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 UBC hiohirm Sonal
by Sarah MacNeill Morrison
Hundreds of students stormed
UBC's Old Administration Building
Wednesday, with over 50 spending
the night in UBC's President's
At 9:30am on Wednesday, 14
students opposed to the university's
proposal to increase tuition fees
occupied the main floor of the university's Old Administration
Building, where the Board of
Governors (BoG) chambers and the
offices of the president and vice-
presidents are located.
Although Campus Security
locked the doors at approximately
1 lam and restricted staff access to
the building, most of the students
refused to leave.
Then at noon, close to 400 students rallied at the Goddess of
Democracy in front of the SUB and
marched to the Old Administration
Building. Julie Devaney, an organiser with UBC Committee to Reduce
Tuition, called on students to storm
the locked building and to join the
few students who remained inside.
Shouting slogans, "Push, push,
push!' and "Let us in!" protesters
forced open the doors and swarmed
in at about 12:15pm.
Y "We, the students of UBC, have
taken the President's Office,' began
a cry that was repeated by the hundreds of students who filled the
entire first floor of the building.
Students called on the university to
conduct an inquiry into the benefits
of tuition increases and demanded
that the BoG and UBC President
"YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT MARTHA AND THE BOARD?" Hundreds of students swarmed into UBC's President's Office Wednesday.
They rallied. They sat. Some spent the night. TV cameras came, chris shepherd photo
Martha Piper lobby the provincial    later passed as policy on Thursday.      Alma  Mater  Society  (AMS)  and don't agree with this,' he said,
goverment for increased education         "UBC's always been the school    spokesperson for the protesters. According to Lovick, the universi-
funding. that the media pays attention to, and     said on Wednesday afternoon. ty ignored student disapproval of
The purpose of the protests, said    when UBC seems complacent about "We thought we'd up the stakes tuition increases during the univer-
demonstration organisers, was to     an issue, the media tends to pitch it     and force [administrators] to admit sity's student consultation process
show student opposition to the uni-     as all students are fine with it," Matt    that they're going to do this anyway,
versiiy's tuition proposal, which was     Lovick, Arts representative to the     even though  students  obviously oBB "o'IBQB' Oil P3QB 4.
by Ai Lin Choo
Last Thursday, UBC became the first BC university to
increase tuition fees after the provincial government's
decision last month to thaw its six-year tuition freeze.
Under the new fee schedule, approved by the Board
of Governors (BoG) at its March 14 meeting, undergraduate fees for 2002-2003 will rise to $2661 for all undergraduate students taking 30-credit course-loads except
those in Commerce and Pharmaceutical Science, who
will pay $3272 and $3399 respectively.
Fees for graduate-research programs will increase to
$2657, while those for post-baccalaureate and professional programs will rise over the next three years to
approximate fees at Canadian peer institutions.
The fee schedule also stipulates that 20 per cent of
money received from fee increases go to student financial support, and requires that the BoG allocate this
money by its May meeting.
UBC has also promised that no student
will be prevented from enrolling in, or continuing at, the university because of inability
to pay.
"We believe [the proposal is] fair and reasonable. We also believe that it balances
accessibility to the largest university in the
province with a commitment to ensuring that
we are able to provide quality education to
British Columbians,' said Martha Piper, UBC
The motion to increase tuition passed easily, with little debate. Although some BoG reps
expressed concern about the principles behind the proposal and its implementation process, board members
mostly supported the tuition fee increase. Only two
members voted against the proposal.
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Ben Pong, a staff representative on the BoG, said he
believed the increased fees will hinder recruitment and
retention of graduate students, and emphasised that
attracting top graduate students is important to maintaining UBC's reputation as a leading research institution. He and student representative Maryann Adamec
voted against the motion.
Over the past two weeks, many students have criticised the proposal for limiting accessibility to the university and for arbitrarily basing tuition on national
But after passing the motion, Piper said she believed
the increases will not jeapardise enrolment at UBC.
.  "Experience across the country has not shown that
changes in tuition have had any effect on demand,' she
But Annick Gauthier, president of the Graduate
Student Society (GSS), disagreed. She said that when
graduate fees for international students were
raised in 1996, enrolment dropped significant-
"There probably won't be a drop this year,*
she said, "but in years two and three, I think
numbers will decrease.*
Thursday's BoG meeting was moved to the
Chan Centre for Perfognmg, Arts after student
protesters who opposed tuition increases occupied the BoG • chambers in the Old
Administration Building and^ refused to leave.
The protesters, who gathered in the hallway outside Piper's office at 9:30am Wednesday/spent
over 24 hours in the building.
Members of the board* seemed unaffected by the
protests. Student representative Tieg Martin said that
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by Sarah MacNeiii Morrison
The pro\ incial government h as evoked widespread criticism for its decision lo conduct a referendum on BC's First Nations treaty-negotiation
process, and UBC students are listening closely.
Last Thursday, a large and attentive audience gathered at the SUB
Com ersation Pit—usually home to poorly attended and often interrupted
student forums—to hear First Nations lawyer Bill Wilson speak on the %
"I thought we had reached an agreement with the government...to
negotiate the long-standing grievance based on Aboriginal title/ said
Wilson, who graduated from UBC's law school in 1970, served as vice-
chief of the Assembly of First Nations and is currently a senior advisor §
on 3C issues to the assembly's National Chief Phil Fontaine.
He called BC's upcoming treaty referendum 'racist* and said it will
set back treaty negotiations in this province by decades.
The upcoming referendum, for which citizens will begin receiving J
ballots on April 2, asks British Columbians to vote yes or no on eight I
statements. The statements—which include "Private property should not J
be expropriated for treaty settlements/ 'Aboriginal self-government!
should have Lhe characteristics of local'government with powers dele-1
gated from Canada and British Columbia/ and "The existing tax exempt *
tions for Aboriginal people should be phased out'—have drawn province-
aiJc condemnation from First Nations groups.
According to the BC Liberals' 'New Era' election platform, the refer- *
endtm will 'give all' British Columbians a say on the principles that
should guide BC's approach to treaty negotiations.*
Wilson said Jiat although lhe government believes that allowing the
general population to speak on treaty r'ghts is democratic, he feels ref- *
"r^ndums lake away power from those to whom the treaty process is
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U of A newspaper
wins autonomy
by Jhenifer Pabillano
and Neil Parmar
the Gateway
EDMONTON (CUP)-After a tumultuous two-year battle, the student
newspaper at the University of
Alberta has won independence
from the universiiy's student association.
Until last week, The Gateway was
the largest non-autonomous campus newspaper in Canada, owned
and published by the University of
Alberta Students' Union (UASU) for
nearly a century.
But during last week's UASU
general election, 71.4 per cent of
student voters supported a referendum to make The Gateway a separate entity.
"Finally, we're free to pursue
[our ideals] without having to go
through miles of red tape and a
. mountain of bureaucracy," said
Dan Lazin, former editor-in-chief of
The Gateway and campaign manag-"
er the newspaper's autonomy
Tie Gateway attempted to
secure independence from the
UASU lastyear, but failed to get the
question on the ballot after the student union ruled the paper hadn't
collected the requisite number of
signatures ne'eded to bring the
issue to referendum.
This year, a new autonomy petition carried 2 700 valid student signatures, enough to put the referendum to question.
"It was the hardest-fought battle
of anything I've ever been involved
in," said current Gateway editor-in-
chief Dave Alexander. "We went
through the process and I feel we
played fair the entire time. There
seemed to be an obstacle and a
roadblock at every turn.
"It was really won through the
perseverance of a really strong staff
and volunteer base, and especially
through Dan's hard work," he said.
The motivation for autonomy,
explained Lazin, was largely due to
editorial concerns.
Student union ownership of the
paper often caused pressures that
led to conflicts of interest when producing the newspaper, said Lazin.
"The editors and volunteers are
going to be able to do their job without having to worry about anything
other than coming up with the best,
truest, most accurate, interesting
stories," he said.
"There's no longer the same
kind of concern of where what we
write today will mean that the
salary review committee^ will meet
As an autonomous body, The
Gateway will undergo organisational changes to survive as a business
in the coming years.
A new body called the Gateway
Journalism Society (GJS), will supervise the paper's finances and
ensure it remains accountable to
students. Three new positions will
also be added to manage the
Gateway's business affairs.
The new structure mirrors that
of The Gauntlet, the University of
Calgary's student newspaper. The
Gauntlet became autonomous
through referendum in 1988, a
move it says has been a success.
The Ubyssey, which gained its
autonomy from the Alma Mater
Society in 1995, uses a similar
"We're a very financially-stable
paper," said Mike Leung, the
Gauntlet's editor-in-chief. "We have
a full-time business staff who handle advertising and it allows us to
concentrate on editorial content.
