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The Ubyssey Feb 22, 2000

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GAP coming to UBC tomorrow
 by Nicholas Bradley
The Genocide Awareness Project (GaAP)
will be back on campus tomorrow morning. The Alma Mater Society (AMS),
meanwhile, faces a lawsuit over the
events that took place when GAP first
came to UBC last November.
Lifeline, an AMS anti-abortion club,
will be mounting another exhibit in front
of the Goddess of Democracy tomorrow
using GAP images provided by the
Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR), the
radical American anti-abortion group
that organises GAP.
GAP, and the CBR, became the subject
of controversy last term after Lifeline
invited them to campus. Using large,
graphic images, GAP presents abortion
as a form of genocide, equating it with,
for example, the Holocaust and slavery in
the United States.
UBC eventually blocked GAP from
coming to campus, but granted Lifeline
permission to hold a scaled-down version of the display in November, using
GAP images. UBC limited the size of the
images Lifeline used, and restricted the
display to only one day, instead of the
week that Lifeline had originally
UBC has given Lifeline permission to
hold the display tomorrow, provided that
it follows the same considerations, said
Lifeline President Stephanie Gray, who
noted that the display will be a Lifeline
project, not a GaAP display per se.
Because the Lifeline display will not
be held in the SUB, the AMS has no jurisdiction over it. But aAMS President Ryan
Marshall did say that the AMS supports
the club's right to hold the display.
'We respect their rights of free speech
on both sides,* said Marshall.
Students for Choice, a campus pro-
choice group, will hold a rally in opposition to GaAP on the concourse in front of
the SUB.
"This time it's going to be a media
event, and that means we have to look
strong,* said AMS external commissioner
Jon Chandler, referring to the recent coverage that Lifeline's lawsuit has received
in the Vancouver Sun.
In November, the display that Lifeline
set up was torn down by three students,
Chandler, Erin Kaiser, and Lesley
Washington. Chandler and Kaiser are
both members of the AMS External
Commission, and Washington is an aAMS
aAnd these aAMS connections are a key
component of the lawsuit that three students—Gray, and fellow Lifeline members Athena Macapagal and Michelle
Laroya—have filed against the AMS,
Chandler, Kaiser, Washington, and AMS
Coordinator of External Affairs Nathan
The Statement of Claim that the plaintiffs made to the
Supreme Court of
BC states that
"Kaiser, Chandler,
and Washington
committed an
assault upon [Gray
and Laroya] by
intimidation and
physical destruction
of the Plaintiffs'
property.* It also
contends that
Kaiser, Chandler,
and Washington
were at all times acting as agents of the
aAMS, a claim denied
by both the defendants and the aAMS.
'Like I've said before, the aAMS did not
condone the actions of the individuals in
question,' said Marshall.
Chandler pointed out that Marshall
made it clear in November that he did
not support the actions of the defendants
when he spoke against them both immediately after the display and at a subsequent ,AMS council meeting.
The suit names Allen in particular for
his role in allegedly supervising the tearing
DEJA WU: The Genocide Awareness Project will make a second UBC appearance
tomorrow. When it was here last November, three students, including Jon Chandler
(above), tore down the display. In response, three other students, led by Stephanie
Gray (left) have filed suit in the BC Supreme Court, tara westover/ubyssey file photos
down of the GAP display. Allen—along
with dozens of other students—watched
as the three students ripped down
posters and overturned tables.
"During the attack on the
display...[Allen] stood a few metres away,
calmly observing their actions. At no
time did I observe Mr. Allen say anything...or attempt to stop them in any
way. At one point Mr. Allen lit and
smoked a cigarette," Gray's affidavit
Allen could not comment in detail yesterday, as he had not yet been served
with any legal notice, but he said that he
had not supervised anything.
Gray disagrees.
