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Array Blowing the big one since 1918
volume 77 issue 45
NDP freezes tuition
PREMIER GLEN CLARK announces what students and potential voters want to hear yesterday.
by Chris Nuttall-Smith
BC Premier Glen Clark
announced a one-year tuition
freeze Monday, temporarily
relieving student fears of
impending massive fee increases.
Clark told students gathered
at Langara College he wants to
send a message to other
provincial governments slashing
social spending.
"We must protect healthcare
and education funding from
these federal cuts," Clark said,
promising "not a 35 percent
tuition fee increase, not a 20
percent like Alberta and
Ontario, but zero-a freeze on
The announcement comes
hot on the heels of Clark's March
15 promise to create 11,500 jobs
for BC youth through a new job
creation program.
Clark says the announcements are part of a series
planned for the weeks leading up
to the next legislative session.
The purpose: to draw "a clear
difference" between his
government and opposition
Michael Gardiner, BC Chair
of the Canadian Federation of
Students, gave credit to the
provincial government for
responding to widespread
student appeals.
"Finally, we have a
government which listens to the
concerns of students and appears
to recognize the need of our
society for a more accessible
public post-secondary education
system," he said in an address
following Clark's speech.
But Gardiner was quick to
qualify his enthusiasm.
"We sincerely hope that
today's announcement is not a
one-shot deal," he said, adding
that he hoped the provincial
government would gradually
eliminate tuition fees altogether.
Clark would not commit to
extending the tuition freeze
beyond next year when
questioned by reporters,
pointing to planned cuts to
federal transfer payments.
AMS Coordinator of External
Affairs Allison Dunnet says she's
doubtful the provincial govern
ment will make a more
permanent commitment.
"It's a good thing for next year
but it doesn't help us down the
road," she said.
Langara nursing student Fae
Lafka was more cynical. "It's an
election year. I hope it's
permanent, but I kind of know
it's not."
"...not a 35 percent
tuition fee increase,
not a 20 percent like
Alberta and Ontario.
but zero—
a freeze on tuition."
-Premier Glen Clark
BC Liberal leader Gordon
Campbell told The Ubyssey the
freeze was no more than a repeat
of past NDP political promises.
"Yet again we see the NDP
saying one thing and doing
another: back in April 1990 we
saw Glen Clark make almost a
carbon-copy promise," Camp
bell charged, referring to the
NDP's 1991-92 tuition freeze
implemented for a year and
subsequently dropped during
Clark's turn as Finance Minister.
Campbell added that average
BC tuition fees have jumped
almost 25 percent since then,
and said a provincial Liberal
government would protect
education funding from federal
cuts by downsizing government.
While Clark's announcement
came as a relief to most BC
students, college and university
administrators were left waiting
for the other shoe to drop; post-
secondary institutions will not
learn the fate of their provincial
operating grants until March 19.
UBC spokesperson Steve
Crombie warned that the
university would face "serious
problems" if the province went
ahead with previously-planned
cuts while restricting tuition
"We're waiting with baited
breath until tomorrow morning,
hoping we don't get nailed,"
Crombie said Monday.
UBC   purchased   advert-
isements in Vancouver's
weekend papers stating that "any
lessening of funding will leave
the university no alternative but
to increase tuition fees."
The two-page ads, which ran
in both the weekend edition of
the Vancouver Sun and the Sunday
Province, compared UBC's
tuition fees to relatively higher
fees at US colleges and outlined
university cost-cutting efforts.
The standard cost for two-
page advertisements in both the
Sun and the Province totals
approximately $60,000.
Clark assured administrators
they would not be forced to bear
the full brunt of federal transfer
funding cuts. Instead, he says
post-secondary institutions will
have to work with the provincial
government to make cost-
saving "productivity improvements."
He also told reporters that last
month's layoff of 2200 civil
servants in combination with
increased revenue from
economic growth and job
creation would still allow for a
balanced budget.
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deserves honourary degree
by Juliet Williams
Students at the University of
Alberta are outraged over the
university's plans to award
Premier Ralph Klein with an
honourary degree at this year's
spring convocation.
University administrators
have been flooded with hundreds
of calls and letters of protest in
response to the senate's offer of
an honourary Doctorate of Laws.
"It's an insult to anybody
who's actually worked for their
degree," said U of A English
student Jasmine Rault.
"Not only is he such a flop in
his own work, but that he would
make such a point of cutting back
support for our education, and
then be rewarded for his own
non-education is sick."
Klein,, who didn't finish high
school, has cut funding to post-
secondary education by over $200
million since elected premier.
Earlier this year, he referred
to university students who
interrupted a government
function as "jackasses." Klein also
cited the lack of eggs thrown at
himself    and    Minister    of
Advanced Educationjack Ady as
evidence that students supported
his government's cutbacks to
Klein says he may refuse the
degree "if students are not in
favour of it," but he has yet to
announce a final decision.
"Not only is he such
a flop in his
own work, but
that he would make
such a point of
cutting back support
for our education, and
then be rewarded for
his own non-
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-Jasmine Rault
U of A English student
Recent U of A zoology
graduate Aaron Freed says that
if Klein were giving the
convocation address at his
graduation he'd "be bringing
along some tomatoes."
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Other students share his
sentiments. The threat of a
disruption at the spring convocation prompted the U of A's
student council to urge Klein to
decline the degree, at least
"At no other point in time as a
student representative have I
faced such extensive protest,"
student council Vice-President
Matthew Hough wrote in a letter
to Klein.
