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The Ubyssey Sep 8, 1998

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Cops off hook students in hole
by Sarah Galashan
Students who lodged complaints against
RCMP officers for their actions during last
year's APEC conference were dealt a couple of
blows this week.
On Wednesday, Crown counsel concluded
that an internal RCMP investigation had
failed to gather sufficient evidence to lay
charges against RCMP officers. This came on
the heels of the federal government's decision
not to provide legal funding to complainants
involved in RCMP Public Complaints
Commision hearings.
Students called both Inquiries "a whitewash". "It's a bit ridiculous to compile your
own evidence to prove you're guilty," said
Annette Muttray, a UBC student complainant, of the RCMP's internal investigation.
"Now going to the [Public Complaints
Commission] hearing will be our only chance
Law students
divided over
equity issue,
survey shows
by Douglas Quan
The majority of UBC law students say they have
not personally experienced conduct that is
inequitable within the faculty, according to the
results of a student survey obtained by the Ubyssey.
But just over half said they knew of other students who had.
The survey was administered last March by
members of the Faculty Council Student Caucus
and student members of the Student-Faculty
liaison Committee to 600 first, second and third
year law students. It asked students to respond to a
series of statements regarding their law school
On the issue of equity, 66 per cent of the 201
respondents said they at least "disagreed somewhat" with the statement, "I have personally experienced conduct that [is inequitable]."
Fifty-one per cent, however, said they at least
"agreed somewhat" with the statement, "I am
aware of others who have personally experienced
conduct that [is inequitable]."
The division among law students over the equity issue was even more evident in their anonymous
written replies.
"The enure UBC law faculty should feel shame,"
wrote one student "They are unaware about the
inequities that exist and they are part of the problem not part of the solution."
"The environment of law school school is
degrading, impersonal and an antithesis to what
See "Law students" page 4
to try to get these officers disciplined," said
But even if officers are found by the
Commission to have used excessive force, it is
not mandatory that the RCMP act on its recommendations.
And ever since Solicitor General Andy
Scott's funding decision on Monday, some
complainants wonder whether they want to
go through with the proceedings at all.
Muttray, for one, said she's considering
boycotting the hearings. She wonders how
effective a case complainants can make without any legal expertise or advice.
The Commission hearings, scheduled for
mid-September, will look into more than 30
allegations that RCMP officers violated the
rights of students and protesters during last
November's meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders.
One lawyer for the complainants,
Cameron Ward, who, until now, has been
paid by donations from both UBC's adrninis-
Sarah McLachlan
and Co. had good
reason to be celebrating
Lillith Pair was even
more succesful than
last's. Enthusiastic
crowds at Thunderbird
Stadium eagerly
greeted McLachlan
upon her return to
Vancouver, the last stop
on the tour. However, the
crowds weren't as
enthused about earlier
performers, such as
Lisa Loeb and Angelique
Kid)o. Missed were
the more exotic
headttners bom earlier
dates in the tour, women
like Missy Elliot, Liz Phair
and Fiona Apple.
Still, McLachlan and
Paula Cole managed
to put on an impressive
show for the tired, jaded
and soggy audience.
But critics are already
beginning to question
whafs next for Lillith Fair.
See full review
page 16
nation and student council, says the hearings
should be called off.
"[Chretien's] government doesn't want to
face the heat that lawyers for these students
would bring against [them]."
In his decision, Scott defended the need to
provide RCMP officers with several lawyers
while supplying complainants with none.
"These [RCMP] members may be subject to
disciplinary measures as a result of the proceedings—complainants do not face similar
potential consequences."
Chris Considine, legal counsel for the
Commission, agreed. But he said that the
Commission may agree to postpone the
hearings to give complainants more time to
Complainants waited almost three
months for this week's funding decision. And
they say they are only getting access to crucial
documents now—two weeks before hearings
are set to begin.
Craig Jones, another student complainant, says he has seen documents thai
reveal Prime Minister Chretien was intimately involved in decisions to limit the level ol
protests during the APEC summit
Jones claims the documents also show the
federal government made assurances to former Indonesian president Suharto that he
would not be embarrassed by protests ovei
his country's human rights record during his
The Ubyssey reported last October that
Suharto had threatened not to attend APEC
in Vancouver unless those assurances could
be made.
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in deciding the funding question, Jones said.
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pull the purse strings on the one hand and
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Strangway to make one last pitch
by Douglas Quan
Whisder mayor Hugh O'Reilly says he likes
David Strangway's proposal to build a $100
million private university in his community,
but not enough to bring it to council for
approval. And he says after several months
of discussions, he's given the former UBC
president one last chance to come up with a
workable plan.
"I've said to them [Strangway and business partner, Peter Ufford] that it's time that
they bring their very, very best effort to us,"
said O'Reilly. "We've been talking for close to
a year, and they now understand what it is
that they have to deliver."
O'Reilly said Strangway needs to be
explicit in his proposal about the kind of
impact this university would have on the
resort community of about 8,000 residents.
"Unlike most communities, which would
bend over backwards to make this work, we
can't bend very far because we're pushing a
very sensitive issue and that's the growth of
the community."
The head of a Whistier environmental
group says he, too, is concerned about the
pace of growth in the area.
"Land is becoming a rare commodity in
this resort," said Stephane Perron, a Whistler
resident for the past 12 years. "We're all
wanting the dust to settie a bit to see where
this is taking us."
In an interview with the Ubyssey,
Strangway said he understands concerns
that the community will become too congested.
"In a place like that, you want to be
extremely sensitive about doing something
that is as environmentally sensitive as you
can possibly manage it, and you want it to fit
within the ambience of the community.
Students left high and dry by movie shoot
Uber-tough guy and movie
star Tommy Lee Jones
could be found in and
around the UBC Aquatic
Centre outdoor pool last
week, filming the
Paramount production
Double Jeopardy with
Ashley Judd. The pool was
tied up from Monday to
Friday, fordng the cancellation of several university
student and staff swims.
The popular 4:30 to 5:30
pm swim was wiped out,
so some UBC students
were forced to show up at
the ungodly hour of 6 am
to get their free pool time
The crew spent five days
amid gawking crowds setting up the scenes—the
setup alone included mut-
; tipte frogmen, stunt doubles, a crane, and the sinking of a vintage car into
the pool. All for what will
amount to under two minutes of actual screen time.
Don't bother looking for
familiar landmarks when
the film comes out—*he
pool is doubling for the
Pacific Ocean. Double
Jeopardy is scheduled to
be released sometime in
summer 1999.+
That's very much part of our thinking.
"In the end, if it [the location] is Whistler,
we want it to be a university o/Whisder, not
just a university at Whistler."
According to the draft proposal submitted to Whistler municipal officials on May
22, the ideal location for Whistler University
would be on Crown land north of Alpine
Meadows at Green Lake, land which has
been designated by the city as a potential
site for educational, cultural and recreational use. About 100 acres would be required to
build the university.
The project would be financed in part
from the selling of market housing (about
2,000 bed units) on university property, a
strategy of Strangway's during his time at
UBC. That money would cover the costs of
constructing academic facilities.
Student residences would be self-financing, and operating costs would be covered
by tuition.
While Strangway wouldn't say exactly
how much tuition students would have to
pay, he said it would cost more than going to
a public institution. "It doesn't take a lot of
genius to look south of the border and
realise that it won't be cheap," he said.
But he added that he hoped to offset the
high tuition by raising scholarship money
for students.
Still, some residents in the community
question how accessible the university will
"Are they moving the way of the United
States where you have to be rich to go to
school?" asked Keenan Moses, general manager of Whistier Outdoor Experience at
Green Lake. "It should be accessible to
Whistier University students would be
offered a broad range of undergraduate Arts
and Science courses, but there would be a
special focus on international issues. Half
the students would be from overseas.
Students would be required to study other
languages and cultures, and exchanges to
other universities around the world would
be encouraged.
In addition, students would only take one
course at a time, in three to four week
blocks. School would also be year round,
allowing students to complete their degrees
in as little as two years.
Strangway didn't want to say how close
he was to completing a final proposal. But
Mayor O'Reilly said meetings are scheduled
over the next couple of weeks.*
Progress slow on the way to Millennium Fund
by Cynthia Lee
Post-secondary students in need of
financial aid may not be the first priority to receive money from the $2.5
billion Canada Millennium Fund
According to Brian Milton, interim executive director of the Canada
Millennium Scholarship Foundation, five per cent of the funds that
will be distributed in the year 2000
will go to students of outstanding
merit, and it will likely go to them in
January. The remainder of the funds
for that year would be handed out in
Under Bill C-36, the legislation
that governs the Millennium Fund,
the Foundation may grant up to five
per cent of the funds of a given year
to students "who demonstrate
exceptional merit even if those persons are not in financial need."
Milton says there's nothing in the
legislation that says the money has
to go to those in need first But he
added, "I'm not ruling it out entirely,
it's just that it hasn't come forward."
One of the reasons things have
been moving so slowly is because
the foundation hasn't established a
board of directors yet Only Jean
Monty, president and CEO of BCE
Inc, has been appointed to chair the
15-member board. But Milton says
a board—with two students—
should be in place by the end of the
"Once that's in place, we can get
on with the real business of formally negotiating with the provinces,
designing the scholarship program,
reaching agreement on the delivery
Bill C-36 requires scholarships
be handed out beginning in the year
2000, and provide about 100,000
Canadian students an average of
$3000 towards their post-secondary
education annually.
Milton says he's optimistic the
foundation will come through, but
he says the legislation left a lot of
issues unresolved including scholarship eligibility criteria, regional
representation and how long a
scholarship can be held. These will
be up to the board of governors to
Hoops Harrison, national director of the Canadian Alliance of
Student Associations (CASA) worries about any delay in allocating
funds to students. "Students are in
dire need of this money as soon as
possible," he said.
Harrison also said it will be
important to have student representation on the board. He said the
challenge now will be getting cooperation from other student associations to select these student representatives. "It's going to be longer for
students in the end if we can't work
together on this."
But Elizabeth Carlyle, national
chair of the Canadian Federation c"
Students (CFS), says it's not necessary for the student organisations to
get together on the decision. Over
the past year, the CFS has strongly
criticised the Canada Millennium
"Although we would like to have
a student who has the interest of
students at heart...the fact is that
unless the Millennium scholarship
Fund is changed radically, it won't
make a difference which students
are on it"
Carlyle says the CFS is concerned with the "corporate heading" of the foundation and feels
there should be a publicly accountable board to make decisions.
The CFS also regards the
Millennium scholarship as a duplication of existing systems.
"How more inefficient can you
be to create a body that is sort of
doing the same thing as Canada
Student Loans does in terms of evaluating need?" Carlyle asked.
Tara Wilson, a spokesperson for
the ministry of advanced education
in B.C., agreed that the Millennium
fund should have been integrated
into existing programs.
But Milton insists there is no
duplication going on. "These are
not repayable whereas the Canada
Student Loan Program is repayable...In fact one of our goals is to
help reduce the debt providing
grants or scholarships which the
students don't have to repay."
But Milton also says the foundation will try to avoid expenses by
"piggy backing" existing systems.
He says there is a possibility that the
foundation could just add money to
federal or provincial loan programs.
