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The Ubyssey Feb 8, 1994

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DEADLINE: as soon as
Holocaust denial hard to believe
by Sarah O'Donnell
Last Tuesday John Ball
attempted to turn UBC's parkades
into a forum for Holocaust denial,
but the university community
would have none of it.
Over 1700 copies of "The John
Ball Report" were placed on car
windshields across campus. About
90 percent of the booklets were
then taken off the cars by students
from Hillel House.
That same day, Chris
Friearichs, an associate professor
in the history department, walked
in to his classroom and discovered
a man distributing the pamphlet
on each desk of the History 125
"Looking at the man, and then
looking at the picture, I
immediately realized that this was
John Ball... He told me that he
had been speaking to some
students from my class and had
got the impression that some
students would be interested in
the material," Friedrichs said.
The "report" consisted of
hand-drawn maps of Auschwitz,
Birkenau, Katyn Forest Mass
Murder Site, Belzec, Treblinka,
and Babi Yar designed by Ball.
Each map was accompanied by
descriptions of the concentration
camps from his interpretation of
aerial photographs.
Andrew Henry, editor of Ha
Kasher, said "everything in the
report is in the form of a question—
Was this possible? Was this there?
Were thousands or not even one
gassed? He tries to plant a seed of
doubt in your mind."
Much of John Ball's fame
stems from his association with
Ernst Zundel, a German
immigrant who has been tried and
convicted twice for distributing
hate literature in Canada.
Sol Liftman, Canadian
Director ofthe Simon Wiesenthal
Centre for Holocaust Studies, said
Ball and Zundel are connected in
three ways.
"One, Ball was a witness on
behalf of Zundel at his second trial,
two, he joined Zundel in denying
that the Holocaust ever happened,
and three, Zundel is the chief
distributor of the Ball Report,"
Liftman said.
"Most writers try to find some
respectable method of distribution
and they don't generally look to
Zundel to distribute their work
unless they share attitudes and
ideologies," he said.
"Since Ball is linked to Zundel,
one is free to suspect that his
Holocaust denial is an attempt to
rehabilitate Hitler and the Nazi
Littman  pointed  out  the
almost farcical claims in the
"Mr Ball claims to be making
his interpretations from the aerial
photographs, which were taken
from 3000 feet in 1944. His
interpretations are highly
questionable, even when applied
to things the camera can actually
see," Littman said.
For example, in his
description of Auschwitz, Ball
notices a rectangular hole in the
ground which he interprets to be a
swimming pool. No survivor of
Auschwitz ever saw a swimming
pool. It was actually used by the
camp as a source of water in case
of fire.
In 1991 Ball was nominated
as a candidate for BC's Social
Credit Party, but the party threw
him out when they learned about
his background.
Let not the victims of oppression be forgotten
Engineering women smarter than men
by Graham Cook
Women entering engineering
from high school meet exactly the
same admissions requirements as
male engineers—and on average
have even higher marks than
their male counterparts.
But a rumour going the
rounds ofthe Cheeze Factory and
elsewhere in engineering
suggests that women 'geers face
fewer hurdles getting into the
"I want to quash the
rumours," associate dean for
engineering student services
Robert Evans said.
"There are no differences [in
admission standards]. We treat
women exactly the same as men,
we make no distinction
whatsoever," said Evans, who is
in charge of undergraduate
"We do try to encourage
women applicants. We put on a
seminar every year for high school
girls in grade 10 and 11, but there
is no affirmative action program
for undergraduate admissions,"
he said.
Fourth-year mechanical
engineering student Christa
Greentree said the rumour left
her "kind of angry. My marks are
just as good as anyone else's."
"Every woman in
engineering has got the A,
straight A average [coming from
high school]," Greentree said.
Last year's minimum grade
point average for admission was
3.37 in high school math,
chemistry, physics and english,
and Evans expected it to be higher
this year.
While Greentree herself had
excellent marks going into
engineering, she admitted "they
dropped [once I was in] but that
was my own fault, I drank too
much and partied too much. But
if I did nothing else I'd get A's."
The rumour of differing
admissions requirements for men
and women students is part of a
larger attitude towards womens'
participation on campus,
according to Florence Ledwitz-
Rigby of the UBC president's
"The rumour creates the
climate that women don't belong
here. This is an example of what
contributes to a chilly climate
[for women on campus]," she said.
Evans agreed that the
rumour "is not positive for men
or women" in the faculty,
although he added, "I feel there
is a pretty good climate for
women, from the women students
I've talked to."
Women make up 20 percent
of th e first-year engineering class
and  17 percent of the faculty
overall, with the proportion of
women to men varying widely in
different specializations.
"If you look at bioresource or
chemical engineering, they're
about fifty percent women, but in
mechanical it's less than ten,"
Greentree said.
Generations pass on savvy
by Sara Martin
Hors d'oeuvres and Barbara
McDougall at the Westin
Bayshore for an admission price
of $ 150 makes the AMS women in
politics conference inaccessible for
most UBC students, critics claim.
AMS coordinator of external
affairs Carole Forsythe said the
high delegate fee was set because
she assumed those women
interested in the conference would
be from student union executives
across the country.
"Initially, it was not being
marketed to normal students
because we didn't realize they
would be interested in going. We
marketed it to people from student
unions who have a conference
budget," Forsythe said.
Forsythe sent out over 300
invitations to the student unions
of colleges and universities across
Canada whom she felt could afford
to send delegates to the
conference. She did not invite
smaller colleges who, according
to Forsythe, "obviously are not
going to be able to afford it."
"I get a little upset when
people expect to get [the
conference] given to them," she
said. "The money has to come from
somewhere and unfortunately it
comes from people's pockets."
Political science and women's
studies student Lisa Taylor, who
is receiving funding from the
women's centre to attend the
conference, said she would not be
able to go if she had to pay for it
"I don't think it's accessible at
all," Taylor said."It seems to
accommodate students from out
of town, not UBC students... that's
the message in the brochure. I feel
that it's hidden away from UBC
students, even though it's
sponsored by the AMS."
"We found out about it really
late, at the end of January. My
concern is that women don't know
about it or know about the
funding...  it's  all  very much
through the grapevine," Taylor
According to Taylor, women
can ask for funding through the
women's centre, AUS and the
goodwill and unity committee.
Student council is also offering
subsidies to council members.
Unfortunately for UBC
young Liberal president Tracy
Golab, the Liberal club was not
able to fund her.
"I find it disgusting that they
are further promoting elitist
attitudes in politics. Maybe one
day there will be gender equity
but it will still be upper class,"
Golab said. "It's obviously not a
conference geared towards
women in general, but very
targeted towards a specific
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Big parties shut out independents
by Gregg Mcnairy
It looks as if the major political
parties in Canada might be trying
to squeeze out some of their
competition. Recent changes in the
federal election requirements for
candidates and existing provincial
election requirements has left
some politicians unable to run in
Canada's democratic elections.
John C. Turner had intended
to run in the upcoming provincial
election in the Quilchena riding
but was unable to attain enough
signatures to proceed. Candidates
need to have 50 signatures from
people who are on the voter's list
and live in the riding that the
candidates are running in. Turner
said that candidates have only two
weeks after the election is called
to   attain   the   required   50
"If you're running for a major
party, it's not a problem because
you can have your party members
within that riding sign for you. If
you have a special interest group
that's helping you out, they'll find
people to sign your papers. But if
you're running as an independent,
and you have to work at a daytime
job, it's pretty hard to find the
time to collect the signatures, you
basically have to find someone to
help you [collect them]", Turner
"As an independent, it's next
to impossible."
None ofthe political parties
in the Quilchena riding expressed
difficulty over reaching the
nomination requirements.
Turner also talked about Bill
C-114, a bill that was passed by
the Conservative government last
year. This bill changed
nomination requirements in the
federal elections drastically and
prevented some parties from
running federally.
Said Turner, "Previous to Bill
C-114, a person needed 25
signatures and a $200 nomination
deposit [to run]. The $200 deposit
was returnable if you got a certain
percentage ofthe vote. After Bill
C-114, the Conservative
government changed it so that a
person needed 100 signatures and
$1 000. $500 was returnable if
you got a certain percentage of
the vote, and the other $500 was
returnable if you did your election
expense return within the allotted
time. So basically you needed a
thousand dollars to put up front."
Turner ran for the Rhino
Party in Vancouver Quadra riding
in the 1988 federal election against
his namesake, the former prime
minister. He intended to run again
in the last federal election, but
Bill C-114 prevented this from
"Bill C-114 was the deathnail
ofthe Rhino party. You see, for a
party to be recognized federally,
they have to run 200 candidates
across Canada. So that means
$200 000. We didn't have $200
000 lying around, so basically they
[the Rhinos] are no longer a
recognized party.
"But mind you, it backfired so
badly on the Conservatives that a
number of them didn't get enough
votes to get their money back. You
can say what you will about the
Conservative party of Canada, but
they're the first federal party in
Canada to have gender equality
in the House of Commons—they
have one male MP, and one female
' MP, it's 50/50."
Turner pointed out that the
municipal election nomination
requirements in Vancouver last
year was only two signatures.
"They claimed that they had a
problem with 'nuisance
candidates' but that's what
democracy is about."
"A person should be allowed
to run if they so feel. They shouldn't
have these things in the way."