"Based on the input I have
received from students, many
will be willing to actively protest
your presence at the time of
convocation... This would be an
embarrassment for yourself, for
the university, and for students."
U of A Senate Chancellor and
former Tory MLA Lou Hyndman
said the degree was offered to
commend the premier for his
community service in reducing
Alberta's deficit, and in promoting
the so-called "Alberta Advantage."
Hyndman added that in
bringing the 1988 Winter
Olympics to Calgary, Klein
"focused international attention
on the province of Alberta."
Other universities, like the
University of Calgary-where
Klein formerly served as mayor-
have policies that prohibit
offering honourary degrees to
sitting politicians.
UBC has a similar policy,
according to Melissa Picher of
the university's Ceremonies and
Events Office.
Many members of the U of A
community want their university
to adopt the same restrictions.
"An honourary degree says a
lot about a person. I don't know
ifwewantto be saying that about
Ralph right now," said second-
year science student Shannon
"If he does accept it, it will be
seen as 'You scratch my back and
I'll scratch yours' even if it wasn't
originally intended that way."
Others argue the point on
purely economic terms. "He
should be required like
everybody else to pay his
$20,000 that it would cost to get
the degree," said fourth-year
engineering student Jason
"Degrees cost us money, and
there's no reason it shouldn't cost
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The Ubyssey
Tuesday, March 19, 1996 news
Canadian aboriginal and Black South
African leaders plan historic meeting
by Samer Muscati
OTTAWA (CUP)- They live
on opposite ends of the world,
but are united by a similar history
and a common dream.
Canadian MP Elijah Harper
and South African president
Nelson Mandela have spent their
lives working to improve the
harsh living conditions imposed
on their people. The two leaders
will share their experiences
during an historic two-week visit
to South Africa by Harper and
aboriginal chiefs.
"The visit will be very
significant for First Nations in
Canada," said Harper, who will
also meet with government
ministers, senior officials and
tribal leaders over the March 12
- 27 visit.
"We've experienced the same
kind of history," said Harper.
"I'm looking forward to meeting
with South African officials and
seeing how they're working out
their problems."
The Canadian delegation's
fact-finding mission signals a
growing sense of international
solidarity among indigenous
peoples. The trip also has
symbolic and historical significance, as it takes the first step
into closing a dark chapter in
Canadian history.
It's a great honour
for me to meet [Mandela]
I will be expressing my
admiration for the
tremendous strength
he had in maintaining
the vision and integrity
of his people.
-Elija Harper
Member of Parliament
White South African officials
visited Canada during the 1940s
to study the federal government's
Indian Act, which included the
use of reserves to marginalize
and control the lives of aboriginals.
Trip organizer Al Torbitt, an
advisor with the Assembly of
Manitoba Chiefs, says that
Canada's Indian Act played a
key role in establishing racial
segregation in South Africa.
While circumstances for
indigenous people in South
Africa and Canada differ, Torbitt
says; the two share common
experiences of colonialism, the
suppression of culture and
languages and socio-economic
"These forms of oppression
have been expressed through
similar race-based laws," he
Torbitt says the two parties will
discuss strategies to deal with the
effects of that oppression. Other
topics will include economic and
social development, education,
health care and constitutional
development in multi-ethnic
Acadia students pay to join information age
by Michael Plato
information age is coming to
Acadia University—and students
will pay for it.
The university has plans to
upgrade their computer system
by providing each student with
an IBM personal laptop
But to pay for the program,
Acadia students will see a $ 1000
to $ 1200 jump in their tuition fees
in mandatory computer leasing
"There has never been a case
of that much [tuition fee increase]
in one shot," said Mike
Mancinelli, deputy chair of the
Canadian Federation of Students.
"Acadia already has one ofthe
highest tuitions in the country."
Tuition at Acadia currently
costs $3 495, compared to UBC's
$2 295.
Acadia's student union
president Kate Jenkins says
although the price of the
program is a huge concern for
students, a bursary will be
established to help offset the cost.
And she says the students like
the idea of upgrading Acadia's
computer system.
"Students like a lot of it," she
said. "Our present computer
system is inadequate."
Jenkins adds she has not heard
of any complaints from students
about the plan, which includes
IBM Canada Ltd., Maritime
Telegraph and Telephone Co.
Ltd. and Marriott Corp. as
partners in the project.
But the CFS says it is not in
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this kind of partnership with the
private sector, as it could open
the door to undue corporate
influence over curriculum.
Sandy Fraser of the
university's Academic Development Office defends the plan
as a long overdue upgrade.
"Laptops are the last step in an
evolutionary process [that]
started in the late '80s... [to
create] an information intensive
campus," she said. "[This is] not
a gimmick-it is damn
expensive-[but] the best way we
teach is enhanced by this
Frazer says students will be
getting IBM's "best price" deal,
and along with access to the
Internet from anywhere on
campus, students will receive
software such as Windows 95,
insurance, maintenance and an
upgrade every two years.
She adds that as part of the
tuition expenses, the computer
leasing will be tax deductible and
can be covered by a student loan.
"Business and industry wants
computer-literate grads," says
Frazer. "Universities that don't
provide [computers] will be
Approximately 400 new
students in the business,
computer science and physics
programs will begin leasing the
computers next year, with all
new students acquiring laptops
by the fall of the following year.
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Harper says he is excited
about meeting the 77 year-old
Mandela, whom he says has
inspired him on many levels.