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UBC failed to meet most of its
employment equity targets last
year, according to the 1997 annual
report of the Equity Office.
In one instance,  UBC  had
hoped to hire 75
additional female  "
professors in 1996.        =     -;   ~~i
In spite of that tar-   .,'
get,   the   overall
number of female
professors fell by
two compared to
1995. According to
the report, the university        made
progress in 3 out of
13 hiring targets
which were set in
1996 to help the
university build a
more representative workforce.
Although 51
per cent of UBC's
workforce is made
up of women,
only 25 per cent of
all professors are
"We have a large number of
women in the workforce at UBC,"
said Margaret Sarkissian, an advi-
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same battle"
—Bentta Bunjun
A Family Studies
grad student and
part-time employee
of the Equity Office
sor with the Equity Office, "but
they're not fully represented
throughout all the hierarchy."
Almost half of all female
employees at UBC are clustered in
service and clerical positions,
according to the report.
Other designat-
.v.■„'■■; ,'•■'"< ed equity groups
fared even worse.
Out of 2,124 professors at UBC, only
twenty (about one
per cent) are First
Nations, and 190
(about 11 per cent)
are visible minorities.
The university
didn't meet its targets, in part, due to
a lack of employment opportunities
in 1996, said
Sarkissian. In spite
of this, she added
that UBC is taking
other measures to
ensure employment equity and
reduce bias among
the university's managers.
"Even if we're not hiring right
now, we're continually doing education about issues of diversity,"
she said. "When managers are hiring they will be hiring with equity
in mind."
But Benita Bunjun, a Family
Studies grad student and part-
time employee with the Equity
Office, indicated that the disparities are greater than what the
numbers suggest. She said she
would like to see the different
equity categories broken down
further to see how women from
different backgrounds fared
under the gender category; of the
542 female university professors,
Bunjun wants to know how many
are aboriginal or visible minority
"There's a need to ask how
equity has addressed women of
colour, and indigenous women
within the [Women] equity category," she said. "If you have 35
women in tenure positions, I
couldn't care less if all of the
women are going to be white
women. Then we're fighting the
same battle."
The report's categories ignore
the connection between race and
gender, she said.
"There are hidden statistics.
Purposefully, things could be hidden, really hiding behind gender," Bunjun said. ♦
Law students
continued from page I
education is atl about," wrote another student
"However, at law school it is considered an accepted 'norm' in the name of'competition and that is
what the profession expects."
Another student wrote: "I very strongly believe
that political correctness and the fear of many
professors to say what they actually think,
because of complaining
students, is a detriment
to my legal education...
This atmosphere stifles
freedom of expression
and useful dialogue on
many topics."
Yet another wrote: "I
have been well treated,
or shall ( say, equitably
treated at law school.
While I understand that
some of my classmates
feel differently, I ask
them to compare their
experiences within and
outside of law school
and ask 'where-is my
treatment better?' The
law school does much
much better than society
in general and I commend the profs, but we cannot expect to be perfect."
UBC's dean of law, Joost Horn, told tite Ubyssey
that he isn't surprised at me wide difference of opiri-
"One of the reasons people come to law school is
that they love to work out problems or issues of feir-
ness and justice Hoe mat You have to expect you're
going to have a healthy discussion going on aD the
"It's not to say you can dismiss these comments
[of sexism and racism}, but you cant just single
"l very
believe that
and the fear
of many
to say what
they actually
detriment to
my legal
A Law student
JOOST BLOM The Dean of Law says all equity issues
are treated seriously, dale lum photo
nut some comments and ignore die others either,"
he added.
The debate over equity flared up last February
when a professor gave an assignment containing a
17th century obscenity The professor said he had
made up the word and consulted more than one dic-
tionary to make sure it wasnt real before putting it in
the assignment He later apologised to his class and
changed the offending wont
Dean Blom issued a statement saying he regretted the incident had happened, and said that be
took UBC's discrimination and harassment policy
Blom also said that the faculty's Equity
Committee is writing a report with recommendation about Irow the faculty can create a more dis-
cn*mination-free environment But Professor Bill
Black, who co-chairs that committee, would not
elaborate on those recommendations.
WesGrealock, co-president of the Law Students
Association, said he didn't want to comment on the
survey until the rest of the executive had a chance
to look at the results,*
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sub building room 241 k UBC schools journalists
by Sarah Galashan
For years, students wanting a graduate-level
journalism education in Canada have gone to
Carleton or the University of
Western Ontario. Now, UBC is
set to open the doors to its own
journalism  school,   and  the
school's director is confident
that it will be able to compete
with traditional schools of the
"The first graduating class
will be in the new millennium
and I want them to be prepared," said Donna Logan.
Logan, a former CBC executive and editor at the now-
defunct Montreal Star, says the
school's 17 students will be
offered a broad range of courses
including investigative journalism and media ethics. "It's a
very, very interesting time in
journalism because of new
media, because of a new
national paper starting and
because of ethical issues."
The SingTao school itself has been dogged
by controversy because of concerns of corporate influence. The school would never have
been started had it not been for a generous
donation from Asian media giant Sing Tao.
But Logan dismisses the concerns as a non-
issue, and says that there will always be an
"arms-length" relationship between the corporation and the school.
Canadian Press regional bureau chief
Stephen Ward and Logan comprise the
school's two full time instructors. Three other
professional journalists, including the
Vancouver Sun's managing editor, Vivian
Sosnowski, will also teach classes throughout
theyear.   .-
Students will take one third of their courses outside of the journalism school so that
they can specialise in a specific area of reporting.
"I had become convinced from watching
my own career and the careers of others who
had worked with me and for me that this was
probably the best route in terms of entering
the field [of journalism]," said Logan.
Unlike other journalism schools, however,
UBC's will not have a broadcasting component But Logan says print journalism is the
basis for all journalism and remains crucial to
the field
"Newspapers are going to be more vital
than ever and the reason is because they are
the data providers."
Students will gain practical experience
publishing an on-line magazine called The
But one of the key draws of journalism
school for budding reporters is a better
chance of landing a job after graduation—a
reputation that UBC will need a few years to
In Ontario, both major journalism schools
claim high job placement rates after graduation, and both schools dedicate one faculty
member to helping students find apprenticeships and jobs.
If there is anything in common between
both new and old journalism schools it's that
they're having to find alternative sources of
Logan says UBC shouldn't have a problem
keeping the school up and running for years
with the Sing Tao money, which has since
been reinvested.
And both Chris Doran, head of Carleton's
masters program and Manjunath Pendakur,
deanofWestern Ontario's master's program in
journalism, say that corporate fundraising is
unavoidable these days.
"Canadian universities can't survive without money from outside sources," said
Pendakur. "As long as the tail is not 'wagging
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vol. 1, no. 1
Note from the Director
of Transportation Planning
Welcome back! How'd you set here?
J. he TREK Program Centre is here to help make your commute safer, healthier, less costly, more relaxing and less polluting. Under its Official Community Plan approved in 1997,
UBC has committed to reduce everyone's reliance on driving
alone to/from/across the campus by 20% through improved
alternatives - transit, car/van pooling, bicycles, walking,
telecommuting, on-campus housing.  If driving alone five
days per week, this might involve switching one day per week
to a "greener" mode of travel. UBC TREK surveys have confirmed that transportation (and parking!) is a major issue at UBC. There is a great latent
demand at UBC to do the right (i.e. green) thing.  It's no
longer a matter of why should we, it's how - what are the
reasonable alternatives. Check out the articles on how
much money you can save on alternate forms of transportation. If you are fed up with the commute and want
to cut down on vehicle intrusion at UBC- get involved.
If driving alone five days a week, switch one day per
week to a "greener" mode of travel. If we all do our part
we'll hit the 20% target and benefit from a cleaner,
greener campus! Contact us anytime. Good luck with
your studies and/or work at UBC.
(fyoiaon -Lovzaxouz
UBC's Director oTTransportation Planning
New Vanpool Setup 'Looking Good1
J. f you've spent any time at UBC,
you've probably seen these vans
buzzing to and from campus. This
seven year old program, which got its
start at UBC, is about to get a face
As it is now, a vanpool is a group
of 6-8 people who all live in the
same area and travel to and from
UBC at the same times. Under this
system the riders bear the full brunt
of the cost of the van. Currently the
cost to the riders is about $100 per
month. While the vanpool fares are
reasonable, a lower monthly fare
would encourage more commuters
to join a vanpool. io how can we cut
the costs of vanpooling? Aran Cameron, UBC's rideshare specialist, on loan from the Jack
Bell Foundation, claims that "one of the problems with Vanpool groups is that they are
essentially charged fixed costs such as, insurance and loans even when the van is parked
while they are at work." The answer is vehicle sharing. The van, normally idle between
8:00am and 3:00pm, can be put to use during the day. By sharing their vans with UBC's
Plant Operations they will able to cut the fixed costs in
Lack of Bike. Facilities
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Pool (PUG), or Transit (TUG)User
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Transportation Plan, we'll need quick input
and feedback on planning and operational
matters related to continued improvement
of SOV alternatives. These User Groups
will be structured to reflect UBC gender,
geographic, and student/staff/faculty classifications. To volunteer, send us your name,
work and home address, classification and
usual commute mode.
The Trek Centre
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Got an eye for design ?
would like your help in
desisnins a logo for our program. The logo will need
to incorporate all types of
alternative transportation from Vanpooling to
Telecommuting. If the fame of creating the face of
the Trek Centre isn't enough to get you motivated, we
should tell you that there will also be prizes!
Send entries to the UBC Trek Centre at
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Ted "wou wou" Buehler's Day Off
Aran would prefer to be run over by a Vanpool than
by any other mode of Alternative Transportation.
'This translates into
huge savings for
the commuter!"
half. "This translates into huge savings for the commuter! Also people can now start Vanpools with as few
as four, with each additional person bringing the
monthly rates down. This gives the Vanpool groups
some incentive to keep their Vans fully occupied."
While this sounds good, there are some catches. The Vans must be left at the USC
building and users will not have access during the day unless they book through the Tool
Crib at Plantops. Also, vans with empty seats will be referred riders for occasional rides.
While our new option has more restrictions it's nice to see that Vanpooling is evolving and
offering more than the one program. Because it is generally staff that uses the Vanpools,
Aran is also working with the AMS to get more students involved in Vanpooling.
If you want start your own vanpool, contact Aran Cameron; at 827-RIDE(7433) or
341-RIDE(7433), by email at cameron@cpd.ubc.ca., stop by the office at #207 - 2210
West Mall. Free carpool registration is at www.trek.ubc.ca
Sept 8
Imasine '98
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Sept 18
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Sept 24
Trek Public Forum
Bus Loop
Sept 30
Clean Air Day
AMS Bike H
Coop Peddles
The Way For
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*—' JL' ^—' could be more bike friendly. There are few bike repair facilities
available should you encounter any mechanical problems en route, the
University Boulevard bike route is narrow and rough, and other routes ate circuitous. But these things will soon change. The forming of the AMS Bike Coop, earlier this year, will make the campus more bike friendly, and make bikes
more campus-friendly. The co-op has four goals:
• Provide public bikes for those who spend time on campus
• Provide mechanic training and shop facilities co-op members
• Provide commercial bike repair services for the university community
• Advocate bicycling issues/safety improvements to campus bike routes
The Co-op, a product of the Trek Program and the school of Landscape
Architecture, will provide better bike access on campus. The Dean of
Agricultural Sciences, Moura Quayle and Landscape Architechture students
launched the idea. The Co-op is run by Planning Student Ted Buehler and volunteers from various parts of campus.
