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volume 77 issue 39
Tuesday, February 27, 1996
Kuehn on the NDP's future
Behind the scenes at the NDP
Leadership Convention.
by Ian Gunn
Donovan Kuehn can't make
it down the hall without being
stopped. He is walking along the
hallway at the Vancouver Trade
and Convention Centre towards
the floor of the NDP leadership
convention, and every few steps
somebody wants to shake his
hand and thank him for running.
An anti-nuclear activist reminds Kuehn that nukes have
sadly fallen off the NDP agenda,
a youth delegate in leather pants
and Doc-Martens wishes him
well, a prominent cabinet minister tells him he has 'hit the nail
on the head' with part of a
speech, and a life member who
proudly announces that he is 82
thanks Kuehn for his efforts to
bring the party back to its social
conscience. There is even a baby
to kiss.
The 26 year-old UBC Geography student, part time Safeway
clerk and leadership hopeful is
smiling under the mop of hair
that makes him easy to recognize. He is polite, and—to all outward appearances-having the
time of his life as he says hello
to dozens of people who are full
of enthusiasm and encouragement, but who will, with only 23
exceptions, all vote for someone
else as leader.
In the course ofthe three days
of the convention it becomes
clear that most people are genuinely pleased to have Kuehn in
the race. He says the things the
young left are supposed to say;
a comfort to the many delegates
who seem to have swallowed
their political idealism and difficult questions to support the man
deemed the most electable by
the Party.
Kuehn is voicing some of
those concerns. It is a fact not lost
on the editorial writers at The
Vancouver Sun. The weekend edition applauds Kuehn as the "one
candidate [who] has dared to refer to the suppressing of debate
within the party. In challenging
the powerful, Mr. Kuehn better
exemplifies the spirit of party
saints such as Tommy
Douglas...than any ofthe 'suits'."
"We need to stop
bringing in populist
legislation that
targets the poor."
-Donovan Kuehn
Kuehn's main platform is opposition to the NDP Government's BC Benefits legislation. It
runs contrary to the social democratic legacy of the NDP, says a
pamphlet bearing Kuehn's smiling face on the cover, and is bad
news for both young people and
the poor.
"The program," Kuehn tells
the convention in a speech on
Friday, "has targeted those who
are least able to protect themselves. We need to stop bringing
in populist legislation that targets
the poor." The applause is mildly
But where Kuehn is serious
about his political ideology, he
is more sanguine with his backroom politics.
"I've not asked a single person to vote for me", he tells several reporters. "I've laid things
out and said 'Here I am. This is
what I stand for. I'm looking for
votes,'" but I haven't actually
asked anyone for their vote in so
many words. That's the way I
operate and it's something I'm
proud of."
It is impossible to get a prediction of his delegate support
from Kuehn, but a couple ofthe
six or seven members of his campaign team quietly venture
guesses in the 30 to 50 range.
Whatever number Kuehn has
swimming privately in his head
as the results are read, it is higher
than the 23 votes he actually
gets. Seconds after the announcement he tells a radio reporter's microphone that 23
votes is "a slap in the face." Ten
minutes later, his reaction has
become "bitter disappointment,"
and within an hour simple "disappointment" and a litde embarrassment at the 'slap in the face'
comment. Most people in the
convention hall—delegates and
media pundits alike—seem to
think the result is in-line with the
voting mood of the room.
Vaughn Palmer, columnist for
The Vancouver Sun says that he
thinks Kuehn acquitted himself
"What was tough for
Donovan," he tells The Ubyssey,
"is that his message is not the
most welcome thing right now
while the party is trying to stress
unity, so he was pretty courageous there. But I've had several
people say that they hope to see
him in the Legislature, and I
think he's the next generation of
the party."
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Palmer's belief in Kuehn's political future is shared by Kuehn
himself. By the end of the weekend, Kuehn is telling the press he
is "seriously considering" a run for
the NDP nomination in Vancouver Point Grey. It's between him
and longtime social activist Jim
Green. The decision, says Kuehn,
will come in a few days. "Not that
I have to have party support to run
for the nomination," he says "but
at the moment there are people
who do want me [to run] and people who don't. We'll know by the
end to the week."
Until then, Kuehn says he's
eager to catch up on his courses,
pay off some of the $2,500 in
bills the campaign ran up and
return to some form of anonymity as a student.
UBC Food Group taste-tests fast food idea
by Chris Nutall-Smith
A UBC Food Group survey is
asking students in some UBC
residences to list their favourite
fast food chains—just in case the
food group decides to open a fast
food franchise on campus.
The surveys, distributed to
about 4000 students in Place
Vanier and Totem Park, asked
residents if they would "like to
see more fast food chains, such
as McDonald's at UBC."
"I don't have any definite plans
to bring in a branded concept like
[KFC or Tim Horton's], but I was
just wondering if it ever happened
for example, what would students
like, what are their preferred
brands," said Food Group Director Christine Samson.
Samson says any decision to
open a fast food franchise would
involve consultations with students, an advisory committee
and the university administration. "It's not something that I
would bring in unilaterally overnight," she said, adding that fast
food franchises run by the Food
Group would have to be staffed
mainly by unionized employees.
The Food Group, which holds
a monopoly on campus food services outside the SUB, operates
about 24 outlets including coffee
and snack shops, a full service restaurant, residence cafeterias and
mobile catering trucks.
Several Canadian universities,
including Guelph, Lethbridge
and Carleton have on-campus
fast food outlets run by campus
food services.
Samson said many fast food
companies would like to see their
franchises at UBC. "We're always
being approached—people are
always selling and we're a prime
customer," she said.
But the president of UBC's
Student Environment Centre
Mark Brooks says the Food
Group should be wary of court
ing fast food chains.
"The reason for that," Brooks
said, "are the same reasons we
oppose McDonald's coming to
the Village; things we believe are
health issues, environmental issues, corporatization and animal
rights issues.
"They should solicit the input
of the university community as a
whole, because I think the response from the larger campus
community would be quite different from the response of residents
who are mainly first and second
year students," Brooks said.
But Place Vanier Resident's
Association president Sonja
Rossteuscher welcomed the idea
of on-campus fast food chains.
"It's a good idea because it's another option. Right now UBC
Food Services all over campus
are the same thing, and at least
with a franchise you have to live
up to set quality standards/
Rossteuscher said.
Rossteuscher says many university students would support a
franchise run by Food Services.
"There's tons of people in residence who go to McDonald's or
Subway at least once a week."
Samson says the results of the
survey will be released in a few
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by Desiree Adib
The old Woodwards building
on the corner of Hastings and
Carrol St. stands tall, red and
empty, with a message painted
boldly across its windows: "This
building is ours-Save Woodwards!"
The plea, issued by the Downtown Eastside Residents Association (DERA), was prompted by
private developers' plans to turn
the site into high-priced condos
and commercial space-demolishing the symbolic heart of the
Victory Square neighbourhood in
the process.
DERA and other downtown
eastside advocacy groups have
lobbied hard for government-
subsidized social housing on the
former Woodwards site since the
building closed in January 1993.
Private developers anxious to "revitalize" the area with market
housing won out, however, and
in July 1995 the city of Vancouver
approved Fama Holding Ltd's
plan for 353 high-end condos and
250,000 ft^ of retail and commercial space.
The proposed "upscale" redevelopment was immediately challenged by DERA and the
Carnegie Community Action
Project. While most agreed the
building needed to be revitalized,
DERA worried that once private
developers seized hold of the
area's historical centre, the rest of
the neighbourhood would follow.
"It is obvious that Woodwards
is creating a black hole in the
middle of the city and this
neighbourhood," explains
DERA Executive Director Barb
Daniel, "it's just that we want it
to be revitalized, not 'steamrollered.'"
The site's $160,000 condo
suites would be unattainable for
the mainly low income East
Hastings community, DERA
adds, potentially driving the
area's existing residents out in a
text-book case of gentrification.
Gentrification, explains UBC
Geography professor David Ley,
is a process of "managerial and
professional people moving into
the downtown core and displacing the existing poorer community."
Ley and others worry that the
downtown eastside will go the
way of other gentrified locations
like Yaletown and Gastown.
"Gastown today is what people
worry that the downtown eastside
will be like in ten years time," Ley
He says upscale development
tends to force land prices up, creating further pressure for more
"This will include existing
rooming houses and single residency occupancy hotels," says
Ley, "and owners of those premises will be forced to sell them."
Ley is quick to add that the
question is not one of
gentrification versus ghetto-
ization; despite popular misconceptions, Vancouver's downtown
eastside is actually fairly stable,
with 40 percent of residents having lived in the area more than
ten years.
"This counters the stereotype
that a lot of people have, that this
area is one of transients and drifters," Ley says. "It's actually a
well-established and stable community of the poor."
Fama consultant Chuck Brook
says the developers don't intend
to turn the area into another
Gastown. "My vision of Victory
Square is not some funky
gentrified cabbage town, and it's
definitely not Gastown," says
He says Fama is aware that
"the next stop after a single occupancy residence is homelessness,
and nobody's objective is to force
out the poor people of downtown
The desire for a compromise
involving both social and market
housing may be realized with
former Premier Mike Harcourt's
recent announcement expressing
the provincial government's interest in becoming a partner in
the development project.
Negotiations are now under
way between the city, the province, Fama and the community
to decide on a mixed housing
structure for the old Woodwards
DERA's Barb Daniel welcomes the provincial government's intervention. "It's a damn
good thing that Harcourt got in
volved, because otherwise
[Fama's development plan] was
not going to happen," she says.
Daniel is confident that public
lonely and tall amid downtown sprawl
pressure would eventually have
forced the developers to realize
that their marketing plan wasn't
"It was obvious to everyone
that if people were going to buy
the condos, they wouldn't be welcome in the neighbourhood," she
With negotiations now underway, Daniel says the community
is "thrilled" to be a part of the
Fama says it is also pleased
with the recent decision. "It does
in some ways reduce the risk for
us," acknowledges Brook.
For the time being, the pace of
gentrification has been slowed.
Tuesday, February 27
Spring 1996 Concert Series:
Faculty and Guest Recital
Presented by Capilano College
Bachelor of Music Transfer
Program. Cap College FIR
Building, Rm 113, 1:00-2:00pm.
Wednesday, February 28
10 Studies Composed on the
System of Parsifal No. 9
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Presented by Political Science
Students' Association.
Buch A100,12:30-1:30pm.
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Speaker: Stewart Culbertson,
Commission on Resources
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10 Studies Composed on the
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Concert recital at Belkin Art
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The Ubyssey
Tuesday, February 27, 1996 feature
Activism Winns out
PAUL WINN stands against racism.
by Kevin Drewes
Paul Winn, one of Vancouver's
most prominent anti-racists, was
among several Black community
leaders involved in February's Black
History Month activities.