Campbell walks the talk
by Niva Chow
"Governments don't create
jobs—governments take money
out of your pockets," said the BC
liberal leader Gordon Campbell.
On Monday 7 February
Campbell spoke to a crowd of
twenty to thirty people in
anticipation of the 17 February
by-election for Vancouver-
The former mayor of
Vancouver spoke of maximizing
the benefit of dollars by
"maintaining the values and
principles of community, public
commitment to one another as
well as individual choice."
Described by many as "slick",
Campbell lived up to his label as
he spoke to the gathering in SUB.
He said that the difference
between the sixties and the
nineties is that in the sixties it
was mostly talk. "In the nineties
you have to walk the talk."
After a brief speech, Campbell
answered questions from the
On the deficit, Campbell said
"the budget would be balanced
before our first term is out—the
maximum of five years."
The Liberal leader then added
that he "thinks it can be done in
two or three years."
On the health care system,
Campbell said that he aims for
"patient care, not paperwork and
bureaucracy." He furthered that
"the costs ofthe healthcare system
are going to skyrocket... we know
that the older you get the more
demands you put on the healthcare
When asked about the
Kemano completion project,
Campbell said "that Alcan is not
the bad guy", as there "had only
been one voice on Kemano so far."
He said that much of the
frustration lies in the fact that
the commission has been closed
to public scrutiny.
Referring to a film about the
Alcan project he had seen when
he was in grade five in 1958, "it
was about the amazing
engineering feat that was going
on in Kitimat/Kemano—the
incredible things that Alcan was
going to do to open up the north of
British Columbia. And it did a lot;
of those things, that was part of
the agreement."
The former mayor added
"that there is one group
responsible for where we are today
and that's the politicians... so we
have to treat them fairly, justly
and humanely."
Mayor Gordon Campbel
Eco-nut Parker chews crunchy green granola
by Graham Cook
Stuart Parker talks like an
economics professor and looks a
bit like Doctor Who.
The 21-year old UBC student
and leader ofthe BC Green Party
is running as a Green candidate
in the upcoming Vancouver
Quilchena byelection, and he is
hoping to at least challenge the
Gordon Campbell Liberal
machine with his eco-friendly
While Clayoquot is front-
and-centre in the campaign,
Parker said he doesn't want to
make the race into a Clayoquot
"I'm trying not to put it
forward it that way. If I'd wanted
a referendum on Clayoquot I
wouldn't want it in Vancouver
Quilchena. It's something the
environmental movement is
trying to put forward as a forestry
issue rather than trying to put it
forward as treason, as the
provincial government is," he
Equally high on the Green
Party's hit list is the Kemano
completion project. Parker is
under no illusions about winning
the Quilchena seat, but he hopes
to at least force Liberal candidate
Gordon Campbell to take a stand
on Kemano during the course of
the campaign.
"If we don't get Campbell to
give some pathetic excuse about
why Kemano should or shouldn't
go ahead before he gets elected
we lose a potential, if very weak
critic of the provincial
government on this," he said.
Parker will be championing
a     low-growth     model     for
Green party leader Stuart Parker
Vancouver's development,
something which he thinks will
be popular among the many
wealthy single-family dwellers in
"One of our goals is
challenging the so-called green
development agenda that the
GVRD and Vancouver city
council under Gordon Campbell
had. There's this belief that if
you cram 800,000 people into
Vancouver instead of 400,000
people it's going to be a greener,
less environmentally damaging
place, and I think that's a fallacy."
Parker promotes
developments containing
industrial, agricultural and
r< sidential areas in close
proximity, and regulated
democratically by the residents
"These are often very
distract issues. It's difficult for
people to wrap their heads
i round the idea of say, local
community gardens providing
people's food needs, but it's easy
lor people to wrap their heads
around zoning decisions being
made in the neighbourhoods by
universal suffrage."
A former volunteer for NDP
MP Svend Robinson, Parker is
disillusioned with social
democracy as it's practiced these
days. He is currently appealing
his sentence for protesting at
Clayoquot, and thinks it is time
Robinson faced the music as well.
He is also disappointed with
Fiona Wain, an environmentalist
and former activist with the UBC
Coalition Opposed to the
University Plan who is running
for the NDP in Quilchena. Wain
became a reborn Clayoquot
• decision convert after being
"I don't think fine pious
words are good enough any more
to demonstrate an environmental
commitment. There are a lot of
really good, well-intentioned
people who've gone into the NDP
government, and they are having
trouble putting their ideals into
"I think we have to require
our politicians to hold their policy
more deeply than issuing policy
statements and making public
appearances," he said.
"If they want their party's
stands on Clayoquot Sound to be
credible, they should get out there
and stand on the road, and if not
they have no credibility left."
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Grad program is oatmeal
by Sara Martin
UBC, with the help of aij
unnamed $10 million donor, will
establish the first graduate school
of journalism in Western Canada.
The masters of journalism
program, first approved by the
university senate in 1980, is finally
in the design stage.
"The earliest we would be
accepting applications is the
academic term, winter '95/96," said
chair of the graduate journalism
school's academic committee
Raymond Hall.
The program, set to begin in
the '96/97 winter term, will initially
accept 15 students. The two-year
program hopes to attract students
with a strong academic
background or who are experienced
in journalism.
"The audition process will be
pretty rigorous. There will be no
difficulty in filling those places...
we have already had inquires from
working journalists," Hall said.
The new masters program will
require that students choose an
academic specialty as well as
courses in media studies and
newsroom practice. The students
will also produce a publication to
be distributed on and off campus.
According to Graeme Wynn
ofthe planning committee, a new
building is to be constructed for
the program, and will be located
at the site ofthe old armouries.
However, even a masters
degree does not guarantee a job in
the competitive print media
"It is very doubtful that a
newspaper would take a chance
with someone straight out of J-
school who hadn't had anything
published or any experience," said
Vancouver Sun city editor Gary
Mason. "What counts in the end is
if they are good writers."
Mason said that journalists
at the Sun come from various
educational backgrounds.
"We have people here with
masters degrees to people who
are straight out of high school but
they all have experience before
coming to the Sun," he said.
Gordon Clark, a news writer
at the Province, was hired at the
Sun in '85 because of his
experience with student
journalism at The Ubyssey. He
questioned whether the quality of
journalism will increase when the
industry is saturated by
university-accredited journalists.
"I don't think journalism is
any better served," Clark said. "I
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Angels keep Brazilian
street children in school
by Sandra Iseman
"And we die young, faster we
—Alice in Chains
Plaster angel ornaments were
the latest solution put forward to
improve the lives of street children
in northeast Brazil.
The "Street Angels" project is
organized by the volunteer-run
Weaver Institute, a society for
personal and professional
Its goal is to keep the children
of Brazil in school and off the
streets. For the children of
Salvador, Bahia (in NE Brazil),
Working in the street is the only
source of income for many families.
Miriam Ulrych, executive
director of the Weaver Institute
and founder of the Street Angels
project, has trained fifty mothers
and older street kids in hand-
casting and painting plaster-of-
Paris angels.
Ulrych gives an alternative
income to parents who rely on their
children's earnings, and the
youngsters are free to attend
school. Over two million children
in NE Brazil have never stepped
inside a classroom, [which of these
kids would be attending school? is
this somewhat contradictory,
especially with this next quote?
keeping in school, or getting into
"I'm not interested in selling
Christmas decorations, I'm
interested in keeping kids in
school," Ulrych said.
While Sarah Slack, of the
global development centre,
supported the project she pointed
out that ventures like these are
often initiated by people from the
"The idea for a project should
come from the community itself,"
Slack said.
Seventy-seven percent of the
NE Brazil population is
unemployed. The UN called NE
Brazil "the world's largest
geographic area of extreme
poverty." Millions of children as
young as six and seven head to
downtown streets to beg,
prostitute or do minor jobs. These
children would have a better
chance for the future if they went
to school, but due to their present
economic conditions they must
work instead. Brazil was the
world's biggest slave trader until
20 people at a time. Murders are
done by hired killers, very often
All earnings from the sale of
the ornamental angels go to the
communities of Brazil where a
consensus is made as to where the
money should be  spent.  Past
"Street angel*" project protects kids
the end ofthe 19th century.
With poverty comes crime,
and petty thievery is frequent in
the slums. Among the more severe
crimes are the average of four
children murdered a day. In Sao
Paulo, 125 people are killed
monthly by police, a huge skip
from the 31 that are killed
annually in New York by police.
Sometimes Brazilian police go on
rampages murdering upwards of
decisions have been to invest in
clean water, sewage systems, new
schools, sewing centres, new
homes, and teachers' salaries.
Because of the success of the
Street Angels Project, and Ulrych's
help, the Weaver Institute has
been approached by universities
in regards to collaboration of a
field-study program, allowing a
student or students to travel to
'   Then come to the Ubyssey staff meeting at 12:30, Wednesday.   '
I                             SUB 241K. Bring some toothpaste. '
Council: "Bet you think these briefs are about you"
by Taivo Evard
"/ hope that you continue to
ask questions of the executive so
you don't get steamrolled."
—AMS coordinator
of external affairs Carole
Forsythe's farewell address.