Co-op members meet every Tuesday evening to
work on public bikes, learn new mechanical skills,
and tune up their personal bikes. To date they have
rebuilt 25 bikes for use by anyone who wants to join
the Co-op. Bikes are locked with a same-keyed padlock system, any member can use any bike. The bikes are easily recognized by
the purple and yellow paint scheme, applied in a way to make them attractive,
yet tacky enough, to discourage theft.
Future plans include mechanic training courses, bike safety courses, opening
a retail/commercial repair shop in the SUB or other central campus location,
and expanding the public bike fleet.
The Co-op is actively seeking new members and donations of bikes, tools,
and supplies. See us at our Tuesday night work parties at 2613 West Mall, call
us at 82-SPEED (827-7333), email us at bikecoop@interchange.ubc.ca or visit
our web page at www.trek.ubc.ca/bikecoop
Ted Buehler
wants your
old bike!
ubc strategic
Transportation Plan
There will be a Public Forum on
September 24th at the Bus Loop.
The topics are Goals, Issues and Options.
UBC trek Centre
#201 - 2210 West Mall
827-TREK (6735)
UBC/JBF Rideshare office
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827-RIDE (7433)
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Director of Transportation planning
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BCTransit $&
Vancouver Regional Itenstt System
Transit wants students to get on their f asTrax Program.
Fsfrax—The Smart Choke
The FasTrax strip is available lo all full-lime UBC students. Simply pick
up the FasTrax strip il the Student Union office and attach it to your
student ID card. You may be charged a small fee (around $2,001 for the
FasTrax strip. When combined with your own One Zone monthly
FareCard, (he FasTrax strip allows you to travel all day, any day
throughout BC Transit's system (one, two or three zonesi for the price of
One Zone fare travel. 827-TREK
If you would like a copy of our complete Newsletter there will be copies in the SUB. We will also be delivering copies
to each building on Campus. If we missed your building or you need more copies, please call us at 827-7433. THEIJBYSSFY.TUESD,
Bio-'geers relieved at program's re-accreditation
by Douglas Quan
Bio-RESOURCE ENGINEERING student Fatima Dharsee
won't have to take extra exams to become an engineer. RICHARD LAM PHOTO
UBC's bio-resource engineering program has won back its accreditation to the
relief of the many students who feared they
would have to take extra exams in order to
qualify to become professionals.
Last June, the Canadian Engineering
Accreditation Board (CEAB) stripped the
program of its accreditation, and threatened to do the same to the chemical and
geological engineering programs. Board
members would not disclose to the Ubyssey
their reasons for taking such action.
But Michael Isaacson, dean of the faculty of applied science, says it was due to a
combination of inadequate work space,
outdated equipment and, in the case of
geological engineering, lack of professional
engineering instructors.
"We'd been hoping to have a new building for the [chemical and bio-resource]
department for a while, and because of
that, weren't putting money into the existing facilitities," Isaacson admitted.
"Ultimately, the [CEAB] said, 'We've waited
long enough, [you've] got to do something
more significant,' and the [loss of accreditation] was the outconje of that."
The department ended up getting
$900,000 from the provincial government
to renovate classrooms and labs, and addi
tional money from the office of the vice
president academic and provost for new
equipment. There were changes made to
the curriculum to make it more relevant to
According to Gillian Pichler, director of
registration for the association of professional engineers, students who were
enrolled in the bio-resource program during
the time it wasn't accredited don't have to
worry about not being able to register as
"Because it was fixed so quickly, it's as if
nothing ever happened," she said.
That brings a sigh of relief to fourth year
bio-resource student, Fatima Dharsee. "I
was mad, angry, worried," she said, adding
that the uncertainty over the program's
future and the prospect of having to take
extra tests to prove academic qualifications
drove a couple of students to drop the program.
But Dharsee adds there's been a "definite
improvement" to the program's facilities.
Fellow student, Kelvin Yip, agrees. "We've
got a pretty good computer lab now," he
The CEAB re-accredited the bio-resource
program until June 30, 2000. In the fall of
1999, all nine engineering programs will
undergo a review to have their accreditation
extended beyond the year 2000.*
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Vancouver General Hospital [ VGH]
says UBC is not guaranteed management of an empty VGH-area
nursing residence because the hospital might use the building itself.
The eight-story former residence has been empty since 1993.
"There are several health-related options that we're looking at,"
said Murry Martin, president and
CEO of the hospital.
"I guess in terms of all of our
assets, the principal purpose of
them is first to meet health care
needs, and if there is not a health
care need that relates to the facility
then wed look into other options,
and UBC would be at the top of
that list"
Last year, Mary Risebrough,
UBC's director of housing and conferences, told the Ubyssey that VGH
had previously offered UBC management of the nursing residence.
"The hospital approached the
UBC real estate corporation and
asked if UBC would like to take over
management of the building—that
was in 1995," said Risebrough. She
"There were
we never actually
offered it to them"
—Murray Martin,
President and CEO, VGH
added that at the time of the offer, it
was at no cost to the university
other than renovations.
But Martin denies that any offer
was made.
"No, that's not correct," said
Martin. "At the time UBC
approached us about [the nursing
residence], and there were discussions about it, but we never actually offered it to them."
But she said the process is ongoing and a final decision won't be
made until mid-November.
Martin added that any takeover
would be subject to a lease agreement.
UBC housing administration
say a residence off-campus would
give students a balance of an academic environment during the day
and a home off campus.
Risebrough predicts that managing the nursing residence will
help the undergraduate waiting
lists. "If we are able to negotiate
something for the future we would
recommend it be for first and second year students."*
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or else. Summer flashback:
UBC may ditch CIAU
football coach
by Bruce Arthur
The Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union (CIAU)
said no to first-year scholarships. And now UBC may
say no to the CIAU.
The failure of a UBC-sponsored motion to grant
first-year  scholarships   may  send
UBC-bound athletes south of the border to compete says Bob Philip, the
university's athletic director.
"We can't continue to let all the
best high school kids to go to the
States," he said. "But we're willing to
work initially through the CIAU."
If UBC were to turn to the National
Collegiate Athletics Association
(NCAA), it would take a significant
amount of time—five to ten years,
according to Philip.
UBC had hoped that a proposal for
first-year scholarships at the CIAU Annual General
Meeting in June would induce high-level Canadian
student-athletes to stay home rather than opting for
the bright lights of the United States.
Recently, many top local student-athletes have
gone to the NCAA, such as Victoria's Steve Nash (the
University of Santa Clara from 1992-96, and currently
with the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA), Richmond's
Pasha Bains (the University of Wyoming), and
Vancouver's Amy Ewert (the University of Utah).
But at the CIAU's annual meeting in June, a motion
to change the existing Athletic Awards Policy to
include incoming student-athletes failed by a count of
43-37. The motion required a two-thirds majority, with
each of the 48 member institutions getting two votes.
The voting was split along regional lines, as Ontario
schools voted 19-0 against the measure. Members outside of Ontario voted 24-5 in support, with none of the
no votes coming from the western regions.
Kim Gordon, UBC's Coordinator for Interuniversity
Athletics, said that the Ontario schools are slower to
change and adapt than their Western counterparts.
"We've got younger [Athletic
Directors] out west, and in Ontario
it's still the old guard."
Gordon also stated that while
first-year scholarships are a very
divisive issue, UBC will not deviate
from the stand they've taken.
"We're losing a lot of athletes [to
the States]," she said. "We have to
be successful to survive."
Philip and UBC are looking at a
number of possible ways to extend
scholarships throughout the CIAU,
but that may not be possible without extensive changes to the organisation's structure.
Philip, who was CIAU President from 1993-95, says
UBC would support a tiered league, where one level of
competition allows first-year scholarships and the
other does not.
"In the past [tiering] would have had a detrimental
effect because schools would compete based on the
calibre of sports," he said. "Now, the tiering would be
divided by scholarships."
Gordon says that UBC wants to stay in the CIAU if
possible, and that tiering may be the way to do it.
Philip reiterated the need for action in order to keep
the union together.
"The lines between Ontario and the rest of Canada
are really drawn now, and the CIAU has got to do
something." ♦
by Bruce Arthur
"We can't continue to
let all the best high
school kids to go to the
States, but we're willing to work initially
through the CIAU"
—Bob Philip,
UBC Athletic Director
UBC has named defensive
coordinator Dave Johnson
interim head coach of the
Thunderbirds football team for
the 1998-99 season, lohnson
will take over from head coach
Casey Smith, who will sit out
the upcoming year to battle
liver cancer.
"In my high school yearbook, |myl life goal was to be
half the man that my father is,"
said the 33 year-old Johnson. "1
feel very much the same in this
scenario -to he half Ihe coach
that Casey Smith is."
Johnson will move from
defensive to offensive coordinator in addition to assuming
head coaching duties, while
defensive bucks coach Neil
Thorpe will temporarily fill
Johnson's shoes in directing the
Ihunderbird defence.
While Johnson realises that
he will be the focal point of the
defending national champions,
he is adamant that he has no
intention of replacing Smith.
"Those are big ol' shoes to fill,
and 1 don't even want to fill 'em.
This isn't the Dave Johnson
show by any stretch—if anything, I'm leaning on the guys
who know how to do it better
than I da"
Johnson points to the
superb crew of assistant coaches Smith has assembled and to
the already-existing structure of
the program as aspects that will
help keep UBC afloat. While he
says he believes the quality of
returning players is high
enough to keep UBC competitive, the major adjustments will
be in off-the-field operations.
Johnson himself has a varied
and impressive resume. Drafted
by the BC Lions as a linebacker
in 1988, he instead became an
assistant with the BC junior
Football League team—the
Abbotsford Air force—for two
years until he was named head
coach in 1990.
From Abbotsford he moved
to Scotland, when? he spent the
1991 season as head coach of
the World League Glasgow
Lions. He also spent six years at
Abbotsford Senior Secondary,
three as head coach.
He then returned to helm
the Abbotsford Air Force before
being hired by Smith as defensive coordinator when the
Thunderbirds rolled to the 1997
Vanier Cup victory over the
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THE 1998 UBC
Casey Smith may
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The T-Birds'
helmets will bear
decals (below) in
honour of Smith,
who will miss
the upcoming
season with liver
cancer, dale lum
It's a different sort of camp at UBC this year.
Football training camps are usually pretty
straightforward. Players sweat under the August sun,
banging off the rust, icing aching muscles, and
adding to their scar collections. It's a fun time to be a
football player.
And there are rules. The rookies perform the
chores, whether setting the tables for lunch or having
to tell a joke before they're allowed to eat. The veterans eat first. Everybody has a grand old time.
But not this year. At the UBC football training
camp, there are a whole new set of rules.
"I mean, it is a little bit different feeling, finding
out about Casey," said quarterback Shawn Olsen,
who returns for his third year with the Thunderbirds.