"Even if they claim they're not acting
as [AMS] representatives...they're
actions of violence and intolerance and
bullying that do reflect badly on their
leadership ability.*
see "lawsuit" on page 2
Critics attack differential tuition proposal
    by Daliah Merzaban
Criticism is mounting against
aspects of UBC's proposed
tuition policy framework, slated to go to the Board of
Governors for approval next
month. But university administrators believe the proposed
policy's merits outweigh the
The policy, which will regulate future tuition changes, recommends that tuition levels for
each undergraduate program
be set based on the cost of the
program per student. All
undergraduates currently pay
the same per-course tuition
Many Alma Mater Society
(.AMS) representatives oppose
differential fees. AMS Vice-
President Maryann Adamec
said a major concern is that
students will choose programs
based on cost rather than academic preference.
The result she says, will be
increased  entrance  require
ments for cheaper programs,
such as .Arts, and lower requirements in more expensive programs, such as Engineering.
Jesse Guscott, a Board of
Governors (BoG) student representative, agrees. Guscott has
opposed the policy since it was
unveiled to BoG in November.
"The whole guiding principle behind the differential
undergraduate fees is that students should essentially pay for
what they get and get what they
pay for. I have a bit of a prob
lem with that as a guiding philosophy," he said.
But Associate Vice-
President, Academic Programs
Neil Guppy, who is among
those heading the tuition polity
committee—doubts that the
changes will introduce vastly
different tuition rates between
"I think the policy does not
suggest that there will be really
high fees for some programs
that have only a few students in
them,*    said    Guppy,    who
praised the policy for its principle that every student pays the
same proportion of his or her
program's costs.
Many UBC deans are equally
enthusiastic. Both Dean of
Commerce Daniel Muzyka and
Dean of Agricultural Sciences
Moura Quayle think that the
proposal has many positive
"I can see how if that was
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"lawsuit" continued from page 1
AMS General Manager Bernie Peets said that
the AMS' lawyers had been contacted, and would
be in court today to hear the apptication for an
injunction that Gray, Macapagal, and Laroya have
made to prevents any interference with the GAP display. Peets and Marshall will also be at the hearing.
Peets could not comment on details of the suit
itself, but said that the lawyers had been served
with notice, and were working on the case.
Kaiser and Chandler were served with legal
notice yesterday; they were delivered the documents, ironically, dining a Students for Choice
see "tuition" from page 1
lem, but I don't think that's the way this will be
interpreted, ' said Quayle.
'I have faith in the reasonableness of many of
my colleagues, and it wouldn't be in the whole
university's best interest to set
up a policy where [a student
chooses a program based on
But Guscott believes that the
policy simply shifts the subsidising of expensive programs to
smaller groups of students—
those in high-cost faculties but
low-cost programs.
A student can earn a B.Sc in
math, for example, which costs
much less to administer than
other courses in the Faculty of
Science, which will likely see a
significant tuition increase
under the proposal.
The Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), a
national student lobby group, is critical of differential tuition. CFS Chairperson for BC Mark
Veerkamp said UBC is alone with this proposal in
relation to other BC universities, and worries that
the results could be disastrous.
"If the market is to determine education with
"The only effect it has to
off-load the costs of federal funding cuts on to
the backs of students,
and that I think is a
cowardly approach
to policy."
-Joel Harden
CFS chariperson for Ontario
planning meeting. They have retained their own
legal counsel, but were unsure whether they would
appear at the hearing tomorrow.
The Statement suggests that the defendants
were involved in a conspiracy to suppress the
plaintiffs' rights to free assembly and free speech.
The lawsuit seeks damages, costs, and a permanent injunction against the defendants from interfering in Lifeline's affairs.
Gray, Macapagal, and Laroya have retained BC
Civil Liberties Association President Craig Jones of
the firm Bull, Housser, and Tusser as their
the differential fee policy then we're going to see
all kinds of problems,' said Veerkamp, who
added that the tuition freeze that has been in
place in BC since 1994 will likely end soon.
In Ontario, where tuition fees are deregulated,
many universities have implemented differential tuition fee
CFS Chairperson for Ontario
Joel Harden said differential fees
have opened the door for enormous increases in tuition rates
in popular programs, forcing
many students to attend equivalent programs at colleges for
financial reasons.
'Don't approach the differentiation policy,' was Harden's
advice to UBC.
'The only effect it has to offload the costs of federal funding
cuts on to the backs of students, and that, I think,
is a cowardly approach to policy," he said.
