranged and
curated the exhibit paying special
attention to venue and the institutions in which they work. ♦
Bridge over
turbulent waters
presented by Shameless Hussy Productions -•;
at Performance Works
until Feb. 8
by Anna King
the Shameless Hussies' production of Marion Bridge gets two out of three
characters right, which is enough to make the show worth seeing, even if
you're not female and in a mid-life crisis. That being said, what do we learn
from a nun, a TV junkie and an alcoholic actress in this very Canadian family drama? That women in middle age are on shiftier sand than we may
have believed. Not exactly breaking news. Still, Daniel Maclvor's salty script
gives us enough original character details that the hobum story of long lost
daughters* and family dysfunction becomes enough to warrant missing a
night of Americaii Idol.
The play tells the stoiy of three vastly different sisters who are reunited
while at the family home ih Cape Breton.to be with their dying mother.
Agnes is an actress failing at most things in life, Thersa is a nun and alternately stalwart and severe, and Louise is the weird one who turns out to be
the most grounded ofthe bunch.
? Deb Pickmart plays Anges with a satisfyingly seedy faded glamour ("my
acting is turning out to be a very expensive, time consuming and demoralising hobby," she says, throwing back a double bourbon). Renee Iaci as
Louise is a plum—she is convincingly mannish and awkward, consistently
hilarious and suddenly beautiful when she describes her love of highways.
Theresa, however, gets short-changed by Duane Campbell. Admittedly playing the most difficult character, Campbell offers no insight into the nun's
considerable anger. When, for example, she refuses to let Agnes's daughter—who had been given up for adoption—live with.the sisters in their spacious house, we are told that Theresa is so disillusioned by God's apparent
renunciation ofthe world that she "has no room for anyone else." Yes, that
whole character point is a cliche, but Campbell has to somehow make us
believe in this faddy duddy anyway.
■ Even though the editor in me occasionally wanted to cut off lines when
the nub of emotion passed before the words did, the performance is solid
overall, and \vill be even more so after a few nights when the women relax
and really start listening to each other. ♦>'■*-
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