Bill Dobie led student council
at a furious pace last Wednesday
night as election reports, safety
reports and smorgasbords paraded
by the council members. For the
approximately 32,109 AMS
members who could not attend,
here are the briefs:
Ad-hoc task force on campus
"It is important that the task
force concentrate on small,
tangible steps," said William
Francis Dobie III of the ad-hoc
task force report on campus safety,
as he asked council "for
philosophical approval of that
Philosophical approval of an
admittedly ineffectual committee.
Never a word less than the
truth, Dobie, dressed smartly in a
pressed plaid shirt, proceeded to
ram through the task force's 16-
point report, almost one point for
each of the 15 members on the
think-tank. The main purpose of
the committee appeared to be to
ride on the coattails of others, with
three of the first five
recommendations being to
"support" various other
individuals' work.
The task force also
"demanded" working light bulbs,
and recommended more phones
and "an anonymous clearing house
for campus safety concerns,"
because "there's a whole lot that
goes on on campus that's
unreported," said Dobie. Some
council members doubted that
anonymity was the main reason
for non-reportance of "safety
concerns," shaking their heads and
looking skyward for guidance.
Two points recommended
taking into consideration safety
in building design.
"We've been talking about
these renovations, we're just
waiting for some concrete
proposals to come down the line,"
said Roger Watts, wearing a print
shirt with a southwestern flair.
Two other points
recommended allocating more
AMS funds to advertising because,
as Dobie said, "something the AMS
is abysmal about is getting out
their message."
Other moot recommendations
somehow made it on the list, such
as the one to purchase bicycles for
the RCMP, which was "pre-empted
by a private donor," and the one to
"demand the centralisation of
night classes into a few key
buildings," quashed by
"territoriality [and costs]
associated with certain buildings."
CORP—in your face
"We've heard off-handed
remarks here and it would be good
if you marked them down," said
Janice Boyle, clad in a simple white
sweater with precariously
matching earrings.
When one council member
said they heard CORP had
received very few submissions,
Dobie countered that "the response
hasn't been that bad," joking and
trying to make light ofthe moment.
CORP minutes from 26
January indicate two student
submissions were received, after
thousands of dollars were already
spent on advertising for said
Two days before council, a
desperate Boyle had gone down to
CiTR, asking them to do a story on
"what students think ofthe AMS."
She then asked that she be
supplied taped copies so CORP
could use them as submissions.
CORP questionnaires were also
distributed to council, something
akin to asking students to mark
their own work.
Elections committee—"it's an
ethical thing, I don't think its
come up before"
"There were no major voting
irregularities," reported AMS chief
returning officer Chris Bavis of
the '94 elections. Once the floor
was opened to comments, however,
this statement itself became
Medicine rep Kelly
Guggisberg questioned the
elections committee on the fact
that Vancouver General Hospital
had no polling for the 500 AMS
members studying there.
"Logistically, it's a very
difficult problem," Bavis said,
adding that at Regent College,
with 450 students, only five votes
were cast.
"That was during the week
when no one was there," said
Regent College rep Daryl Smith.
"It also poses a lot of problems
for the candidates—having to
campaign out there," countered
"I don't think that anyone can
argue that we don't have a vote
out there," Guggisberg said, as
the discussion quickly drifted
away from her concerns.
One council member also
questioned the tactics of two
candidates, Dobie and Randy
Romero, having their names run
on CORP advertisements during
"I think it shows a lack of
discretion for the people that were
doing it," said architecture rep
Craig Henschel.
"According to code, that's not
specifically campaign material,"
retorted Bavis.
"It's an ethical thing, I don't
think its come up before," said
Henschel. He added that students
approached him about this, telling
him they thought there was
something "weird or awry" about
such advertising during elections.
"If they think it's weird or
awry, I think it's them who are
weird or awry," said an unnamed
proxy council member.
Another council member
asked if the ad in discussion was
the one with "AMS propaganda"
printed above it.
"Oh! Actually, that was an ad
we didn't pay for. Heh.heh,"
laughed Dobie of CORP's refusal
to pay the Ubyssey for two full-
page ads valued at about $1400.
"I've had a lot of nasty things
written about me," interjected
Leah Costello from across the
table, decorated in a brilliant pink
Then Dobie came in, once
again, to end the debate.
"It was part of a pre-arranged
deal," said Dobie. "It didn't even
occur to me."
Henschel then questioned the
ethics of AMS executive
advertising for re-election in their
offices during elections, as "the
offices are not theirs, but belonging
to all of us."
"So you intend to go through
my office looking for what you
don't like!?!" retorted a furious
Carole Forsythe, her neck
wrapped in a red turtleneck which
fought valiantly with her earrings
for wardrobal prominence.
Senator Chris Woods related
the fact that those who hold public
office "cannot use their public office
for personal gain."
Costello came in from left field
again, relating a story about how
Dobie let her put up her poster on
his door when she first ran for an
AMS position.
"I'm elected for my opinion,
and if people don't like my opinions
then they can vote me out of office,"
Costello added.
Netinfo steering committee
"Guiding the current service
from this beginning to a truly
state-of-the-art service that will
offer our students access to the
best information resources," Boyle
said on becoming AMS rep to this
Although AMS director of
finance Dean Leung questioned
Boyle's knowledge to take on such
a task, Dobie defended her
placement on the grounds that
technical expertise was not
neccesary when all that was
needed was someone to represent
the AMS.
Forsythe reported that
Nipissing University student Rene
Zavitz, whose student council
refused to send her to the
conference on the grounds of its
"sexist" nature, is "taking a lot of
flack for spreading the word that
she's surrounded by idiots."
Zavitz will attend the
conference complements of the
AMS, and Forsythe also
mentioned the possibility of
subsidizing council members who
wished to attend the conference.
No mention was made about
subsidizing those approximately
32,109 fee-paying AMS members
who were not present, but whose
money is being used for the
Executive reports
Commenting on the last
council meeting of this term, Dobie
said, "this is the best group of
people I've seen to handle issues.
Council has been thinking things
over and often coming up with
their own decisions."
He warned council to be
prepared however, as this year's
executive has a busy year planned.
"We're going to bring more
and more complicated and
confusing issues to council," Dobie
said. "We do work for council and
we want council to know what's
going on."
Dobie also commented on the
fact that students say the
executive is inaccessible.
"I think that's crap, we go to
classes, we're always in our offices,
and we're always available," Dobie
Boyle reported that the "just
desserts" event at the women's
centre went quite well, and "the
women's club was absolutely
thrilled to put this on." As Leung
"usually writes the report during
the meeting," he was caught
somewhat off-guard with being
called upon early. He "said to
Strangway over lunch the other
day" that he was far too busy.
Strangway's solution? "If your "in"
box gets too full, take it, throw out
the bottom half, and if it's
important they'll call you back.
TheUbyssey is losing in the
ad-hoc student hockey pool. Roger
Watts wished he'd had the
intestinal fortitude to carry
through a bet with the Ubyssey, in
which the loser would have to
tattoo "I love the Ubyssey/AMS,"
depending on who the loser was,
on their butt.
"I just wouldn't be able to live
with myself with 'I love the
Ubyssey' tattooed on my butt,"
Watts said.
"I'd have gotten the fucking
tattoo," laughed Ubyssey coordinating editor Douglas Ferris.
"I don't know about Roger, but I
can't think of anything mors
personally liberating than
'mooning' my duly elected
NowThis Card
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The hard life of a student just got easier. Now you can get a
great cut at Suki's Robson Street Salon for only $25 with a
student card. The offer is good all day Monday and Tuesday.
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Alma Mater Society
in now accepting
Proposals for the
Proposals must:
1) Be as specific as possible
2) Include the following information:
• name of group requesting funds
• number of people working on project
• name of a contact person
(include telephone #)
• who will benefit from the project
• description of the project in detail
• a summarizing paragraph
• the amount of money requested
• sources of other funds if applicable
There is an upper limit of $3,000 for each proposal.
Each group may be contacted to give a short
presentation of their idea to the members of Grad
Class Council.
The deadline for proposals is 4:00 p.m. Tuesday
February 15, 1994 and is final. No proposal will be
accepted after this date.
Proposals will be received at SUB Room 238.
Please contact Dean Olund at 822-3818 or 736-6011 or
Kristen Pederson at 822-3818 or 228-4926 6 THE UBYSSEY
Summer Jobs
with the Alma Mater Society
All summer positions with the Alma Mater Society are offered with
the following terms of employment:
A) Only AMS members (UBC students) are eligible for employment,
and preference is given to those who are returning for the 1994/95
academic year.
B) For the positions of Summer Publications Coordinator, AMS
Orientation Coordinator, High School Orientation Delegates, and
Information Center Coordinator, a Completion Bonus will be paid
to the employee upon the timely completion of the job as
described below and the receipt of a final report. For all Summer
Projects, the Completion Bonus will be paid to the employee upon
the timely completion of his/her project and the receipt of a final
report where necessary.
C) At the end of the term of employment, each employee shall submit their final report to the Hiring Committee and present it orally.
This report shall include the employee's suggestions on how to
improve the summer position as well as an orientation section for
their successor.
Application forms are available from Terri Folsom, Administrative
Assistant in SUB 238. Please note that the position of Summer
Publications Coordinator and all Summer Projects require detailed
■ Summer Publications Coordinator
At the beginning of each academic year, the AMS distributes a number of publications, including the Inside UBC, to first year and returning students. These publications are intended to provide information about the AMS and UBC from a student's perspective.