Guppy said that the tuition policy committee is
in the process of reworking the policy after having consulted with over 300 people on campus,
including administrators and students.
The AMS will discuss the policy at tomorrow's
Council meeting.*!* THE UBYSSEY»TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22. 2000   3
Mexico breaks student strike
by Daliah Merzaban
The doors of Latin .America's largest university were
reopened last week after having been closed by striking
students for almost ten months. But observers say the
issues behind the strike may be lost in the chaos engulfing the university.
aAlthough many of the 270,000 students who attend
the Universidad National Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)
have returned to their classrooms, over 250 students
remain locked in Mexican jails, hundreds of others still
face arrest, and thousands of Mexicaris continue to stage
strikes and protests.
At the heart of the strike is the question of accessible
education, says Jim Hodgson, a Canadian journalist who
has been in Mexico since 1994 reporting on human
rights and free-trade related issues.
'[In Mexico] education is like water or the air," said
Hodgson, who is originally from Summerland, BC.
'Education is free. It's a public utility. It's knowledge.
It's something you can't commodify,' he continued.
The Mexican constitution guarantees free public education. aAnd last April, after the Mexican government
announced a plan to increase tuition from the current
rate of the equivalent of less than $ 1 peryear to the equivalent of $200, UN.AM students occupied the university
and barricaded the main campus.
Hodgson explained that although the UNaAM administration eventually withdrew this proposal, the student
strike continued in order to to protect the educational
rights of future students.
'What [the strikers are] looking for is some guarantee
from the government that it will continue to provide free
public education at the highest level,' he said, pointing
out that while tuition rates at UNAM are almost free, fees
for services such as registration, photocopying, and textbooks have increased.
But the strike ended abruptly this month when, in two
pohce actions, 998 people—mostly students—were arrested at the university.
During a February 1 clash at a UNaAM-afBliated high
school, university authorities hired thugs to provoke a
"bloody skirmish" between strikers and anti-strikers,
leading to the arrest of 251 students, according to
.And on February 6, a massive raid on the main campus by 2260 federal pohce in riot gear led to the arrest of
747 students and professors, forcefully ending the strike.
To protest these arrests, an estimated 100,000
Mexicans marched through the streets of Mexico City on
February 9, demanding the release of the jailed students.
According to the latest figures from The News, Mexico
City's English-language daily, 264 students remain in jail,
and about 340 arrest warrants are pending. Students face
charges ranging from disorderly conduct and assault to
attempted murder and treason.
While many media reports describe the students as
extremists, Steve Stewart of the International Secretariat
of Civil Society Networks for Public Education in the
aAmericas, a non-governmental organisation, says that the
majority of Mexican students are far from radical.
Apart from the few students who espouse extreme
views—dubbed by the press as ultras—most have modest
demands, said Stewart, who listed guaranteed future
tuition fees, an end to privatised entrance exams, and a
more democratic university as three of their demands.
Students also want assurance that they won't be
penalised for supporting the strike. .Although most build
ings on the massive UNaAM campus were closed during
the strike, the university did hold some classes off-campus.
Meanwhile, as support for the strike begins to wane in
Mexico, growing numbers in Canada and across the
world are speaking out against the Mexican government,
demanding a resolution to the dispute.
In Vancouver, over 50 protesters gathered before the
Mexican consulate last Thursday to support Mexican students' right to accessible post-secondary education. The
protesters demanded the release of student prisoners,
and carried a letter to Mexico's Consulate General in
Vancouver. Similar rallies occurred in cities across
'We really commend the Mexican students for taking
such a brave step in opposing that very reactionary measure of off-loading the cost of post-secondary education
on to students. It's a very significant issue," said protester Anita Zaenker, the incoming BC Chairperson of the
Canadian Federation of Students
Students across the country
will send postcards to Canada's
Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd
Axworthy calling on Canada to
pressure Mexico to release the
jailed students, and to expand
negotiations. Canada is one of
Mexico's major trading partners.
"If our country is going to trade
with another country, [it has] to
respect basic democracy and
human rights issues," said Mark
Veerkamp, the current CFS BC
Support for the strike is also
coming from university faculty. In
a letter addressed to the Mexican
government, university professors
from across Canada have called on
Mexico to support students' right
to free education.