"It was a bit sombre."
When head coach Casey Smith was diagnosed
with liver cancer this summer, it changed the way
UBC's training camp was supposed to be. A pall
would probably hang over the camp without the
head coach, and his players and colleagues would
worry themselves right out of contention.
But they're fighting not to let the illness win.
"Casey always said when you cross the concentration line and you step up on the field, that's when you
block out everything," said wide receiver Brad Courts.
"So I think Casey would want us doing that"
The players are trying to make this as normal a
camp as they can. Casey has made the arduous trip to
visit camp several times. And after six weeks of punishing chemotherapy, he is thinner. But the set of the
jaw is still firm, and his players are following suit
Casey doesn't want to talk about the cancer, he's
dealing with it privately, but his players speak freely
and are full of praise.
"It is a big lift," said defensive lineman and team
captain Alex Charles, of his coach. "When he's watching you don't want to make any mistakes, you know?
You don't want him to go through what he's been
through and coming to practice to watch you drag
your butt around the field, that just isn't cool. So
when you know he's watching you're going double-
time, tripletirne."
And make no mistake, Casey is a coach. He will
always be a coach.
"He does some coaching when he's out here,"
smiled interim head coach Dave Johnson. "And some of
that is by whispering in my ear and some of that is actually approaching kids and saying, 'try this, try that'"
So the team is working hard to keep this a fun
experience. The catcalls, the yelling, the laughter—
there is a lot of energy here.
Even the normally gruff Johnson, who was moved
up from defensive coordinator at Casey's request, is
caught up in the fun this group is having.
"It's been terrific. I'm impressed with how smooth
things have gone so far," said Johnson. "We have a
great core of veteran leaders, and the assistant coaching staff has been spectacular—it's really been a pleasure working with those guys and watching them do
what they do. It's been a lot of fun for me."
People are excited about this team. Even without
Mark Nohra, Bob Beveridge, Jim Cooper, Paul Girodo,
and Curtis Galick—all stars on last season's team—
this team feels pretty good about itself.
"I get the same sort of chemistry feeling as we had
last year, with everyone pulling for a common goal,"
said Olsen. Johnson agrees.
"Its more of a Ve' thing this year," he said. "Not that
it wasn't that way last year, but I think we did rely on
some of our superstars, and this year we may have a little less glitz and glamour but hopefully we're as effective."
But without Casey Smith, there will be a difference. Three years after a 1-8-1 season, Smith led UBC
to a Vanier Cup victory. After taking over from his
father Frank, Casey made UBC his team.
No question, Johnson is in charge here, and he
and his staff are running a near-seamless camp. But
in the midst of all the drills, the sweat, and the shouting, there is something else at work here. You can read
it, plain as day, in the stickers that read "Courage for
Casey" on the back of every players helmet This is
still Casey's team. And his players appreciate seeing
their head coach where he belongs. Olsen, for one,
was pretty happy to see his coach.
"Obviously it's a pretty serious illness, but to see
that he's strong and he's fighting it, and that he's
strong enough to come out and talk to you...it gives
you hope, and sort of puts your mind at ease a bit It
means a lot"»>
Marie Nohra is coming home.
Nohra was acquired by the BC Lions
from the Hamilton llger-Cats last
week, and contract negotiations are
ongoing. He was among the final
aits at the Buffalo Bills' training
camp, and returned home to
Toronto to await the outcome of
talks with the club.
"He's a good Canadian [playerl,
and we've been trying to get him for
a long time," said Lions director of
player personnel Brendan Taman.
"There aren't enough good
Canadians out there."
Taman went on to say that Nohra
will start out on special teams and as
a backup with the club, and shows
the potential to be a solid starter.
Nohra powered UBC to the
Vanier Cup last year and led the T-
Biids with 1216 yards and 11 touch
downs en route to winning the Hec
Crighton trophy as the most valuable player in Canadian university
Nohra will be reunited with former UBC teammate Bob Beveridge,
who was inked by the Leos after
being cut loose by the New England
Patriots last month. The Lions are
still trying to finangie a roster spot
for the beefy offensive lineman. ♦ THFUBYSSFY.TUFSDAY
UBC looks to life after
by Bruce Arthur
It's easy to label football players with stereotypes^—the racecar wide receiver, the golden
boy quarterback. And it's even easier with
running backs.
Mark Nohra seemed to be a walking
stereotype for UBC last season. His arms
and legs hewn from an oak tree, and his neck
suitably submerged in massive shoulders.
He was the Clydesdale, the grinder, the powerful, bruising, back.
Meanwhile, his understudy seemed
nearly as easy to cubbyhole. Akbal Singh is
the speedster. He is the ping-pong ball back,
bouncing between the tackles and scooting
outside, with lightning feet and swiveling
hips. Interim UBC head coach Dave
Johnson says that "he can take us from here
to paydirt quicker than a hiccup."
"I think I can do that," Singh says as he
laughs uproariously. "I think I can turn it on,
when it comes down to it."
But neither stereotype quite holds true.
Nohra's speed was deceptive, for instance,
and his feet were quick. Well, the five-foot
seven Singh is no flyweight, either. His
biceps are like cannonballs, and he weighs
in at a compact and explosive 185 pounds.
Singh is a guy who can run past you or over
you, and he doesn't much care which. And it
will be up to him to step into the running
back position that Nohra made so prominent in 1997.
"I've been running between the tackles
since high school, and even before that,"
said Singh. "There are the times when I
know I'm going to have to power right
through some of the backs, and I think I
have the power and the strength to do that."
Singh will need to be able to carry UBC's
running game in 1998, because there's no
doubt who the Thunderbirds are looking to.
"Akbal     Singh
"[Akbal Singh] can get
us from here to paydirt
quicker than a
without a doubt is
the guy who'll be
carrying the mail
for us," said
Johnson. When
asked the biggest
difference between
Singh and his predecessor, Johnson
wryly quipped
"about 65 pounds."
To say that
Nohra set a high standard for UBC football
last year is a gross understatement. Nohra
churned his way to 1216 yards and 11 touchdowns, won the Hec Crighton trophy as the
most valuable player in CIAU football,
rushed for 166 yards in the Vanier Cup and
won the game's MVP Singh, meanwhile,
started the season as tailback, but was hampered first by a hip flexor that barely allowed
him to raise his knee to waist level, then by a
series of shoulder injuries.
But to put Nohra's numbers in perspective, Singh was second on the team in yards
gained on the ground, and he had 199.
Wideout Brad Courts had five touchdowns. Nohra was a one-man
wrecking crew. So what will UBC do
without him?
"We're not going to try to replace
[Nohra] because I don't think you
can," said interim head coach Dave
Johnson. "We need it to be a real
team effort.
Everybody has a
chunk and a portion
of work to do. We'll
[replace Nohra's production] by committee."
One of the leaders
of that committee will
be second-year man
Trevor Bourne, who
interim head coach stepped in admirably
for Nohra when the
warhorse was injured late last season. He'll join Singh in the UBC
backfield at fullback.
"I'm not sure how it's going to
work, but even though Mark's gone I
think we might even have a better
attack," said the 6'1", 210 pound Bourne.
"I'm basically a tailback playing fullback, so
we're going to have two weapons instead of
Not only is Nohra gone, but so are All-
Canadian offensive linemen Bob Beveridge
and Jim Cooper. But both Bourne and Singh,
true running backs to the core, are optimistic
—Dave Johnson
AKBAL SINGH The UBC speedster will be UBC's
number one tailback, richard lam/ubyssey file photo
about UBC's ground game.
"I think our line's just as strong," said
Bourne. "I think we could rush the ball a lot
this year."
Singh agrees. "This year with our run-
blocking scheme, I think we'll be fine with
UBC better hope so. That Nohra fellah
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While this scenario may sound as fictional as an episode of X-Files, it's
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of making atomic bombs. Instead, the cargo
will be transported from the Canadian border to the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station
in Ontario to be used as reactor fuel.
The fuel, known as mixed oxide (MOX), is
a blend of uranium oxide and plutonium
oxide extracted from decommissioned
nuclear warheads. Canadian Deuterium
Uranium (CANDU) nuclear reactors such as
the Bruce A reactors normally use uranium
fuel rods in fission reactions that generate
electricity. But the US Department of Energy
(DOE) and AECL say that by mixing a litde
plutonium into the fuel, commercial nuclear
reactors such as those in Ontario can be
used to eradicate the surplus supplies of
weapons-grade plutonium in Russia and the
United States.
In 1992, the DOE set a goal of dismantling
2,000 Cold War-era nuclear warheads per
year. While it has never reached that goal,
both the US and Russia have reportedly
accumulated about 50 tons of excess pluto-
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meeting of the G-8 nations in Moscow,
Canada announced that in the interest of
getting rid of weapons plutonium, it would
make available Ontario Hydro's CANDU
reactors for MOX fuel.
But according to Canada's department of
foreign affairs and international trade, Russia
and the US have been studying the feasibility of using MOX fuel as early as 1994
AlCLis the Grown Corporation that manages Canada's nuclear tesearch and CANDU
reactors. Larry Shewchuk, AECL's corporate
media relations manager, says that it's the
national governments that will make the
decision to go ahead with the MOX project.
However, he hopes that Canada will take part
in what he says is a major step toward
nuclear disarmament. "If we see surplus
weapons-grade plutonium being destroyed
by making electricity, this is ^significant
development in the area of weald peace.
We're taking nuclear weapons off the face of
the earth and we're not just destroying th^a^
we're making electricity out of the desl ruction of them," says Shewchuk.
He adds that while Ontario Hydro's reactors are being considered for MOX fuel, it's
not just Canada that thinks this plan is a
good idea. Other countries, including the US
and some European countries, have
expressed interest in using weapons plutonium in their civilian reactors. "It's really up to
the United States, and the Russians as well,
where they want their surplus plutonium to
be destroyed. We're an option, nothing more
at this point in time."
Shewchuk says that the project is only at
the research and development stage. One of
the questions still to be answered is whether
the CANDU design is technically suited for
burning MOX fuel. An experiment between
the DOE and AECL, called the Parallex project, will utilise AECLs NRU research reactor
at Chalk River, Ontario to test the reactor's
performance and the completeness of the
plutonium destruction. But previous tests
conducted by other countries, says
Shewchuk, indicate that all of the weapons
plutonium would be consumed.
A firm date for the test run hasn't been
announced yet, but Shewchuk says that it's
hoped it will happen before the end of the
year. AECL is currently waiting for the DOE to
work out the logistics of fabricating, packaging and transporting the MOX fuel. The
entire shipment will consist of about 150
grams of weapons plutonium, or three percent of the total fuel mass.
Shipping large amounts of plutonium
requires the use of specially designed vehicles. Plutonium is one of the most carcinogenic substances known; a single microgram
inhaled into the lungs will almost certainly
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But Shewchuk dismisses the idea that
transporting nukes along public highways is
unsafe. He says that more highly radioactive
material goes through Vancouver every day
on its way to hospitals and dentists. AECL
has been moving nukes around the country
for over 30 years, he adds. "And sure, over
time there are accidents. Trucks do get into
accidents. There haven't been that many but
there Have been a few. AndbfiiSvfe^occas-
sion the container has withstood the acci-
dentas it's been designed to."