For each publication the successful applicant will:
• solicit and edit material from a variety of student groups;
• write material;
• determine each publication's length and format;
• prepare and administer a summer publication budget;
• organize the timely distribution of each publication;
• report to and take direction from the President.
We are looking for applicants who have:
• knowledge of both the AMS and UBC;
• proven editing and writing abilities;
• constructive criticism of previous AMS summer publications;
• a proposal for this year's main publication, The Inside UBC.
Applicants must be available on a part time basis (10 hours per week) from
Monday March 7,1994 to Friday April 1,1994 to solicit submissions from student groups and full time (37.5 hours per week) from Monday May 2, 1994 to
Friday September 2, 1994.
For further information, please contact Bill Dobie, AMS President, in SUB 256 at
■ AMS Orientation Coordinator
In the second half of July and all of August, the AMS offers introductory tours of
the Student Union Building for new students. In addition, the AMS sponsors several social events for new students in the month of September.
The successful applicant will:
• solicit volunteers to act as tour guides, from a variety of constituencies on campus
• develop a comprehensive orientation program that will introduce and welcome
new students to the AMS, taking into consideration the changing
demographics of first year students;
• solicit ideas for the orientation program from other Canadian Universities;
• complement other orientation programs offered by the University;
• report to and take direction from the AMS Vice President.
We are looking for applicants who are:
• knowledgeable about both the AMS and UBC;
• creative in presenting information;
• outgoing, energetic, and enthusiastic;
• familiar with the needs of both traditional first year students (18 years old) and
non-traditional students.
Applicants must be available full time (37.5 hours per week) from Monday,
May 2, 1994 to Friday September 2, 1994 and part time (10 hours per week)
from Monday September 5, 1994 to Friday September 16, 1994. The wage is
$9.00 per hour.
For further information, please contact Janice Boyle, AMS Vice President, in
SUB 248 at 822-3092.
■ Information Center Coordinator
During the summer, the AMS operates a desk on the SUB concourse that offers
information to students, tourists, etc.
We are looking for applicants who are:
• extraordinarily friendly and helpful;
• very knowledgeable about the AMS and UBC;
• knowledgeable about the Lower Mainland;
• creative in obtaining information;
• able to deal with the same questions over and over again with a smile
on their face;
• able to deal with the same questions over and over again with a smile
on their face.
Applicants must be available from Monday, April 25th to Friday, September 2.
1994. The wage is $9.00 per hour based on a 37.5 hour work week. Preference
will be given to those applicants who are returning for the 1994/95 academic year.
Further information may be obtained from Carole Forsythe, Coordinator of
External Affairs, in SUB 250 at 822-2050.
■ High School Orientation Delegates
From mid-April to early June, the AMS sends out delegates to high schools
throughout the Lower Mainland who provide information on the AMS and
University life to potential UBC students.
We are looking for applicants who are:
• knowledgeable about both the AMS and UBC;
• outgoing, friendly and helpful;
• experienced in public speaking;
• willing to travel;
• finished final exams early.
Applicants must be available from Monday, April 8th, to Wednesday, June 8,
1994. The wage is $9.00 per hour. Travel Expenses are reimbursed.
Further information may be obtained from Carole Forsythe, AMS Coordinator of
External Affairs at 822-2050 or in SUB 250.
AMS Summer Projects
Do you have a proposal that will benefit students? Want to be hired to implement it?
The AMS is looking for innovative summer projects designed by AMS students.
Each project should include a detailed description, an explanation as to how it will
benefit students, a budget, and a timeline for completion.
The wage is S9.00 per hour. The term of employment shall be determined in joint
consultation between the employee and Hiring Committee.
Further information may be obtained from Janice Boyle, AMS Vice President at
822-3092 or in SUB 248.
The deadline for all applications is Friday, February 25th, 1994 at 4:30 p.m.
Applications should be addressed to the AMS Hiring Committee,
c/o Terri Folsom Administrative Assistant, SUB 238. TUESDAY 8 FEBRUARY 1994
thisis a space, we wantyouto
look at this space and think
touch it feel it become the
space, let the space take over
your body....yes luke that's
right use the force, use the
force it will guide you down
the right path, not the easy
path like the dark side no for
that is the way of darth vader
and his evil debauched lot.
hmmmm i hate christian
alllegory. well let me tell you
about some friends of mine
well they're not exactly
friends one of my firends is
James Steiger, i think he is
such a cool guy, like what a
babe, i am in awe of him and
his immense span of psychological knowledgeiwouldlike
to go to him for counselling
for he knows thefemale mind
so well, i wonder how he got
to know these tilings, in the
Saturday review he wrote
about howhe his wife and his
children talked, i wopnder
what they talked about, i
wonder if he studies them as
james steiger has actrually
ever read any Dworkin,
Irigaray,   De   Lauretis,
Kristeva, Althusser,Marx or
if he's limited his selection to
freud and his friends, well
you don't need to read freud
to get the opinions of women
which he so widely disperese.
funny that he acuses radical
feminists like me of being
intellectually oppressive or
something like that except i
really won't get a chance in
my life to spout my radical
views in an esteemed productionlike the UBCReports
neither of course will I be
given the special treatment
he got in our paper being
graced with 37"+ of space,
yes my friends we are back to
the issue of space and its
amazing how some people
prove to be such an immense
waste of space. I think to
people who have wasted our
space in the past, boy they
were an awful awful waste of
space and the student's time,
it's strange how non-students
take it upon themselves to
dictate their paternal benevolence to us, it's amazing
to what lengths some people
will go to get attention, children do that, they are very
good at whining and getting
attention, they whine and
whine and whine and whine
and whine and whine and
whine and whine and then
they whine some more, i'd
like children some day because i'm sure that i could
raise them to have their own
minds that way they won't
have to whine they'll be able
to be intelligent critical creative thinkers, yes, children
are rather nice some people
are annoying however, now
my boyfriend is a totally cool
guy, he is open minded and
fun to be around and better
yet, he thinks about things,
thinking is good, people who
think don't waste space, i'd
like to talk about space, it's
the final frontier the place
where no (sic) man has gone
before, well i'm here to say
that space has been claimed
by straight white males who
now are terrified of losing
thier space and will go to any
lengths to claim that space
and will say some pretty ridiculous things that even
Rush Ldmbaugh would have
to think twice before* thinking    about    associating
himself with people like that,
buttheads are alive and well
and arewasting space.
UBC Students
Sponsor First
to Encourage
Women to
Enter Politics
By next week,
you'll have missed it!
Register now!
Young women and men from post-secondary institutions across
Canada are attending Young Women and Politics, a conference
intended to encourage young women to participate in their communities at a political level, and to provide student leaders
access to a network of support and information.
tMMM poutics
February 9 to 13/ 1994
Sponsored by ihe Alma Mater Society of the University of British Columbia.
The Westin Bayshore • Vancouver, British Columbia
Day 1        Wednesday,
February 9th
5:30 p.m. Hors d'oeovres
6:30 p.m.       Keynote Speaker
The Honourable Barbara
McDougall; Privy Council
7:30 p.m.        Dessert
Day 2       Thursday, February
8:00 a.m.       Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m.       Women and Politics: A
Review, Part One
Dr. Lynda Erickson,
Associate Professor, Simon
Fraser University
10:30 a.m.      Refreshment Break
11:00 a.m.     Women and Politics: A
Review, Part Two
12:30 p.m.      Lunch
1:30 p.m.       Panel Discussion:
Women and Political
Panelists - May Brown; Joy
Langan; Heather McArthur;
Linda Reid, M.L.A.; and Sharon
Moderator - TBA
3:00 p.m.       Refreshment Break
3:30 -5 p.m. Overview: Women and
Sheila Baxter
Day 3        Friday, February 11 th
8:00 a.m.       Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m.       Overview: Women and
10:30 a.m.     Refreshment Break
11:00 a.m.     Panel Discussion: Women
and Elected Office
Panelists -
Dawn Black;
Senator the Honourable Pat
Carney, Privy
Council; and Judy
Moderator - Gloria Macarenko
12:30 p.m.     Lunch
1:30 p.m.       Panel Discussion:
Minority Women and
Politics        '
Panelists - Betty Baxter; Dr.
Hedy Fry, M.P.;
Sadie Kuehn; and Antonia
Moderator - Patricia Graham
3:00 p.m.        Refreshment Break
3:30 - 5 p.m. Concurrent Workshops:
Relating to the Media;
Working with the "Old
Boys"; or Being an
Effective Committee
Facilitators - Marsali Maclver;
Marlie Oden; and TBA
Day 4       Saturday, February
8:00 a.m.       Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m.       Overview: Women and
the Law
Professor Susan Boyd, Chair in
Feminist Legal Studies,
University of British Columbia
Refreshment Break
Panel Discussion:
Women's Ministries
Panelists - Carol Gran; Penny
Priddy, M.L.A.; and Lynn
Stephens, M.L.A.
Moderator - Mi-Jung Lee
12:30 p.m.     Lunch
1:30 p.m.
3:00 p.m.
3:30 - 5 p.m.