The South African Nobel
peace prize winner spent 27 years
in prison after leading a political
uprising in the 1960s against
White rule. Four years after his
release from prison he was
elected South Africa's president.
"It's a great honour for me to
meet him," said Harper. "I will
be expressing my admiration for
the tremendous strength he had
in maintaining the vision and
integrity of his people."
But Harper is also no stranger
to troubles and triumphs; he has
come a long way from his days
as a child on the poverty-stricken
Cree-Ojibway reserve at Red
Sucker Lake.
Harper became a hero to
many natives when,as a New
Democrat MLA in 1990, he used
procedural tactics to prevent the
Manitoba legislature from
ratifying the Meech Lake accord.
In December, the Cree leader
organized a four-day "Sacred
Assembly" of aboriginals and
other spiritual leaders in the
hopes of healing and unifying
Harper hopes the visit will
further the reconciliation of
aboriginals in Canada.
Here comes Mikey!
by Shelley Gornall
Former BC Premier Mike
Harcourt will soon join the ranks
of Canadian ex-politicians to "go
academic" with a stint as adjunct
professor at UBC.
As of July 1 or after the next
provincial election, Harcourt will
begin a two-year appointment at
the university's Sustainable
Development Research Institute.
The former NDP leader won't
be teaching in the conventional
sense—with a regular class and a
textbook-but will give guest
lectures and work on special
projects centering around land
use, forestry practices and
Harcourt says he plans to draw
from his political experience and
use BC as an example of
sustainable development in
comparison with other rapidly-
industrializing Pacific Rim
"Sustainable development is
one of the major goals of our
government," Harcourt told
The Ubyssey, citing the NDP's
Growth Strategies Act, Clean
Air Act and the "Investing Our
Future: Building BC" report as
He also credited the NDP
government with working toward
an end to the battles between
loggers and environmentalists and
settling native land claim disputes,
though he added that "there are
still four or five years to go."
The challenge, he says, is to
balance trade and environmental
"In a few years, Vancouver
will be the size of Los Angeles,"
said Harcourt, "but the challenge
is not to be like Los Angeles in
terms of poverty and pollution."
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The Ubyssey news
Eco-radical still afloat
by Ken Wu
One of the world's most famous radical
environmentalists spoke to a crowd of
over three hundred in the Norman
Bouchard Memorial Theatre March 12.
Paul Watson, a founding member of
Greenpeace who was later expelled from
the organization for being too radical, has
been using militant tactics in defense of
marine   wildlife   through   the   Sea
■~ I'iriTi Society since
Conservation Society
Watson has received international
attention for his use of property damage
to stop whaling, sealing, drift-netting
and overfishing.
Watson spoke with The Ubyssey about
his years of involvement with
Greenpeace, his confrontational
tactics, the media's treatment of
;ntal issues
environmental uou^„ and his Sea
Sheperd campaigns.
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most proud of is that we've never caused
an injury, we've never suffered an injury
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violence, then it's a story. So although we don't intend
to hurt anybody and we don't, we try to convey sort of
a mystique of violence in order to get their attention.
When we get called "pirates," I respond by painting
my ship black and flying the Jolly Roger, and say,
"Here, you want piracy, we'll give you piracy." But I
also point out that it wasn't the British Royal Navy
that shut down piracy, but it was Henry Morgan, who
was a pirate himself. If you want to stop pirates, like
illegal whalers, then you have to go to a pirate.
How do you respond to charges of eco-terrorism by the
media and your opponents?
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injured or killed by an environmentalist. But
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it's profit and loss. If you've made their losses
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The Ubyssey 'Birds suffer painful loss
by Wolf Depner
Fifth-year guard Ken Morris came
to UBC three years ago with one goal:
to be part of a national championship
But  the   final  buzzer   in   last
Saturday's 84-67 loss to the Alberta
Golden Bears in the CIAU semi-finals
signalled the end of that ambition.
Morris' teammates were equally
disappointed, and despite a two hour
long post-game pep session by Coach
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from the loss looking devastated.
The Birds went into the Halifax
tournament ranked number one in the
nation after being picked to finish no
better than third in the Canada West
But despite a
convincing 98-79
opening round victory
over the eighth-seed
Concordia Stingers,
the T-Birds began to
unravel in their match-up
against Alberta—a team
UBC had defeated in five
of six meetings this
Morris played like a
man possessed scoring
37 points, but he had
litde support from the
rest of the squad.
Curtis Mepham,
who started in the place
of injured forward Eric
Butler, chipped in
twelve points but met
with early foul trouble.
That moved second-
year forward John
Dumont from his usual
guard position to
forward. He scored
only two points in 37
minutes of floor time-
woefully short of his
15.4 points per game
And Brady Ibbetson,
who has sparked the
Birds all year along, was
hampered by a charlie-
horse suffered in the
Concordia game the
previous night.
"Morris did a heck
of a job tonight,
but Alberta just
had   too   many
weapons and Ken
was not enough,"
said coach Bruce
Enns,   who   has
guided UBC to
four Final Eight
appearances in his
eleven years but
has yet to take
home    the    big
"He is just an
wonderful warrior
and   we're   not
going     to     see
another like him
for a long time."
When foul
trouble forced Enns to switch to a four-
guard rotation, Alberta began to
dominate the boards. Alberta's Greg
DeVries led with 30 points and pulled
down eight boards while Peter
Knechtel had nine. For the game,
Alberta out-boarded UBC 40-26.