- Jn the meantime, it will probably be several years before Canada is ready to; receive
large shipments of MOX fuel. Ontajfe Hydro
is currently facing a budget shortfalfand was
forced to fire a large portion of H$ maintenance staff; seven reactors were taken offline
because of poor performance and inadequate maintenance. The reactors are being
Tepaired and are eventually expected to
return to service but the Bruce A reactor, the
intended destination for the MOX fuel, isn't
expected to be ready until 2003 at the earliest. -     ,
While the hazard posed by the relatively benign alpha radiation
from plutonium might be in dispute, some say that there are much greater
dangers associated with MOX fuel.
One such opponent is the Campaign for
Nuclear Phaseout, a coalition of antinuclear
groups from around the country. Kristen
Ostling is CNP's national coordinator. Both
Ostling and Edwards agree that a greater
threat is the likelihood that the use of MOX
fuel would establish plutonium as a legitimate source of energy.
"Rather than decrease the circulation of
plutonium in the world, it could increase it. It
could create a situation where we see the
trafficking of plutonium-which has also
been termed a 'plutonium economy,'" says
Edwards notes that MOX fuel is already
being used in Europe and that Japan,
Germany, France and Russia already extract
plutonium from spent reactor fuel.
Plutonium is naturally found in the spent
fuel of nuclear reactors, and occurs in 15 different isotopes. However only one of those
isotopes, plutonium-239, can be used in
reactors to generate electricity or be made
into bombs. And it's that isotope around
which the debate rages.
Because there are countries working to
create more plutonium-239, Edwards says
the idea of burning MOX fuel to contribute to
nuclear disarmament is deceptive. "This is a
very scary proposal because even if Canada
went ahead and burned up this MOX fuel
over a period of 25 years, by the end of that
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CANDU NUCLEAR REACTORS in Ontario might be fuelled by plutonium
from dismantled Russian and US nuclear warheads in the future.
period of time there would be far
more plutonium at large in the
world than there is today."
Ostling agrees, adding that "both
the US and Russia continue to
maintain and upgrade their nuclear
weapons arsenals."
According to the Bulletin of
Atomic Scientists, despite
the START nuclear disarmament treaties, the US is lagging
far behind in destroying its stockpiles. Instead, much of the US arsenal has simply been put into storage,
with warheads as operational as
they were during the Cold War.
Edwards says that if countries
were earnest about getting rid of
weapons plutonium, an easier and
less expensive way is to entomb it in
glass. The method, called vitrification, involves mixing the plutonium
with highly radioactive waste to
make separation difficult, then
imbedding the mixture into large
blocks of heat-resistant glass.
Vitrification isn't a perfect solution, because high-level radiation
would destroy the glass over time.
But by making blocks a couple of
tons in mass, Edwards says that vitrified plutonium has the advantage
of being virtually impossible to steal.
While weapons plutonium in
North America is kept under relatively tight guard, the sinking
Russian economy has caused gaps
in security. In August 1994 German
police apprehended 363 grams of
weapons-grade plutonium from
couriers on a flight from Moscow to
Munich. Edwards notes that
although it's difficult to extract plutonium from spent reactor fuel,
"once done, it's quite easy to steal,
transport across borders and fashion into weapons."
Edwards and Ostling both
speculate that what
Canada's nuclear industry
is really trying to do with the MOX
fuel project is sustain itself in the
face of budget cutbacks, reactor
shutdowns and a bad public image.
Ostling says that because there
haven't been any nuclear reactors
sold in North America since 1978,
the industry is looking for other
ways to stay alive. "What the whole
project gets down to is a survival tactic on the part of the nuclear industry in Canada.
"The nuclear industry has, for
many years, tried very hard to keep
these things as quiet as possible for
as long as possible, so that very few
people as possible know about it
until it's far too late to do anything
about it," says Edwards. He says that
very little information about the
MOX project has been publicly
released in Canada, with what little
there has been coming from
Freedom of Information requests.
He also says that most of the infor
mation obtained by CCNR has been
from the US.
There does seem to be less secrecy in the US about the MOX project
The DOE has notified residents
along all three possible transportation routes of the test shipment The
environmental assessment has also
been widely distributed. Even so, US
Congressman David Bonior has
asked the DOE to hold public meetings in his Michigan district "There
is tremenous concern in our community about the possibility of
becoming a corridor for international shipments of plutonium,"
stated Bonior in a letter to the DOE.
The difference in openness south
of the border might be because of
previous lessons learned rather than
a genuine interest in public participation. Nuclear accidents at Three
Mile Island and Hanford,
Washington, while ecologically disastrous, were also hugely damaging
to the DOE's public image.
Even so, the DOE is still keeping
some things secret. Shewchuk
admits that the transporation route
through Canada will be chosen by
the DOE and AECL won't have any
input. He says it isn't much of a concern because of the low danger.
"We're not talking about anything
that is a security risk in any way,
shape or form."
Edwards, however, speculates
that the dangerous potential of plutonium means that the government
would have to do a security check
on everybody living along a transportation route. "You really find that
the whole fabric of civil liberty is
threatened by the existence of this
kind of traffic. Because the risks are
so great that you can't afford to just
say 'Hey, these people are entitled to
their privacy.'"
The only constant in the debate
is that the plutonium currently in
the world will still be around from
eons to come. With a half-life of
24,000 years, it will take a couple
hundred thousand years for stockpiles to decay substantially.
In the meantime, Canada isn't
quite sure what to do with its
nuclear waste. Proposals for getting
rid of the waste vary from burying it
deep in the Canadian Shield to rocketing it into space. Without a nuclear
waste repository, CANDU reactor
waste is currently being stored on
Because of its persistence,
Ostling says that there is no way to
truly dispose of nuclear waste. The
best thing to do, she says, is to simply stop using the stuff. "One of the
things that we could do now is to
end the separation of plutonium
and have a global agreement that
civil use of plutonium fuel should
be forbibben, and to begin right
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Bernard Butier is voicing his enjoyment of the incredibly
silent audience, obviously not knowing that this particular
trait is a Vancouver specialty. Suddenly, two loud voices from
the back of the room cry out for Animal Lover,' a song from
Buder's days with his very former band, Suede.
The room falls even more silent as Butier bows his head,
seemingly close to tears. A minute later, he finally lifts his
head back up, stares angrily out and addresses his audience.
"What can you do? You're enjoying the silence and suddenly the two biggest morons in Canada have to announce
Now pointing his arm at the back doors, he continues on:
"I've just got one thing to say to them. There's the door. And
behind it, there's the past. Right here, this is the future." Then
Butier starts into the next song. I turn to my friend and say,
"Told you he was a bit touchy."
Bernard Butier was in   the mega-selling British band
Suede. Then he hooked up with singer
David McAlmont for two hit singles.
When that partnership broke up, he
worked as a sort of outlaw guitar hero,
working on a one-off basis with everyone from Neneh Cherry and Bryan Ferry
to Angelo Badalamenti and the Verve.
And then he decided to record his
own songs, and sing themselelf. And
now that his album People Move On is
out, Bernard Butler would like to know
what all (he fuss is about
It's  understandable  that Butler's
touchy. "I lie British music scene is an
intense magnifying glass, and with
Buder's  strange  and  unpredictable
career choices, hefc been an easy target.
When I get a chance to speak with him after his sound-
check, I'm cautioned that the earlier interviews didn't exactly go well. No talking about Suede, I'm told. That's alright.
There are other things to talk about. But somehow, no matter what topic we're discussing, Butler seems to have a chip
on his shoulder.
Ask him if he feels vulnerable being solo on stage and it
leads to discussion on the Monica Lewinsky affair and
media feeding off media. Mention British folksinger icon
Nick Drake and he'll give you a lecture on how people
assume that any British solo singer with a guitar and long
hair is Nick Drake. Talk to him about peoples' expectations
and he'll say, "expectations? Why should people have expectations?"
Still, Bernard Butler does have interesting things to say.
One listen to People Move On will tell you that. The album's
title is simultaneously a description of his current state and
a directive to those Suede-minded fans. His current acoustic
bent is meant as a chance for those fans to see him in a dif
ferent light.
"You want to give people a new experience, something
they haven't seen before. Like those kids out on the doorstep
out there, they've come from Calgary or something. And
they're just asking, 'What's he going to be like?' They couldn't work out what it's going to be like having heard the
record. Which is really funny for me, 'cause I know exactly
what I'm doing and it's a very simple thing for me to do. But
they're trying to imagine in their heads because the record is
so different from this."
Indeed. People Move On is the kind of record that the
British seem to do extremely well lately, an album where
electric guitar, acoustic guitar, strings, solos and confessional lyrics come together. It's a lushly produced record, a testament to Butler's perfectionist producer tendencies.
But with the acoustic tour, Butler said he wanted to make
it interesting for both the audience and himself. "It's not
about playing the guitar so that you can impress people." He
imitates an awed fan, crowing "'Oh Gawd, isn't he good at
the guitar!' I've never been interested in that. I always like to
change things every night and the whole point of this.
"Every night's different and it's very spontaneous. I'm trying to make it so that I'm not practising the songs. I'm going
out and doing what I feel is right."
And it works. That evening's concert is a flawless example
of emotional guitar work, with Butler seemingly playing 'till
his fingers bleed. Perhaps all that got-something-to-prove
stuff is worth it if it manifests performances like this.
Much like the album, some songs that night are quite
good, while others are forgettable, but Butler's intensity
gives each one a distinct personality. It's as he's willing them
to be good for just this one concert. It certainly makes for an
intriguing listen. And it bodes well for the next album, which
Butler hopes to have out for next May.
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could not stir the crowd on a hot and late afternoon.
Me'Shell Ndegeocello, who followed Krall, tried to
shake up the crowd with her funky guitar stylings and
powerful voice. At times it worked, and for brief
moments people twirled and danced.
But as soon as Paula Cole walked on stage, the audience rose in anticipation. She didn't disappoint
year's Lillith Fair. When the gates   i- nnr. HirAf*t    ^°*e °^sried out a set mat was both musically
opened, hundreds descended en   IIYw HlIU Mii^wt— charged and heartfelt More importantly, Cole
got the crowd going. Each chord she pounded out of
the piano was a jolt of electricity resuscitating the
Lillith Fair
at T-Bird Stadium
August 31
by Ronald Nurwisah	
Meterologists say this summer has been the hottest on
record. Too hot, it seems, for the crowd attending this
masse onto Thunderbird Stadium, blankets and sunscreen in tow. But the heat seemed to have a sedative
effect on the crowd. Of the warm-
up acts only African artist
Angelique Kidjo, with her awesome rhythm section, elicited so
much as a murmur from the audience.
Maybe the headliners could
stir the audience? The first was
Lisa Loeb who, with her coy stage
manner, tried to charm the crowd.
Loeb did put on a good set with
crowd favourites such as "Stay";
she even sang a duet, the poignant
"Falling in Love," with Sarah
McLachlan. The effect on the
crowd was at best moderate. The
crowd didn't hate her—it just wasn't in the mood to cheer.