Concurrent Workshops:
Getting the Nomination;
Fundraising for the
Campaign; or
Enlisting Support for an
Facilitators - Vicki Kuhl; Valerie
York; and TBA
Refreshment Break
Concurrent Workshops:
Getting the Nomination;
Fundraising for the
Campaign; or Enlisting
Support for an Issue
Facilitators - Vicki Kuhn; Valerie
York; and TBA
Day 5
Sunday, February
10:30 a.m.     Closing Speaker
Rosemary Brown, Chief
Commissioner, Ontario Human
Rights Commission
12:00 p.m.     Closing Remarks
10:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
Registration forms for Young Women and
Politics are available in SUB 250. The
registration fees are as follows:
Daysl to 5 $150.00
Day 1 $15.00
Days 2, 3 and 4     $40.00 each
Day 5 $15.00
For further information, please contact
either Carole Forsythe, Coordinator of
External Affairs, Sophia Lee, Coordinator
with Young Women and Politics, in SUB
250 at 822-2050. c
fey Tanya Storr
World-famous Mayanist Dr Linda Scheie once said:
"In our way of seeing the world, we separate science and religion
into two domains of human experience that are opposed and often
irreconcilable. We also dismiss the way other cultures understand the
world as 'mysticism' and evaluate their contribution to the human "
heritage on a deficit scale compared to that of our science. In other
words, we judge them according to a scale of how closely they
• approximate the way we see the world."
Scheie's lecture last Wednesday night at the Orpheum focused on a
fascinating and thought-provoking alternative to Western science: the
ancient Mayan worldview. Scheie, an art history professor from the
University of Texas and author or co-author of seven books, is part of a
team of archeologists who have recently deciphered the Mayan
hieroglyph code. Embedded in the code were the secrets that hold the
key to understanding both the Mayan traditional worldview and many of
the rituals that are still practiced among the roughly 8-12 million Maya
who live in eastern meso-America today.
Dr. Linda Scheie
Maya Cosmos: 3000 Years on the Shaman's Path
Orpheum Theatre
2 February 1994
The deciphered hieroglyphs have revealed that the ancient Mayan
way of interpreting the world relied largely on the stars. In Mayan
cosmology, Scheie explained, "the sky is a map of creation, or vice-
versa." Mayan creation legends, centering around the maize god (maize
is the major crop of the Maya), are thus based on the constellations.
For example, one legend describes the maize god in a canoe with
various animals as passengers. The image of the canoe and its occupants
in this legend, depicted in drawings on many of the Mayan clay artifacts
found in archeological digs, corresponds exactly to the orientations of
the Milky Way. In the legend, the canoe holding the maize god, at first
horizontal, then tilts and sinks—and two hours after its horizontal
configuration, the Milky Way also tilts and sinks.
Using a series of slides, shown in pairs on a large screen, Scheie
divulged the connections between the Mayan practices and legends and
their counterparts in the constellations. A typical pair of slides would
show a detailed and colourful drawing on a ceramic pot and one of the
major constellations: Orion, for instance, or the Big Dipper. Every time,
Scheie was able to accurately reveal the link between the drawing and
the constellation.
Rediscovering the connection between the ancient Mayan
worldview and the constellations has involved a great deal of
guesswork, and Scheie's team have relied heavily on the guidance of
today's Mayan people.
"When something works, it has a click factor about it, and we
present it to the Mayan people. They then say whether it makes sense or
not—if you have to force it, it's probably wrong. The final answer is that
we don't know. All we can do is present the understanding of a moment.
As more and more Mayan people get involved, more and more of this
starts to make sense."
Scheie's lecture emphasized the link between the rituals of living
Mayans and their ancient past. Much of the Mayan history was lost to its
people as a result of the Spanish invasion, and Scheie's team are helping
today's Mayans reclaim their history. For example, Scheie has given
Mayan people a workshop teaching them how to read their languages.
This task of transmitting another peoples' culture across many
generations places Scheie in a unique and at times extremely difficult
position, but in the question and answer period she demonstrated that it is
a role she carries out with great humility and sensitivity.
By far the most interesting Q+A exchange took place between a
Mayan Native in the audience and Scheie, each probably informing and
questioning the other to an equal degree. Beginning in his Mayan
language, and then translating into English, he explained that he was from
the highlands of Guatemala, and thanked Scheie for sharing all her
information with the audience. He then went on to question the validity of
conducting so much research and writing all these papers without
touching on the oppressed .situation of the Maya today.
"If the knowledge of the Mayan people is of any interest to the
world, then experts like you should help the Mayan people have a
dignified place in the concert of nations," he said, to much applause.
Scheie's answer revealed her political sensitivities and involvement
in the Mayan cause, and also earned her considerable applause.
"When I work with Mayan people, it's not my life that's in danger,
it's theirs. That's why when I work with them I do what they say, when
they say it, and how they say it. All I can do is offer back to them their
own history. They don't have to accept our interpretations, they can make
their own interpretations. The indigenous peoples all over North America
usually lose, and it is up to people like us to make a fuss and embarrass
our governments."
That said, Scheie then urged the Mayan Native to join her team,
which she said already includes many Mayan participants, without whose
contributions none of the team's discoveries would have taken place.
Many other interesting topics came up over the course of the lecture
and .Q&A period. For instance, Scheie told us that our Western zodiacs
are actually frozen in the medieval period, because, unlike the Mayan
zodiacs, ours do not take into account the "procession factor", otherwise
known as the earth wobbling on its axis as it spins. This has frightening
implications for even the most casual horoscope reader, for, as Scheie
pointed out, this means an Aquarius is not really an Aquarius and a
Gemini is not really a Gemini, to name but a few.
Scheie also explained that the ancient Maya's legends reveal that
they were able to accurately predict eclipses, and that they considered
humans to be monkeys, or "leftover creatures from the third creation".
She told us that, unlike in the bible with just one divinity ordaining
creation, the Maya "like to do things by committee"—meaning they
believe creation occurs because of the communal effort of all of the
supernatural world. In addition, the Maya will accept anyone in the world
who chooses to undergo the discipline to become a Mayan shaman.
The only downfall of this latest Science, Technology, and Society
lecture was that Scheie showed the slides very quickly, making it difficult
to grasp the vast amount of information she conveyed. Aside from this
minor technicality however, Scheie's lecture provided excellent insight
into the Maya people of both yesterday and today.
Vlad the Impaler
by William Hamlin
Evidently, I missed the point. Vladimir Ashkenazy is one of
the greatest pianists in the world, and I didn't quite get it.
Maybe it would have been better if it didn't look so easy for
him. No-one would throw a beer at a martial arts master because,
well, it wouldn't be any fun.
Vladimir Ashkenazy
03 February
Huh? More specifically: Ashkenazy no longer seems, to
paraphrase Gabriel Garcia Marquez, to be one cipher more of
some greater truth contained in the music. Rather, his music
appears to be a vehicle which he uses to expose his formidable,
and indisputably impressive, expertise.
Ashkenazy's programme consisted of technically and
structurally difficult music: two sonatas by Beethoven, and a
sonata and two pieces from Romeo arid Juliet by Profokiev.
He shifted his position on his seat without even thinking
about it. He looked as though he could play the piano in his sleep.
He might have been listening to Judas Priest on a Ronald Reagan-
style headphone.
Part of the problem may stem from the fact that Ashkenazy
had already been a master pianist for fifteen years while this
reporter still had an excuse for wearing diapers. The shouts and
applause from the Ml-to-bursting Orpheum crowd confirmed
Ashkenazy's legendary status.
The Ashkenazy concert was the first of the Vancouver Recital
Society's three "fund-raisers" this season. Revenues from the
larger audiences these performances attract help to bring to
Vancouver the younger, relatively unseen artists that are the meat
ofthe VRS's concert schedule.
Big boys with big toys
by Sarah O'Donnell
"The Big Boys with the Big
Toys," came out to play at the 11th
annual USA Motor Spectacular last
weekend at BC Place.
There is no denying that this was
hicktown in all its glory. For all the
rednecks who attended, this was the
black leather, big silver belt buckle and
flannel shirt event ofthe year... and it
swept me away!!!
From the minute I heard the
scaplers on the corner selling tickets
AND earplugs for $11 knew that this
would be an extra speciar event.
Monster Trucks
BC Place
05 February
By 6pm the stadium looked like a
large cattle coral. The proud
competetors displayed their vehicles on
the floor, while spectators desperately
tried to get autographs signed by their
favourite monster truck driver or
motocross racer before the show
Olish and Nicholas, two young
brothers who were attending the event
with their parents both agreed that
their favorite event was usually the
demolition derby; but, this year the
monster trucks looked the coolest.
Kelly and Katie, two teenagers
from Richmond who frequent the
Motor Spectaculars, said "the best
thing at the competitions are definitely
the roll-over contests."
Original names like Trouble
Maker, Unnnamed Untamed, Monster
Mash and the infamous Big Foot,
graced monster trucks who competed
against each other in a series side by
side races and obstacle courses where
they accomplished amazing feats like
chasing each other in circles.
"This truly is great a family
event," I thought to myself. I
envisioned my mom, dad, sister,
brother and dog coming down from
northern Alberta just to witness the
spectacle next year.
I felt like 1 was in the WWF. As I
looked around, I saw the scene was
complete with a frenzied audience, a
constant play by play over the loud
speakers, and an announcer showing
the audience amazing slo-mo replays
and exclusive interviews with the
winner of each event.
The announcer's commentary was
filled with timeless, sexist quotes such
as "Wouldn't that be embarassing if
the women rolled over more times than
the men!" during the roll over contest
which had 3 women participating.