Winn was eager to discuss his
battles against racism with The Ubyssey, beginning with his first racial experience as a nine-year-old living in
"There was this barber shop
around the corner," he said, "so, I
went in and the guy told me he
couldn't cut my hair because my hair
would dull his scissors."
Although the experience affected
Winn, it didn't even compare to an
incident he read about five years
"There was this kid, fourteen, the
same age as me, who was accused of
whistling at a white woman. That
night, some men came into his
grandparents' home, in the South,
dragged him out, killed him, tied a
heavy weight around his head with
barbed wire and threw him into the
Reading about the brutal attack
left Winn feeling as if he hated all
White people.
"I hated the fact that they
could do that to someone and
escape without penalty," he said.
The injustice spurred Winn to
become an activist. He won his
first moral victories at a North
Vancouver high school, battling
racist principals, track and field
judges and girlfriends' parents.
"I was leaning on the shoulder
of a girlfriend," he said, "and the
principal knocked on the window,
called me into his office, and said
to me that 'From now on, whenever you are speaking to any
woman in this school, I want you
to have a distance of three feet
between you.'"
To fight back, Winn decided to
turn the restriction into a joke.
"I walked around for a week
with a yard stick. It caused such a
furor that he was pissed off with
Winn worked in a lumber yard
after he graduated from high
school. He also volunteered to
teach North Shore children before
becoming a social worker.
Winn, however, did not stop
at social work. He held positions in Nova Scotia's Black
United Front and the department of Correctional Services,
before earning an advisory position with the Ministry of
Multiculturalism in the late
It was this advisory position that
allowed Winn to prepare and fight
legal cases. But, there was one problem.
"I kept getting my butt kicked by
lawyers," he said.
Winn was losing his battles because he didn't know the rules, so he
went back to school and got a degree in law, which enabled him to
work at the British Columbia Law
In 1961, Winn described Canadians as "closet biggots"- a description, he feels, still applies today. "[Canadians] usually don't
do things overtly. They do things
behind the scenes that affect
To defeat closet bigotry, Winn
suggests education. However, he
acknowledges the difficulty of attempting to change people's attitudes.
"Unfortunately, as long as racism is rooted in attitude and
thought, and as long as we cannot change this thought and only
combat racism with the threat of
sanction, closet bigotry will continue to survive."
In the meantime, however,
Winn has one thing to say to all
bigots: "I am who I am and that
is the way it is."
Ontario government more "intimidating
than student protestors, the CFS and others say
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bers of Ontario's legal community
say the intimidation charges laid
against four Toronto students for
their part in a recent protest represent a government crackdown
on dissent.
Peter Rosenthal, a University of
Toronto Mathematics professor
and criminal lawyer who has represented numerous peace and social activists, says the use of this
charge represents the Ontario
government's attempt to stifle dissent.
"This government has taken a
hard line against protest, and this
is one more example," said
Rosenthal says the atmosphere
in Ontario's legislature has
changed notably since the Conservatives were elected. For instance,
he says, all people wearing anti-
Tory buttons are prevented from
entering the legislature.
Shiraz Rawat, 23, from Ryerson
Polytechnical University and
Charles Kernerman, 24, from U
of T, Michelle Vladislavova, 18,
from Central Technical School and
eighteen-year-oldjesse Black Allen
from Western Technical School
were charged under Section 51 of
the Criminal Code with intending
to "intimidate the legislature."
The students were also charged
with breaking and entering and
mischief. They were released on
$1000 bail.
In the Criminal Code, the intimidation charge follows "Acts intended to alarm Her Majesty or
break public peace" and precedes
sections concerned with "sabo
tage," "mutiny" and "desertion."
The charge carries a maximum
sentence of fourteen years imprisonment.
Lawyers acting for the students
say the charge may violate the Canadian Charter of Rights, which protects people's right to protest.
Howard Ruble, who is representing Vladisvlavova, says protest does
not necessarily constitute intirnida-
"To intimidate versus protest are
very different things. This section
is more relevant to situations
where there is a clear case of extortion, for instance, if someone
threatens to blow up the legislature
if a vote doesn't go a certain way,"
he said.
I think what the
government's doing
is saying, 'Don't
fuck with us because
we will screw you to
the max'"
-Marco Santaguida
Though Roland Semprie, one
of the two Toronto police detectives responsible for laying the
charge, says he could not say why
the charge was laid, he maintains
the decision was not made by the
Attorney General's office.
"I laid the charge. The buck
stops here," Semprie told reporters.
"There are a lot of laws that are
not laid on a regular basis. But they
are on the books."
Some student groups, like
Ryerson University's student council, condemned the damage to the
"We don't believe in the use of
violence to achieve political means,"
says Frank Cappadocia, an executive assistant at RyeSAC. "This is a
major setback to student governments in Ontario."
Student councils from both the
University of Toronto and Ryerson
Polytechnical University each
pledged $1000 to help repair the
damage to the legislature, while
Niagara College's student council
chipped in $500 and the Ontario
Community College Student Parliamentary Association added $250.
But according to the president of
the U of T's student council, these
charges carry a warning to students.
"I think what the government's
doing is saying, 'don't fuck with us
because we will screw you to the
max,'" said Marco Santaguida.
Sandra Neil, one of the protest's
organizers, says the waist-high metal
barricade installed this fall by the
Tory government tempts people to
try and get past it, like waving a red
flag in front of a bull.
Canadian Federation of Students
Ontario chair Heather Bishop also
sees the barricade as representative
of the Harris government's antidemocratic policies.
The CFS has denounced the intimidation charges and have set up a
legal defense fund for the four students.
"The heavy-handed use of the
criminal law against these students
is the clearest demonstration so far
ofthe government's systematic suppression of democratic rights," said
And she says if the charges
are the result of over-zealous
police officers, then the Attorney General's office should step
in and reduce or dismiss the
Alan Borovoy of the Canadian
Civil Liberties Association says the
charges could discourage lawful
and non-violent protests.
This is an outcome much to be
regretted in a democratic society,"
he said.
He adds tire association has sent
a letter to the Attorney General's office asking him to intervene personally.
But Winnie Ng of the National
Action Committee on the Status of
Women says the charges will only
fuel more protest against the government.
"This is not going to intimidate
us. This is going to get us more organized," she said.
Heartbeat of Filmsoc honoured
by Peter T. Chattaway
Students accustomed to
visiting the SUB Auditorium
for film screening's and
lectures will now foe seated
in the Normand Bouchard
Memorial Theatre.
To mark the theatre's
rechristening, the UBC Film
Society held a wine and
cheese dedication Monday
According to Filmsoc
Chairperson Jeff Houde,
Filmsoc had already decided
to rename the theatre a few
months before Bouchard,
Filmsoc's Productions
Manager, succumbed to
spinal encephalitis on July 2,
1995 at the age of 25.
"He had been in Just about
every executive position we
have," said Houde. "He was
like the heartbeat ofthe club
for five years. When any
thing, from a paper clip to
our most expensive
computer to a projector,
went wrong, everyone went
to Norm and he could fix it."
This has been Filmsoc's
most successful year so far,
in terms of recruitment and
financial stability, an
achievement Houde credited to experience
Bouchard, an engineering
graduate, brought to the society.
A new mural by
Dobrostanski and R. Datton
outside the theatre shows
Bouchard operating a film
projector, and the wine and
cheese was followed by a
screening of Cinema
Paradiso. "That is Norm,"
Houde said. "He grew up
loving movies. He truly had
a love ofthe cinema, and he
was a good filmmaker."
Tuesday, February 27, 1996
The Ubyssey sports
T-Bird runners compete at CanWest finals
by Scott Hayward
UBC Cross Country coach
Marek Jedrzejek boasts that his
team is a middle distance power-
house-despite not having a
proper running track.
Jedrzejek said west coast
weather provides year-round
training, while the trails and parks
on the university endowment
lands are better than any artifical
facility. "[It's] one of the best you
can find in North America. It's
like a mecca for runners," he said.
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This weekend, UBC was in
Edmonton, Alberta at the
Canada West finals. The men
placed fourth overall and the
women placed fifth in the seven
team competition
Jan Kanngiesser and Peter
Daubaras won gold and silver
medals in the men's high jump.
Jeff Schiebler, who has already
met the qualifying time for Atlanta in the 3000m, shaved more
than two seconds off the Canada
West record he set last year,
taking the gold medal with a time
of 8:09.65.
"Those standards are very, very
tough to achieve, you have to be a
world class athlete," said Jedrzejek,
who will be the Canadian coach
at the world championships in
South Africa next month.
UBC's program is also developing a core of young talent that
includes Leslie Gold and Randy
Gold's running career had
humble beginnings in her native
RANDY MOODY (third from left) stands tall at the beginning of the 3000m race at the UBC Invitational meet in
Richmond last month. Moody won easily while Chris Bakal (to his right) came second. scott hayward photo
Montreal. After failing to make it
onto several school teams, "I
went out for the cross country
team because they would take
anyone, and so I started running
that way," she said. "Now I just
can't imagine not doing it."
Jedrzejek has watched Gold
develop in Vancouver. "This year
she just exploded. She is ranked
number four in the country [in the
1500m]," he said.
"I think her chances are pretty
good because she is a good kicker
and her 800[m] times are quite
competitive." She combined with
teammates Catriona Morrison,
Catherine Bacon and Laura
Wiggin to win the gold medal in
the 4x800m relay event.
Gold, who balances her training with a full course load in conservation biology and a part-time
job, is training to make the Olympic trials in Montreal this year.
Beyond that, she doesn't know
how far her running will take her.
"In terms of how far I want to
go, I never thought I'd get to this
level, so I can't really say," she said.
"Whether it's just recreational road
running or continuing to do track
in a serious way, I just always want
it to be part of my life."
Moody, a forestry major, was
lured to the west coast after train
ing at the University of
Lethbridge for one year. He is
also striving to make the Olympic trials in Montreal, and his
coach believes he has the potential to qualify. "I think it will be
tough to qualify for Atlanta, but
he is young,"Jedrzejek said.
"[Pacific Spirit
Park] is like a
mecca for runners."
—Cross Country coach
Marek Jedrzejek
Moody took the silver medal
in the 1500m, the bronze in the
1000m and shared the bronze in
the men's 4x800m relay this
weekend. He had already made
the CIAU standard in the 1500m
and 3000m, and his 2:26.07 in the
1000m in Edmonton qualifies
him for the 1000m, but hasn't yet
decided which events he will run
at the CIAU championships.
At a national junior championships in 1993, Moody learned to
size up the competition. That
event featured one very highly
rated runner. "Everybody just entered a whole slew of events and
waited. After he made his picks,
they made theirs," he joked.