"The future of Mexico's great
national university and the hope
for a democratic transition in
Mexico depends on civil society
inside and outside Mexico,
demanding respect for civil liberties, rule of law, and the withdrawal of armed forces," states
the letter.
UN/AM is now proposing to
hold a meeting of the entire university community to discuss the
issues. But with speculation
that goverment officials, including
President Ernesto Zedillo,
approved this month's pohce raid,
students wonder if an agreement
on free tuition is possible, which
as Hodgson describes, is essential
for many Mexicans.
Minimum wage in Mexico is
less than US$4 per day, and the
majority of Mexico's population
fives in poverty. Mexican students
do not benefit from scholarship
programs or student loans.
"A lot of Mexican families support themselves by
everybody being physically able to work. If a family
decides that one of their children will be going to univer-
sity, it affects all of them because it's a loss of income,'
said Hodgson, adding that wealthy students often choose
to attend private universities.
Many students study only part-time because they are
forced to work full-time to cover *basic living costs, causing many to take between five to ten years to complete
their degrees.
And Hodgson believes that the strike, which he said
has "radicalised" many of its participants, will leave an
important imprint on Mexico.
"They see how power can be used and misused and I
think the students who were involved in the strike will be
strong voices against oppression for the rest of their
fives, and that will be good for Mexico," he said. ♦>
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HRDC grants subsidise corporations
by Chris Bodnar
Ottawa Bureau Chief
OTTAWA (CUP)-As Ottawa faces allegations of mismanaging $ 1 billion in federal job grants, taxpayer and student
groups are criticising the federal government's handling of Canada's student
job program.
Documents obtained from Human
Resources Development Canada (HRDC)
under the Access to Information Act
show that numerous corporations
received subsidies to hire students for
summer employment in 1999.
The documents reveal that businesses such as Shoppers Drug Mart, Toronto
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Services and Wal-Mart received federal
HRDC grants under the Summer Career
Placements program.
Private sector job grants cover half of
the cost of minimum wage for the program while not-for-profit groups may
have their entire cost covered.
But Federal Director of the Canadian
Taxpayers Federation Walter Robinson
does not agree with subsidising corporate jobs.
"In terms of all of these HRDC programs, we believe it's corporate welfare," said Robinson. 'It's the misalloca-
tion of tax dollars.'
Robinson says corporations already
receive employment insurance premium relief for hiring students and that
any further incentives to employ students should happen through tax cuts
rather than program subsidies.
But while the Taxpayers Federation
advocates the elimination of job
subsidy programs, the Canadian
Federation of Students (CFS) says the
summer student job program is necessary but must be monitored more close-
'[The program has] its snags and we
would like it tidied up," said Denise
Doherty-Delorme, a CFS researcher.
Doherty-Delorme says significantly
reduced funding for the current program is one problem.
Since 1996, the summer employment program has received $90 million
a year—half of the amount in 1987 and
1988. The program was first cut in
1990, but received a slight one-year
boost in 1994 when $108-million was
allocated to summer job grants.
Hourly rates and average summer
wage figures are no longer available as
they were prior to 1992. And while the
CFS says it was previously able to monitor whether male and female students
were being paid equally, these figures
are also no longer available.
'The biggest crux is that they cut and
then they don't have the people to follow up on these programs," said
The HRDC could not be reached for
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racism findings
by Andrew Loung
The Varsity
TORONTO (CUP)-The University
of Toronto (U of T) says it disagrees with a recent Ontario
Human Rights Commission ruling that former professor Kin-Yip
Chun was the victim of racial discrimination at the university.
The February 2 Commission
report states that evidence supports Chun's allegations that
racism played a role when he
lost four competitions to white
men for a tenure-stream professorial position between 1987
and 1992. The report showed
that in some instances candidates who eventually won the
positions did not even enter the
competition process.
The report concluded that
Chun's "race, colour, ancestry,
place of origin and ethnic origin
were factors in his failure to
obtain an academic appointment and that he was subjected
to a series of reprisals culminating in his dismissal."