By the end of the night, I noticed
that carbon monoxide fumes from the
demolition derby, motocross, full pull,
monster trucks and roll over
competitions had formed a thick,
noxious cloud above the stands.
Maybe that's why everyone left
the stadium with a big 'ol smile on
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by Ron Eichler and Orrin Stroll
The giddy reporters were gathered
together in a circle when singer Miles
Hunt and lead guitarist Malcolm
Treece of the Wonderstuff sat down to
join them. The day was one of great
expectation, but it was not clear if the
band could pull through.
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The Commodore
02 February
The range of questions asked by
fellow reporters coincided well with
The Stuffies' idiot theme. Some
examples: "Would you prefer a system
where I just tape your album from a
friend and mail you a token royalty
(because everyone I know who tapes
albums mails the band royalties)" and
"what have you been doing since Never
Loved Elvis (the last album)?" Answer:
Construction For Ihe Modern Idiot (the
new album).
"It's amusing how many horrific
bands popped up as a direct result of
what the Wonderstuff were doing,"
mused Hunt on his The Wonderstuff s
relation to other bands. When asked
about the band's influence on The
Mission's recent album Masque
(produced after the two bands toured
together), Hunt seemed almost
apologetic, and opinioned that The
Mission were probably sorry that they
ever met.
Hunt's tone changed later when
he was discussing collaboration, most
notably with Linda McRae from Spirit
of the West and Wayne Hussey from
The Mission. Hunt joked that a lot of
great stuff came out of that, yet all he
was required to do was sit there and
enjoy the recognition.
The show that night was wild.
From the explosive opening song
"Change Every Light Bulb In The
House" to the trademark megaphone
finale in "Gud Night" the band kept the ,
audience in a wild mood. The band
managed to move through an
interesting emotional range—from the
desperation of "Circle Square" to the
levity of "Size of a Cow" to the anger ■
of "Wish Them All Dead."
On a humourous note, praise goes
to Hunt, who told the "fucking idiots"
who were "crowd surfing" to stop, as
people had paid to see "our beautiful
faces and not your hairy asses."
The audience didn't seem to
notice that some classic songs like
"Welcome to The Cheap Seats" and
cunent single "Feeling Alright (Happy
Now)" were passed over to make room
for songs that were more personal to
the band members.
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not a band that takes itself very
seriously, even though the members are
all very talented musically. The result
is that audience members left the
Commodore that night with sense of
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Population "bomb" is our creation
by Katherlne Smart
UBC graduate Margaret
Catley-Carlson, the first female and
non-American president of the
Population Council of New York,
gave an intriguing lecture on
"Megatrends for the Millennium"
on Thursday 27 January.
Her lecture focused on the "incendiary topic of population growth
and why the "population bomb is
an enduringmyth and image in our
Maggie, as she was affectionately introduced, stated that the
global population has doubled since
1950 and has continued to grow to
5.57 billion people today. It took
one million years for the earth's
population to reach one billion
people; the same growth is currently achieved each decade.
Her speech called on us to stop
blaming the developing world for
the population problem, and to take
more responsibility for our own
consumption levels. She accused
people in the industrialized world
of "trying to find reasons that don't
touch us—I wont stop driving my
car, but you stop having babies."
The pressing question is
whether or not the earth will be
able to produce enough food to sustain it's inhabitants. Although the
developing world contributes
largely to population growth, it is
the West that is consuming the
earth's natural resources. Shockingly, each Canadian consumes
more than ten Bangladeshis.
Changing population demographics carry with them implications for world power balances. By
2020, the industrialized West will
be only 17 percent of the global
population, compared with 33 per
cent in 1950.
"Doesn't the world start to look
different" in those terms, Catley-
Carlson asked.
The changing population has
resulted in a large disparity in the
quality of life between developed
and developing countries—one
which is feulling immigration to
the North.
Disparity has caused "a push
of people determined they will have
a better life," amounting to 17 million people migrating to other
countries worldwide.
Catley-Carlson al so presented
some positive changes occurring
around the globe. She said the global use of contraceptives has increased significantly. Overall, the
fertility rate of women has decreased by half. Nevertheless, contraceptives need to be more available to women in developing countries—50 percent of pregnancies
are still unwanted.
Perhaps most startling is the
150,000 abortions performed daily,
one-third of which are illegal and
unsafe. The result is that every
three minutes a woman dies from
an unsafe abortion. The needs of
these women must be met, Catley-
Carlson stressed.
Religious opposition to contraception in fundamentalist Islamic
states and among Catholics make
it difficult for some women to deal
realistically with their fertility.
Catley-Carlson reported that the
Pope recently said "unnatural"
contraceptive methods are morally
on par with murder.
Catley-Carlson stated governments are now recognizing the
problem and taking action, at least
in words, to address the problem.
Yet only one percent of global
spending for development assistance goes towards population issues.
Canadais nowin what Catley-
Carson called a "demographic
transition." It is a unique phenomenon that has never happened before and will never happen again—
a change from a society of high
birth and death rates to a society of
low birth and death rates. She said
it is our job to speed the transition.
"We dont have to be passive,
we can be active," she said, one way
being to ensure females attend
school. Women with more than
seven years of school have an average of three children less than those
with little or no school.
She also advocated encouraging "later and therefore healthier
babies," and better care in the
treatment and prom' on of contraceptives. These rr isures will
be "enriching for peoj .* concerned
andwillhaveademo) aphic effect
to make numbers less scary," she
Are such programs likely to
happen? According to UNICEF, to
make changes happenitwouldcost
$25 billion/year, less than half the
cost of Canada's health care system. It would be the "equivalent of
several hours of military expenditure... a tank or a helicopter for a
hypothetical example," Catley-
Carlson said.
But despite Catley-Carlson's
call for the wise use of resources, as
with everything in life the subtle
ironies persist. While talking of
over-consumption, the dying environment and the population bomb,
Maggie poured herself a glass of
water from a plastic Evian bottle
into a styrofoam cup.
Prof voices Biphobia in lecture
OTTAWA (CUP)—A University of
Ottawa professor has been warned
not to express controversial personal opinions in his class after an
investigationinto remarks he made
last month.
Several students complained
that during a discussion on the
family in an introduction to sociology course Jan. 4, professor Paul
Lamy remarked: "You call them
bisexuals, I call them psychopaths."
Seven students signed a letter to
the dean of socials
riences Henry Edwards claiming
Lamy's comment was not an isolated incident. The students claim
the comments "reflect a larger
judgmental attitude which pervades all his lecturing."
After a three-week investigation, Edwards reprimanded Lamy
in a statement released Jan. 28: "I
have taken measures provided for
in the collective agreement by
sending Professor Lamy a letter
explicitly directing him to refrain
from expressing non-academic
personal opinions which are likely
to have counterproductive effects
on the students," said Edwards in a
press release.
he will stop injecting opinion into
his lectures, but doesn't see the
justice ofhaving his personal views
restricted to his private life. "I have
my freedom from the Charter of
Rights and Freedoms and I have
the freedom to say what I want," he
Lamy said it's not possible for
a professor to be sensitive to every
point of view and that his remarks
about bisexuals were oversimpli-
Tm a very controversial per-
son,"he said. "But that doesntmean
I have malice." Mostof the students
who complained about Lamy
seemed satisfied with the
investigation's decision."
All we wanted was unfounded
opinions to be left out ofthe classroom," said Meredith Lilly, a first-
year sociology student. "I do not
want to impose on professor Lamy's
academic freedom, provided that
opinions that aren't backedby valid
studies are left out of the classroom."
One student who was present
for Lamy's remarks about bisexuals said that, although she person-
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she doubted they would have a
strong influence on the class.
"We have minds of our own.
One person's opinion wont sway us
one way or another," said second-
year history student Margaret
Lamy said the restrictions imposed upon professors speaking
about their personal views in a
classroom are just a "passing fad."
"Things will change," he said.
"What you see now is an extreme."
Lamy said he thinks the rules
at universities about revealing
personal bias are becoming ridiculous compared to lOor 15yearsago.
He said he's afraid that students
"can take a free shot" at professors
and not get charged for making
false accusations.
This incident is not the only
one to result in a complaint about
Lamy. According to student council vice-president Ira Lax, a woman
contacted him about comments
Lamy made in another sociology
Lamy readily acknowledged
this incident. "I called [feminist
author] Betty Freidan an old hag,"
he said with a grin.
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AMS General Meeting
Notice of
Annual General Meeting
of the Alma Mater Society
Wednesday, Feb. 16th, 12pm
Room 206 (Council Chambers) SUB
Pursuant to Code & Bylaws, Bylaw 3, Section One (1) the following shall be dealt with:
1. Be it resolved that the members of the Society approve the
financial statements of the AMS, for the year ending April
30, 93.
2. Be it resolved that the members of the Society receive &.
approve the Society's interim financial statements for the
period ending Dec. 31/93.
3. Be it resolved that the members of the Society appoint
Dyke & Howard as the auditors ofthe Society for the 1994-
95 fiscal year.
4- The Society will receive the Report of the President and
the General Manager with respect to the activities of the
Society of the present school year.
All AMS members (yes, that means you) invited & encouraged to
We have audited the balance sheet of The Alma Mater Society of The University of
British Columbia as at April 30, 1993 and the statement of revenue, expenditures and
changes in general surplus for the year then ended. These financial statements are the
responsibility of the Society's management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on
these financial statements based on our audit.