AMS Update -,
he Alma Mater Society is seeking proposals from individuals or groups
who are interested in producing the 1996/97 "Inside UBC".
The "Inside UBC" is a popular annual publication which acts as a student handbook/calendar. The Inside UBC contains pertinent information
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• How could student awareness of AMS activities be increased
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• What kind of information should the publication contain? What
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previous years) editions?
• Design, concept, and structure of the project should also be
All proposals are due by Wednesday, March 6, 1996 at 6:00 pm. Please
submit all proposals to:
Attention:  Faye Samson,
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SUB Room 266H
All proposals will be carefully reviewed by The Services & Appointment
Advisory Committee in conjunction with the President and AMS
Communications. The position is aimed to be filled by Thursday, March
14th, 1996.
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The Ubyssey
Tuesday, February 27, 1996 sports
Birds earn wild
card berth to nationals
by Scott Hayward
After chasing the Saskatchewan Huskies out of town in the
semi-finals, UBC's women's volleyball team succumbed to the
hometeam U of A Pandas in last
weekend's Canada West finals.
Despite the loss, the Birds' second place Canada West finish
assured them a wild card spot in
this weekend's eight team national championship in Toronto.
The T-Birds pounced on a
nervous Husky team early in
game one of their semi-final
match at War Memorial Gym,
opening up a 12-1 lead en route
to a 15-4 victory. In game two
they jumped out to an 8-0 lead
and cruised to a 15-5 win, before
polishing off Saskatchewan 15-4
in game three.
UBC's offence was spread out
as Canada West's top kill-getter,
Joanne Ross, left each game early
nursing a sore ankle. Her eight
kills on the night were matched
by teammates Tanya Pickerell
and Kim Perree who both hit the
ball with more authority than
they have all year.
Saskatchewan came out
stronger in the second match, but
were beaten 15-6 and 15-9 in
games one and two. They made
a spirited comeback to steal a 15-
12 win in a back and forth game
three. The loss, however, was a
wake-up call for the T-Birds who
came back to win 15-6 and advance to the finals.
"It was just a matter of executing," said Perree. "They were
doing some pretty amazing digs.
We just couldn't seem to put it
Reimer attributed the loss in
game three to a combination of a
last ditch Husky effort and a lack
of killer instinct on the part of the
Birds. "I think what should have
happened when Saskatchewan
played better like that, we should
have been able to meet the challenge," he said. "They should
have gotten more points, not the
whole game."
The win set up the final against
Edmonton, who won the first
match 3-2 (10-15,15-6,15-13,
11-15,24-22). "[Game five] was
the longest rally point game I've
seen," Reimer said. It took 24
minutes, and UBC had six
chances to win while Alberta had
Vikes trounce Birds in semis
by Scott Hayward
After securing the last playoff
spot in Canada West on the final
night of regular season play, UBC
fell to the Victoria Vikes during
last weekend's semi-final series.
The Birds played their last
home game against the first-place
Vikes. They needed to either win
that game or hope that last place
Saskatchewan could knock off
Lethbridge to secure a fourth
place finish and playoff berth.
Although UBC's coaching staff
knew Lethbridge had lost their
last game, they didn't tell the
players. "They were highly motivated to play against Victoria,"
coach Deb Huband said. "We
didn't want to have that affect
their game."
The T-Birds came out strong
and toppled the Vikes 68-64, ensuring themselves a trip to the
post-season. Unfortunately, UVic
ambushed the T-Birds last weekend on the Island, winning 95-48
Friday and 75-46 Saturday.
UVic overcame an early UBC
lead Saturday to go ahead 24-16.
The Birds' tight defence kept the
Vikes to the outside, forcing them
to take low percentage shots,
while their offence clawed back
to 26-23. But Victoria shifted the
momentum with two quick turnovers that widened the gap to
41-30 at the half.
"They know that we have trouble with full court pressure and
they pressed us for 37 minutes of
the game," Huband said. UBC
turned the ball over 26 times
compared to UVic's eight.
The Birds' top scorer Kim
Phipps ran into foul trouble on
some questionable calls and was
held to just four points on the
night. Phipps and three point specialist Michelle Davey are graduating this spring.
The Vikes kept UBC's offence
at bay in the second half, while
6'2" Kristine Brown controlled
the boards and Lisa Koop put up
nineteen points to give Victoria
a 75-46 win.
Birdmen advance to CanWest finals
by Wolf Depner
Anything can happen in the
playoffs, no matter how unthinkable.
And the unthinkable almost
happened this weekend at War
Memorial Gym when the Calgary
Dinosaurs, led by fifth-year guard
Richard "Speechless" Bohne, almost bounced the T-Birds team
from the Canada West playoffs.
The odds were against the un-
ranked Dinos in the best-of-three
semi-final series since the Birds
were ranked first in Canada. The
Dinos barely squeaked into the
playoffs and were blown away the
last time the two teams met. As
expected, the T-Birds swept the
series, but were pushed to the
limit both nights.
With the sweep, UBC advances
to the Canada West final and will
host the Alberta Golden Bears.
They also clinched at least a wild
card spot for the CIAU championships in Halifax next month.
Bohne, Canada West's leading
scorer, knocked down scores
from all over the court, leaving
the partisan crowd in awe. He
racked up 46 points Friday-not
quite enough to beat the T-Birds
in a 143-133 double-overtime
thriller in front of 1000 fans.
With Calgary trailing 108-111
and 5.1 seconds left in the game,
Jeff Johnson nailed a desperation
trey to send the game into the first
five-minute overtime period.
With 4.6 seconds left, the Birds still
had a chance to win the game, but
John Dumont's fifteen foot baseline jumper fell short at the buzzer.
The Birds could have avoided
OT altogether if they had shot
better from line. It was only fitting that the best free-throw
shooter Curtis Mepham saved the
Birds by draining a huge trey followed by two from the fine to tie
the score at 124 apiece and send
the game into a second overtime.
"We really didn't have much
going at the time, so I figured had
to shot it. They were sagging so
far off me," he said.
But the Birds almost lost as a
lay-up by Dino Craig Newman
rattled around the rim before it
spun out with time expiring.
It was all UBC in the second
OT, outscoring Calgary 19-9.
However, Friday's outcome was
too close for comfort. "A lot of
people are saying we took them
lightiy. I don't think that was the
case," said John Dumont, who
lead UBC with 37 points. "We just
never put them away."
The Birds couldn't put the
Dinos away the next night either.
They stunk it up yet again from
the charity stripe, shooting just
34.8 percent in the second half.
"Right now, we are really struggling from the line," admitted a
frustrated Enns. "I wish I knew
what it is."
Bohne continued to sting the
Birds, scoring a game-high 42
points. "He can make a mess of
our defence," Enns said. With the
Birds struggling from line down
the stretch, Calgary hung around
till the bitter end losing 102-96.
Saturday's game marked the
end of Bohne's university career.
Considered to be one of Canada's finest collegiate players ever,
he will now pursue pro options
in Europe and South America.
"But if nothing happens, I'm
looking forward to settling down
with my family,' said the soft-
spoken 24-year-old who received
a standing ovation both nights
and was paid an emotional tribute
by Enns.
The Pandas came out stronger
in the second match to win 3-1
"It sounds crazy to say that we
underestimated a great team, but
in some ways we did," Reimer
said, noting the Birds made adjustments thinking that the sec
ond match would be similar to
the first. "We never got on track."
However, UBC still advanced
to the eight team CIAU championship in Toronto this weekend,
ranked fifth in the pool. "This team
is definitely good enough to be at
the nationals," Reimer declared.
TRIXIE CRUZ races in for a lay-up. She led UBC in scoring with eleven
points both nights in their losses in Victoria. scott hayward photo
"We wanted to take care of our
"All five people on the court
for Vic want to go at you, they
want to take the ball to you,"
Huband said. "They don't have
enough balls on the court, they're
all calling for it."
"On our team, we're waiting
for one or two people to do it for
us, and if those one or two people aren't performing then we just
come to a halt."
Looking back, Huband had
mixed reviews of the team's performance this year. "We wanted
to make the playoffs and we did.
own business and make sure that
we were winning the games that
we were the better team, and be
able to compete against the
tougher teams," she said. "I think
that we competed with the
tougher teams, but we dropped
some games that we shouldn't
have dropped."
She is also pleased with some
of the younger players who are
developing. "A lot of our first year
players have shown good potential and that's promising."
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Tuesday, February 27,1996
The Ubyssey Got a Rocket in your pocket? Keep cool, boy ...
Bottle Rocket
at the Capitol 6 theatre
by Andrea Gin
"They're not really criminals, but
everybody's got to have a dream."
- Bottle Rocket movie poster
When Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson graduated from the University of
Texas, where they had taken a
playwriting class together, they weren't
really filmmakers. But they had a dream.
So, finding themselves with "an apartment to ourselves and a lot of free time,"
they wrote up a screenplay about a
bunch of young guys who had a lot of
free time on their hands and dreamed of
becoming successful criminals. Oh, and
two of the characters are out-patients
from a mental hospital. Contrary to what
the press kit says, though, Owen Wilson
(who also plays Dignan in Bottle Rocket)
insists that the story is not even remotely
"We actually just wanted to do our own
little fantasy-action movie," he says. "We
wanted to do a comedy that poked fun
at real action movies, you know, like Heat
or something like that. We made this
movie for guys who go and see those
kinds of movies and fantasize about being those action heroes."
Once the screenplay was written, the
two cast their friends in the lead roles,
including Owen's brothers, Luke (who
plays Anthony) and Andrew (Future Man),
and began filming in earnest.
They financed it themselves, which
meant they were forced to stop filming
15 minutes into it after they ran out of
Determined to finish the project, they
did what any young, enterprising would-
be filmmakers would do: they added a
(brief) closing scene and called it a short.
They then entered Bottle Rocket in the
Sundance Film Festival, where it came
to the attention of veteran Hollywood
producers Polly Piatt and James L. Brooks,
who have collaborated in the past on
movies such as Say Anything and The
War of the Roses.
"We were really
lucky because Kit
Carson, who is a
screenwriter and producer, and also a family friend of ours,
helped get the video
of our short onto their
desk," says Wilson.
"After that, we were
able to get some
money to make it into
a feature, which was
our original intent."
Now, with a $5 million budget, the duo
really started to dream, and Bottle Rocket
was elevated from a 1'5-minute black &
white short into a feature-length, Hollywood-produced, mock fantasy-action
movie. Their good fortune continued
when the script fell into the hands of Like
Water for Chocolate's Lumi Cavazos and
veteran actor James Caan [The Godfather,
Misery], who agreed to play key roles in
the movie.