It recommends that Chun's
grievances against the university go to the Board of Inquiry, an
independent tribunal that can
award compensation based on
losses incurred from discrimination.
"The report is a remarkably
strong endorsement of Dr.
Chun's claims," said Peter
Rosenthal, an adjunct professor
at U of T's law school.
But U of T vice-provost David
Cook says the university will
recommend that Chun's  dis
pute not go to the Board of
"There is no case to be heard,"
said Cook. "The university does
not believe racial discrimination
was a factor in this case."
But Chun insists that the
report is accurate, and that it vindicates his complaints, first filed
in 1992 with the Human Rights
"The university is
running scared...This
report is just the tip
of the iceberg. The
truth now will all
come out."
-Kin-Yip Chun
former U of T professor
"The university is running
scared," said Chun, who is a
Canadian citizen born in Hong
Kong. "This report is just the tip
of the iceberg. The truth now will
all come out."
Cook says that U of T will follow a course of action based on
the findings of the university's
1994 internal investigation.
"We will recommend to the
Human Rights Commission that
there is nothing new in the
report," said Cook. "According to
the factual record of its report,
there is no racism or cronyism. It
says there is prima facie evidence for discrimination, but
evidence on the face of things
can point either way'
Though the Commission's
report claims the internal investigation was flawed. Cook says
the facts from both reports are
similar and it is the interpretation that differs.
The internal report concluded that Chun was exploited by
the department of physics during his period of employment
between 1985 and 1994, but
that Chun was not the victim of
racial discrimination.
Besides being passed over
for the professorial position,
Chun was employed as a
research associate at the time
but was consistently given the
duties of a full professor, for
which he was never paid.
Physics professor Pekka
Sinervo insists that the internal
report was conclusive.
'The disparity between the
two reports arises from the
application of the test in the
investigation. The test in the
[first] report is not consistent
with that in the Commission's
report,' he said.
'Different criteria were
applied—there was the question
of whether systemic or specific
discrimination was investigated.'
But Chun argues the internal
report was never able to fully
address his complaints.
Both Chun and the university
have until Feb. 22 to respond to
the report. ♦
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Abortion debate continues at UVic
by Simon Glezos
 The Martlet
VICTORIA (CUP)-While UBC's student
council faces legal action over the tearing
down of an anti-abortion display on campus, the abortion debate surfaced at the
University of Victoria (UVic) last week
over whether the school's student government should support pro-life clubs.
At the University of Victoria Students'
Society's (UVSS) semi-annual general
meeting last Thursday, 688 UVic students participated in a vote that saw two-
thirds oppose a proposed amendment
that would have prohibited the UVSS
from denying status or funding to any
campus club they disagreed with.
Youth Protecting Youth (YPY), the
group that proposed the amendment,
argued that to deny club status on the
basis of political belief is a violation of its
right to free speech. YPY was stripped of
its UVSS club status at a Board of
Directors meeting last November.
At the time, the majority of board
members felt that the group's mandate
did not contradict official UVSS policy
dating back to 1989—which supports
women's right to abortion—but members
changed their minds after the group put
up posters that the board felt was anti-
"The essential thing here is about
granting equal rights to all students,"
said YPY member Peter Nishimura.
"Whether they are part of the
majority or the minority at UVic, all
groups are entitled to freedom of
speech and assembly."
But some UVSS student directors
ate dismissing the charge.
"We did not consider this a free
speech issue," said Kari Worton,
UVSS director of academics.
Worton said that the motion
would have such activity as the
Genocide Awareness Project (GAP)—
the anti-abortion display that has
stirred up much controversy at
UBC—to receive funding and come to
campus without any consultation
with the UVSS.
But she added that "the [executive] membership plans to work with
the group so that they can express
themselves and work to promote
alternatives to abortion without
going against UVSS policy."
Days before the vote, various representatives from Vancouver pro-life
groups set up pickets, prompted by
an e-mail campaign against the UVSS'
pro-choice policies.
The protesters said that they were on
campus to respond to UVSS's removal of
anti-abortion posters put up by YPY in
the Student Union Building.
Soon after the protesters arrived, a
large group of UVic students from vari-
FACE OFF: Pro-life and pro-choice protesters set up pickets at the University of Victoria last week.
ous pro-choice organisations set up oppositional pickets.