"It's hard when someone pulls
the strings," he added. "We had a
story this year where there was a
slashing at [a student union-owned]
campus bar. The student union was
saying 'No, this would be bad
press.' But we ran it on the cover
and we had strong reasons. It was
an important story that needed to
be covered, and students should
have known about it. We said,
'Sorry, but this is our responsibility,' and they couldn't stop us."
Although the election results are
not yet official due to recounts in
other races, it is unlikely The
Gateway referendum result will be
The next step in the process is
negotiation of the transfer of assets
from the UASU to The Gateway. If a
compromise is not reached by July
1, both parties will go to binding
arbitration. ♦
Famine for funds
by Dirk Schouten
A group of UBC students plans to
stay up all Saturday night playing
games, watching skits and meeting
new people. One thing they won't do
though, is touch food.
The first ever campus-wide 30-
hour famine to raise money for
world hunger will take place on
March 23 arid 24 in the SUB.
"We wanted to make it a campus-
wide event in order to increase a
sense of community," said Amber
Ballard, a third-year political science
major who is coordinating the
Participants are expected to
begin the famine on their own at
4am on Saturday so that a meal late
Sunday morning will mark the end
of 30 hours. Individuals will join
together in the SUB Partyroom at
7pm on Saturday for a night of
games and activities.
"We're really hoping that things
go well and that we increase aware
ness of world hunger, but we also
thought this would be the [best way]
to start a new tradition," Ballard
Angie Winstanley, another event
planner, said doing a 30-hour
famine is not as hard as it may seem.
"I did one when I was a teenager.
I found that once you're hungry, you
kind of get used to it And with other
people there, it ends up being a lot of
Ballard said it is easy to become
complacent about the problem of
world hunger.
"Just look at Afghanistan," she
said. "The rnedia [is] no longer there,
and we don't hear as many stories
• about [the poverty] as we had been
hearing. But the problem of hunger
hasn't gone away there."
From March 19 to 21, event
organisers will have a booth on the
first floor of the SUB, available to distribute and collect pledges. The
booth will be open from 11am to
2pm all three days. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
Students attack AMS inaction
Student society President Kristen Harvey under fire as students storm executive offices
 by Sarah MacNeill Morrison
Most students angered by UBC's rising tuition
fees directed their unhappiness towards the
university's administration, but last week the
school's student society also came under fire.
After camping out in UBC's President's
Office last Wednesday night and demonstrating the next day as UBC's Board of Governors
(BoG) approved much-anticipated tuition
increases, a group of students stormed the
SUB. In a spontaneous rally, they marched to
the Alma Mater Society (AMS) executive
offices and called on AMS President Kristen
Harvey to resign.
"Hey hey! Ho ho! Kristen
Harvey's got to go!" called
"I think everyone was
frustrated with Kristen
Harvey and some of the
comments we've heard her
say recently, and the inactivity of the AMS/ said Sabina
Iseli-Otto, a member of the
Social Justice Centre. "I
think [the rally] was intended to be sort of a wake-up
call that people weren't satisfied with how the AMS is
handling stuff."
But only AMS Vice-President, Finance,
Nick Seddon was in the executive offices
when the protesters arrived. He said he felt
calls for Harvey's resignation were uncalled
"[Tuition] is a university thing," he said.
"They shouldn't be coming to us...because
we've worked as hard as we possibly could."
During the tuition consultation process,
the AMS and the Graduate Student Society
worked with the administration, organising
student forums and informing students about the tuition proposal.
Harvey also made a presentation to
the BoG and criticised many aspects
of the university's proposal.
Harvey was upset when she
learned students were protesting in
her office. She said that although she
approves of students mobalising to
raise awareness about tuition
increases, she disagrees with the protesters' message to reduce tuition,
and with their method of communicating that message.
"Why are you turning on your fellow students who are working on behalf of you?" she
asked of the protesters.
But Kate Woznow, a newly elected AMS
councillor, questioned the AMS's recent commitment to students. Woznow said students
were angry that although they received letters
A call for
Wreck Beach advocates
 by Dirk Shouten
Frustrated by students' parties and destructive
behaviour at Wreck Beach, one of the popular
recreation spot's biggest advocates is asking
UBC to distribute a flyer that will raise awareness on beach etiquette and behaviour guidelines.
"Don't misunderstand me. We want students to come down. Wreck Beach is for everyone, but too often large groups of students
come after curfew and start huge fires," said
Jiidy Williams, chair of the Wreck Beach
Preservation Society. "They destroy rare plants
and leave broken beer bottles all over the
"I've literally watched a group of 1000 students come down [the trail that leads to the
beach], each of them with a Presto Log in their
hands. Those logs will burn all through the
night and [make the sand dirty]/ she said.
Written by the Wreck Beach Preservation
Society and the Greater Vancouver Regional
"Hey hey!
Ho ho!
Harvey's got
to go!"
chanting in the
AMS executive
of support from student unions at UVic, SFU
and the University of Alberta, their own student government ignored them.
The AMS councillors barely mentioned the
President's Office occupation at their meeting
last Wednesday, even though earlier in the
day sit-in organiser Julie Devaney had presented Harvey with a motion to read and
Harvey had promised to present it.
"This was students who aren't protesters
or radicals, who came, dropped everything
they had to do, stayed overnight in a building,
learned what was going on [and] were so disillusioned by the AMS that they then took it
upon themselves [to
protest]/ Woznow said.
Harvey said that failing
to read the motion in support of the students who
occupied the President's
Office was a mistake.
"I am embarrassed of it
now, but I left the notebook
[with the proposed
motion] in my office/
Harvey said Thursday. "[I],
forgot to bring it to Council
discussion period.*
Devaney    talked    to
Harvey on Thursday, and
said she was surprised by the AMS president's response.
"I find it really strange that you can be in a
meeting at the _ student union while the
administration building is being occupied
and forget about it," said Devaney. "It seems
like something that would be a little bit relevant to your meeting."
'All we're hearing from Kristen Harvey
was that she supported the right of students
to express their opinions, but she didn't support us being there, even though she ran on a
platform of fighting tuition hikes/
■ ^\\\ Woznow said.
^•-•J      But Harvey said that she doesn't
think      protesters      demanding
■j   reduced tuition represent most UBC
students, and she still disagrees
with the protesters' actions.
"I think the AMS has done the
best job that we could have in this
situation/  said Harvey.  "In my
mind, it doesn't make sense to start
a mob and to supply tours around
campus with the mob."
Harvey has also come under fire after the
Vancouver Courier reported on March 6 that
Harvey said UBC should consider contracting
out maintenance services to save money.
The AMS president claims she was misquoted. She says she thinks the blame for efficiencies lies within management, not unions.
"As a union, we were supporting the stu-
THE PROTESTERS HAVE INVADED THE SUB! The AMS executive had visitors last
week, when angry students invaded its offices to hold a rally, nic fensom photo
dents' initiatives with respect to not increas- union  yvhich   represents   UBC's   clerical,
ing tuition fees and then the comments [were] library and other support staff,
made about contracting out of union work- "I had talked to her about it, and she said
ers," said Natalie Lisik, president of Canadian she was misquoted, and we're fine with that,"
Union of Public Employees Local 2950, the said Lisik. ♦
better conduct on the beach
and the RCMP speak out against disrespectful behaviour at Wreck Beach
District (GVRD), the flyer asks visitors to leave
glass bottles at home, clear garbage, refrain
from building fires, stay on trails and be
respectful of nudity on the beach.
Yesterday, Williams tried to get permission
from Imagine UBC, the university's first-year
orientation program, to add the flyer to an orientation kit given to incoming students.
Although Tlell Elviss, a student development assistant at Imagine UBC, said she supports William's initiative, she' did not say if
Imagine would accept the proposal as it stands.
She said she felt there are better ways to promote safe and healthy use of the beach.
"Only 2 5 percent of the student body lives
on campus. Most of them commute. This
might hot be the best way to [inform students]/ she said.
Elviss said that Imagine UBC could include
information about Wreck Beach in "First Year
Insight,' an e-mail newsletter that is sent to
first-year students weekly from September
until April.
The preservation society is targeting first-
year students, Williams says, because many of
them start and end the year with parties at the
beach. Williams claims the students often clash
with other visitors to the beach and jeer nude
sunbathers, making catcalls about the shape
and size of their bodies.
"This is not right Wreck Beach is North
America's first and largest clothing-optional
beach. This is a place where people can come
and enjoy the beach in the way nature intended them to. People down there don't expect to
be shown disrespect They have a right to go
about their business in peace/ she said.