The Birds' also lacked irifehsity on
defense, failing to create crucial
turnovers against Alberta's methodical
and slow-paced half-court game.
"There is no question that Alberta
shot the ball very well, but we had to
take so many chances defensively, that
provided openings for them," Enns
lamented. "They really pushed all the
right buttons."
The Birds came out strong early in
the second half hoping to pull off yet
another miracle comeback against the
Golden Bears, and with 13:05 minutes
remaining they battled back to within
five points.
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composure, especially from the
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ran out on their championship
"I'm not in any way ashamed of our
guys. I'm extremely proud of not only
the year we had, but I'm also proud
of the way we played today," Enns
told his team.
"I wouldn't trade all the
championship rings Alberta won for
what we went through as a team this
The final buzzer also signaled the
end of Ken Morris' and Mark
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about it, " Tinholt said.
Three years ago Tinholt moved
from guard to power forward to avoid
being cut.
"There is no doubt that is the best
year I have had as far the team goes. In
that sense I'm not really disappointed.
We can feel good about a lot of things,"
added the 6'4" Engineering student
from Winnipeg.
Morris says he now plans to pursue
pro options in Europe and try out for
the Canadian National team.
Second year forward John Dumont
is confident that the Birds will back in
force next year. His confidence may
be well-founded as Friday's opening
round victory over Concordia
showed. With the regulars in foul
trouble, rookies Joel Nickel, Darcy
Deutscher, Vital Peeters and even the
sparingly used Paul Unruh were
thrown into the fire of a national
championship. Their performances
left little doubt that they will be, along
with John Dumont, Dave Buchanan
and John Dykstra, part of what could
be a very bright T-Bird future.
by Scott Hayward
Recognized as coach of the year by
his peers, Bruce Enns received his
greatest praise from the people closest
to him.
The National Association of
Basketball Coaches of Canada awarded
Enns the Stuart Aberdeen Memorial
Trophy this season as CIAU coach of
the year. This is the fourth time he has
earned the award, a feat matched only
by coach Ken Shields who won once
with Laurentian and three times with
Enns won the award with UBC in
1989-90 and 1990-91, and with
Winnipeg in 1977-78.
First year forward Joel Nickel praised
Enns' patience and his skill as a teacher.
"His basketball knowledge is
superior," he said. "If I'm having trouble
with my shot, he can say 'here's what's
wrong, and here's how to fix it.'"
Nickel was quick to add, however,
that Enns' concern for his players
extends beyond the boundaries of the
hard court—a discovery he made
adjusting from high school to university
level basketball.
"He knows what rookies go through-
it's a huge transition, but he's with you
A lot of coaches
get caught up with
the wins and Josses
aspect-what Enns
does is he
concentrates each
day on improving as
a team
—Ken Morris
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every step of the way."
But Enns would probably trade his
personal achievements for a single
national championship he could share
with his players.
Instead, he shared the pain of their
semi-final loss to the Alberta Golden
Bears in a two-hour closed door team
meeting after the game.
"He went through each individual
player and coach and said what they
meant to the team and himself," said
retiring veteran Ken Morris. "Just so
we don't lose perspective of what
we've accomplished."
The meticulous attention he gives
his players is also present in his
approach to basketball.
"He keeps us focused on what we
have immediately at hand," Morris, a
second team all-Canadian said.
"A lot of coaches get caught up
with the wins and losses aspect-
what    Bruce    does    is    he
concentrates each day on
improving as a team."
His players also respect
Enns'   honesty   and
"He's very genuine
and he's very straight
up," Nickel recalled of
his recruiting
experience. "If you're
the right person for his team he'll
tell you, and if you're not he'll tell you too."
The result is long term associations.
Lethbridge Pronghorns men's basketball
coach Dave Crooks scouted UBC's
competition at the nationals this weekend.
He was Enns' assistant in Winnipeg and
said Enns is the reason he has been able to
do what he loves.
"You use things you get
from other places,  and
obviously I take a lot of
what I got from him," he
said. "You have to, in the end, come
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someone else."
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the success UBC had this year.
"He did such an outstanding job.
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years, but they hadn't been great,
they hadn't been at this level," he
"All of a sudden, he puts together
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Tuesday, March 19,1996
Tuesday, March 19,1996
The Ubyssey culture
Parentless Muses birth a merely satisfactory play
The Orphan Muses
at the Firehall Arts Centre
until Mar 31
by E. Yeung
Vancouverites have the opportunity to
attend another play by Michel Marc
Bouchard, Quebecois author of Lilies, the
Jessie Award winning show of 1994. Unfortunately, it seems unlikely that this production of The Orphan Muses will follow
in its footsteps.
Translated into English by Linda
Gaboriau, Muses is set in the 1960s in
Saint-Ludger de Milot, a small town in
Quebec. It is the story of four siblings
brought together on Easter weekend to
prepare for the return of their mother who
abandoned them twenty years before.
Luc (Dmitry Chepovetskyj is the only
man in the family, but not the most manly;
he wears his mother's Spanish dresses to
town. Martine (Deborah Williams), the lesbian army officer who rejected her mother
from the beginning, is infinitely more masculine, and has already left for Germany.
Isabelle (played by UBC acting grad
Laara Sadiq) is a "retard," but it turns out
that she is not as slow as her family seems
to believe. Catherine (Christine Willes) is
left to be the surrogate mother, trying to
raise and nurture Isabelle while controlling Luc's "habits."