After a brief and energetic set
by The Wild Strawberries on the B-
stage, Nanaimo-born jazz diva
Diana Krall took to the main stage.
Musically, Krall did a fine job with
a good rendition of Cole Porter's
Like Paula Cole, Sarah
McLachlan was met with
cheers. She seemed glad to be
back home. In the middle of
her set, she marvelled at the
weather, literally howling at
the moon at one point As if
we needed extra proof, her
impromptu rendition of "Oh
Canada" expressed her relief
to be home.
Clearly people came to see
Paula Cole and Sarah
McLachlan. Krall's jazz
improvisations and Loeb's
charming stage manner were
added bonuses. But you'd be
kidding yourself if you
believed they were the reasons people came to Lillith
Fair. But where were the other
great acts? Where were Sheryl
Crow, Natalie Merchant, Liz
Phair or any of the other high-
powered acts which filled
STRAWBERRY: Roberta Carter-Harrison's brief
"I've Got You Under My Skin." But  set was all energy, richard lam photo
the crowd's reception was once
again lukewarm and understandably so. Although    Lilith's lineup throughout the tour? Vancouver was the
Krall's music was good, slow and soulful jazz standards    last stop of the Lillith tour—didn't it deserve better? ♦
HEADLINER: Paula Cole dished out a heartful performance to an enthusiastic crowd, richard lam photo
Morcheeba set to jazz up the Rage
with Sean Lennon
at the Rage
September 4
Skye Edwards (vocals), Paul Godfrey(DJ) and Ross
Godfrey (guitar/keyboards). A threesome from
Portishead. They're far more likely to put a sitar or
string section into the mix than another drum
Big Calm is a bit slower than the previous one, but
that's probably for the best Morcheeba throw in
the whole mix of styles this time, with a
Kent, England, who combine  relGVapt fSVJeW    country song next to DJ scratchings
sultry vocal styling with scratch- next to a string section and so on. And
es, drum beats and jazzy keyboards. it's all good
Well... if the aforementioned description sounded
familiar, it should. Morcheeba aren't exactly the
first people on the block with the strong female
vocalist with beats and keyboard. There's
Portishead, Massive Attack, Tricky, Esthero and
Mono, to name just a few of the more prominent
names. But Morcheeba aren't simply the usual
beats and singing band. They've got a much earthier, jazz-influenced style than the beat crazed
Esthero, or the hip-hop-headed/film-noir guitared
Yes. If IHirtishead's recent show Ls any indication,
trip-hoppsy acts can move the crowd just as well
live as they can on record. And the word on
Morcheeba's last show was quite good. It won't
exactly be the end of the world if you miss the
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your friends yuu saw Sean Leniion.*
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Straight Man is bent fun
Richard Russo—Straight Man
[Random House]
by Bruce Arthur
It's getting harder and harder to find a
good page-turner these days. No, not
someone to turn pages for you, but a
novel that keeps you racing on—that
makes you really want to read.
Well, you wouldn't think that a book
concerning the chair of a deeply divided
English department at a small, inadequate college in the Pennsylvania rust belt
would be a page-turner. Well, academia
ain't never had it so good.
In Richard Russo's Straight Man, William Henry
Devereaux, Jr (or Hank) faces the prospect of aging
with considerable confusion and dismay. As he is
faced with impending budget cuts, Hank must also
deal with worries over whether his wife may be cheating, the long-awaited return of his
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of what would no doubt be a torrid    YYI IWtV V  II I
affair with a colleague's daughter,
and what may well be his first bladder stone. Sounds
like a rollercoaster ride for the ages, huh? Maybe a
rollercoaster ride for the aged.
But Straight Man grabs you. As Hank's world
becomes progressively more and more complex, a
sense of runaway entropy builds and builds. The rich
cast of characters is superbly nuanced, and Hank
himself is marvelousry unpredictable. He careens
almost helplessly along—at one point, he threatens
on live TV to kill a duck a day until he gets his budget.
One of the truly fine points is the terrific, meticulously constructed sense of history—the feeling that
everyone has a past. Russo's fine use of this creates a
real sense of depth, of place, allowing tenured life to
be sharply rendered in all its bored helplessness.
Russo's writing is self-assured and
powerful, full of wry wit and deep pathos.
It helps that Hank himself is written with
an enormous amount of intelligence and
humour. As Hank watches his highbrow,
academic mother being courted assiduously by the fumble-mouthed and simple
Mr Purty, and observes that "for Mr Purty,
listening to my mother talk is not unlike
watching a bear dance. It's just the damndest thing."
And upon hearing that his heretofore
self-possesed rather has taken to random emotional
outburts, Hank begins to wonder what his namesake
has become as he reads bathroom graffiti ("eat shit")
in a vain attempt to pee. "The William Henry
Devereaux Sr of my adolescence would see nothing
amusing in such witless vulgarity. Is
nrint    tnat wn^ ^e^ stx^e me>at mis
—T"* *'•*— moment, as the funniest in the
English language? And who knows?
This new William Henry Devereaux Sr, the one Mr
Purty has just described to me, might find them funny
too. Maybe he'd laugh like a lunatic. Then again,
maybe they'd strike him as infinitely sad, so damn
sad the tears would streak his old, spotted, hollowed-
out cheeks, making him unrecognizeable to himself."
It's this sort of writing that Richard Russo proves in
Straight Man that he is a writer at the height of his
powers, and this book is a treasure. Read it whether
you're a tenured academic or a young student brimming with promise. Either way, you'll be able to
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The AMS has a huge mandate to fulfill and we need your help to do it.
Whether it is Student Government, Volunteer Services, Safewalk, Speakeasy, working for one of our many businesses in the Student Union
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Members include the universities of British Columbia, Alberta, Calgary,
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Ottawa, McGill, StThomas, New Brunswick (Saint John), New Brunswick
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Moreover, CASA is committed to pursuing activities that promote working relationships and standards of cooperation within and among its
members associations.
What does this mean to YOU?
Our membership in CASA means that YOU, the average UBC student,
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Currently the AMS and CASA are working to:
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Are you interested in campus safety, getting involved
in important student innovations, and getting to know
other students?
The AMS Task Force for Campus Safety Innovations and Improvements (CSII) is looking for dynamic
individuals to join our working group. Two of the functions of this group are to perform the Campus Safety
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This Task Force is an excellent opportunity to get involved on campus, both with student organisations,
and the University. This is a great way to gain skills
and knowledge and meet new people!
NO experience or prior knowledge of the AMS or campus safety issues are necessary. We are looking for
energetic and enthusiastic students, in any year, interested in getting more involved!
If you are interested in joining the Task Force contact:
Augustine Park at 822-8725, or<apark@unixg.ubc.ca>
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Neena Sonik, AMS Vice-President at 822-3092, or
Please reply by Friday, September 18th at 4:00pm
Campus Safety
What is
Student Administrative Commission
Officially SAC is the liaison between the
various clubs and constituencies around
campus. SAC is responsible for
function security in the SUB, office and
locker allocations in the SUB, club contract
approvals, and new clubs wishing to
become AMS subsidiaries have to be approved by SAC.
Sounds dry doesn't it? Actually, SAC is much more exciting
and challenging than it sounds. SAC is essentially the
"guiding hand" of the AMS to the various subsidiaries of the
AMS, getting to know the numerous representatives of the
clubs and constituencies is part of the job, and those of an
outgoing nature will find SAC to be a worthwhile challenge.
Clubs Days
Sept 23 - 25
in the SUB.
SAC organizes some of the most
anticipated events by the various clubs and
constituencies of the AMS. Our first one is
Clubs Days.This is a great opportunity for
you to GET INVOLVED (!) as the various
organizations will be out actively seeking
fresh young blood to cultivate into dedicated
members. If you only skip classes one day
in the year, this will be the time to do it, as
you may find (and hopefully, join) a club that
may change your life, or if not, your
perspective of it.
If you're interested in more of what SAC does, or want
more information about Clubs Days, contact Sheldon Tay,
SAC secretary at 822-2361, or by email at
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RUFUS WAINWRIGHT: He is making music with its own time
by John Zaozirny
The thing about being a piano player is, well, there just aren't
that many anymore. I remember hearing Ben Folds, of Ben
Folds Five, complain that he'd been compared to Elton John
and Bflly Joel hundreds of times just because he played
piano. But the fact is, in terms of male piano players, there
just aren't too many of them anymore. It's as if the great guitar-rock boom of the '60s and '70s wiped out everybody
except the Piano Man and Captain Fantastic.
And that's probably why it's so refreshing to hear Rufus
Wainwright's self-titled debut album. It's something new,
something you haven't heard before. Women on piano? Well,
there's Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Paula Cole, and—at times—
Sarah McLachlan, to name but a few. But for the guys? There's
Ben Folds. There's Rufus Wainwright. And then nobody.
Talk about a league of their own.
I suppose that if Rufus Wainwright was in a
crowd and, despite never having seen him, you
were asked to pick him out on the basis of having heard his music, it'd be an easy task.
Somehow he suits his music. He's tall, he's
incredibly flamboyant, and he's got a personality that lays siege to a room. This is, after all, a
man who makes reference to Jo Jo's psychic network in song. He's the son of famed folk singers
Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, of
the McGarrigle Sisters. He's a great musical talent, and he's the kind of person who can get
away with wearing wooden shoes. But, he does
play piano. Which all leads back to Billy Joel, of
"Yeah, I've heard that one," he says, laughing, when the Piano Man comparison is
brought up. "It's funny, but you can't blame the
people for saying that. One night, I did a show
and this guy came up to me and he said, 'You're a combination of Billy Joel and Andrew Lloyd Webber.'" At this he laughs
again. "I'm not a big fan of either of them, but I respect them.
They do a good job. I can see how they would say something
like that. Some people need those references."
And in terms of references, there aren't many. Which
makes it hard to describe Rufus' music. It's bouncy one
minute and mournful the next So that's part of it Part of
Rufus' charm. But there's more, of course. There's the fact the
songs are simply awesome. Full of thumping piano, beautiful
strings, courtesy of Van Dyke Parks, and Rufus' distinct,
plaintive voice; songs like "Foolish Love" and "April Fools"
have the ability to make the listener feel alive. Think back to
that feeling you get when an insanely catchy, strangely powerful and mega-popular tune you adore comes on the radio,
something like "Bittersweet Symphony," or "1979."
Remember that sense of warm elation, happy buzzing,
and invigoration you get? Well, that's what listening to Rufus
Wainwright is like. When he came to town with Sean Lennon
this summer, all you had to do was look around at the audience to feel that joyous anticipation. "I can't wait for it to
start," everyone seemed to be saying, "and I don't want it to
But just what is this strange draw his songs have? Well,
that's hard to put into words. Suffice to say that what all the
songs have in common is a sweetly sentimental and romantic heart, an operatic sense of drama and, moreover, an
endearingly painful, yet still hopeful, sense of love. After all,
this is an album that starts off with a song named "Foolish
Love" and ends with another named "Imaginary Love."
Actually, the entire album can probably be summed up by
the chorus of another song, "April Fools." "And you will
believe in love/And all that it's supposed to be/ But just until
the fish starts to smell/And you're struck down by a hammer."