Williams says that over the past few years,
several skirmishes between UBC students and
nude sunbathers have occurred. She claims
regular visitors to Wreck Beach are also often
provoked by student partiers.
"Once last year, I had to get in between the
Wreck Beach crowd and the students to keep
them from going at each other/ she said. "This
could all be avoided if more respect was
Campus RCMP Staff Sergeant Barry
Hickman said student parties at Wreck Beach
are a major police concern. The beach is under
RCMP jurisdiction.
"Students start huge fires, damage the park,
and leave piles of garbage after they leave. This
is a concern not only for us but for all of
Vancouver/ he said.
Hickman fully supports Williams' initiative
and says the regular visitors to the park are
more responsible than UBC
students. *
"Judy is just concerned about the safety of
the park. She's doing this for the community.
It's the regulars who clean up their own
garbage and [follow the rules]."
Greg Wenger, a first-year student, said that
parties usually take place at Wreck Beach at the
beginning and end of the school year.
"Most students go because it's something to
do. It's a place to be social and meet other people. They don't go there to cause trouble." ♦ TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2002
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OFFICE PIRATES: Arrr, maties! Lower tuition or we'll make you walk the plank. Or swab the deck. We
haven't decided yet. Students against tuition hikes occupied the President's Office, chris shepherd photo
"Siege" from page 1.
and on last month's Canadian
Federation of Students' Day of
UBC Vice-President, Students,
Brian Sullivan said that although
UBC had consulted extensively with
the student body, many of the protesters' concerns were still legitimate. He added that students would
probably not be removed from the
building during the working hours.
"Students are being quite
respectful so far," said Sullivan,
speaking to reporters outside the
building at about lpm on
Wednesday. "This obviously is a
public building, and when 4:30
comes, the building closes. At that
time, we'll speak with some of the
students who may be there at that
time, and take it from there."
But according to Lovick, Campus
Security and the RCMP had threatened students with arrest, and some
demonstrators believed that UBC
was seeking an injunction to have
them removed from the building.
Although the protesters had tried
to keep the doors open at 11am,
Campus Security shut them for safety reasons, said Ian McLellan, assistant director of Campus Security.
"We were concerned about everyone's safety," said McLellan. "It
wasn't a question of keeping people
in or out. It was trying to maintain
some kind of control."
When the building closed for the
day at 4:30pm, the protesters
showed no signs of leaving. The
doors were locked with about 100
students, Campus Security and
RCMP officers inside. Students were
allowed to leave the building, but
were not permitted to re-enter.
RCMP Staff-Sergeant Barry
Hickman said that although people
refusing to leave the building would
normally be arrested for trespassing, the police were working to keep
the situation peaceful.
While some students spent the
night in the building, others camped
in tents outside. Numbers dwindled
as students left throughout the
evening and others left the next
morning t6 write midterms and go
to classes, but at 1 lam on Thursday,
the more than 20 students who
remained in the building streamed
put to join about 30 more who were
waiting outside.
RCMP officers were on hand for
the first half of the day, filming the
The group marched to the BoG
meeting, which had been moved
from the Old Administration
Building to UBC's Chan Centre for
the Performing Arts because of the
occupation. As already-hoarse protesters shouted slogans outside of
the concert hall, one protester called
the week's events the most success-
fill UBC action since thousands of
students gathered in 199 7 to protest
that year's annual summit of the
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation,
held at UBC. ♦
"Increase" from page 1.
although he was elected to represent students, he disagreed with
demands to maintain tuition at the
formerly frozen rates.
"I'm a student representative,
but in the board room, I'm a board
member," he said. He added that all
the cuts UBC has made in the past
few years speak to the necessity of a
fee increase.
And Piper said the administration would help students cope with
the approved increase.
"We believe that we can assist
"Treaty" from page 1.
most relevant.
And while the Liberals maintain that all people affected by
Native treaties should have a say
in settlement negotiations, the
government has been criticised
for allowing a majority vote to
override minority rights, and for
overstepping .the' boundaries of
provincial jurisdiction.
• The BC government hopes this
referendum will help determine
basic principles that will underlie
the treaty process, but according
to Wilson, the province already
has. 19 principles on which the BC
Treaty Commission was founded
ten years ago.
[students] through scholarships,
bursaries, work-study programs and
other means of financial assistance," said Piper, "but, absolutely,
it's very important that we communicate this so they don't see this as a
barrier from applying."
Alma Mater Society (AMS)
President Kristen Harvey said that
although she understands the university's need to increase fees to
improve education at UBC, specific
goals should have been set
"I still continue to be disappointed with the rationale behind approving a tuition proposal that's based
"All of them have* been yioIat-:
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An outline of the allocation of
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improve learning and student support for 2002-2003. ♦
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 by Kevin Groves
BC Bureau Chief
VICTORIA (CUP)-A motion that would have
given corporations including McDonald's
and Weyerhaeuser the right to vote in BC
has been soundly defeated by Vancouver
Island's city councillors.
Put forward by the town of Lake
Cowichan at a recent conference of the
Association of Vancouver Island City
Councillors (AVICC), the motion would have
amended Section 49 of the BC Local
Government Act to allow corporate votes in
municipal elections.
About 90 per cent of the city councillors
who attended the conference voted against
the motion.
"The end result would have been far-
reaching in its impact,' said Cobble Hill city
councillor Richard Hughes, who spoke passionately against the motion at the conference. "Local residents are already being
overwhelmed by the power and control of
corporations. We sure as hell don't need to
give them any more."
Lake Cowichan mayor Jack Peake said
his municipality put forward the motion
due to pressure from small businesses in
the area.
Under current municipal law, a business
owner can't vote in a municipal election if
they don't live in the municipality where the
business operates.
"But at the same time, you probably pay
three times the taxes that a home-owner
would pay," said Peake. "We didn't think that
was fair."
Peake added that he felt his reasons for
the motion were misinterpreted at the conference. He was very clear that it was not
solely intended to give large corporations
the vote.
Still, Peake admitted he doesn't have a
problem with corporate votes for large businesses that operate a branch in a local community.
Without large corporations there are no
taxes and no jobs to provide a vibrant economy, he added.
"Since when should a large taxpayer not
have a say in the municipal election?" Peake
said. "The minute someone throws the word
'corporation' out there, everyone's blood
pressure suddenly goes up, which I don't
■ AVICC has explored the idea of the corporate vote before. In 1999 and 2000 similar
motions were presented. Both were defeated.
Eydie Foster, AVICC's executive coordinator, said this issue would definitely be revisited in the future.
"It certainly could come back again. I hesitate to ever predict what the municipalities
might come up with," Foster said.
Peake agrees. He said that if the motion
does come back again it would be reincarnated in a reworded format
That could be as early as this September,
when municipal leaders from across the
province are set to meet, or at next spring's
AVICC conference, said Peake.
"If there are concerns about the General
Electrics of the world having too much control in municipal politics then we should
ensure the legislation restricts who gets the
vote," he said. "But as we all know, there are
always ways to get around these things." ♦
McGill lab in cancer lawsuit
Lab researchers blame leukemia on poor ventilation in their laboratories
by Jon Bricker
The McGill Daily
MONTREAL (CUP)-A former McGill
University researcher is suing his old
employer for $12.85 million, claiming he
became sick with cancer because of shoddy
ventilation in the campus lab where he
worked in the early 1990s.
In documents filed last month in the
Quebec Superior Court, Barry Mishkin, 34,
alleges that McGill failed to ensure adequate
ventilation in the Strathcona Anatomy and
Dentistry Building's east-wing labs, where
he worked as a gastroenterology research
fellow in 1992. That poor ventilation, in a
laboratory where researchers regularly use
known carcinogens, caused MishMn's acute
lymphatic leukemia, he claims.
Mishkin also alleges that two other young
men who worked in the same part of the
building at approximately the same time as
him have since fallen ill with leukemia, leading some to suggest more suits against
McGill may be in the works.
"[McGill] knew or ought to have known
that because of the presence of such known
carcinogens as formaldehyde and benzene
in the laboratories in the east wing of the
Strathcona Building, a properly functioning
ventilation system was essential," the court
documents state. "It is probable that the
absence of a proper ventilating
system...caused or contributed to the
leukemia contracted by [Mishkin]."
University officials have refused to comment on the case since it has yet to go to
court. However, the university recently
issued a statement asserting "the university
denies that it is in any way responsible" for
Mishkin's condition.
"Dr Mishkin has provided no credible
evidence of a link between his leukemia and
the time he spent in the Strathcona Anatomy
and Dentistry Building a decade ago," the
release states.