Anderson admits to being a little nervous about directing the veteran actor.
"I'm used to directing people who are my
friends, or volunteers, and so it was kind
of weird to direct someone that had so
much more experience.
"He had a lot of good ideas after reading the script and was really enthusiastic. He came up with a lot of cool ideas
we added to the film."
A philosophy graduate, Anderson says
he has never had any formal training in
directing. "I basically spent all my money
on making the short version of Bottle
Rocket and couldn't afford [film school]. I
wanted to go, but it was just a matter of
me wanting to spend the money on my
film instead of school. I've learned most
of my film techniques from watching films
and also had to learn a lot as I went
It turned out to be a good investement.
Bottle Rocket is a solid debut effort; it's
often highly amusing and it's successfully almost too silly. It's exactly the kind
of mock action-adventure flick that you
would expect a bunch of twentysome-
things to make. The dialogue is snappy
and the antics are admittedly, well, just
plain stupid. But that's the point.
For instance,
there is a
scene in which
they are robbing a bookstore (stealing
books like Job
For Today's
Youth, natch)
and Dignan
sports white
tape across the
bridge of his nose as
part of his disguise.
"Why the white tape?" one of the others
asks. "Exactly," he says, triumphantly.
The boys also resort to using mirror
signals and making birdcalls to communicate, while going by names such as
"Scarecrow" and "Bird Dog." All in all, silly
stuff. But a lesson gets learned by the
end of the story and everyone ends up
relatively happy, which is close enough
to being autobiographical in and of itself, whether or not these guys want to
admit it or not.
Black Artists Have Kuumba
Play about second chances
needs, well, a second chance
Later Life
at the Vancouver Playhouse
until Mar 9
by Bryce Edwards
Ever find a piece of your past
in a place you never expected? Ever pulled open
a long dusty drawer and seen, lying there, the
X-wing fighter you got for Christmas when you
were ten? The one you'd forgotten about, that
once was the apogee of your days and companion of your dreams? Later Life by A.R.
Gurney looks at what would happen if that
X-wing fighter was a beautiful middle-aged
woman named Ruth.
Ruth appears at a Boston cocktail party attended by Austin, a pin-striped gentleman of
impeccable manners and stilted good taste.
They have met before, in the dim-lit past, and
missed a chance to fall in love. Since then,
Austin has lived in constant fear that a great
tragedy will befall him if he ever dares to stick
his head out of his shell. Ruth, meanwhile, has
lived her life on the edge of chaos, marrying
and remarrying, collecting heartbreak as well
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as joy. Together once
again, what will become of these two
ships in the Boston
Harbour night?
Gurney's take on
the confusion of middle age
and second chances is at
times touching and effective, but the play's movement is anti-climactic. Just
when a scene starts to roll,
we are faced with yet another comical interlude with
one or more of the twelve
characters that are split between actors Nicola Cavendish and Tom Wood; they
play other party-goers ranging from a deliriously hilarious power-lesbian to a
touching Southern couple in
the twilight of their "later life." Enjoyable though
they may be, these interludes often detract
rather than add to the narrative. The flow is
sporadic and the central
story becomes threatened
by side plots which are at
. -i best amusing and at worst
tllC annoying.
Cavendish splendidly
revels in her menagerie of
characters, while Wood is
somewhat frantic and one-
note in his various portrayals. Performances from
Sheila Moore as Ruth and
Robert Haley as Austin are
solid and assured, but the
intensity of their life-
changing decisions is lacking towards the finish. The
whole exercise becomes
New Deal
Tom Wood and Robert Haley share some laughs with
Sheila Moore and Nicola Cavendish in Later Life.
underwhelming. Despite this, Haley is especially well-suited to play the forlorn Austin, with
a gentle air and hangdog face.
Later Life is a rather curious mix, once all
has been said and done. It alternates between
heavy-handed comedy and quiet introspection,
and struggles for a unity of vision and purpose.
Later Life is subtle fluff, if there is such a thing.
Depth of insight is served over-easy, as calm
and comfortable as a meal at a family restaurant. You get exactly what you paid for, and
leave feeling satisfied, but unmoved. What purpose is there to this anemic entertainment?
Gurney's play almost has one benefit over most
other work-it is subtle. The problem is, the
playwright seems to have confused subtlety
with quality. Just because you are saying it
quietly does not mean you are excused from
saying anything worth hearing. Overall, Later
Life is only mildly enjoyable; sadly, not on par
with the previous productions of this season.
"I write fiction because it's a way of making statements I can
disown, and I write plays because dialogue is the most
respectable way of contradicting myself."
- Tom Stoppard
use film sociery
7:00 La Femme Nilcita
9:30 Red
UBC Film Society
Check for our flyers
in SUB 247.
, a film
Kuumba 10
featuring Hie works of Kathleen Dick, Vicklyn
Fleming, D-G Morgan, Kirk Moses, Chidi
Okoye, Emmanuel Tamka, Suleh Williams
at the SUB Ait Gallery until Mar 2
the problem of racism is not
by Sandra Cheung
How many of yon know that
the first Lieutenant-Governor
of British Columbia was a
Black man named James Douglas? Or that a Black woman
started the first newspaper in
Canada? Or that a community
of Blacks was the first to start
a settlement on Salt Spring Island?
So don't anyone tell the artists ofthe Kumaba exhibit that
Black history doesn't exist in
B.C. 'Kuumba' is the
Swahili word for creativity, the sixth principle of Kwanza (celebrated roughly between
Boxing Day and New Year's
Day). The show acknowledges
the contributions and creativity of the Black community
here in Vancouver.
hi a discussion between the
artists and The Ubyssey, Chidi
Okoye expressed his resentment over the label "Black."
The connotations of that
colour, he says, are negative,
even evil, to many. At the same
time, he admires the strength
and richness of the colour.
Others in the group mentioned
that the community of African
and West Indies people prefer
the term "Black" over "negro"
and "nigger."
Most of the artists agreed
that the label "coloured" is
unfavourable. Vicklyn Fleming
says the term is too vague in
its inclusiveness. Okoye exclaimed that Caucasians, with
their different hair and eye
colours, seemed more
"coloured" to him than Blacks.
Because the local Black
population is relatively small.
noticed by many people. Bat
for Blacks, as well as other
minority groups, the pretense
of multicultural harmony
does not hide the reality of
These artists feel that
being Slack has added
burdens to their art. Yet it
has also given them a
challenge and a certain
perspective   on
The art show is open until
Saturday. There will be a cultural displpay by Colour Connected on Tuesday; on
Wednesday there will be a
book display and, at 3:00, a
film called, African Origins of
Humanity in SUB 20S. Headings from the
Black Writer's
will take
place on
at noon.
To Fleming,
the door is not
shut; it Just needs to
be kicked in a little harder.
Confidence, she says, is something the Black community
heeds to develop.
Okoye tells the story of
how he went to Granville's
Gallery Bow. Inside one of
the galleries, there were
"modem" paintings. When
he asked a person who
worked there if he thought
the artists were influenced
by Picasso, the worker replied, "Of course they
were " Then Okoye asked
what influenced Picasso.
"Primitive art," the worker
replied, meaning African
art. So Okoye wants African
art to take a recognized
place in the history of
"modern" art.
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Tuesday, February 27,1996
Tuesday, February 27,1996
The Ubyssey culture
Multiple personalities and multiple memories galore
Mary Reilly
at the Granville 7
by Janet Winters
Take the most popular
American female actor, add
the super sexy John
Malkovich and a strong supporting cast led by Glenn
Close. Place them in an erotic
thriller made by one of the
finest directors and written
by an Oscar winning screenwriter. What should be a
recipe for a hit turns out to
be one of this year's true cinematic disappointments.
Stephen Frears' Mary
Reilly is indicative of Julia
Roberts' clout in Hollywood.
Though not as bad as Kevin
Costner's Robin Hood, Roberts'
phony and inconsistent Irish accent
would probably be rejected in an
audition for Irish Spring commercials. Why, then, should it be allowed on the big screen for a title
role? Roberts can act, but playing
Dr. Jekyll's timid servant reveals her
At least she is backed up by a
talented co-star and a strong supporting cast. The ever so lusty John
Malkovich is convincing as Dr.
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. After his success as a womanizer in Frears'
Dangerous Liaisons, it would seem
uncoincedental to cast Malkovich
in this dual role. In his signature
John Malkovich blocks Julia Roberts' fake Irish accent in Mary Reilly,
style, he captures the doctor's rational, pensive mood and switches
to the raging, animalistic nature of
the monster the doctor has created.
Hyde's sensual streak provides
an onscreen chemistry between
Malkovich and Roberts. Frears does
succeed in turning the sparks off
during scenes between Jekyll and
Reilly, then reigniting them for her
anticipated moments with Hyde,
but Reilly's desperate passion for
the latter figure could still be driven
to further depths.
The film's potential is undeniably there. Frears and Christopher
Hampton, who collaborated with
Malkovich on Dangerous Liaisons,
cowardly avoid taking Mary Reilly
to its possible heights. The film's
growing sexual tension is never
relieved, failing to deliver the erotic
climax necessary to fill in some of
the picture's gaps. Watching Mary
Reilly in its entirety is like having
to sneeze for two hours, but never
getting it out.
Putting an erotic slant through
the eyes of a woman to the classic
story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a
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to have been taken for granted.
Mary Reilly left me agonizing over
what could and should have been
done to make the film a riveting
masterpiece. The unfortunate
movie reality that sacrifices quality for big bucks and "star" power
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is all too evident; Like the
disturbed doctor himself, the
film takes on its own di-
chotomous personality:
sometimes it is very captivating, while at other moments
it is a complete letdown.
at the Capitol 6 theatre
by Maura Maclnnis
This Vancouver-filmed effort from John Dahl {The Last
Seduction) begins with a
C/ocJcers-style photomontage of a grisly crime scene.
County medical examiner
David Krane (Ray Liotta) believes the suspect in a drugstore shooting spree may be
the same man who bludgeoned his
wife to death. Krane was nearly
convicted of her murder, but got off
on a technicality. He lives under
public suspicion of his guilt, and the
film follows his all-consuming efforts to find the real killer.
Krane's search leads him to
Martha Briggs (Linda Fiorentiho),
who has developed an experimental drug to facilitate memory transfers between lab rats, using their
cerebral spinal fluid. Krane steals
the formula and uses it to inject
himself with his dead wife's
memories, risking his life in a desperate attempt to find her killer.
With the horror of his wife's final
moments bursting through his
mind, Krane uses the drug to absorb the fatal experiences of several other victims, hoping to identify the murderer that his wife
never saw.