This dysfunctional family needs a supreme effort on the part of the whole company in order to be portrayed well (and it
is possible), but it can also set the stage for
a just-as-dysfunctional production. This
particular show seems to lean toward the
dysfunctional side.
David Roberts' set, shaped like a square
soup bowl with furniture projecting from
its slopes, is awkward and has a strong
tendency to confine the action to the dip
in its centre. When the narrow rim is used,
the space is even more confining. The ac-
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of this. The characters enact and re-enact
the story of their mother's departure several times in the course of the play; from
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this before. Luc completes a book in which
their mother recounts her life story. The
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extremely effective but, more often than
not, they are confused and confusing to the
The acting of the play, on the other hand,
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unconvincing as Luc, although sometimes
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does honour to her long history with Touchstone Theatre. But the best performance
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she is childlike and and decisive when she
needs to be; even so, sometimes that is a
little hard to believe.
The Orphan Muses is simply satisfactory,
neither good nor bad. It must be said,
though, that a small handful of people in
the audience gave it a standing ovation.
"The most beautiful thing about a family is
knowing how to leave it," says the program; perhaps that applies to the play, too,
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one has just seen a play.
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One more movie you'll never see on an airplane
Executive Decision
at the Capitol 6 theatre
by Peter T. Chattaway
Your first clue that you should
enter the theatre with modest expectations comes in the ad campaign: Executive Decision-a skyjacking thriller named, d la Tom
Clancy, for presidential directives
issued only in worst-case scenarios—sells itself on the top billing of sometime action star Kurt
Russell. It would be easy to slam
a Kurt Russell action movie for
being cheesy, but that's like
slamming vanilla ice cream for
lacking flavour. We know what
to expect, but the question remains: will this be Hagen-Daaz
or, ahem, President's Choice?
Fortunately, it's the former, or
at least a really good Lucerne,
despite its unlikely premise.
Think about it: a bunch of Arab
terrorists have hijacked a passenger plane-with a bland, Bob
Dole-ish senator on board to
boot—and it's loaded with nerve
gas which the terrorists plan to
unleash over Washington, DC,
thus wiping out the American
government. And this is a bad
Alright, suspend your disbelief.
As David Grant, the intelligence
agent who sneaks onto the plane
with a crack team of military operatives, Russell is something of
a poor man's Jack Ryan: a
tuxedoed civie forced to prove his
manliness in the meticulously interracial company of army-bred
gunmen (though the casting of
John Leguizamo, To Wong Foo's
only convincing drag queen, as
one of the snipers is a welcome
wrinkle in the macho fabric).
Russell's working with a script
that owes more to Boeing technical manuals than actual character development, but he invests
just enough irony and befuddled
charisma into his role to keep it,
and the movie, interesting.
Not that the film is without
problems. Steven Seagal, licking
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can't act to save his life—he can't
even slit throats on an intelligence raid without making it look
boring—but we don't have to put
up with him once he leaves the
story halfway through.
The script by Jim & John Thomas (now there's a name to grow
up with) is riddled with stereotypes, from the fat computer geek
(Oliver Piatt) to the Koran-thumping fanatic (David Suchet) whose
frequent, oblivious close calls
with the American rescuers
threaten to turn him unintentionally into comic relief. And then
there's the Air Traffic "deputy"
who sports a walrus moustache
Wyatt Earp would kill for.
The special effects are a mixed
bag. The 747's crash landing is
the best I've seen since White
Nights, but the stealth plane that
sneaks these commandos on
board looks like it was sketched
by an entomologist with cubist
tendencies and stuck on a rickety three-wheeled shopping cart.
Furthermore, watching Russell
hunch over battle plans with his
young squad evokes flashbacks of
his early days making cheesy college sci-fi comedies for Disney. At
times you half-expect him to yell,
"Come on, gang! Let's save this
plane!" But there's a surprisingly
kinetic thrust to the film's final act
that easily makes this the cream
of the plain-vanilla crop.
Halle Berry does that scared-stewardess thing while Kurt Russell
prepares to discover depressurization in EXECUTIVE DECISION.
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The Ubyssey opinion
Clark trading tuition fees for votes?
Glen Clark's tuition freeze announcement
came as no surprise to most student leaders
and "media insiders" (read: dumb hacks like
us). Clark has gone ga-ga over youth issues in
recent months, probably in response to recent
demographic surveys that suggest North American
young people are voting more than they used to.
With the NDP reportedly trailing the Liberals by
less than two percent, Clark is probably hoping a
rush of grateful students will close the gap and then
some. After all, the Langara announcement was a
carefully managed media event (in fairness to Clark,
all political announcements are these days), but his
request that students make way for the television
and newspaper cameras was more than a litde tacky,
and perhaps telling.
The announcement was warmly received from
students previously threatened with tuition fee hikes
March 19,1996
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drinks?" offered Joe Clark. "I would like a drink." answered Matt Thompson. "I would like
to share that drink." added Sarah O'Donnell "Ice tea, lemon, not in a can, though," babbled
Maura Maclnnis, "Otherwise, cranberry." Federico Barahona, caught off guard utterred,
"Yes, no, fine, thanks."
By the time joe came back, everyone was babbling about tuition. "Nobody likes fluctuating tuition!" screamed Scott Hayward. "It doesn't fluctuate. When does it go down?" asks
Alison Cole. "It goes down at UVic, you little toad." sniped Siobhan Roantree. "Well, UVic
is just weird," commented Jenn Kuo. "It's a band-aid solution, from cotton swab governments." claimed Ed Yeung. "Currying favour from the fickle electric," suggested Janet Winters. Of course, she meant "electorate."