The university conducted repairs to the
building's ventilation system during renovations in 1992-1993, after Mishkin had left
The university insists, however, that "it is
wrong to infer from this that the building
was unsafe" when Mishkin worked there.
Still, Mishkin alleges McGill knowingly put lab workers at risk prior to the
"To his horror, [Mishkin] recently discovered that prior to 1993, the ventilating system...was either non-existent, non-operational, or so defective that the building was
considered to be a health hazard," his claim
Mishkin said Dennis Osmond, the former chair of the university's anatomy
department, raised concerns about conditions in the Strathcona Building in a testimonial he gave the dean of medicine in
"Within our department/ the testimonial
reads, "only limited progress was made in
physical development. There was an annual
litany pleading the case for upgraded and
expanded research space, safely ventilated
teaching laboratories...and a comprehensive
renovation of our gracious Strathcona
Building, once 'the jewel in McGill's crown,'
now beset by problems of deteriorating fabric, floodings, and electrical breakdown."
It continues, "In the east wing, a major
ventilating system was installed in the Gross
Anatomy and Histology laboratories, thus
avoiding the risk of being closed down as
health hazards."
Mishkin said he became convinced of a
link between his illness and conditions in
the lab where he used to work, when he
learned the man who had once occupied the
same lab bench as him, as well as another
man who worked in the building, had also
been diagnosed with leukemia.
"The chances of three young physicians
working in the same building all getting
leukemia are infinitesimal. I was shocked.
That's when I called McGill and said,
'Something is wrong. I think you're hurting
people," said Mishkin from New York,
where he currently resides with his wife.
Sari, and his three-year-old son, Jason.
Mishkin would not name the two other
men who have leukemia. However, his
lawyer, Gordon Kugler, said their names
might be known soon, since they might join
Mishkin in his lawsuit against McGill.
"Let's just say the fact that they've not
taken a lawsuit as of yet, that doesn't mean
they're not going to," Kugler said.«>
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A new coach and a new field could mean
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by Scott Bardsiey
With its 2-10-2 record, the UBC men's
field hockey team is easy to write off.
But those who know the team's situation understand why their record
isn't as great as it could be, and a new
coach arid a new field might soon
change the team's losing ways.
Unlike the women's field hockey
team, the men don't have a national
league to compete in. They only
compete in the premier division of
the Vancouver Field Hockey League
(FHL), home to numerous national
and ex-national players. In a countiy
where field hockey is a niche sport,
the Vancouver FHL is arguably the
toughest men's field hockey league
in Canada.
UBC was the team to beat in the
1960s and 1970s, when field hockey
was played on grass. But times
change. Today, the sport is played on
synthetic turf (synturf). Without a
synturf field, and with a host of other
setbacks, the team's fortunes have
declined since the 1980s.
For years, the team didn't have a
regular coach, and coaching duties
were left to older players. "Last year
it was pretty much disorganised,*
says second-year Alston Bonamis.
Last year, centre midfielder Darrel
Yip acted as coach for the team. Most
teams in the Vancouver FHL don't
have coaches either, however.
The money for a coach just wasn't
there in the past, but this season the
BC Field Hockey Association, the
Hawks (a local club) and UBC partnered to pay for a full-time coach for
UBC and other teams to share. They
hired Callum McLeod, a coach from
Scotland who moved to Vancouver
for a year.
"Now we have a coach, we've
been practicing, we've been getting
more done, we've improved a whole
lot since last year,* Bonamis says.
"We still need more players. Some
players don't come to the games and
the practices, but on the whole,
we've improved dramatically."
Last season, the team only
trained once a week—hardly enough
to make it a serious contender. This
year, McLeod increased practices to
twice a week. He says he enjoys
coaching the UBC team, but that it's
up to the players to be interested in
additional practice.
"They're great fun. They're fan to
coach and they play hard during the
matches,* he says. "A lot of them
don't like to train too hard, but I
think that's changing."
The team boasts two players on
the national squad, Tyler Regan and
Peter Kendrick, which forces them to
follow a rigorous training schedule.
"The guys on the national team
are training most days, sometimes
twice a day," McLoed says. "The others need to take a little bit of that as
well. It's no use just practicing twice
and then a game. You have to train
most days if you really want to be a
good team and a good player. And
it's really up to them to take that forward."
UBC hasn't been in a position to
attract a lot of players, and that's
increased the team's dependence on
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ON THE WAY UP: After a struggling for a few years, the men's field hockey team is turning things
around.The team boasts two national team members, including Peter Kendrick (above), nic fensom photo
the players it does have. The athletes' dedication varies tremendously, but the team needs every one of
"We've got a pretty good core of
guys, eight or nine players, that are
pretty much at every practice, every
game," Kendrick says, "and we've got
some other guys that show up when
they want to and sometimes just
don't show up to a game without
telling us.
"Because of our limited numbers
we can't just cut someone like that
because we need them the next
week. Obviously we're upset, and
they know that, but you can't just cut
a guy from the team because then we
wouldn't have a team. It's a hard situation to deal with," he says.
This player shortage also means
that, unlike other UBC teams, the
men's field hockey team has members who are not UBC students.
"The only reason we've had to
use some students from Langara,
which has an association with UBC,
is that we needed to make the team
viable during this very difficult
time," explains Hash Kanjee, men's
team program manager and coach
of UBC's varsity women's team,
eight-time national champions.
But the difficult times Kanjee
speaks of may be coming to an end.
Having a coach this season has "had
a huge impact on the team's performance," Yip says. In addition to
the new coach, there's some construction underway in Thunderbird
Park. Soon, a new world-class synturf field will replace the old Logan
The field will give the team better, fixed practice times, and its on-
campus location is more convenient
than the team's current practice
site, Livingston Park, in the
Downtown Eastside.
"Our schedule's all over the
place, so going to school and finding
time to practice is really difficult
Having a field on campus would
really help: we'll be able to get a lot
more practices in and the team will
work better as a whole, with everyone coming out and everyone actually practicing all the plays they have
to. It should really help our game,"
Bonamis says.
"Players would like to work on
specific plays, like penalty corners,
but just with the distance of the field
tories extend UBC's winning streak to
eight games.
In other baseball news, southpaw
Jeff Francis was named the Sport BC
University Athlete of the Year on
March 13.
dropping^   A|pjne Sk»ng
After tHeir home opener was rained
out March 9, the Baseball Birds beat
Whitman College twice at Nat Bailey,
winning 6-0 on Tuesday and 5-4
Wednesday. Then the Thunderbirds
travelled down south to Lewiston for
the Lewis-Clark State Tournament
from March 15 to 17. After waxing
St. Martins College 16-8 and 15-9, the
Birds took on the perennial NAIA
champion Lewis-Clark. With T-Birds
Jeff Francis and Brooks McNiven on
the mound, UBC won Saturday's
match 5-3 and Sunday's 5-4. The vic-
The UBC men's ski team finished
tenth at the USCSA. National
Championships, held in Waterville
Valley, New Hampshire, from March
11 to 16. Team manager Paul
Boskovich made UBC's top finish, finishing fifth in Thursday's giant
slalom an,d sixth in Saturday's slalom
to take the events' combined bronze.
Boskovich is the first Canadian to
medal at the Nationals in over five
years and was the top North
American-born athlete in both
events. -
Stephanie Rodenkirchen, the only
member of UBC's women's team to
qualify, finished 20th in giant slalom
and 22nd in the slalom. ♦
and coordinating all the schedules it
just makes [practice] really difficult," Yip says. "That can have a significant impact on the outcome of a
game because a penalty corner, for
example, is a play where if you practice it enough and get it clean
enough, your percentage of scoring
can just skyrocket if you put the time
in for it."
The new field could also be decisive in recruiting new players. Yip
says. "Being able to say that an international grade field will be in place
at UBC..That's a real draw." It may
also attract some national-team
players who currently attend UBC,
but don't play for the team.
As the team becomes more serious, it-will start to attract top high
school graduates. "If they have any
desire to play at an elite level and
they see our team is practicing two or
three times a week...and the players
get better, then I think young ones
will want to be a part of that successful program. That's the key: to have a
successful program that others want
to be a part of," Kanjee says.
Keeping teens' interest in the
sport will also make a world of difference. "There's a lot of kids that
grow up playing field hockey and
then they think there's no future for
it, when really it's one of the sports
that you can really excel in because
of the limited numbers," Kendrick
says. "On the national team. We get
all our school paid for. We get a living allowance. We get deals on
food.Ylt'd be a lot harder for a
younger athlete to get to the national level in a sport like basketball or
Field hockey alumni may have
made the difference between life
and death for the UBC team. Without
the new field coming in, which was
largely paid for by alumni, the team
might have dissolved. The team also
received donations of $10,000,
which will be used to secure a coach
to preserve the momentum McLeod
helped create this year.