The journey is not
one for the
faint of heart, as Krane relives one
brutal murder after another. With
his frequent shock attempts, Dahl
makes it difficult to establish the
necessary empathy between the
audience and the tortured hero.
Critical expository scenes are interrupted by Krane's repetitive experiences of the many victims' deaths
by shooting, bludgeoning, and
strangling. These "memories" are
filmed in an inconsistent mix of
first- and third-person perspective,
as a sort of memory-flashback
meets out-of-body experience.
The film is visually stylish, but
the plot is excessively convoluted
and important story elements are
left unexplained for too long. By the
time Krane absorbs the memories
of a fourth victim, the premise is
beginning to wear thin. A "multicharacter" perspective is achieved
at the expense of Krane's own
character development, and the
few scenes where he shows love
for his family are not enough to
establish a believable motivation
for his self-destructive quest.
Liotta and Fiorentino deliver appropriately nuanced performances,
but seem oblivious to each other's
presence. There is no chemistry
between them, and it's hard to
imagine that even the bonds of
friendship might develop between
their characters.
The absence of a romantic subplot was a wise choice for this
story, but without it the film lacks
an emotional appeal to counteract
its aimless brutality.
Terry Tempest Williams —
An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field
In An Unspoken Hunger, naturalist Terry Tempest Williams tries to tear down the supposed wall modern society
has erected between the human emotional world on one
hand and the natural physical environment on the other hand.
According to Williams, these two worlds are intimately and
irrevocably intertwined and inseparable, one feeding off the
other and both renewing each other.
The ultimate intent behind An Unspoken Hunger, then, is
to point out the intimacy between the human emotional world
and the natural physical environment or, as Williams calls it,
the "Erotics of Place." She tries to fulfill this daunting task
by taking the reader on a 141-page-long metaphysical voyage through the African Serengeti, Alaska, the Bronx (!),
Yellowstone Park and the Grand Canyon, to name but a few
So is this voyage a turn-on? You bet it is! Williams' prose,
which draws heavily upon fables, paradoxes and Greek mythology, struck a definite chord with me. I truly felt connected
to these diverse landscapes for reasons I have yet to understand. (I can assure the reader that I was not under the
influence of mind-altering substances while reading this
However, there are some problems with this title. While
Williams' work is complex and deep enough to stand on its
own, one cannot help but get the feeling that Williams was
raised on the works of the late literary giant Franz Kafka,
the master of mythical metaphors and allegories. His time-
honored spirit is well and alive in An Unspoken Hunger, but
ultimately there is only one Franz Kafka and, no matter how
hard Williams or anybody else tries, no one will ever duplicate his genius when it comes to pushing the literary envelope. Williams also takes the dreaded "save the world now"
stance in the later chapters, a somewhat regrettable attitude given the subtlety and haunting beauty of her prose in
earlier chapters.
Yet despite these flaws, An Unspoken Hunger is a credible and a timely piece of creative non-fiction that is increasingly rewarding with subsequent readings.
- Wolf Depner
The Ubyssey
Tuesday, February 27,1996 culture
Classical guitarist marks history with a solo Beatle
Carl Aubut — Paul McCartney's The Family Way:
Variations Concertantes Opus 1 [Woolf/Sonyl
by Peter T. Chattaway
1966. The Beatles have quit
touring and are mere months
away from recording Sgt.
Pepper s Lonely Hearts Club
Band. The band's cohesion is
breaking down, its members 1jtst
becoming a lonely lot themselves: John tennoa and Ringo
Starr are filming Bowl Won the
War In Spam, George Harrison
is studying tbe sitar with Ravi
Shankar la India, antf • phone-
call from a film company leads
Paul McCartney to record a
soundtrack that will go down in
history as the first solo Beatle
That film was The Family
Way, a bittersweet look at new-
lywed woes in working-class
Englaad that starred Hywel
Bonnet, Hayiey Mills, and Sir
John MB1*. The film addressed a
number of social taboos, including homosexuality and impotence, and was hailed by Vito
Rnsso bt The Celluloid Closet as
an "fftfatttgent and quite moving
film about homosexual panic
1986. The Family Way has
itill sever been releasor! on
video (at least not in North
America)and what's worse, EMI
can't find the soundtrack's master tapes anywhere in the vaults
A rerecording has long boon
overdue, and finally a classical
^dtaitstfirom Quebec meets the
challenge. On the phone from
his home in Montreal, Carl Aubut
laughs, "It's a world premiere!"
Adapting McCartney's origi-
nal work posed someprobi$jl)
though Few tracks on the original album lasted longer than
half a minute-a harbinger of
things to come on Abbey Road
perhaps?—and the compositions, arranged by George Mai-
tin were ravenously eclectic.
"It's a very stiange album, the
pieces are veiy disparate,"
Aubut says Their s a string
quartet with clarinet flute and
classical guitai and them are
songs that die made with two
gnitars, diums buss You had
pieces with oi gan IikeSteppen-
wolf used to do It's a veiy odd
album. It represents all the musical styles of the time
'I decided to select only the
pieces that wcie classical in my
opinion, because I'm a classical
guitarist And I took oat all the
bi ass, because we wanted to do
The family Way in concert and
I could not imagine ma playing
classical guitar with a String
quartet and a biass sectfattl"
Revising a work by pop
culture's most successful entertainer would be a daunting task
for even the most experienced
artist and Aubut-who makes
his recording debut with The
Family Way Variations Gancar-
tuntes Opus 1 -admits that he
Carl Aubut (right) pals around with Patti McCartney (left).
was neivous when he fust met
The Cute One last May "I was
very afraid when Paul McCartney
heard the music because I did
take some liberties with the oi-
chestration, but he said it was a
good thing to do. I think he liked
it but for them, you know, it's
30 yeais ago and they have dona
a lot of work after that1"
Aubut got his degree in music from the University of Qaa-
bee and, like most students
who've spent four years forcing
their passions through the academic nrUl, ha pat his guitar
away Once ha gOtftfatdegree and
didn't toach It lor ten years It
took a bicycle tour of France to
revive his interest la music and
the rote music play*.
'twas hi a state oi shock, because there is so much history
there: museums, old churches,
everything So when I came
back to Montreal I looked
around me and all I saw wcic
grey bouses and it was very sad
And I said to myself In Quebec,
in Canada, th."n '«■ i" history-
if s sot the same length of history, there is nothing that can
be compared to Fiance But if
every generation takes the time
to mark its time, in music.il production ox in any kind of ait,
maybe we're going to have a
history here in Canada '"
It may seem odd that Aubut's
contritmtien to the great Canadian legacy would begin with a
Liverpudlian concerto, but
Aubufs interests know no geo-
pottBi^lHMBdaries. The flun-
«y n^irarfations ate only the
first cogrffe on a disc that in-
dades rtassical adaptations of
themes from Quebec children's
TV program and 'Children ol
Sarajevo/ a haunting composition written fcy Aubut himself.
"What I like in my anisic is
there is no frontier. Than are no
words, *o It can be ptayad ev-
erywhezeiathe world. Music is
something that should bring
people all together. I'm playing
at bars, yea know. If a not the
usual p^ca where you can. play
clasajteaft guitar, but I want to
play in bats, because people are
there, aS* I want to bring this
Instrument everywhere.*
Aubut does chafe a Utuaatthe
CD's packaging, which gives
prominence to McCartney's
name and all hat buries Aubut's,
but he has no intention of severing their ties. He's currently
transcribing 'A Leaf for guitar;
McCartney originally wrote the
piece for Soviet pianist Anya
"Paul McCartney told us that
he only learned a year ago that
John Lennon was very sad and
upset about Paul doing this solo
work. He was very sad to learn
that, because at the time he
asked John if he could do that,
and John said, 'There's no problem,' but that's not the fact.
There was a bit of a split [in the
band] that was preparing, and
The Family Way was maybe the
first showing of that."
Aubut was saddened to revisit
the band's breakup on the recent
Anthology TV special because
he "wanted the dream to stay
alive," but he says he appreciates the legacy represented by
lapackagings such as Anthology.
"For the younger generation, if a
pedagogical, because it shows
them how things were 30 years
atfo. And, like I said, if s important to mark history."
Grad C
1996 GRADS! Please look over all nine (9) and
vote for up to four (4) choices at the A.G.M !
The Annual General Meeting
(AGM) will be Fri. Mar. 1st '96
in SUB Rm 206
You can DROP IN anytime
between 12:30 & 5:00pm.
GIFT: Computer Scanner, 16 Megs of Memory, & Software.
ESTIMATED COST:  $ 2851.00
PROPOSED BY:   The Arts Undergraduate Society (Underground Paper).
BLURB: (Apple One Scanner. 16 Megs of RAM. Photoshop 3.0, Illustrator
5.5, and Art) Our proposal is to buy a scanner for use with the AUS
Underground Paper. The Staff at the Underground will use this scanner to
input visual images, graphics, and neat photos for use in the newspaper.
Tne Underground is the funniest paper on campus. & this gift will benefit all
students. The scanner will improve the quality & variety of the paper, thereby
making even more students laugh
GIFT: Communication/Posting Boards
for FNS Lounge & Student Use.
PROPOSED BY: The Family & Nutritional Sciences Undergraduate Society.
BLURB: (a series of bulletin boards for postings and communications in
the FNSC bldg. (student lounge) where currently there are no posting boards)
Our naked concrete wall would like to be clothed Our interior designers
have suggested a snug fitting garment to accentuate its curves and a natural
fabric to represent our dedication to using local resources. This "garment"
will be very low maintenance, which is the wave of the future, and useful to
not only keep the wall warm but also to educate, inform and increase student
involvement in University and professional activities Just a mere $1500 for
this cork bulletin board, designed by the famous one and only "Plant
Operations", would last a lifetime and will be used more than oncel
GIFT: One Set of Computer Chairs (4 total).
ESTIMATED COST:  $ 800 00 - $1000.00
PROPOSED BY:   The U B.C. Law Review Society.
BLURB: The Law Review Society is a non-profit organization that publishes
the academic journal "UBC Law Review", and a practitioners guide to British
Columbia legislation, called the "Table of Statutory Limitations". Funding for
these publications comes largely from subscribers, however it is necessary
to allocate funds for office improvement. This gift is practical, necessary,
and would provide an enduring benefit for our organization & for the Faculty
of Law. Our journal depends upon drawing volunteers from all Law students,
and the commitment of Faculty supervisors Up-to-date facilities encourages
wider participation, and promotes a more professional image for our academic
journals, 'he Faculty and UBC. Ergonomic, comfortable computer chairs
would provide a better working atmosphere in the office, and would increase
efficiency and productivity in publication of our academic journals.
GIFT: RealAudio Server-Computer for Internet Broadcasts.