Then people just mumbled, rather uninterestingly. Then, a voice rang out. "Hit me two
times, lotto lady!" called Peter T. Chattaway. "Two six two seven." called out Shelley Gornall.
Another lull. Then, Chris Nuttall-Smith declared, "The only thing frozen in this office is
yoghurt." Richard Lam responded with the non-sequitur, "I always wanted my mom to
make me pudding in a cloud." "It was only after they had been terrified." stated Ben Koh.
"We're going to have a proof in a few seconds!" blurted Wolf Depner. "HeyJoe, whatcha
doin' with that gun in your hand?" screamed Charlie Cho, too late.
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Copy Editor: Sarah O'Donnell
News Editor Matt Thompson
Culture Editor: Peter T. Chattaway
Sports Editor: Scott Hayward
National/Features Editor: Federico Barahona
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ranging from 20 to 80 percent. But only after they
had been threatened with massive hikes, that might
have made it impossible for them to stay in school.
Students are appreciative, but it's the kind of appreciation a patient experiences when told that they
won't have to amputate for the time being-
relief, but hardly jubilation.
In a best case scenario, Clark's tuition and job
creation announcements may reflect a premier
genuienly dedicated to youth and post-secondary
education and his growing popular support may be
a sign that BC voters favour a saner alternative
to the scorched earth policies of Ralph Klein and
Mike Harris.
Or, it may—as the Liberals are calling it—be "deja
vu all over again," reflecting Clark's willingness to
"spin" his way into office with campaign promises,
that like all campaign promises, comes with an
election day experation date.
The current NDP government promised to freeze
tuition in an election year only to dissolve the freeze
once elected, sending unversities clamouring to
doubly increase tuition to recoup their loses.
Clark isn't really doing students any favours (aside
from the class of 1997 perhaps) by helping them into
university and then standing idlely by while tuition
is jacked up once they're in. It's more difficult for
students to budget in uncertainty; wildly volatile
tuition dotted with artifical freezes is hardly a
progressive tuition policy. It is in fact, a band-aid
solution from governments dedicated only to
getting themselves re-elected.
Tuition fees aren't just a barrier to access during
election years. If the government is genuinely
committed to an accessibly post-secondary system,
it should invest its freezes with a little staying power.
React to "mess" media—take back your mind
space is a precious thing to mind. These words
, appear in 12,000 copies of The Ubyssey, UBC's
student newspaper. Thousands of people that I don't even
know (who will probably never know me) will read this.
My mind still struggles to comprehend the impact.
And yet, thanks to the global neon billboard of the
Internet, people forward each other stupid jokes and post
even more idiotic rants on newsgroups.
Nonetheless, allow me to babble.
Some people are boring
and predictable. And I blame
the media. No, check that,
I blame people who absorb
popular mass media flotsam
like it was honey-coated
happiness. (Of course I'm not
talking about you. I'm talking
about all those other morons.)
Most people are content
with the mediocre pablum
that most popular media
sources feeds them. "That movie was fucking hilarious."
"That song's really cool. It totally rocks." "Hey, this is
really sick. Check it out." High school adolescents or
college students? You decide.
Please, let's challenge our mass media outlets. Be critical
of what you read/watch/listen, at least. Re-evaluate the
things that you like, the things that you do all the time.
While some of us comfortably laugh at the TV decade
we grew up in, some people don't even see the irony in
actually liking it. Instead, they revel in the opportunity to
by Charlie Cho
wallow in their rediscovered childhood.
Take the Star Wars trilogy. It's three movies about a
bunch of rebels trying to overthrow their empire. Sure,
there was some mystic "Force" thing, but it was basically
a war movie, set amongst the stars. Says so, in the title.
But it hardly matters nowadays. People "our age" show
their smarts by recalling TV shows and movies, not by
quoting Shakespeare or debating international politics.
What's this "our age" thing? Stop trying to punch
label us together and call us a "generation." Forget
The next music trend is loficuddlecoretechnobhangra-
shoegazinglounge! Check out the scene in Armagh,
Ireland, with bands like Schmooze and Looks Like Rain!
Speaking of music, why the hell is KISS-FM piping
throughout SUB? Hello? What happened to CiTR, UBC's
radio station? Student fees at work?
Pssst! Want to know how to get videos, CDs, tapes,
magazines and books really cheap? No, it's not Columbia
House—it's the library, stupid! All the good stuff, for free!
No purchases necessary, ever!
Problem is, libraries tend to miss some good stuff, too.
So it's up to individuals to get libraries to stock the good
stuff and to create their own personal libraries. Hunt
through used bookstores. Pore through the record shops.
Clip articles out of newspapers. Create multimedia
collages. Write passionately in coffee shops or on buses.
Expose your friends and total strangers to the good
stuff that they might be interested in. Because, if we're
going to get out of this cultural wasteland, we going to
have to realise that retrieval is as important as reaction.
LETTERS POLICY: Letters to the editor must be under 300 words. "Perspectives" are opinion pieces over 300 words but under 750 words and are run according to space.
"Freestyles" are opinion pieces written by Ubyssey staff members. Priority will be given to letters and perspectives over freestyles unless the latter is time sensitive. Opinion
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The Ubyssey
Tuesday, March 19,1996 culture
Sophocles goes to the Balkans
at the Freddy
Wood Theatre
until Mar 23
by Maura Maclnnis
With its frank depiction of political strife and the human cost of
war, Sophocles' Antigone lends itself to contemporary interpretations of its setting and political
themes. Frederic Wood Theatre's
production, directed by John
Wright, is set in modern Bosnia just
prior to the current peace initiatives.