Except as explained in the following paragraph, we conducted our audit in accordance
with generally accepted auditing standards. Those standards require that we plan and perform an audit to obtain reasonable assurance whether the financial statements are free of
material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting
the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing
the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as
evaluating the overall financial statement presentation.
In common with many non-profit organizations, the undergraduate societies derive funds
from fee levies and other revenue, the completeness of which is not susceptible to satisfactory audit verification. Accordingly, our verification of the revenues, as presented on
Schedule 4 to these financial statements, was limited to the amounts recorded in the
records of the Society.
In our opinion, except for the effect of adjustments, if any, which we might have determined to be necessary had we been able to satisfy ourselves concerning the completeness
of fee levies and other revenue referred to in the previous paragraph, these financial statements ptesent fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Society as at
April 30, 1993 and the results of its operations and the changes in its financial position
for the year then ended in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. As
required by the Society Act of British Columbia, we report that, in our opinion, these
principles have been applied on a basis consistent with that of the preceding year.
Chartered Accountants
Richmond, Canada June 11, 1993
Balance Sheet
April 30,1993 with comparative figures for 1992
Term deposits and interest bearing securities (Schedule 1)
Accounts receivable
Accrued interest
Publications advertising
Sundry accounts and advances (Schedule 2)
An Collection
Student facilities, at cost less accumulated depreciation (Note 2)
$3,136,539    $2,873,892
$ 7,657,990    $ 7,486,307
Liabilities and Surplus
Cheques issued in excess of funds on deposit
Accounts payable and accrued charges
Due to clubs and societies (Schedule 3)
Fund balances
Equity in student facilities (Note 3)
Special purpose reserves and provisions (Schedule 5)
Contributed surplus - Art Collection
8bursary Endowment Fund (Note 4)
General surplus
Commitments (Note 5)	
$576,431       $147,861
760,392 777,885
326,904 376,162
3,457,979 3,622,273
1,464,806 1,532,302
583,750 583,750
485,647 444,386
2,081 1,688
$ 7,657,990 $ 7,486,307
Accompanying notes to the financial statements are available from Terri Folsom, Administrative Assistant in Room 238
of the Student Union Building.
General Manager
Statement of Revenue, Expenditures and
Changes in General Surplus
Year ended April 30,1993 with comparative figures for 1992
Fees and contribution from operations
Student fees (Note 6)
Business operations, net (Schedule 7)
Investment income
Other revenues and expense recoveries charged
$1,343,548 $1,281,023
421,728 348,044
201,778   214,116
to business operations (Schedule 7 - Note 4)
Extramural and intramural athletic fees (note 6)
Student fees collected on behalf of graduate
and undergraduate organizations and other
1,584,784       1,555,389
Capital Projects Acquisition Committee Reserve (Schedule 5)
Student activity and government (Schedule 8)
Administrative (Schedule 10)
Intramural reserve (Schedule 5)
C.I.T.R. Radio (Schedule9)
Special Projects Reserve (Schedule 5)
Other reserves (Schedule 5) 	
1,651,887       1,134,899
Appropriations, transfers and recoveries
Appropriations to special purpose reserves
and provisions (Schedule 5)
Non-discretionary appropriations
Discretionary appropriations
Net expenditures funded by special purpose
reserves and provisions (Schedule 5)
Transfer to Bursary Endowment Fund (Note 4)
Change in general surplus for year
General surplus, beginning of year
General surplus, end of year
Accompanying notes to the financial statements are available from Terri Folsom, Administrative Assistant in Room 238
ofthe Student Union Building. TUESDAY 8 FEBRUARY 1994
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is not an Illusion: deny the denial
This is concerning the contents
of a leaflet distributed on 1 February to some vehicles in B-lot. I have
the following comments:
I would like to thank the person responsible as he or she has
opened my eyes to the fact that the
Holocaust was a hoax. Mr Ball's
brilliant writing convinced me that
half of the eleven million European
Jewish population (in 1942) were
not killed by the Nazi regime.
Although Ball did not elaborate on their fate, I am now convinced that the six million supposed victims are now secretly residing in Club Med resorts around
the world, and that the Jewish-
controlled media is obviously hiding this truth from the world.
Please excuse me for the sarcastic tone of the above paragraphs,
but the audacity of Ball's leaflet
has really irritated me. However, I
will respect Ball's right to publish
this material. I know that many
Canadians would like to ban all
writing published by "hate groups."
I believe that such ideas should be
allowed into the forum of public
debate where theycan be discussed.
There will always be people
who believe the Jewish people are
behind all the world's evils. If we
suppress such thoughts we could
get on the slippery slope towards
censorship. But that is an entirely
separate topic for discussion.
I simply wish that Ball would
provide better quality evidence be
fore making such claims. I am not
an expert on World War II, but I
did not have much trouble punching holes in Ball's argument. It is
apparent that he had already formulated an answer before examining the evidence. I will not
bore you with an
extensive critique
ofthe article, but
would like to point out several
pieces of evidence misinterpreted
by Ball.
He points to the fact that an
orchestra often played at
Auschwitz as evidence that it was
not a death camp. In fact, a
Schultzstaffen (commonly referred
to as SS) - organized symphony
did play music while the victims
were marched to the "showers."
The purpose of the music was to
calm the Jewish people and reinforce the facade that they were
really just going to have a shower.
Most of Ball's photographic
evidence dates from 1941 and 1942
and he claims they show no signs
of mass exterminations. However,
SS records show that plans for the
"Final Solution* were not even
started until June 1941. The
implementation of such a vast
enterprise took approximately one
year. Auschwitz was not converted
into a mass extermination camp
until mid-1942. It is therefore
reasonable to assume that the
An election is in the
eye of the beholder
There is a dire need for electoral reform in this county, and
nowhere is it more apparent—and
indeed more appropriate for that
process to begin—than in this university. There are two reforms that
are needed most. The first concerns are the numbers by which
one ought to count him/herself to
have been elected by "a majority."
The second is the use of campaign
posters and signs.
First, it is
valuable to
claim thatrefer-
enda questions
must be passed
by at least 10
percent of the student body. By
ensuring articles are not passed by
a majority of those who voted, one
is defended against partisan groups
flooding polling stationsinorder to
achieve a simple majority. However, this standard must also exist
for people who are elected, not only
for referenda questions. It is insulting that Bill Dobie would consider himself to be elected. Although it may be a majority of
those who turned out, it is a mere
3.68 percent ofthe student population. There were dictatorships in
South America that enjoyed a
higher percentage of popular support! In our elections a non-vote
Bv Zeba Crook
should be considered a "none-of-
the-above" vote. When the "none-
of-the-above" wins, is that not a
powerful statement?
With regard to the issue of
election posters, it is widely
recognised that posters carrying
the candidate's picture can effect
how people vote. People are known
to vote by appearances alone. If
one likes or does not like the appearances of, for example, a man,
woman, native or
overweight person, the picture
will take the
place of the credentials in determining their
vote. As sad as this is, the reality
cannot be denied.
The best way to combat this is
simple: remove the picture from
the poster, leaving only the credentials. While perhaps Janice
Boyle cannot be faulted for leaning
forward and giving the viewer a
sexy glance, I am sure that if she is
so sure that this in no way contributed to her victory, she will be the
first to end the controversy surrounding her poster. As for the
former amendment, however, I am
sure that her support for that cannot be expected, as her percent of
public support was as miniscule as
her president's.
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photographs Ball examined were
from too early a time period.
Ball also insists that the Nazis
first buried most of their victims
and then exumed and burned them
at later dates. This is illogical as
mass burial
consumes a
great deal of
For example, he
reports that
over 100,000 people were shot and
buried bySS death squads in 1941
at Babi Yar in Ukraine, only to be
exhumed and burned in September 1943.
The limited resources I have
at my disposal do not mention any
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pattern of mass exhumations. Also,
in September 1943 the Babi Yar
area was in the path ofthe quickly
advancing Soviet army. It is unlikely that the Nazis would have
been thinking of redisposing the
corpses at that time.
Nazis records show that only
33,771 people were killed at Babi
Yar. Ball most likely exaggerated
the figures to make people think
such mass exhumations were impossible to perform.
A majority ofthe physical evidence regarding the Holocaust was
provided by the Nazi government
and the SS. At the Nuremberg war
crimes trial in 1945-6 the SS
documents filled six freight cars.
In fact, many Nazis were proud of
their work. SS lieutenant- general
Odilo Globocnik stated:
"Gentlemen, if ever a generation should arise so slack and soft-
boned that it cannot understand
the importance of our work, then
our entire National Socialism will
have been in vain. I am of the
opinion that bronze plaques should
be erected with inscriptions to show
that it was we who had the courage
to carry out this great and necessary task."
Lastly I would like to invite
Ball or his supporters to take part
in some type of forum where their
views can be openly discussed.
Women Students' Office Sexual Harassment Office Student Health Outreach Ho*,
Did You Know?
Women worry about their safety.
According to the latest Statistics Canada report
on violence against women:
85% of women aged 18 to 34 worry about their safety
when walking alone to a parking garage
85% of the same age group worry when waiting for/using
public transportation alone after dark
For more information or help, call:
Women Students'Office 822-2415 AMS Safety Hazard Line 822-SAFE
822-4858 Sexual Harassment Office 822-6353
224-1322 Student Counselling 822-3811
WAVAW/Rape Crisis 255-6344
Student Health Outreach
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Things we love to hate
(collectively, of course):
1) People who stand on the
bus and block the way to
open seats for us folks
who want to sit down.