ESTIMATED COST:  $ 2500.00-$ 3000.00
PROPOSED BY:      CiTB 101.9fM / Student Radio Society of UBC.
BLURB: CiTR has broadcast on traditional forms of radio for 60 years.
Thunderbird sports, UBC news plus music not heard anywhere else make
CiTR's programming unique. Live radsQ-to-intemet broadcast with fM quality
sound are now possible and if CiTR were to use this medium, more people
could hear us around the lower mainland and the world We would like to
use a Grad Class gift to fund the purchase of a server-computer which is
integral to Internet broadcasts Presently, RealAudio servers cost just under
$3000 and a Grad Class gift would make this affordable for CiTR.
GIFT: Commemorative Mural in foyer of the SUB Theatre,
now the Normand Bouchard Memorial Theatre.
ESTIMATED COST:  Grad Class will subsidize up to $3000.00 (of $5130)
PROPOSED BY:   The UBC Film Society.
BLURB: Last summer, a dear friend of the FilmSoc and the University
passed away at the age of 25. To commemorate his dedication to the theatre
and the club on campus, FilmSoc decided to re-name the theatre in his
honour By including his visage on a mural, we have hoped not only to
recognize his ever-felt presence at the theatre, but also to improve the cultural
aesthetics of the campus to the benefit of our movie-goers We believe that
the mural will improve the quality of the theatre and augment the campus
experience for all students
GIFT: An Up to Date'Computer [capable of DTP & WP),
and subsidy for a Scanner & Laser Printer.
ESTIMATED COST:   $700(current shortfall in budget) up to $3000 00
PROPOSED BY:   The English Students' Society.
BLURB: A computer. An invaluable aid in modern life, in publishing a
magazine, it is a necessity; in publicizing a play, it is priceless; in running
a club, it is a gold mine. The English Students' Society lacks a computer.
We limp along as we try to enrich the lives of UBC students. We provide
opportunities for them to experience literature. We organize poetry readings;
we aid in producing ArtsFest; we provide representation for English students.
In addition, we produce a play, and publish a magazine. None of our activities
are limited to English students or even to Arts students Instead, we provide
a forum for any student interested in literature. And we require a computer
to   maintain   (and   improve)   our   current   level   of   involvement.
GIFT: Security Bus Shelters on Campus.
PROPOSED BY:     The Music Undergraduate Students' Association.
BLURB: The Music Department would like to propose the making of security
bus "shelters" around campus These are to be used by students to keep
dry from the elements while waiting for the security bus It would also increase
the awareness of the security bus Students would be visible to the Security
Bus and the Bus would be visible and more accessible to the students. The
funding may not cover for up to two (2) shelters, but even one (1) would be
great.     Perhaps   future   Grad   Classes   can   continue   this   gift!
GIFT: Pentium Computer System & Colour Monitor
for Student Use.
PROPOSED BY:   The Faculty of Medicine, Bachelor of Medical Laboratory
Science Program Students.
BLURB: The BMLSc graduating class would like to propose the purchase
of a computer for student use. At present, fifty (50) students are sharing a
386 computer system to produce lab reports, assignments, papers and
presentation materials. High utilization of this system and the requirement
for an upgrade to take advantage of current & future communications
technologies has produced the need for a second system. A pentium
computer system will benefit 100% of the BMLSc students and provide
essential accessibility; it will also be used during the summer by laboratory
students for  mathematical,  graphical  and  statistical  functions.
GIFT: PharmaNet Communications Equipment
(hardware & software).
ESTIMATED COST:  $ 2850 00
PROPOSED   BY: The   Pharmacy   Undergraduate   Society.
BLURB: The pharmacists' trade had developed substantially in the past
half century. Currently practices require handling large amounts of information
on prescriptions, diagnosis, drugs, insurance, and patient information.
PharmaNet is a new development in data base technology allowing pharmacists
confidential information access in order to deal safe and effective drug
therapy. PharmaNet requires intensive training which UBC does not presently
offer. The Ministry of Health is prepared to offer a simulated teaching version
if UBC is able to provide the necessary equipment; therefore this Grad gift
will fund specialized PharmaNet computer communications hardware and
software (cabling, modems, and routers) so that future UBC pharmacy
students can become proficient with this technology in the Faculty's practice
Tuesday, February 27,1996
The Ubyssey opinion
You should have the freedom to read this editorial
The Diviners, The Canterbury Tales, The Joy of Sex,
Where's Waldo, The Bible, Mein Kampf, Ulysses,
Brave New World, The Satanic Verses, Catcher in
the Rye, James and the Giant Peach, The Apprenticeship of
Duddy Kravitz.
Have you ever read any of these books? At first
glance, it appears they have nothing in common; however, at one time in history all of these works were
deemed unacceptable. Some of these books are still
under scrutiny.
With this in mind, the BC Library Association's
Intellectual Freedom Committee has organized
Freedom to Read week, seven days dedicated to
speaking out against censorship and promoting freedom of expression. It is a week of interest to everyone from librarians to newspaper editors, bookstore
owners to customs officers, and most importantly,
the reader—you.
Many writers, now considered to be among the
world's greatest literary minds, were initially censored
by the mainstream. Little Sister's bookstore's ongoing
battle with Canada Customs proves that we still have
not learned from our past mistakes. Those who challenge the status quo seem to be consistently condemned
by those determined to uphold traditional power
February 27,1996
volume 77 issue 39
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Federico Barahona about a new Charlie Cho flower, and where they
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to water the Edmund Yeung and Kim Wyatt seedlings, so they were
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structures. The Crucible for example, by the well-known
American playwright Arthur Miller, was accused of
containing "sick words from the mouths of demon-
possessed people" in 1982. The challenger said it
"should be wiped out ofthe schools or the school board
should use them to fuel the fire of hell." The seemingly benign The Complete Adventures of Peter Rabbit by
Beatrix Potter was removed from schools in London,
England because it was only concerned with "middle
class rabbits."
It would be a mistake to think that Freedom to
Read Week was only concerned with challenges from
the Right. As American librarian Martha Cornog said
in Libraryjournal, "it would be easy and convenient...but
it would also be wrong." Cornog went on to describe
"a significant number of challenges from what might
be called the 'liberal left,' the 'secular humanists' or
the 'politically correct.'"
It seems every element of the community—left,
right and centre—is striving to attain "community standards" in literature. The problem is that everyone has a
different set of community standards; if you start censoring certain materials, some voices will be heard at
the expense of others. James LaRue responded to censors in the Wilson Library Bulletin by saying "surely we
letters ———-—~
Harshly lit
Several recent columns have
referred to the alterations in
lighting in the Main Concourse
(and Conversation Pit) of the
Student Union Building. In the
name of Power Smart almost all
the incandescent lighting has
been replaced with compact
fluorescent unite. This was not on
a one-for-one basis, but rather a
large increase in the lighting
level. While the new fixtures maybe more efficient, the total power
bill must be considerably higher
than before.
The incandescent lighting was
original to the design in the late
1960s. It was warm, inviting and
mellow, and complemented the
architecture. Its fluorescent
replacement is cold and glaring.
The Conversation Pit had a "laid-
back" feel to it before, and now
appears harsh and less populated
during the evening.
Some ofthe ambience could be
restored through the use of
fluorescent lights that are the
same colour temperature as
incandescent (about 3400°K).
Quite a bit of money was spent
need more books in our libraries, not fewer."
Another article in the Library Journal about "eleven
ways to answer a censor" commented that "if we removed every book or magazine that offended someone, we would serve none of our community."
Despite constant pressures placed upon North
American literature, most people fail to realize that
the right to read is as tenuous as ever, because censorship usually manifests itself subtly. It is rare that
a book challenge is reported in the newspaper or
given much attention from anyone other than the
complainant. You don't see many overt acts of censorship, such as book burnings. Canadians censor
slowly, book by book, until a list appears like the
one compiled by the UBC Bookstore.
Freedom to Read week is a good beginning,
but it needs to extend its focus beyond words
already in print; it should also be concerned about
words not yet published.
As a newspaper this concerns us. We are often
forced to grapple with the issue of freedom of expression versus self-censorship.
Ultimately however, as Cornog says, literacy is
better than illiteracy, knowledge is better than
ignorance and tolerance is better than intolerance.
on this project, and the end result
looks like an overlit classroom.
Yours truly,
Angus Mclntyre
BC Transit trolley bus driver
Aliens are
If Canada was attacked by
aliens then each "distinct culture"
would set aside their differences
and join in a united front to
protect the country. East and
West, French and English, people
with European ancestry and
those with Aboriginal [sic] would
come together to fight for a single
purpose. Yet, until that day
comes when alien ships blanket
the sky we fight amongst
ourselves. We struggle within a
country the United Nations
ranked consecutively as the
formeost in the world.
Canada and Canadians were
held in such high esteem. When
I told people where I was from
their voices raised and they
seemed to break a smile trying
to form an association with me,
"Oh Canada, I know this guy in
Halifax." Especially in Morocco
where their official languages are
French and Arabic, everyone
would ask if I was from Quebec
because I could speak some
French. Canadians in Morocco
seemed to have some special
intangible privileges. Upon my
entrance the Moroccan police
happily waved me through upon
seeing the cover of my passport
while everyone else received a
thorough investigation. When I
was leaving the country and the
customs officers were
rummaging through everyone's
bags, one simply looked at my
passport and asked which cities
I had travelled to. After I told
him he said, "You are a good
tourist, away you go." and I
simply walked on past.
Now I returned home after the
referendum, to a country that
gained international attention. In
Italy I saw the pictures of rallies
on the front page of the Italian
newspapers. 1 remember running to a newsstand in Rome the
day after "the vote" to read the
results from one of the few English newspapers. I was
relieved to know that Quebec
was to remain a part of Canada,
at least for now. However I was
abound with unanswered ques
tions why they wanted to leave.
I love Quebec and the uniqueness the French culture gives to
Canada. In 1994 I studied French
at the University of Laval for six
weeks. The people were very
friendly to me and I had the
sense that they were proud to see
me try to communicate in French
as I was just beginning. Often
times, people in stores and restaurants took on a parental role
trying to help me. This interaction symbolized the key in joining the two cultures.
Separation does not bring
better association instead it builds
animosity and unknowing.
Through open communication
we can reach out and bridge the
two sides. In Western Canada we
are so far geographically and
culturally that most people are
indifferent towards Quebec
separation. The same attitude
was taken by sovereignists who
felt that nothing but separation
could rectify the problem. Until
each side recognizes that we have
to work together and embrace
the other, for the best interest of
Canada, I guess we'll have to wait
until the aliens attack before we
come together.