Kanjee is enthusiastic about the
team's prospects.
"My sense is that in a couple of
years, we could be contenders. We
could go back to the days of the '60s
and '70s where UBC was the team to
beat in the Vancouver league. That
would be a tremendous regaining of
. some lost glory." ♦
-Sadiy^lWoricfaY's -
^gt-jTwere cancelled due to
"heavy sflowfall,
Multiple snowball fights were
sighted on campus, however,
and they were
mostly in good
fun. In fact, the
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A new leader
Former UBC defensive coordinator Laurent DesLauriers hired as football coach
by Scott Bardsiey
It certainly took long enough. After three long, uncertain
months, UBC Athletics lias hired a new coach for the football team: former UBC defensive coordinator and CFLer
Laurent DesLauriers.
Jay Prepchuck, last season's head coach at UBC,
resigned in mid-December at the end of his three-year contract, citing a desire to be closer to his family. At the time.
Bob Philip, UBC's director of athletics and recreation, said
that he expected to have a new coach by the end of January.
Last Friday, March 15, Athletics announced that it
finally had its man.
"This is a guy that is committed to UBC and has been
in our Hall of Fame. I like his resume. It's pretty impressive,* Philip said.
DesLauriers comes into the job with extensive preparation: He was a cornerback and slotback for the T-Birds for
three seasons, a safety in the CFL for the Edmonton
Eskimos from 1984 to 1987 and for the Toronto
Argonauts in 1988. DesLauriers moved on to the sidelines
as a defensive coordinator at UBC in 1992 and 1994 to
1995. Since 1998, he's been the athletic director and co-
coach at St Thomas More CoEegiate, steering the Knights
to a 454 record and two high school championships.
"In Laurent you're getting something that may be a bit
of an unknown,* Philip said. "But if you look at his background, where he's been and what he's done, you see a
guy that really jumps out at you.*
Most of the current players haven't even met him yet
"Up until the last few days I wasn't really familiar with
him, but everything I've heard about him is great/ quarterback Zack Silverman said. "I've heard that he was just
a phenomenal player in his day.. .You look at a resume like
coach DeLauriers's and you can't really argue with that*
"His reputation is he's a no-BS-iype of coach,* receiver
Dan Lazarri said.
One of the few players that does know him is offensive
lineman Ed Beckett, who took Grade 8 and 9 physical
education with DesLauriers, and played football under
him for a year.
"He's a really nice guy. He's fair, he's tough, he expects
a lot out of people, but he doesn't expect anything unreal,*
Beckett said. "He's going to push us hard...Grade 8 and 9
PE was harder than Grade 11.*.
The hiring process took far longer than expected.
Athletics took a month and a half longer than Philip said
it would.
"I don't know how it got away from us,* Philip said.
"The simple answer is that we didn't get anything done
over the holidays because we had to post it internally and
we got it posted internally with the wrong date for when
applications had to be in, so we extended the deadline to
the end of January.*
Athletics received 35 applications, but some people
who were interested hadn't applied, so Athletics sought
them out Then another delay hit "We were trying to work
out some housing things for people, not so much to offer
them...but to help them with housing so they could atleast
make a fair judgement,* Philip said. "A lot of that just took
longer than we thought*
In the end, Philip chose DesLauriers. "If people give
[DesLauriers] a chance, I think he's going to do a good
job,* he said.
DesLauriers's contract has not yet been signed, but
Philip said UBC will give him enough time to make his
mark on the team. Prepchuck was signed for a three-year
contract in 1999.
DesLauriers will have his work cut out for him when
he does take over the Thunderbirds. The lengthy hiring
process has hurt the football team.
"It was pretty tough for a while just because it seemed
like we would get a coach soon, week after week,* Lazarri
said. "It just dragged out to the point where we didn't
know if we were ever going to get a coach."
Without a head coach, recruiting has been in-limbo
and the team missed its normal spring training date. The
camp is expected to run after exams, but most non-
Vancouverites usually go home after exams. Not having a
camp will also hurt recruiting.
"Spring camp is basically a recruiting tool," Lazarri
said. "We all know how each other plays. Year after year,
we take part in it, but it's not going to make or break us,
but it might make or break the recruits that want to come
to the school."
The hiring delay also cost valuable time the team
could've used to adapt to DesLauriers's system.
"We could have had practices several days a week with
whoever the coach was going1 to be, implementing the
new system, because any new coach is going to have a
new defensive system, a new offensive system, and right
now we don't know any of that," Silverman said.
For the next few months, DesLauriers will be a busy
man. He will continue to work at St Thomas More, begin
recruiting at UBC, find a new assistant coach and organise the training camp.
Deslauriers could not be reached for comment before
press time. ♦
Hockey coach removed
 by Scott Bardsiey
Just before the football team got a
new coach, another UBC team lost
one. On Thursday morning, UBC
Athletic Director Bob Philip
announced that Mike Coflin, who has
coached the Thunderbirds men's
hockey team for 11 years, will not be
returning for a 12th.
"Mike had been here for 11 years
and we'd made the playoffs once.
There's not a lot of things we can do
in terms of trying to help the team be
more successful other than make
coaching changes/ Philip said. "I just
felt that it was time to shake things up
and try something else.*
The men's hockey team has historically been one of the weakest
teams in the league, long before
Coflin took over. The last time UBC
made the National Championships
was in 1977. When Coflin was
head coach, UBC made the playoffs
once. Still, few anticipated Cofiin's
"I was really surprised/ said
goalie Robert File. "Nobody really
expected it because it happened so
"He was a very hard-working guy.
He always tried to do his best He
hoped to create many possibilities
for us players here. He went to the
wall to get more money for the program," Antons said. "It's definitely
not just his fault that the team had
n't been doing very well. There's
other factors." .
Coflin started working at the
UBC hockey school when he was 17
and went on to spend 20 years on
"Maybe if anything, I was guilty
of believing in the potential of the
UBC hockey program, maybe when
others didn't. I would like nothing
better than to see the players there
be rewarded next year with an
excellent season because there's a
core there that have put in a
tremendous amount of work/
Coflin said. "It's a fresh start for me
but it's also a fresh start for many
of the players and I sincerely wish
them nothing but the best"
His release came just weeks
before the UBC hockey school was
supposed to begin under the direction of UBC players. Previously run
by non-UBC athletes, this summer
the eight-week program would give
players a summer job in coaching
and a link to hockey youth. But
Cofiin's departure has left the
school's fate up in the air.
"That's one of our biggest concerns because we don't actually know
what's going on. We were supposed
to take it over this year/ Antons said.
"The transition after fighting for it
for years was just about to take place
this summer and we were working
very diligently in making sure the
hockey school was successful in its
firstyear, and that's what I was doing
up 'till the minute Bob Philip called
me into his office/ Coflin said. "I really always believed it was essential in
being able to recruit because now
you're not only offering scholarship
money, you're offering a quality summer job."
In 1995, Coflin was the first UBC
coach to be recognised as the Canada
West coach of the year. The award
was very important to Coflin when
the Birds were struggling. "It gave me
some confidence that I belonged and
I was on the right track," he said. His
proudest achievement came three
years later when the team made the
playoffs in 1998.
In retrospect, Coflin said that a lot
of the things that have held UBC hockey back preceded him. One problem
is UBC's high academic standards,
which keep out a lot of the 'impact
players' from the Western Hockey
A lack of support also hinders the
team. "I don't think the athletics
department has ever viewed hockey
as being on the same level as some of
the other sports," Coflin said. "Some
of the decisions that we made over
the years kinda signalled that it was
something that couldn't be changed."
Coflin has been offered a few positions in hockey off the ice, but he says
he may return to teaching.
"On the other side there's going to
be change, and usually change
helps," File said. "Is it positive or negative? Time will show." ♦ THE UBYSSEY
Impromptu imperfect
by Crystal Chen
at the Presentation House Theatre
until Mar. 23
Michel Tremblay is Canada's most produced
playwright. His play, "The Impromptu of
Outremont/ uses four sisters, the Beaugrands,
to portray a nation's struggle to find its cultural
identity. Each sister has a hidden talent she dare
not reveal. Each sister has also accepted a life
imposed on them by society, with only Lorraine
1 \^v»-"^8m
(Joan Maclean) escaping by marrying an Italian
The sisters lament how their true talents have
been kept secret In a soliloquoy, Yvette (Lucinda
Nielsen) laments her singing, how it was once
praised and appreciated but later became unnoticed background music for gossiping ladies. The
lights dim very slowly as she trails off and fades
into the background. For the rest of the play Yvette
is all but invisible. She almost fuses into the curtains while listening to her sisters, but it is also an
invisibility felt by all of them.