It's the overtly emotional yet peculiarly strange voice and
poppy musical style that, at first listen, bring up a sense of the
'60s music scene. It seems to belong in that era of quirky
romance and jangly pop songs. But that's something Rufus
swears he wasn't intending.
"The idea is old, in terms of my wanting it to just be song
and arrangements," he says. "But we didn't aim for that ['60s]
feel. Jon Brion, the producer, he's very influenced by that
period, but I'm not that influenced by it. Basically, we just
went in and [did] whatever worked best with the piano."
Which must have worked out well, given the end result. Still,
not all the songwriting and production work took place in the
studio. When asked about that chorus for "April Fools,"
Wainwright brightened up in remembrance. "I was sitting in
my bathtub," he reminisces eagerly, "when suddenly it came
to me. And I just stood straight up in the tub and began
singing it" Now that's songwriting.*
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There aie times when motion picture
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every musical section of Americana. There's a punk
song, a soul song, a blues song, a country song a
lounge song a jazz song, and so on. Hell, there's even
a '50s crooner tune, with Miral Parker and Alan
Sparhawk dueting about their everlasting love for
It's not that the songs are bad. On the contrary,
most of the choices are incredibly inspired. Buckley's
gorgeous voice turns "I Want Someone Badly" into an
irresistible singalong, while Persson's hushed whisper
on "Appalachian Lullaby" should put anyone into a
peaceful sleep. But there's something missing.
Perhaps it's a point. So all the First hove, Last Rites
soundtrack ends up being like so many soundtracks,
is a home for a couple of memorable tracks and a bit
of a conversation piece.
—John Zaozirny
Snoop Dogg—Da Game is To Be Sold, Not To be
[No Limit Records/Virgin Music]
Much like Tupac did on All Eyez on Me, Snoop sits
in the back photo of his new album, holding a No
Limit medallion, pledging new allegiances. Like
Tupac did, Snoop wants a new start. He's a No Limit
soldier now, the record label Death Row is history,
and we'll have to see what happens. There's no
other rapper that can play the game like Snoop
does. Watch him stretch his rhymes, make you
think he's not gonna find his way and then groove
all over your butt. Give him the mic, Snoop's got a
I went back to The Chronic after listening to Da
Game. Things seemed different then. Dr Dre was
hanging out with some unknown rapper, Snoop
Doggy Dogg, and Death Row was nothing but a
Korn—FoUow the Leader
very small logo in the corner of the album. The
classics rolled nonstop: "Nuthin' but a G Thang,"
"Deez Nuts," "LiT Ghetto Boy." In ten minutes, you
have Snoop's finest moments recorded.
Da Game reminisces a lot. There's a "Gin & Juice
II" and a "Still a G Thang." But it finds Snoop in fine
shape. The mix of his rapping with the thick R&B
lines make you forget the thick bass line and the
high pitched keyboards Dr Dre liked so much.
But only for a short time, though Snoop's cover
of the Cops Theme, "Bad Boys," leaves you buzzing.
"Whatcha gon do," he raps, "when they come for
you?/If you're a Dogg, you better not run."
But it only lasts for a while. Nothing here matches the magic of "Nuthin' But a G Thang." But then
again, nothing probably ever will.
—Federico Barahona
After a dazzling self-titled debut, a disappointing follow-up, and a series of pushed back release dates,
Korn is back with a vengeance with Follow the Leader—their latest. And they brought along a few friends
to help out.
While staving true to their style—growled, grumbled, and sometimes incoherent vocals; low-end guitar
riffs; killer bass lines; and controversial lyrical content—Korn has diversified by borrowing some non-genre
talent. Ice Cube helps out on one track,
"Children of the Korn," while Tre Hardson
of Pharcyde makes an appearance on
"Cameltosis." One of the more successful
mixing of hip-hop and alt-metal, the song
comes off perfectly.
Another helper along for the ride is Fred
Durst from Limp Bizkit. Coming from a
band that also uses a low-end alt-metal
sound, Durst chooses to rap instead. The
end result is a hilarious insult match
between Durst and Korn vocalist Jonathan
I )avis.
Hopefully, fans who may be avoiding
ihis record due to their disappointing last
effort Life is Peachy will be roped in by the
first single, "Got the Life," one of the few
songs suitable for broadcast.
Although I'm relatively new to the band,
jlier one listen, I was hooked. Korn is a
hand that's definitely not for everyone, but
if you like your music hard and pounding,
/ nllow the Leader is an album to take a lis-
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A cute and dangerous movie
opens today at Fifth Avenue Cinemas
by Peter T. Chattaway
Afexr Stop Wonderland is one of those sweet
litde date movies that flirts with bigger
themes, but never really commits. The film
follows the lonely, loveless lives of two hapless
Bostonians, Erin Castleton (Hope Davis) and
Alan Monteiro (Alan Gelfant), who always
seem to just miss meeting each other but,
thanks to Fate or to Destiny or to whatever-
you-want-to-call-it, finally come together in
the final reel.
No, I'm not spoiling the ending; it's pretty
much a foregone conclusion right from the
start. The trick, in a film like this, is whether or
not the director can turn the restless wanderings of these lonely hearts into some sort of
intelligent statement about Fate or Destiny.
Failing that, he should at least keep the audience entertained.
As it turns out, director Brad Anderson
doesn't have all that much to say, but he does
stock his film with some reasonably engaging
characters—especially Davis as the hawk-
eyed skeptic of love —and he shoots the works
in a disarming, documentary-like style.
Between the hand-held cameras, jump
cuts and sometimes amusing improvisations,
Next Stop Wonderland ditches the glossy
affectations of other romance movies and
captures, instead, the sense some singles have
that life is aimless and lacking in direction.
The film seems to be saying that, even if this is
the case, there may yet be an unseen hand
guiding your life.
So what do Erin and _, .  , _..       ...
Alan do in the meantime   "ie WICK,  111  a  film  like
to   prepare   themselves,  this,   IS  whether  OT  I10t
albeit unwittingly, for their   .■_... .
climactic meeting? the (fireCtOT Can tlHTl the
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pohUcal-acUvist boyfriend .
(Philip Seymour Hoffman) these lOliely hearts IlltO
who left her at the begin some SQrt of intelligent
rung of the film, dates a ■»    ■ .
series of men through a statement about Fate or
personals ad placed by her  npctjnv
mother, on her behalf and ^'
without her prior knowledge.
Several of these encounters are rather
funny; my favorite is the one with the guy who
makes and sells those small pieces of rubber
that go on the bottoms of phones and the like.
"Consider," he says with all seriousness, "what
the consequences would be without those
rubber nubs." Indeed. The horror, the horror.
Alan, meanwhile, has decided to escape his
father's debt-ridden plumbing business and
become a marine biologist. Problem is, everyone wants him to stick to pipes and gaskets,
while the local loan shark (Victor Argo) wants
him to perform a little sabotage for some
shady business associates.
On the relationship front, the 35-year-old
Alan is quite content just to swim with the
fishes, but a perky younger classmate (Cara
Buono) tries to reel him in for herself.
It's sidebar romances
like these that make you
stop and think. Let's say
you're going to this film on
a date with someone
you've just met, or even
with someone you've
known for a year or so.
Perhaps you'd like to think
that the two of you were
destined for each other,
just like Erin and Alan
seem to be. But, in the
meantime, seeing these
other couples come and go, it occurs to you
that you might be in one of these other, time-
filling relationships instead. Hmmm.
Here's a little advice: skip the Destiny issue.
As one of Erin's friends puts it, there isn't much
mystery to how people meet each other. They
bump into each other, they go for coffee, they
experiment with the experience of being in
each other's company. "The real mystery,"
says her friend, "is what keeps two people
together after they meet."
Exactiy. And it's a pity that things are just
beginning to get really interesting along those
lines when the movie comes to its final stop.^
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of the University of British Columbia. It is published every Tuesday and Friday by The
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The sun was setting of the SUB backyard ballpark as the
Ubyssey teams battled 'it out for baseball supremacy.
Sarah "Soggy Galoshes" Galashan was first up, and failed
to impress the sparse crowd, despite her off-key renditions of showtunes. Her pop-fly was caught in the wet
glove of Federico "Wank Man" Barahona. Next up was
the Batttin' Roughhouse Cynthia Lee. Squaring off
against the wily pitcher Richard Lam, Cynthia went to the
2-3 count before finally knocking a single between second baseman Dalian Merzaban and short shortstop
Peggy Lee. Then, the crowd hushed as "Boy Wonder"
Ronald Nur-Wis-Ah strutted his manly self forward.
Unfortuanatety, he struck out and there could be no joy
in Ron-vitle. Last up and the final hope for the team was
Douglas "Birdie" Quan. Coach Bruce Arthur pulled the
starter and brought in the hired heat relief pitcher Vince
"Loose Cannon" Ylm. Yim pounded the heat into catcher Peter T. Chattaway, while first baseman Todd Silver,
third baseman Dale Lum and right fielder Tara Westover
gazed on. Commentators Jeff Bell and Joe Clark noted
the fear and anger that shone in Doug's eyes as he set his
stance in his batter box, only feet away from deadly rival
Yim. Vince wound up, stretched back and launched the
ball. Suddenly, by a freakish chance of nature, the ball hit
the plate and spun up towards Doug. Bloody seconds
later, Doug's severed arm hit the ground, bat still
clutched to It's clenchd fingers. Now that's a ballgame,
said John Zaozimy.
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Don't let the system get you down
Someone once said that depressing teenagers
was like shooting fish in a barrel. In the same
vein, causing young people to lose faith in the
system is about as easy.
First, the government refused legal funding
for protesters who alleged that the RCMP violated their civil rights during APEC, but agreed
to provide lawyers for the officers during public
hearings into the officers' conduct
Some of those protesters charge that the
Canadian government played a significant role
in the suppression of their rights. Should this
turn out to be the case, the government must
keep more than an anus length from these
To further the complainants' frustration, all
criminal charges against RCMP officers were
dropped. Why? Because the RCMP internal
investigation didn't gather sufficient evidence to
go ahead.
Let's clarify. The RCMP won't be charged
because the RCMP didn't collect enough damning evidence against their own
At one time, it actually seemed like the government wanted to get to the bottom of all this.
Students barely had time to wipe the pepper
spray from their eyes before a government
organisation rushed in to solicit their complaints.
And with what seemed like record time, that
same government arranged for public hearings
to further explore the alleged abuses by RCMP
But it now appears that the whitewash is in
full swing. The process has slowed, and the
unbalanced playing field has some complainants talking about boycotting the hearings
That's understandable. If the fingerprints of
our leaders are on the actions of the RCMP,
where else can they reach? Given the APEC
orders are said to have come from the highest
office in Canada, there are few places within the
process you can put your faith.
But boycotting these hearings is not the
Lawyers or no, this is a chance to be heard.
Think if you didn't show up to APEC on
November 25th, what would that have accomplished?
No, it won't be a fair fight, and you'll probably lose. But the spirit of activism isn't necessarily about winning, but resisting.
It might feel right to boycott this thoroughly corrupt process.
But don't walk away now. ♦
We take a special interest in journalism
by J.E. Clark
Ah the good old days... The Ubyssey was perfect in the 1940s and 1950s.