Jeff Schaeffler
BComm Grad '94
University of Saskatchewan
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The Ubyssey
Tuesday, February 27, 1996 opinion
What if your degree
didn't get you a job?
What if you thought teaching
was opening doors for students; showing them possibilities
rather than slotting them into convenient categories. Maybe you
thought teaching should be about
discoveries and the active process
of engaging students in thinking,
and reasoning; challenging them,
rather than demanding they per
feet the ability to repeat facts without understanding. What if you
thought the determination of a student's success was in their understanding of ideas and concepts and
being able to put that understanding to use in their own lives, rather
than having them cram for a test
with information they would for
get the next day. And what if you
thought the measure of your sue
cess as a teacher was in the enthusiasm and growth of your students
and their purposely seeking and
demanding challenges for themselves, rather than being content
with the minimum course requirements and the requisite pass. What
if you wanted to become a teacher;
a high school Math teacher! In order to qualify to enter the teacher
training program you needed four
years of university, followed by a
further year of teacher traning.
What if you were told by professors at the university that if you
completed the training and became a Math teacher you would
be guaranteed ajob? What if you
spent those four years studying at
university in order to be accepted
into the teacher training program?
You worked odd jobs to pay for
your school and your wife worked
in restaurants until she was too
pregnant to continue. You were
both too proud to ask for any government assistance, and too confident of the future you were building for yourselves and your family
to begrudge the lack of decent food
at times, or the fact that your furniture consisted mostly of card
board boxes, and the basement
apartment where you lived was
more suited for spiders and rodents
than humans. You laughed about
the time your wife made pizza
from scratch and then dropped it
on the floor, taking it out of the
stove, and that you were both so
hungry you sat there on the floor
and ate it anyway. Your daughter
was born in your final year of
school just as you were beginning
the required thirteen weeks of student teaching in a high school. Six
more months and it would be all
over you would be a teacher, working, making money for your family. And then you discovered what
teaching was really all about. You
were required to work with a
teacher from the high school while
you did your student teaching. He
was insulting to you and the students. He humiliated you. He
wanted nothing to do
with your ideas of
teaching; he wanted his
students to pass
the exam and
do well. He
wanted to preserve his reputation and that
of the school.
He showed you
exam records of
past students and warned you not
to screw things up. He didn't want
to discuss philosophy, the reasons,
or the why fors' for doing things.
He had a job to do and a curriculum to get through and that was it.
You tried having the students work
in groups, he disrupted the class
pushing the desks back into
straight lines and warned you not
to try that again. You wanted to
show your students the beauty and
mystery of mathematics to explain
how mathematics can be to understand the world, and for that reason Mathematics must be consistent and logical. You were told there
was no time for explaining anything, and furthermore the stu-
Not being loved for who we are—just hurt...
I tried to stop my daughter's tears
and answer her sobbing question, "Daddy, why can't I go to
Sunday school anymore?".
But I couldn't.
Neither could I stop the lies being spread about me, recover the
job stripped from me in an instant,
or re-open the food bank that was
feeding many children just like my
daughter before my church board
closed it in the dead of winter.
All of this evil had been done
to we, the unsuspecting, the
innocent, the vulnerable.
Sitting next to little
Clare, I was as help
less as she was. I
was  her father,
born  to  protect
and comfort her,
and yet I could do
We huddled together, daughter and
father, victims of people who call
themselves "Christians". People
who probably slept soundly that
night, after the holocaust they had
The wounds from that time are
sail gaping, though not even a year
has passed. I don't sleep much these
nights, nor is my heart uplifted in
dream or song anymore. The days
are grey, unending pain. The wrong
has not been undone, the abuse carries on. And my daughter Clare still
has not returned to Sunday school.
Like me, she carries on, feeling
that a buried hurt is somehow
gone. But her tears are just below
the surface, like a flooded landscape, her litde hopes drowned.
Clergy are trained to be the
scapegoat for everyone else's problems. We harbour a perverse self-
righteousness at being able to bear
all blame and anger of our congregation, and still "survive" to the
end of a week. But we don't survive. Eventually, we are offered up,
like any scapegoat, as a sacrifice
to placate the hungry crowd.
It happened to me quickly, and
brutally. About six members of
my church didn't like my sermons
and the way I was opening up
"their" church to native and poor
people. So I was dismissed, without any notice, review or even
stated cause.
Suddenly, my fam
ily and I were lepers.
Friends stopped phon-
rjr visiting us.
A kindly church
woman who had
given my children presents
every week never
came by anymore,
the presents stopping. We had to move out of town,
our kids losing all their friends and
landmarks. By that summer, we
were penniless, living off vegetables at my in-laws' farm.
Other friends didn't fair [sic] as
well. One of them killed himself in
despair at what was happening.
Many others have had to watch
their children return to having noth-
ing to eat for days on end now that
the church food bank is gone. Still
others have seen the church door
closed in their face once again.
Perhaps, if this had happened in
any place but a church, we would
have endured it better. But the
trauma we have suffered comes
from being stepped on within the
"church of Jesus Christ," where
everyone talks about love. It's a
sick joke and nightmare to me. So
what must it be like to my children,
to their unprotected hearts?
What kind of people would
put my children through
such hell? Not the kind that I want
my family associating with, or confusing with actual Christians.
The place was St. Andrew's
United Church in Port Alberni,
B.C. A whole generation of native children was terrorized by
the United Church at its Alberni
residential school. The abuse
continues, but now it encompasses the clergy of that church,
and their innocent children. And
it will strike again.
What is happening? Why is the
sickness going unchallenged?
Who will stop my daughter's
tears, and mine?
-Kevin McNamee-Annett is a United
Church minister and a UBC student.
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dents had no interest in knowing
the why's. You complained to the
university demanding a new sponsor teacher. The university refused.
You didn't know that the person
at the university who refused was
friends with your sponsor teacher.
The situation at the school was
making you sick. Your wife told
you to quit. Finally, you had had
enough; you threatened to quit
unless a new sponsor teacher was
found. The university finally
agreed. Your new sponsor
teacher listened patiendy
to all your theories of education and lesson ideas
and then insisted that you
do exactly as he
did in the classroom. He used a
stop watch to time
your lessons. A lesson must consist of
exactly 20 minutes
lecture, followed by 30 minutes of
individual, quiet seat work. A principal from another school explained that these were immature
adolescents and that their frontal
lobes were not fully developed and
therefore they were incapable of
thinking. The only to way succeed
was to teach exactly from the book
and to give them tests they would
all pass. The other teachers were
frightened of doing something that
might be disruptive and bring unwelcome attention to themselves.
They had pensions and job security to think of. Your job as a
teacher was to have the students
do well on the exams, thereby protecting your job. You were never
to disrupt the smooth running of
the administrative system that had
evolved over the past thirty years
and you were to never cause problems or additional work for the
principal. You do manage to finish your student teaching and because you had forced the university to give you a new sponsor
teacher you received a negative final evaluation of your student
teaching. Despite the negative report the head ofthe education program at the university personally
guarantees that you will have ajob.
Satisfied with his guarantee, you
complete the remainder ofthe program and finally graduate with
your teaching degree. You have a
4.0 grade point average, the highest possible from the university.
Two years later you have no job.
The school and the school district
where you did your practice teaching has made sure that no district
would hire you. Some of your
classmates were hired, even without interviews. They had done litde during their time student teaching and the bare minimum to pass
the university courses. What they
had succeeded in doing was not attracting attention to themselves.
What if the public education
system wanted teachers
who actually had a philosophy
behind what they wanted teachers
to do and acomplish in the
classroom. What if teachers were
hired on the basis of their expertise
and their commitment to their
students rather than a safe record
that guaranteed they would not
cause trouble to the system? What
if administrators really cared about
the quality of education students
received rather than maintaining
a repressive antiquated system that
stifled the natural enthusiasm and
creativity of young people. What
if professors and the head of the
teacher education program actually
told the truth about the public
education system; the fact that
there are far too few jobs to begin
with and that the system is rife
with a petty bureaucracy and
After five years of education you
do not have the job that was
guaranteed to you. You and your
wife and daughter still have
cardboard boxes for furniture and
sometimes you wonder if there will
be enough to eat. Few things have
changed. You have your dignity
and a belief that education should
interest, stimulate and challenge
young minds. It should show them
a world of possibilities and not
serve as an expensive refuge for
smug self-serving and cowardly
teachers practising demagoguery.
But this is still a dream. You don't
have a school to teach in. What if
everything I have told you is true.
What if...?
-Robert Newton graduated from
UBC with an education degree.
GateOne campus christian forum
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt:
Knowing Christ with Confidence
Speaker: Ian Elliot
Special Guest Artist: Carolyn Arends
Sunday, Mar. 3,7:30 PM
Regent College (University Blvd/Wesbrook Mall)
Tuesday, February 27,1996
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Summary of Questions and the
Responses from the Panel:
Q      I'm taking 7 courses this term which is normal for
a 3rd year engineering student. I'll pass my courses
but I think it's really too much material to digest and
A       This issue has been the subject of ongoing examination
and several curriculum proposals have come to Senate. A
few years ago we moved from a five year engineering
program to a four year program. One ofthe difficulties
lies in the accreditation requirements. Some have suggested
that the "shelf-life" of information, particularly in the
sciences is only 5-7 years. We really need to address rhe
issue of how often the material we teach undergraduates
is used in the real world.
Q I'm in 3rd year English Honours. I can't do 6 courses
in a year and it will probably take me six years to complete
my degree.
I don't think the university should be a training area
for a job. The point is to expand your horizons. I think
UBC is moving in the wrong direction. University offers
an opportunity to learn and how to think I think we
need to rethink the curriculum. That just isn't happening.
A       Much has been written about generic skills that are
required for jobs- critical thinking, teamwork, adaptability,
etc. A knowledge base is important but we also owe it to
the community to train students in those skills. This
concerns the issue of whether the university is for reaching
or for training.
Clearly students need to think about the material,
not just cram it in. The University should offer
opportunities for thinking and we need to rerhink the
curriculum if that isn't happening.
Q      I am a student senator and on the Teaching and
Evaluation Committee. With respect to the anti calendars,
is it possible to have uniform questions across the campus?
A       The Faculty of Science has adopted a set of faculty-
wide questions but recognizes that departments may want
to develop their own questions as well. It is difficult to
think of a set of questions that would be appropriate to
all courses in Arts and Science.
One ofthe issues we face with respect to insrrucror
evaluations is in respect to Freedom of Information.
Although there is a section in the act that says that the
evaluation of an employee belongs to the employee, rhe
University's position is that release of information in a
thoughtful way is appropriate, but each faculty could
approach the matter in a different way. Some time ago
the Senate turned down a motion to require that teaching
evaluations be published.