The women also share an unhealthy sense
of self-loathing. The oldest sister, Fernande
(Lee van Paassen), uses her literary talents to
mock her sisters' failed lives, but she also
realises her own pitiful and pathetic existence.
The play tries to find that balance between
self-loathing and the very real tragedy of four
lives lost to the crushing weight of societal
The play's rhythm and pace reflects this
tension; the sisters' thoughtful soliloquies
slow the pace and are more meditative. These
moments are broken by the play's humour.
The overall result should have kept me interested in the play. But this production of
"Impromptu" didn't. The moments that are
filled with biting remarks and roaring laughter
are riveting and well acted. But during the less
engaging parts the actors lose their enthusiasm
and stumble slightly. These rare and slight
shortcomings ultimately take away from the
The end result wasn't a bad performance,
but it was something that could've approached
perfection. Sea Theatre's production of "The
Impromptu of Outremont" could've been
something truly fulfilling and more than just a
stress-reliever. ♦
On hockey dreams
by Steven Galloway
[Raincoast Books]
SLcvcn (.Trilli'ivdy is aiioli.fr pro^isina yiwJjjli? of UBC's c.-vaLivi? Anting program.
-\iLhi 'iiuh his fo-'us has bcvn o'i pl.us, his atlc'ipt at nowl l>-ria:h lie Hon has been a
j;."val ."-uc •_■« sis di>mon.--'.r.i,.i.'d by Finr:ie Walbh.
Finnic W'ahh is '.he story of Paul Woi.'ibwiH Paul is -j !wy who iiresaninterest-
;^g life in rwumoulh, ,i sin ill anum :nou« mill town, will his une armed father, his
r lairvjri anl \ oungtr sls'.rr and his bi->.t frii-nJ Finnic! Walsh. G.iil. way's novel is one
of Lru-t, f-imJyaivl Iri.-iiJ-liip. Wn =-oe the L.vjlf'tlrii. nds grow up with hockey and
'heir InonJ-ihip is ■ho un!) ■ cmsjinLs Finrn i o:u:d<>ss u'.nes of street hockey to an
NHL r ■irocr, wo can't Iv.lp b it r boor dic-n on ..iid hujn' 'h itthey suceed.
A scii; s 'if hv m:-! prvn imt'iw, how.>\vr, prow to bo sA itches along the road for
:'.v i'vn F>."-.,V-i. Vi i'.( i li"il .it 'hi" '"ill i:i>. il\.rrj Paul's father, a one-armed ban-
'1:1, P.i!..rs-i'nJl>r iTi-niT'^ biTr.'jt 'i Mtli''it irs a:i<l a iviuinrj dream involving Captain
\lieib fri'n Moby Ph k .11 ..io b.imps . 101:15 'ho wiy. l'iinie, always an outsider in
Jr.s'r,\nfi;".ily, ;v Ji sii j:t mum h ■hi1 '.V'wdw ml* sji-r.d\ understanding and prolyl •.' q, t> k h oi Paul's jjv'1114 !:■)'■ ,h "d.l. farnily nic.-uberi
i'j-iI'.'-.vjv's ,\n :r.^ .:icit' s palrij i"-:ii in his (J i:;-.iJi.<n readers and reinforces
;hc rns h '>f h"( U'V in
ioi-.J imjtji'Ni'i-jn JI<? infers to our hockey icons,
iiirlii'b'ia \V<j>nd Gn '_'k\ anil his .radii !'m::i L/bii'inUva to Los Angeles, which
nn-.nv ''ana ii ■•h f-'lL deeply. For Finnie and
P ml, ln.>cki>> is nut |ust a Sport it permeates
cwrj •!.:.'!3 Fi.ul was named after Paul
Hi-.'i ilTo'-':i, wh'i scored—arguably—the
biji^i'sL ^o d hi Cviadian hockey history,
i.t; i-'r.-sL ,hi> Sovi.'L Union in 1972. But it is
Kin.-io. Paul's Iv.-t friend, who captures the
(>>m..'h.i." ■ ■!' hni ki'y, with, his almost uncanny
:i.v.i."cr:i .--s ■ T'\l> gjine.
F;nnii.' W'tlsh is; a strong story that
jn.jkos ,5 i'i l..vi;h :ind contemplate life and
lis p-is^i'ins. In 'he introduction, Galloway
iiTi'-t's his r^ad.TS with clues and promises
of J. iii (is to lorai'. Combine this with his
■ika'.ili* cV \r <i \ts o.nd Galloway has created j Lo-.r". \ c-.rn;i."» and readable first novel
:huL cm !>o i-nj-jvi'd by all readers, not just
hoikijy fcr,s. •>
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increase tuition fees. Here are some things you need to know.
• Tuition will be raised for the average UBC student by 22%, or
under $500 per year.
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• Students have indicated that they refuse to pay higher tuition
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• Graduate students in research programs will see a 23% increase
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The AMS is spearheading multiple initiatives to ensure that
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It costs only $9 million and it
will take treaty negotiations
back 50 years!
Treaty vote offensive to us all
There are several things you could find offensive
about the BC government's plan to go ahead
with its controversial referendum on Native
treaty negotiations.
If you're of First Nations descent, you're probably offended that the government wants your
rights as a minority to be decided by the majority, made up of any BC voters who can be bothered
to return their referendum ballots by June 5.
If you know anything about law or politics,
you could well be offended because, with this referendum, the Liberals are overstepping the
boundaries of their provincial jurisdiction and
trying to limit the constitutional right of First
Nations people to negotiate treaties.
And if you are anyone else in BC, you should
be offended because the questions posed in this
referendum are a stunning insult to voters' intelligence and because the voting procedure is a
colossal waste of money.
Premier Gordon Campbell's referendum has
been criticised almost universally, slammed by
everyone from The Province to The Globe and
MaiL The reasons to oppose this referendum are
just so numerous, people of all political leanings
are joining together to condemn it.
Even if you do not balk at the prospect of leaving this province's indigenous peoples at the
mercy of a general referendum administered by
mail, you can still disapprove of this referendum.
Take, for example, what a gigantic waste of
money it is.
The government has already spent several
hundred thousand dollars consulting with British •
Columbians about the treaty referendum. And
durirtg that consultation process, the majority of
participants encouraged the province to dimiss
the idea The referendum is expected to cost at
least $9 million—and possibly much more. What
the results will mean are still unclear.
This is a turning point for the BC liberal
party. This government has axed everything from
Work Study programs to audio libraries for the
blind and even a $40,000 program that alerted
people to avalanche warnings. The province has
used the excuse of 'financial crisis' to maintain
support as it hacked and slashed. For anyone
who has suffered from the government's cuts,
the Liberals' $9 million expenditure on an
unwanted referendum just adds insult to injury.
If we are truly facing a financial crisis, how
can we afford this? This government decision
cannot be based on finances. It makes the
Liberals look like mean-spirited dictators.
People have said that this referendum will
save billions of dollars in land claims, but it will
not If the government tries to negotiate behind
the statements it is putting forward to the public,
negotiations will result in court cases, not saved
The government is trying to get consensus on
matters in which it does not even have jurisdiction According to Aboriginal rights lawyer Louise
Mandall—and the Canadian constitution by the
way—although provinces maybe involved in First
Nations land-claim negotions, only the federal
government can complete treaties or pass legislation related to Aborginals and their land.
First Nations people in our country have
already been granted the right to self-government Questions such as referendum question
number six, which states, 'Aborginal self-government should have the characteristics of local
government, with powers delegated from
Canada and British Columbia," are not only
offensive, they are unconstitutional. Convinced
this referendum is useless yet?
The referendum is trapping citizens who
don't agree with the government's policies.
Many of the questions seem deliberately
phrased to elicit a 'yes' response.
Example: 'Province-wide standards of
resource management and environmental protection should continue to apply."
How could you disagree with that? And yet,
the mandate a 'yes' response to this questions
gives to the government is ambiguous. What is
meant by "continue to apply?" Does that mean
standards must continue to apply in some cases?
That all standards must continue to apply? That
only those currently existing should ever apply?
The implication of a 'yes' response is unclear,
and the question, like all seven others, seems
purposefully vague. It is hard to imagine British
Columbians mailing in their ballots feeling as if
their opinions on treaty rights have been heard.
These referendum questions seem farcical.