Antigone is the final instalment
of Sophocles' 2500-year-old trilogy recounting the
tragedy of Oedipus and his family. Through bitter twists
of fate, the young Oedipus killed his own father and
married his mother. At the end of his tortured life, Oedipus cursed his own faithless sons, and the two brothers later fulfilled their destiny by killing each other.
As Antigone begins, the daughter of Oedipus is
forced to defy a warlord's edict in order to bury her
dishonoured brother Polyneices. Antigone's actions
earn her a death sentence from her future^ father-in-
law. King Creon. The young woman's doom brings
more pain and suffering to a family and a city teetering on the brink of ruin after years of war.
Antigone (Camille Sullivan) is a defiant figure, held
to a fatal course of action by her deep sense of honour
and duty. Camille Sullivan's fierce portrayal provides
ample intellectual motivation for Antigone's decision
to oppose the warlord Creon (Chris Hawkey), though
this proud tone is achieved at the expense of a broader
emotional connection between Antigone and her sister Ismene (Dawn Petten). Antigone's tragedy remains
symbolic rather than personal. Chris Hawkey endows
Camille Sullivan (left) resists Chris Hawkey's edict in Antigone.
Creon with the bombastic flair of a grandstanding
politician, but the warlord's downfall seems to stem
more from petty male pride than any greater amoral
The production has the difficult task of melding an
archaic, if poetic, text to a modern setting without
sacrificing believability. Ethereal Greek choruses,
adapted to traditional Balkan musical styles by Josko
Caleta, provide much needed emotional tension and
help to unify the familiar modern scene with the less
contemporary dialogue. It isn't always enough, however, and the audience's attention to the drama is
likely to remain academic rather than visceral.
Together with her effective costume design, Marti
Wright's set evokes a fresh image of the devastation
of the Balkan war, no easy task given the current
media barrage emanating from the region on a daily
basis. The warm lighting brings life to this otherwise
hopeless tableau. This combined effort lifts the setting beyond the current stereotype of Balkan conflict
and leaves us with a memorably modern visualization of an ancient conflict.
The Watchmen —
Brand New Day [MCA]
The Watchmen may try to look
cool, but this once-promising
Winnipeg band may have destroyed any future career opportunities with their latest album
Brand Now Day.
The album is a last minute,
half-assed effort. None of the songs are too memorable—you wouldn't be able to hum any of them. All
of the selections should have been shelved, with
the exception of 'Incarnate* with its Supertramp feel
and the acoustically driven 'Kill the Oay*—perfect
for a mellow Sunday afternoon.
These guys may'be trying to be poetic, but they
are no Leonard Cohens. The group needs to dig
deeper so their passions can come through in their
music Until then, their sound will continue to resemble Glass Tiger and the other big rocker wannabe groups of the 1980s.
Unfortunately, the band members play poorly together. The cohesive magic that exists in bands like
the Beatles or Alice in Chains just cant be found in
the Watchmen. Perhaps they should split up and
find other groups to play in. • Janet Winters
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The President's Corner
Thanks to the efforts of students and student
groups, the Provincial government has
announced a tuition freeze. The Alma Mater
Society and its members, the students of UBC. can
look hack on their endorsement and participation in
events such as the National Day of Action (Feb. 7th)
the A.MS British Columbia Forum on Post-Secondary
Education, and the AMS Trek for Education as
steps on the road to this victory. Skeptics may
say that this is only because this is an election
year; the fact is that if students had sat back and
remained complacent, the Provincial government
would not have made this decision. The government, by listening to the voices of British Columbia's
students has demonstrated their commitment to
ensuring that Post-Secondary Education remains
accessible and affordable. Often lobbying does not
produce immediate, observable results but in this
case we have seen a response that will result in
thousands of students being able to continue their
education in the year to come. Remember this
tuition freeze is only for one year though. This is a
victory but we must continue to lobby the
Provincial government and also the Federal government. Ottawa is continuing to undertime! post-
secondary education. The fight to keep education
accessible continues. The AMS will need your support in the coming months to sustain the momentum
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Amazing AMS Fact #63:
The AMS is the largest donor to UBC,
second only to the provincial
government.  The AMS has
donated over $51 million to
various buildings and
campus initiatives.
we have that resulted in the Premier's announcement of a tuition fee freeze yesterday.
For more information, please contact David Borins.
AMS President, at 822-3972 or president@ams.ubc.ca
Wanted:   Policy Analyst
The Position:  Reporting to the President, the
Policy Analyst is an informational resource for primarily the student Executive, but also Student
Council, student societies, representatives, and students. The Policy Analyst keeps track of relevant
issues and news items, takes on research projects,
researches and writes policy, assists the student
Executive and cultivates external communications,
and answers questions from both inside and outside
the University.   Working hours and job tasks are
demanding yet flexible.
Qualifications: Candidates considered for the position of Policy Analyst will have at least two years of
post-secondary education. They will have excellent
information-gathering and writing skills, and have
the ability to communicate well on all levels.   They
will have extensive experience with Student
Government, detailed knowledge ofthe B.C. Post-
Secondary Education system, a strong understanding
of B.C. and Canadian politics and proven ability in
strategic planning. Computer literacy and familiarity
with the Internet and other information technologies
arc definite assets.   The ability to sort and organize
information is essential.   Applicants should be adaptable and quick to learn.