Q      I am an Arts graduate and thought I would never
get a job at the end of my degree. I have been doing
some career research. It seems to me that career advising
should have been a part of my program. I should also
have had some background in computing. I just didn't
have time to take any additional electives in computing.
A While career information is certainly important, its
not clear that it should be for credit. Our co op programs
certainly provide students with a close look at potential
Roslyn Kunin who is an economist and one ofthe
members of our Board of Governors recently remarked
the "...there is work but there are no jobs..." Sometimes
you need to think about the skills required to do something
and then create your own job.
With respect to computing, there is a publication
called a "road map to computing facilities at UBC" which
is free. Computer Science 100 provides an introduction
to spreadsheets and word processing and a number of
computer literacy courses are offered through Continuing
Q      I am both a grad student and an instructor at UBC.
What ideas does the panel have about effective evaluation
of teaching? We are entering a time of real financial
restraint. What can we do to ensure that teaching doesn't
A There are many different forms of evaluation- peer
evaluations, teaching evaluations, anti calendars, etc. If
students are facing significant increases in tuition, they
will demand more from their instructors.
Teaching is valued at UBC. Today no one is given
tenure or promoted without being committed to good
teaching. Deans are required to report to Senate on actions
they have taken with respect to teaching evaluations which
indicate serious problems. There are about 30-40 problem
instructors our of more than 2000. Following an
unsatisfactory review, some instructors leave UBC. In
some cases the review was inconsisrenr with previous
reviews and needs to be evaluated to determine if the
result was simply an aberration.
A number of departments are encouraging evaluations part
way through the term so that students will get the benefit
ofthe evaluations earlier rather than waiting until the end
of rhe term. The questions on these midrerm evaluations
are open ended and have to do with the effectiveness of
instruction, the pace ofthe material and the content ol
the course.
Q      Examinations are also a form of evaluation. They
should be used as a tool for learning instead of just
getting back grades. I'm frustrated that we don't go over
the questions that people got wrong. I'm interested in
learning, not just getting a job.
A You're right that exams arc intended to measure
studenr understanding ol a subject. It does seem important
for students to review the exams in order to understand
where they went wrong. In English, grades are determined
by writing that happens throughout the term so studenrs
are not usually surprised by their exam results.
When we run faculty development seminars, the issue
of grading and feedback comes up. We encourage profs
to give feedback at all times. This is really the flip side of
the reaching evaluation question.
Q      What is the value of "reader courses?" I am in
Microbiology and the exams are 100% multiple choice.
There are so many options for a question that they
totally confuse a student. I wrote the exam and thought
I aced it but I only got C+ . When I spoke to the prof,
I was only allowed to see the bubble sheet.
A The problem is our ability to deal with large classes.
With rhis kind of test we can certainly see where we have
been unsatisfactory.
Some deparrmenrs encourage their profs to issue old
exams, but some feel that while access to the old exams
may boost a student's average, it discourages breadrh of
study Many students ask us to publish tbe answers ro
homework assignments and quizzes, and many professors
feel that it is more important to respond ro srudent requesrs
than protect the material.
Many students seem to like weekly quizzes since they
allow them ro keep on top of rhe material.
Q      There must be a better way to examine students
than by using multiple choice questions. Some ofthe
questions seem so mindless.
A       Multiple choice questions can be useful for some
things. We really need to understand how to use rhem
most effectively.
Have you ever communicated your views to your
prof? You should write a construcrive letter and let the
prof know that you would have found rhe course material
or the exam to be more effective if it had been presented
in a different way. Generally faculty members would rather
be good instructors and they appreciate getting feedback.
We are experimenting in Science 1 and it's making
a difference in the curriculum. We will make sure that
the department is aware ofthe comments expressed here
Q      I have had problems getting cross-faculty courses.
I think students really need to be able to interact with
other students. Interdisciplinary courses should be
available to everyone.
A       In the Faculty of Science we have moved a long way
to restructuring the curriculum to meet those requirements.
There is a strong push to broaden our undergraduare
degree to an integrated science program. It is now possible
to do a major in Science and a minor elsewhere.
We have found seminars are a very useful way to learn
communication skills and how to organize work. We
would like to see more seminar courses but there are
difficulties with the large number of students in the lower
"Teaching & Learning"
held Friday, January 19 th in SUB
Moderator: Maria Klawe
Panelists:  Dan Birch ubcvpAcademic, Barry McBride and Murray
Goldberg Faculty of Science, Susanna Egan Faculty of Arts, Gail
Riddell Centre for Faculty Development, TreVOT Presley AMS Annual Review,
Blair McDonald Science Undergraduate Society Annual Review, Doris
Hliang AMS Tutoring Service and Lica Chui, Student Senator.
Q I'm in Psychology and have concerns about marking.
I haven't been able to see any teaching evaluations and
your mark is often dependent on who teaches you. Often
instructors aren't available after the marks are out. Some
profs just won't give A's and it makes it hard to get into
grad school. I think a graduate degree is pretty well
essential for an Arts student if you want a job.
Incidentally my comments are not restricted only to
Psychology. I have had the same problems in Theatre.
The profs say they'll change but they never do. The
problem is understanding how the marks are arrived at.
These problems dont occur in all departments. I have
had good feedback from English.
A The Faculty of Arts is very large. While your comments
may hold true for some departments, I don't think they
are necessarily true for the entire Faculty. It's also important
to distinguish between departments and individuals. I he
proportion of high grades does vary from department to
It is rrue rhat grading is a measure but no matter how
hard a student studies they may not always be able ro
achieve the grades they feel they deserve. Effort doesn't
always equate with achievement.
In Science, the Dean's office has tried to make grading
practices clear but we have not always been successful.
In every department the key is to make your concerns
known. The discussion need nor be confrontational, but
rather an expression of your desire to undcrsrand and
Q      Its sometimes hard to know who to approach so
that your grade isn't affected. I had an interim evaluation
in one course and the instructor read the evaluations.
A The normal practice is for the Head or Associate Dean
to hold the evaluations in a sealed envelope until the end
ofthe term when the grades are in. That way students are
Thinking of midterm evaluations and grading, perhaps
we should encourage the student Senate caucus to consider
these general issues.
Q      What does the administration feel about the function
ofthe University when it comes down to teaching vs.
research? Some profs just want to do research and only
teach because they have to.
A       We are a research intensive university and  feel that
teaching and research should complement each other. I
don't think anyone should be teaching if the)' don't think
it's important. Many believe that research stimulates
teaching. If someone is a dull instructor one might ask
■hat is going wrong with their research.
The University should be finding ways to engage
more students in research. The suggestion has been made
that we allow profs to choose the amount of time they
want to devote to teaching and the amount ro research.
That would then be built into their evaluation. Faculty
would elect a specific rario for say a five year period after
which time they could reassess it.
Q   I am in Engineering and am concerned about the
lack of consistency between grades for students in
different sections ofthe same course. When the majority
of students in one section fail a part ofthe exam, isn't
this partly a reflection on the instructors' ability?
A        You re right. I he Faculty of Science is presently looking
at this issue in respect to a specific course. Judy Brown in
English is also looking at it with respect to the first year
English courses. This is a particular problem in some
courses where there are a large number of sections.
Some would say rhat an exam also examines the
The Univcrsiry has established several programs for
training and mentoring instructors through the Centre
for Faculty Development. We hope that these courses will
work towards addressing the problem.
Q       I am a grad student and am obsessed with the idea
of good teaching. 1 am offended by some ofthe poor
teaching I have seen at UBC. My comments are prompted
by Dan Birch's remark about UBC being a research
university. There is not nearly enough focus on
undergraduate education. There doesn't seem to be
much support for facilities for undergraduate teaching.
Anyone who gets hired should have to take a teaching
course. Finally, I think there mav be too many "crusty
old guys" with tenure who are no longer interested in
A        Ehis question has raised a number of issues: research
vs. reaching, facilities, teaching instructors to teach and
"crusry old guys". There is a sign over the door ofthe
Board and Senate room which identifies the University's
mission: "To be a world renowned institution of higher
education and research." I think Dan Birch (who had ro
leave early) meant research intensive and did not intend
in any ro diminish the focus on undergraduate education.
UBC is committed to outstanding programs in
undergraduate education. This is one of our highest
With respect to facilities we now have a master plan
in place and each room will have someone who is
responsible for it. We can't fix them al! overnight but it
is a top priority for the University. Having said that, one
of the problems we have is that so many rooms have fixed
seating which really doesn't encourage interaction. I den't
think that issue has really been addressed yet.
We do offer a 4 day course for new faculty members
and a mentoring program where more senior professors
work with new members of faculty. There is more to he
done bur that is a start. Some universities have programs
specifically designed for profs who have been teaching for
many years. Although no such program is in place at
UBC". the Centre for Faculty Development offers a number
of programs designed ro help all instructors improve their
teaching skills.
We have hired 450-500 new faculty members over
rhe lasr 5 years. There are good instructors of all ages
(including many "crusry old guys ).
This dialogue has raised the issue of communication.
I encourage you to talk to your profs and rell rhem what
you need. In closing I want to reiterate that instructors
would rather do a good job than not and are likely to
respond to constructive suggestions.
Additional issues raised by the
participants' comment sheets:
• Teachers should nor be allowed to stare "No one gets an A in my class" - when it takes A's to get into graduate school!!
• There needs to be more reacher availability once marks have been assigned, and clear accounting for how marks were
tabulated. Exams should be available to students after being marked.
• If UBC is more about learning, not practical career planning (which is what university should be, at least Arts) it
does not feel that way. UBC is too institutional.   Both the learning atmosphere and practical side are lacking.
• University and individual faculties are too concerned with prestige.  While training for careers is essential, rhere are
lots of other skills one should be able to take from university.
• Focus should be on learning/growing. Career programs should be made available in the faculties.
• With respect to peer evaluation, a peer ( meaning a prof in the same department) will be familiar with the material,
however, will not be likely to have a background in education and pedagogy. It is even a greater "specialty" to be able
to evaluate teaching, joint consideration by a peer and an education specialist would provide more meaningful
• It should be made apparent to all incoming students who rhey can talk to regarding teacher misconduct (i.e.
inappropriate sexual comments, touching or abusive language directed at srudents) - I have experienced all ofthe above
without knowledge of where to report, be believed and get action. (Note: Although the University Equity Office cannot
always act on limited information, every complaint is worth making because it enables the Office to work with department
heads in developing a profile of repeat offenders on which it may be possible to act.)
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Tuesday, February 27th
SUB Auditorium
The UBC Library
The fifth YOUR UBC forum will be held Tuesday, February 27th, 12:30pm.
The sixth YOUR UBC forum is scheduled for Friday March 15th on
Academic Advising. Watch for further details.
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