In reading them over, it is hard not to feel like
you are being manipulated into responding the
way the government wants you to. In contemplating possible government action based on
those referendum results, it is hard to imagine
that the responses won't be used to validate a
stance ihe government has already determined.
This referendum is insulting to all British
Columbians. It attempts to limit First Nations
constitutionally entrenched right to treaty
claims. It oversteps the boundaries of provincial jurisdiction. It costs a small fortune and
has few discernible benefits.
So what do you do when you receive your ballot at the beginning of next month? If you vote,
you lend legitimacy to the government's flawed
plan to hold this referendum. If you boycott it or
spoil your ballot, you're giving the government
permission to interpret the mass of 'yes' votes
collected from mostly unaware or uncaring voters however it wishes.
Good luck deciding on that one. If you do feel
strongly about First Nations negotiations, however, write a letter to your MLA saying how you feel
about treaty rights. Your response still will not
give the provincial government the right to blatantly ignore the Canadian Constitution, but at
least you can be sure the government will actually know what you think. ♦
Alternative academic
accreditation needed
So far in the furor over increased
tutition, I haven't heard anyone ask
if students are getting their
money's worth. Perhaps I've been
asleep. Contrary to the promotional
literature and the public relations
campaign issuing from the
President's Office, UBC is much
less concerned with intellectual
development than it is with simply
adopting the rules of the free market, including the behaviour and
fashions of the corporate world, f
would suggest that anyone who
doesn't appreciate this is in a state
of denial. As a student off and on
for the last 30 years, I've watched
while UBC has grown into an ultra
modern factory, adding T)rave new'
buildings at every corner and
churning out 'assembly line' student product Though a university
degree stjH has symbolic value in
the workplace, it is in fact a highly
overrated commodity. While the
price of tuition and books continues to go up, the quality of instruction continues to decline. The reasons for attending class are becoming less and less compelling.
There are enormous vested
interests in keeping things as they
are. The predictability of instruction, the narrowing of the curriculum and the reluctance to challenge
conventional throught make the
university, as Noam Chomsky puts
it, "the last place to look for a proper education." The systematic
devaluation of culture, of which the
university is just a small part,
appears to be an unstoppable force,
and it is the students who are the
biggest losers. Tuum Est makes a
mockery out of contemporary university life. In fact, the UBC motto is
less relevant today than the golden
arches in the Village. Anyone who
cares to have a good look will find
the exact same institutional devaluing of culture and the fragmenting
of societies worldwide.
The continual rise in tuition
underscores a glaring omission in
the provision of higher education,
one whose time has surely come. I
call upon students to 'short-circuit'
the hurdles of the classroom and
'cut to the quick' of learning by
insisting upon an alternative form
of academic accreditation. Distance
Education and Technology is one
option, although incredibly, the
tuition is just as expensive!
—Hugh Nevin
Arts 4
Tuition: No fight from
Students for Students
When Students for Students were
campaigning, they promised to
fight tuition hikes. Unfortunately,
when the time came, they rolled
over and took everything the
administration wanted to give
them. I think I'm speaking for
more than just myself when I say,
"Thanks for nothing guys."
-Amanda Truscott
To everyone who
protested in the Old
You all wish for the university to
lower, or at least not increase,
tuition fees and I salute you for
your commitment to your
ideals, but' I have to strongly
question the way you're trying
to bring this about
UBC needs more money and
it has to come from somewhere.
The province has busted contracts in order to reduce spending, so don't expect any help
from there. We're not Quebec,
so the federal government
won't give us an extra penny.
And no matter how you prattle
on about the United Nations
having declared tertiary education a right, they won't give UBC
any money either.
Now whoever says UBC can
get by with what they have obviously hasn't taken any Science
lab courses. Earth and Ocean
Sciences 170 used to have labs
every week, but when I took it
last year, we only had five lab
sessions, and they were some of
the dinkiest labs I have ever
taken. Biology and chemistry
students can tell you even
greater stories of woe. UBC
needs more money just to keep
j-i&Uafc^S«fTM3>^JS&3^rar2Ljaii3 '•" w.smv ,n. -*   * ~v
i-e.-.jj.i.'.-.'-??  .--i
up with inflation, never r><'..„]
expanding its teaching abi11' :es.
So with the governmeriis
shutting them out, that le--:\vs
students as the easiest source of
extra revenue. Now I can understand you not wanting t3 pay,
but if you keep up antics like this
sit-in, you'll get noivhero.
Shouting in the face of tho university's administrators when
they feel they're backed mlo a
corner will get you no'vhere.
They'll just dig in and refuse lo
budge like any normal hurmn
when faced with open ho?Lili!y.
If you really want lower
tuition, you have to come lo 'ho
administration with ways F>r
them to get more revenm; frum
non-governmental sounds
Sources Kke the Coke deal, upen-
ing up campus spaces to am-
mercial advertisers, 93 year
leases on endowment lands or
other commerical ventures
Now I realise that some of
you opposing the tuition
increase also oppose com.mer-
cialisation of the universiiy S ->
you have a tough decisi'ui lo
make. I just hope you m;.ko il
before President Piper cO 1
company get annoyed eTiMjJi
to increase fees by another fi\ o
per cent
-Kevin Noiile
Science 4
A new perspective on Middle East violence
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Wh.il'ijyi>u d-j vvlivnsncit'uno lokL's jnmt'Lbii'.gfr'iinyou?"
I was o^ki'd :k'1 3'»rg ■»*!■>. To whiih 1 re-ip-.irvled. 'Wed JV-il
depends on what 'Jut Lr'-lr.J ls."
lei's «•.»>■ Jial 'l'a i'jur hu:ne," he ■•■(id. Tike it ba<"k,"
< ,i:ne rny Weslej ri reply. N'i,' r;:y ilirt-j^vi'-n p.-.rL'ier >-"iid.
' Ynii k:!l Ij.ti." Yes, o.iindn ;j un Lhe Mouil of Olives i':i E.>>-1
J*-r,i->i!er>ijus'la,iji.l i.ve.ir "^ogrfve.':io .aen irejy n.-vvpi-r-
speiUve un Middle E.isl vi')>nt-e
The mm weal <>n to leil :r.e dial it uidnl mater if lhe
th;::^ was ret'aj ned, ur Lb-iLy.m oryoar ihiklren v.n'il'ln I iv
ajMi'iid In fjipv il; lhe point .<,.n jus-
'n-e imnud !>.? sened. Il is litis k.n 1 of
JL.sti.-e Lh.it Ri.»z Bohra i>i I ilkky ab'>':[
ivaoQ v\.-:ll::S5 dbm
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.Middle  I'tU  protestor*  ("On  nev-
I' _-eM, ,he\ ire |i:-l -us a'r.'i-t '.'fy.'ii as vo'i jre .if ji->-i. i"ie
ft' ut here is ihit while. iL fi's vji::e people's p-irp'jse>-" I j
Lh.rJ< of a gn.ws ii'ibidanie in ihe rejy.-in, <i Mikide btiinb in
.1 irj.vflifd "hepj'^.j! rri't'.l Fill of F>->->:!les ',\i'h rlijdre:. Is
mure de^lruc ibe Jian lire Jaiuj !p a rsnJy !>y ujre>>! rti
s^'ifcifnj wh.* wiid.i proudly .let,: re lhf::i"«'Ives w iH.iiii lo
he fz-r J".e!r t jurf bv beLirf that walk-rig bu-'r.b
From here, I':n S"'J"-«? I'1 tojrh on l * n.-'live wr- .e, e.-pe-
'■i.tiiy vv;iJi lis fc.:"'.\.:'g refjuas n iho news, h-jt re:r.> mber,