2) People who comment on
the large hole in our jeans.
They think we don't know
about them already?
3) Sue, Ted and Ernie (our
Macintosh computers).
4) Bad haircuts.
5) Bad drugs.
6) Iambic verse (really!).
7) Cheesy tattoos.
8) Cute puppies and babies
(why doesn't someone
disfigure them all?)
9) The Ubyssey selective
10) Nose candy. And Faith
Popcorn, too.
11) Morning productions.
Good morning, starshine!
12) Spandau Ballet... and
spandex, too.
13) Ronald Reagan (yeah,
still. We're still bitter.).
14) Smashing Pumpkins.
Just kidding.
15) UBC parking lots.
16) Eighties nostalgia.
17) Ata Rouboui (we know
where you live, fucker).
18) Greasy Chinese food—
$50 worth of fat and oil.
19) That fucking clock that's
an hour behind.
20) The Ubyssey.
THE UBYSSEY 08 February 1994
The Ubyssey is a founding member of Canadian University Press
The Ubyssey is published Tuesdays and Fridays by the Alma Mater
Society ofthe University of British Columbia. Editorial opinions are
those of the staff and not necessarily those of the university
administration, or of the publisher. The editorial office is Room
241K of the Student Union Building. Editorial Department, phone
822-2301; advertising, 822-3977; FAX 822-9279
A slow slurping moan broke the still air and shattered the concentration ofthe
few survivors. The ship had run aground and was slowly sinking. One by one
staffers started to disappear, Liz van Assum was chomped by a big Fish, man
and Gregg McNally unable to swim with his hands, succumbed to the waves.
Ted Young-Ing, Steve Chow and Douglas Ferris were happy that their trip was
over and they swam to their new underwater world. Siobhan Roantree and Bob
Beck and Sara Martin clawed their way up the side ofthe shrinking ship only
to be swallowed by a large furry mammal. Sarah O'Donnell and Katherine
Smart climbed onto a totem pole that happened to be floating by and Graham
Cook charted a new course in his brand new dingy. Sandra Iseman and Tyler
Steel and Zeba Crook caught a ride on a coincidental hot air balloon until it
popped crashing in a fiery mass crushing Ron Eichler and Tanya Storr and Will
Hamlin. Phil Banks and Steve Scali navigated their life saving device up to a
near-by Denny's and had a grand slam breakfast courtesy of Niva Chow and
Taivo Evard and Tessa Moon.
Coordinating Editor: Douglas "Bad-Ass" Ferris
News Coordinator: Graham Cook
News Editors: Sara Martin, Taivo Evard
Culture Coordinator: The "Apocalypse" Chowman
Culture Editor: Ted "I love Ernie" Young-Ing
Photography Coordinator Siobhan Roantree
Production Manager: Lb "Is that zlt big?" van Assum
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Letters to the Staff
Student does not
like being appropriated
To clarify, I did not, in
rejecting the "language of
violence" in James Steiger's
UBC Reports article ("Survey of Female Faculty yields
Asymmetric Picture", Jan.
13&4) suggest that men's
criticisms of women's ideas
constitute violence against
women, as Steiger believes.
Rather, I objected to men's
appropriation of feminist
discourse to deny the reality
of women's oppression and
to assert that men are in fact
contemporary history's victims. As one in a number of
examples, I cited Steiger's
reference to the "anti-male
abuse" which the feminist
critique of patriarchal institutions seems to represent
for him. Reading Steiger's
response to the Ubyssey editorial, I am dismayed at the
combination of vitriol and
ignorance which characterize his comments, and am
baffled that he calls upon me
to have the "courage" to
present my ideas "publicly"
so that he can evaluate them
(it's interesting how women's
speech is denied that status
of public discourse) when he
has so obviously made up
(read closed) his mind about
what feminism means.
Janice Fiamengo
Graduate Studies
Beauty is a
foolish boy
. Iam writing to respond
to the "Perspective" written
by Fernando Avendano in
last Wednesday's Ubyssey
("Sex Sells in AMS Elections"). In his article, Mr.
Avendano criticized candidates Janice Boyle and Leah
Costello for using sex to attract votes in the recent AMS
I agree. We should return to the days when women
in positions of authority had
to be sexless and repressed.
It is a woman's responsibility to hide her sexuality.
Women should wear bland
adaptations of grey business
suits in order that they might
be mistaken for men. Even
better, they should shave
their heads and wear rotting
wool sweaters to signal to
everyone that the "cult of
beauty" will not triumph.
Why limit our analysis to
women? All political candidates should wear cloth sacks
so that we can be absolutely
sure that sexual attraction
does not influence the decisions ofthe electorate. After
all, voters are too stupid and
lustful to evaluate the text
on a poster after having been
exposed to the picture.
In case anyone has
missed my point: beauty is
good, especially in human
form. Beauty should be displayed and not hidden, even
on election posters. For Mr.
Avendano to lash out at
Janice and Leah and accuse
them of"selling sex" or "looking for dates" is sick and perverse. Resentment ofbeauty:
interesting theme for an article Mr. Avendano.
Please dont
build my bridge
Do the UBC engineers
really think they are clever
by hanging volkswagons off
ofbridges and tramways that
are immediately beside and
lower than a roadway? Ha!
My grandmother, too, could
rent a one ton flatbed, tie a
cable to the shell of a car and
push it over the edge. When
I was at UBC in'78, the geers
put a bug on top ofthe clock
tower. Thaf s the last effort
I can recall that involved
some engineering beyond the
kindergarten level.
Marc Gibson
Jamie Mind to
his position of
In response to James
Steiger's expansive "perspective" in the Jan. 28 issue
of The Ubyssey, I am intrigued that he would feel so
threatened by an editorial
(Jan. 21) which dispels the
myth of equality between the
sexes on campus. Steiger is
obviously unaware of his po
sition of power - he is a white
male professor of psychology,
a field taught primarily by
other white men and studied
by those who depend on his
good will to secure their futures. In his own words,
Steiger inevitably partici-
patesin "intellectually incestuous" (white men only)
meetings; this is evidence for
why women - and people of
color - need to have there own
forums. Steiger has obviously
found a forum in which to
discuss his victimization by
"radical feminists"! I might
have made light of his article
if I were not choking on my
My purpose here is not
to further alienate professor
Steiger. As a white, (so far)
straight woman, I have
priveleges just like Steiger
does compared to many other
people on campus. Those of
us with loud voices and positions of power need to acknowledge and use them
wisely rather than feeling
defensive and victimized
(even though I acknowledge
feeling this way at times).
James Steiger, you have not
received rape-threat letters
because of your intellectual
ideas; you have not taken
classes in which white men
were excluded from curricula
about humanity; you have
never been forcedinto silence
while being sexually harassed on the job. Do not pretend to know the experiences
of women (and neither of us
should pretend to know the
experiences of being brown).
It is your responsibility to
educate yourself so that you
can listen to women and
people of color without de-
fensdveness. If you're not part
of the solution, you are the
Rachel Prior
Arte 3
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issue. Letters must be typed and are
not to exceed 300
words in length. c«-
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International Lesbian Week: Recreational volleyball
fun for all women.
12 Feb 1:00 to
9:00pm, 13 Feb
11:00am to
7:00pm, at Justice
Institute Gym on
west 4th across
from Jericho
Beach. Cost: sliding scale from 0 to
$10.00 per individual, $40.00 to
80.00 per team.
Drop-ins welcome.
Sex issue
deadline,- this
thursday at
2:00pm that
not 6:00pm,
not 10:00pm
starts when
you get there,
bring your
dildos you are
in for an adventure
SEX The AMS Wants You
Applications are being accepted for
the following positions:
Responsibilities include:
assisting clubs and constituencies in preparing
their budgets;
orienting treasurers to the procedures ofthe
AMS Business Office and to the fiscal policies
of the AMS;
assist the Director of Finance in preparing
loans for subsidiary organizations and in
updating the AMS "Treasurer's Handbook";
member of the Student Administrative
keeping regular office hours;
reporting directly to the Director of Finance.
Responsibilities include:
• attending SAC meetings;
• hold regular office hours;
• report directly to the Director of
• fulfill one of the following portfolios:
SAC Secretary, Clubs Commissioner, Security
Commissioner, Elections Commissioner,
Bookings and Building Commissioner, Art
Gallery Commissioner, Fundraising
Commissioner, Clerk of Student Court.
Responsibilities include:
• investigate and resolve complaints from
• sit as an ex-official member on AMS
Responsibilities include:
• collect and maintain the files of the President;
• record the minutes for the meetings ofthe
• assist the President in the administrative duties
of his/her office;
• hold regular office hours;
• report directly to the President.
For more information on any of these positions, please contact Terri Folsom,
Administrative Assistant at 822-3971 or in SUB 238.
Application forms are available in SUB 238.   Please submit a resume along with your application.
The deadline for submissions is Monday, February 21 at 4:30pm.
Applications should be addressed to Chair:
Selection Committee c/o Terri Folsom, Administrative Assistant, SUB 238 16   THE UBYSSEY


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