The paper produced many fine journalists who went on to illustrious
careers, it published an impressive four times a week, and most astonishingly there was a "dedicated professionalism."
Oh, how things have changed—at least according to Val Sears, a
Ubyssey hack from the late 1940s and managing editor of the paper in
1949. In a recent article in the Georgia Straight, Sears discusses the virtues
of centres of communication studies over trade schools as places to study
journalism, but not until he dismisses his own Alma Mater—the student
press. After singing the praises of the Ubyssey of old, Sears implies that
today's Ubyssey has been "hijacked by special-interest groups—militant
feminists, tree-huggers, ideologues of every sort, even poets" and argues
that our communal editorial board
does not "reflect the real world of brutal
newsroom authority." As far as Sears is
concerned, you can't learn 'real' journalism at a student paper any more. Is
it any surprise that Sears is currently
teaching at the University of Regina
School of Journalism?
Now, maybe we shouldn't be too offended. After all we were happy to
get a little press for our 80th anniversary, but for all his arguments about
the fundamentals of journalism, Sears overlooks some pretty basic rules of
reporting. Like balance: Sears includes some inciteful quotes from
Ubyssey alumni, like John Turner and Piene Berton, attesting to the quality and professionalism of the post-war Ubyssey. But did he make any
attempt to contact the staff of today's Ubyssey? Did he even bother to read
a copy of the Ubyssey since its resurrection in 1995? If he had, he might
have discovered that far from being "hijacked by special-interest groups,"
the Ubyssey strives to be fair and thorough in its news, sports and entertainment coverage. The mainstream media should be making the same
efforts—after all, just because the white heterosexual men that dominate
our daily newspapers are not a so-called minority doesn't mean they're
not a special interest group. In the "professional newspaper versus advocacy journal" debate, we feel like we've come to a reasonable middle
ground. We believe in fair accurate reporting but at the same time we are
not afraid to voice our opinion on our editorial pages. We want to be professional, but that does not mean ignoring our social responsibility.
Sears talks of the sometimes chastening search for accuracy of the
young reporter, but fails to deliver the facts in his own piece. In the Straight
article, Sears mentions some of the more prominent Ubyssey alumni from
the years following the Second World War. We are proud to say this impressive list includes such "houshold names" as Joe Schlesinger, Allan
Fotheringham and John Turner. But Sears also includes in his list, Vaughn
Palmer, editor and writer for the Vancouver Sun. Yes, Palmerwas a Ubyssey
reporter and editor, but not until the 1970s. By our count, that's about 20
years after the Ubyssey renaissance that Sears so fondly recalls.
After dismissing the student press, Sears goes on to defend broad, academically-oriented journalism programs over a nanow trade school
approach. An emphasis on a more liberal education gives prospective
journalists better background in more than just how to write an effective
lede, it prepares them for specialisation and allows them to consider
issues like ethics in journalism. Surprise surprise, so does the student
press. The Ubyssey's current editors are studying everything from English
to International Relations,
Canadian Studies to Geology.
You'd never get that kind of liberal
education in a J-schooL Student
newspapers also allow young journalists to grapple with ethical
issues every day, not just on a theoretical level, but with the real
world consequences of lost advertising revenue, angry letters and lawsuits. Sears says that "the value of a smattering of libel-law knowledge in
these litigious times is obvious and it is likely only obtainable—outside of
a law school—in an embracing journalism course." Actually, in my three
years at the Ubyssey, I have attended numerous seminarson libel-law and
talked several times with our lawyer to discuss specific articles. I am confident that without ever having attended journalism or law school, I have
at least a "smattering" of knowledge about libel.
Now that Sears teaches journalism at a university, he is convinced that
this is the only way to become a journalist, despite the fact that he honed
his own skills at a student paper. It may come as a surprise to Mr Sears, but
in the past three years the Ubyssey has seen four of its staffers work at the
CBC, one become a Canadian correspondent for the BBC World Service
and several work as freelance writers and photographers. While they may
not yet be household names, they have not had 50 years to establish their
reputations. The Ubyssey has produced some well respected media personalities in its 80 years of history, but that history is not over. We here at
today's Ubyssey are confident that the next 80 years will produce its fair
share of dedicated and professional journalists.*
/. E. Clark is a regular contributor to the Ubyssey and a former editor. THE UBYSSEY.
Time to break the silence
by Peggy Woon-Yee Lee
One Indonesian woman's voice:
My name is Vivian and I am 18
years old. I have a little sister and
brother, and we live in what is supposed to be a "secure" apartment.
At 9:15 on May 14, a huge crowd
had gathered outside. They
screamed: "Let's butcher the
Chinese! Let's eat pig! Let's have a
party!"... We could hear girls of 10
or 12 years old screaming:
"Mommy, mommy— mom.,
mom... It hurts." I didn't know then
that these girls were being raped.
Not long after, nine men came
to the room and grabbed me and
my Aunt Vera. I passed out and
everything went blank. I became
conscious at around 5 or 6 pm. My
head hurt and I realised I had no
clothes on. I cried and saw my
family were still there. My father
was hugging my mother and Doni.
I also saw Uncle Dodi lying on the
floor and Aunt Vera was crying
over his body. I fainted... After four
days of treatment my condition
improved. With a sad look, my
father told me what had happened. After I fainted, seven people raped me. Repeatedly [The
Guardian, July 23,1998].
I read the articles, the horrific testimonies, and opened up
webpage after webpage only to view more examples of our
collective dehumanisation. Images of school girls bleeding
from their genitals and mutilated in ways beyond polite
description. I am appalled by the depths of human depravity.
Yes, these are young Chinese women, not unlike myself.
To date human rights agencies in
Indonesia, such as the Volunteers of
Humanity, have documented 20 deaths and
at least 168 rapes committed against women
and children from May to as recent as July
3rd. The latest report details the rape of one female student at
Tarumanegara University on July 2nd. The three rapists intentionally mutilated her genitalia with a massive object, so the
woman required two operations to remove her womb
[Singapore Press, July 15,1998].
Four student demonstrators of Jakarta's elite Trisakti
University were fatally shot, 20 pro-democracy activists have
been tortured and twelve are missing. These atrocities are
only a few of the many committed by the same imperialistic
Indonesian government which has masterminded massacres
in both East Timor and Irian Jaya.
Rape victims are the latest target of a fear campaign.
Horrific photos are being circulated to threaten victims and
discourage them from disclosing the events to authorities.
New Indonesian president Habibie has paid lip service to the
atrocities by appointing a 19-member investigative commission which includes no ethnic Chinese members [South
China Morning Post, July 25,1998].
In recent interviews President Habibie himself makes no
attempt to hide his contempt for the Indonesian Chinese.
"The Chinese exodus won't kill us... If the Chinese community doesn't come back because they don't trust their own
country and society, I cannot force them, nobody can force
them," Habibie said. In the same interview, the president
explained that those Indonesian Chinese which were not
attacked and survived the mayhem were the ones that had
"integrated into society," implicitly blaming the victims for
their lack of assimilation [The Straits Times, July 20,1998].
The history of class-linked racial hatred towards the ethnic
Chinese in South East Asia is nothing new. The Chinese are
known as the "Jews of South East Asia"—a term coined in reference to their supposed disproportional amount of wealth in
the area. The narrative that gets omitted is the history of
strategic scapegoating and outright discriminatory legislation.
Few people remember that not so long ago, as General
Suharto was planning his October 1965 coup, one million
people were systematically slaughtered. This was, as
described by the CIA, "one of the ghastliest and most concentrated blood-lettings of current times." Of those killed, the
majority were Indonesians of Chinese descent who were sus
pected communist sympathisers. Suharto's army did not
work alone as it began with a hate campaign that incited fear
and suspicion towards the presumed Chinese communists
Backed by public sentiment, Suharto utilised the climate tc
distribute arms while calling for action against the
Indonesian Chinese.
During this period, again the Western media was unusually silent, as America itself was caught up in its Cold War propaganda and initiating its confused involvement in Vietnam.
Robert F. Kennedy was a lone voice when he said, "We have
spoken out against the inhumane slaughters perpetrated by
the Nazis and the communists. But will we speak out also
against the inhumane slaughter in Indonesia, where over
100,000 alleged communists have been not perpetrators, but
Thirty years later, Suharto's legacy has created a state that
specifically restricts the political, cultural and economic
involvement of Indonesians of Chinese descent. From birth,
ethnic Chinese are not allowed to have a Chinese name, publicly learn the Chinese language, or celebrate Chinese festivals. These restrictions apply only to the Chinese and not to
other non-Pribumis or non-indigenous Indonesians.
Indonesian Chinese are restricted from governmental positions and public scholarships. Most importantly, ethnic
Chinese are not permitted to have permanent land title, creating a scenario where the only means of economic sustenance is through doing business.
During the early stages of Indonesia's economic development, concessions were made to Chinese businessmen who
were instrumental in engineering the nation's economy.
Despite economic participation, Indonesians of Chinese
descent remain forever designated as second-class citizens.
They are permanentiy denied full cultural and political citizenship and are constantly under public scrutiny to prove
their 'Indonesian-ness.'
The blame game is perpetuated today by the global media
that equates Indonesian ethnic Chinese with corrupted
wealth. While there are examples of Indonesian Chinese business people that have manipulated the economy during the
crisis, the majority of Indonesian Chinese are not members of
that elite business class. Again, stories that do not fit the presumed racialised class stereotype do not get press coverage.
Web sites such as the Huaren
Network voice outrage and call for
action against the human rights violations. An e-mail Yellow Ribbon
campaign has circulated globally in
mourning for those that have died and several petitions have
been collected to lobby both national and international
organisations to condemn the atrocities.
Half away around the world I sit before my laptop, typing
my thoughts, reminded of similar local discourses circulating
about "Hongcouver" and the imminent fear of the Chinese
investor takeover. While thankfully, there has yet to be systemic racial violence directed against the Chinese here, the
jump from thinly veiled-racist public sentiment to blatant
public violence may need only the trigger of a small economic crisis.
No longer can we sit in complicity while these atrocities
continue. At this moment our elected government and other
Canadian business elites continue to hammer out business
deals, trade CANDU reactors and negotiate CIDA aid projects
with Indonesian leaders without entrenching human rights
as an integral part of their business negotiations. The search
for global pools of cheap labour and lucrative sites for investment, at times, shrouds human concern for each other's basic
What can we do from here?
• Sign the petition urging the Canadian government to
condemn such acts of violence and press the Indonesian government to investigate and bring charges to the cinuninals
• Write to Lloyd Axworthy, Minister of Foreign Affairs, to
make the protection of human rights a condition for Canada's
foreign aid program to Indonesia.
• Write to Lucienne Robillard, Minister of Citizenship and
Irnmigration, to set up a special program facilitating the
application of Indonesians to seek temporary reprieve as visitors or long-term protection in Canada as conventional
• Continue to learn and share awareness about ongoing
global human rights abuses. Support and help local groups to
organise the educational campaigns and memorial vigils.
Your silence is complicity.*
Peggy Woon-Yee Lee is a former staff member of the
Ubyssey. She's a Chinese-Canadian writer, cultural activist,
and M.Phil candidate at the University of Hong Kong.
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