rm tourhiry cl-jt-n I'i h.ime to m ike i pn,'-il *n 1 I .ip-ilotii -e
"ti advance Let's >-ay lhal vo>i, die studei.l /eaihr.g (Jus are
walkina ihro'idi tlie SI 3 when ,-t-nember (,f a FLrst .Winns
bc-.rtd pii^hes -lie tii^i'i' Liulirg 3(J
po nris uf e\"ji]v.)->!Vf"S pLri-pjii'd lo h:>! rhe^l
Then lei's «i\ 'h'il his w :<n ■ic'juii repealed -i'A over 'he coiirilrv ."id a cl-'duvi'i >:\
tif w.ir :i i.--"led by !i l.'i'1? r. fii'i'iwi-'le  In
J:i# deti-ira'ton is a fUi'.emeiil  !iwt
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oren'ii"!}  vi--i.e:iie   ".n  Ihe  Miniile
Eiu-L" Cii![i..rs L-.-'ie [M.ir   l."|)  M-^be it's n.'l whit w»s ai|>icks will nut <vAfo uriLil nil U-fjIy leir'j^ rs^:a ihe last 2^0
rne^Jit in l.f iir'ii-!.-", bi.t <n I have seen -;mce j;iy return Im years ure ooiip'j"] with and ;tU bri-Is bO'y.i-d .-.Lice d:e ISLli
Ca:u':a, u'linToir^eii juurii.Ji'-rn ("r I'piiu'ni piet,c»j Is far ivnltuy are ivl'.ir;:e'.l. H-'wIong woiJd it Like 'Vr Lhe juvenj-
rn'TiJ etinim'i'i diari a news hsiern-r w-nild hype i:vnl ;o reict to LIU'S slatemerU v\:Lh Firco? Let's renieailier
Dv Uikma-ly*'*!«\ik mirnri:i«'i:uLvia Ih-vjiod Ujsee h.t! Jut while the lr-j'-s'iees vi»:led i-p'in Pdle-i'iiiki^o me -.wr.,1,
tiLjiorience the ".\ Ji'ld, .uil, i.n p,ii"t, &( e l'ir j:!_v.-«e,f wl> «l Lhe lhey jrile in i".>:-.ip .nsun lo whaL hns been ^u r:^ on, and
".vorld -i KifJil aboul iherriselves i'iJ or i.s Di-(u\eriei like Ln-ired, in this ryfrJiy for a« 1'ir.o;.»? Ei,rv.ii'e-.riS ha\e been
.hti jr".«u"« h<frj"'tahty "f Sc\ri i-is, ur "hal dctpjie .vh.iL both ti.-re YOl'R bruLh* r, \0UR ii«l>-r, ^OL'R mo'her, dea-l. Kind
Llie US and foreign ^ovi'mnieri's would hke us lo dvrJc, miwt ->f tiivos now metf l::^ lo l^BC's Thids -lb-jiil il' c i^ipdi^n
Ir uiians -rid PA'Manii don't ba'o ihe West i'id, in Tai I, ci/e I remembor une dty In early J uiii-ry ".va!< h.r ■; Ih^ ne.vo
fir ::i".iro friojjiily 'h,m voiir aver-ij-e XYni-j'iveii'e. B ilmco 1 -t« 1.3 penp!o"Aere 'jilby a bus while ,va;- r>g al a Lr-i*i*yl stop
'.vi h lliis t i^e lli.idi?(.-o\erv'jial La 'j,esuf=l(ine ihr^>vers \«. a tn -»pen .-jiJ-ji Fill siliiu'i me.iia—ia'ided id uf '.error-
Uriks are TiliO, jusl like iJ'.e db-jve j-roccno'pli.'in-' is>rT Wer? *he^e pt-'ijilf i.i Ibe ;ir::'y? A ro^ple -jf Ihen Did
The 'hi'ig iboal :he»e prwi'iioj^ion1' is that -hey ire Lhesre people ever porsuii >Ly .i.'.i'-k ur at Mvely ojiprcss a
"lien bou^l L'llo by people \\ho h-ive never «t>en "vhit 'hey pale^'iniin? I o»n I h»iitstlv' ■'ay fur Mire WVtt I "ljk'i'nv, i-s
a:" laiki-ii ii'douL Mus-t 'if he slii'Ioi.Ls here -A UBC, :nv ss'lf !h;il a few 'Jjv s e.iilier, I h i i been war.ira fur a bus al Lhat
included. y:e too >, juna ly re;remb»-r the Re-1 Meri'jtv' <■{ very stop
'he C'il'1 Wer, b'lt jietiplo were Iru.y a feud jf :ho 'cu.r;:.:os,'
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by Rebecca Koskela
by Stephanie Tait
at the Commodore 3all:oon
Mar. 14
\nj' "e .vho's si t ii Rafui W uiiwri_;ht perT'ii :>i Ii\p ,\i!l kpow ih it
ho s ,1 ^.rgi r ,\ho iiee.h bKc nnie Ji in 1 p'anu or a g.nlar lo win
iv 1 r .1 < r ,v.l r.njsh r.i> up bJs Vorlh ,Vrein.,n to-ir 1 i-t Thursday
'l^l.L al '.Ye Coi7iTr:ijd<"irf\ Rufus -ind his bjiiJ delivered a show
dial m'^ui lie 1 die iro'vd, ,\iLhoi.t ovrrvvhebr rathe si. ITie tour
Mii'leied a bit of a vvr.-k 'wiya.j, !a-t May at Ku hard's on Ric haras,
nhcre t w i^ clear Ji.it ::\ play i.nd no prnrxe made Riifus sound
like a luvable em itoar. But 1'huisday n<s,hl's peifuri'i.i.ice showed
phenoi'ie'-al "'npnue'ierl ..'id lhat h.s band ''is gelled Letter
The "peinrg at t w is Martha Wa'iiwpyht, ^--F.s's sister, wh'vi I
had >i:lv' kno>\n iLroi;t>h her backup vocals for Rufus's work, live
-ind .'i s|udii> l'v e i-Jvv,.} s f nmd Martha's vocals a bit '< >o c oi»pot>l!ve
on stage and wasn't particularly looking forward to her opt nng, but
damn you, Martha Wainwright—you have won me oyer. 1 ler 'humc is
not as theatrical as Rufus's arid is much closer to the folk tools of Lhe
Wainwright clan than- that of her brother. But don't let hi r Jov. pi-
tinged yoice fool you; she quickly proved herself to theirowd v ith a
guitar, a dynamite voice and some cathartic lyrics like blip' \i> jr
mother-lucking ass home!"' .    •; -.,,'•
". Rufus hit the stage with long shaggy locks,, a pink bullon-dovvn
shirt and an ascot He started out with "Grey Gardens* from Li* -001
sophomore album. Poses. By thesecond selection, "Greek Song" *t
was clear that the band had matured; even "Evil Angel* has been
made slightly less lame by the contributions of a clarinet J c i Trey Hill,
on bass, w;as no longer singing off-key and the group vocv.ls de-non-
strated in songs like "One Man Guy* and "Grey Gardens* vere fiiiudv
doing Rufus's songs justice. The band seems to have a bi i/cr handle
on the older material, as was evident with 'April Fools-" un.i Rufus
himself seems to be getting more comfortable with his Aw* albi.-n
Only Rufiis could execute the most beautiful rendition ol Leui..>r'l
Cohen's "Hallelujah" while holding a Sleeman's Honey P.:own md
smoking a cigarette. Other notable treats included some of Rufus's
covers and soundtrack contributions over the past few jejiis, hie
Moulin Rouge's "Compliante de la Butte" and I Am Sam's" \< n =s Lo
Universe." "Instant Pleasure,* a Fan track from the Big iWi.Vsj-md-
tracK was pulled out for the encore. Both playful and he:, rrfolt idilas
Wainwright just keeps getting better and so do his show s. ♦
at the Telus Studio Theatre
until Mar. 23
When Adam and Eve showed up buck-
naked, I wondered how
these plays were ever performed in the streets. But
it was from the streets of
medieval Europe that
mystery plays like "The
Creation" were created,
bringing Judeo-Christian
stories to life.
UBC Theatre's recent
staging of a mystery play
retains medieval form
and language, while still
managing to entertain
us. It also asks some of
life's grand questions.
Pondering the nature of
God? Searching for why
you may be here? Skip
the Pit. This is the place
to be.
Considering they
were portraying religious figures, the UBC
Theatre actors didn't shy
away from taking casting
risks. Adam and Eve
acted confidently, even
when clothed in no more
than paint As the
Creator in life's laboratory, God played high command on-stage. Though
he frequently spat when
excited, or happy, or
frustrated, or aroused,
he was still a great presence on stage. And while
I can't say that he looked the part but
neither do any of us.
Costumes figured prominently in
the production, often making a
scene, creating the right character or
mood. Overall, the frequent costume
changes allowed UBC Theatre to
work cleverly with a smaller cast
Although mystery plays such as
this were intended to bring contemporary sensibilities to
very old stories, this
production seemed to
have missed that
opportunity. Moses
looked bored when
receiving the ten commandments. But what I
found most odd was
how the Devil and
every representation of
Death were performed
by females and I hope
it's coincidental that
the two performers
who were not saved by
Noah's ark were wearing burqas.
Nonetheless, "The
Creation" managed to
create an effective
atmosphere and there
was a real spiritual feel
throughout the Telus
Theatre. In God's physical absence, the music
acted as a reminder of
God's omniscience.
So if you're stuck
wondering, 'Why am I
here?' try "The
Creation" before it closes on*" March 23. If
you're still left pondering, don't worry, the
source material for the
play is pretty easy to get
a hold of. ♦
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