Please send a resume in confidence, by March
27, 1996, to:
David Borins, AMS President
Alma Mater Society of UBC
Room 238 - 6138 SUB Blvd.
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z1
The Alma Mater Society is an equal opportunity
Student Safety Audit • Concerned about Campus
Safety? Volunteers are needed to obtain valuable
information.  Meet at "7-00 pm in SUB 205.
"Becoming Vegetarian" - Victofi<j^r^BSit>lvi#:.
speak about her book.   1 2:30 - 1:20 pm,SUB
Ballroom. Free Vegetarian Samples
international Day for the Elimination of
Racial Discrimination - Presentations and Discussion
Period. 10 00 am to 5 30 pm. SUB Ballroom. Free.
University Singers -James Fankhausefwdirector.
12:30 pm. UBC Recital Hall. Free.
llilpliodes' Antigone - Last Show.   8:00 pm.
:::frederic Wood Theatre    Students/Seniors $10. Adults
$14. Call the Box Office at 822-2678. (Saturday!
.: monday
The Yardstick - This valuable anti-calend#fi:s*hich q
contains professor ratings and academic tips; Will be distributed from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, SUB Cahcaurse.
Have an event you want included in the Update? Contact AMS
Communications at 822-1961 or
Tuesday, March 19, 1996
The Ubyssey
11 news
Foreign aid reduced to lowest level in three decades
by Samer Muscati (CUP)
OTTAWA - The true victims
of this year's federal budget cuts
will not organize protests, wave
placards or hold press
conferences—they will simply
continue to die in silence.
They are the anonymous Third
World victims of war, poverty,
disease and hunger, and their
plight took a turn for the worse
with the Canadian government's
decision to slash another $150
million from its foreign-aid budget
in 1998-99.
Cuts announced by Finance
Minister Paul Martin on March 6
will see foreign aid slump to its
lowest level since the mid-1960's.
The Liberals have slashed
Canada's aid budget by more than
34 per. cent-from $2.9 billion to
$1.9 billion—since taking office in
"The cuts show a wholesale
abandonment of poor people,"
said Erika Rosenfeld,
spokesperson for the Canadian
Council for International Cooperation (CCIC), an umbrella
organization representing over 100
non-profit humanitarian groups.
"The government does not see
aid as a priority issue and has
targeted it disproportionately. It's
especially shocking because it's a
such small amount of money to
begin with."
The cuts will place Canada, a
traditional leader in aid donation,
near the bottom of the generosity
list for developed countries
providing assistance.
Canada's international
development contribution will
shrink to less than 0.25 percent of
its total economic output, moving
it even further away from the 0.7
percent mark recommended by
the United Nations.
Ironically, the UN goal was
adopted at the recommendation of
former Liberal Prime Minister
Lester Pearson in 1970.
Catherine Lappe, director of
communications for Foreign
Affairs, defends the cuts as
necessary and calls them a
temporary measure.
"Things were cut in every
department and every area to fight
the deficit," said Lappe. "In the
short term, we have to deal with
the deficit issue, but in the long
term we are committed to reaching
[the 0.7 per cent] goal when
But Rosenfeld argues that the
short-sighted thinking of cutting
aid will result in more human
tragedies like those in Rwanda and
Somalia. She argues that the only
way to prevent such disasters is by
providing the resources necessary
to support basic human needs and
fight poverty and inequities at their
"People don't get excited about
long-term development," said
Rosenfeld. "We see increasingly
[more] amounts of money being
spent on emergency aid and
increasingly less on development.
It's a backward and wrong way to
do it."
Marc Dolgin, executive director
for the World University Service
of Canada (WUSC), says the cuts
will have a crippling effect on
humanitarian organizations such
as WUSC.
The non-profit, development
organization is a network of
Canadian post-secondary
institutions and individuals, and
has on-going projects throughout
the world.
Every year, WUSC organizes
a national symposium on
different development issues
across campuses in Canada and
offers summer programs for
university students to work on-
site in places like Malawi,
Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and Peru.
The organization is also the
largest non-church sponsor of
refugees coming to Canada.
"Parts of our programs are in
jeopardy," said Dolgin. "Our
symposium may not survive in two
years... and we will have to cut
back on the number of refugee
sponsorships as well."
Dolgin says that previous cuts
have already resulted in a
decrease in the number of
volunteers sent overseas, and the
new wave of reductions will
further affect summer programs
for university students.
The federal cuts contradict a
government-sponsored foreign
policy forum held in September,
where representatives from
universities, business and nongovernmental organizations
concluded that "Canada should
make no further cuts to the
[development assistance] budget
and begin to reverse the decline."
Betty Plewes, chief executive
officer for the CCIC, says the new
cuts will have a minimum effect
on deficit reduction, but will have
serious ramifications for people in
the Third World.
A recent Cornell University
study found that 4.5 million of
the estimated 6.5 million child
deaths due to malnutrition each
year could be prevented with only
small dietary improvements.
"Canada is letting deficit
reduction overshadow its
obligations to secure a viable
future for the 1.3 billion people
in the world who live on less
than $37 a year," said Plewes.
GREG MACKIE receives his shameless giveaway, The Doubter's
Companion: A Dictionary of Aggressive Common Sense, by John
Ralston Saul, from Kathie Marteinsson, UBC Bookstore's
merchandise manager
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