"We felt that the students weren't
allowed to have freedom of speech," said
Sissy VonDehn of the pro-choice group
Concerned Nurses.
"It's okay to have an opinion, but
when that opinion is promoting hate it
becomes   dangerous,"   said   protester
Roshni Narain, co-ordinator of UVic's
Sexual Assault Centre.
"They're asking to take away women's
control of their own bodies, and as a
woman I find that insulting.'
Nishimura said that Youth Protecting
Youth did not invite the Vancouver protesters onto campus.♦
—with files from Miriam Torchinsky
Study suggests HIV rate has dropped for gay men
by Michelle Mossop
An ongoing study conducted jointly
between doctors at UBC and St Paul's
Hospital suggests that the rate of HIV infection in young gay and bisexual men has
dropped since the 1980s.
The Vanguard Project is intended to
analyse the incidence of HIV, the virus that
causes AIDS, among gay and bisexual men
between the ages of 15 and 30.
While the overall number of HIV cases
increases from year to year, the study finds
that in the gay community of the Lower
Mainland, the incidence of infection in the
last five years is far lower than it was in the
"We wanted to focus specifically on gay
and bisexual men because the bulk of the
HIV epidemic is still found among gay and
bisexual men in the country," explained
Steve Martindale, coordinator of the
Vanguard Project There are over 43,000
reported cases of HIV in Canada, and the
organisation estimates that 15,000 cases
go undiagnosed.
Funded   by   the    National    Health
Research and Development Program
(NHRDP), a branch of Health Canada, the
Vanguard Project is a sequel to a similar
study—the Vancouver Lympadenopathy
AIDS Study (VLAS)-conducted in the
Martindale explains that the gay community in the Lower Mainland witnessed
an explosion of infection rates in the
1980s. VLAS statistics indicate that in
1982 HIV infection reached 11.5 per cent
of gay men.
By contrast, in the 1990s, between 1
and 2 per cent were infected annually.
Martindale attributes the decrease to
safer sexual practices, including increased
condom use.
But he cautions against overemphasising the study's results. He said risk factors,
including poverty, lower education, and
unstable housing also play a role in
increasing the rate of infections.
Martindale added that people are
becoming increasingly complacent
towards practising safe sex.
Martindale added that the study is also
hying to establish a baseline of risk factors
and infection rates among Canada's gay
community. Prior to the Vanguard Project,
only American statistics were available.
In the study, subjects—many of whom
are UBC students—answer questionnaires
and have annual blood tests. Test results
are used to determine social factors that
may place people at greater risk for HIV.
The researchers are trying to determine
which sub-populations within the gay community require particular attention.
A new question seeks to understand
people's perceptions about retroviral medications. Some gay men believe that viral
loads are lower in infected people and new
medications are causing them to feel infallible, resulting in unprotected sex, said
"People are thinking 'I can still have
sex without a condom, because the person
is getting treated," explains Martindale.
Brian MacLean,co-chair of Pride UBC—
a campus resource group for gay, lesbian,
bisexual, transgendered, and queer students—agrees with the study's findings.
He says that he is a daily witness to
fatalistic attitudes towards sex within the
gay community. MacLean also agrees that
medication plays a big role in this prevailing mentality.
"I think that a lot of people think that
that AIDS is a treatable disease. I don't
think aAIDS terrifies people the way it did
ten years ago," he said.
The current yearly HIV infection rate
in Canada is 1.5 per cent. Martindale
believes that in 20 to 25 years, one-quarter of the population could be infected, if
the infection rate remains stable.
"The tricky part about the statistic is
that infection rates don't remain stable,
ever," said Martindale, who points to the
outbreak of HIV in the Downtown
Eastside as an example.
There, HIV infection rates have
reached saturation point—there are no
more people to be infected. Despite the
high incidence of HIV infection in the
area, there is a decrease in yearly infection rates.
With 33.4 million people living with
HIV or AIDS worldwide, HIV infection is
becoming an increasingly international
by Joni Low
:         ■ —      :
After a man was arrested and
charged in connection with
recent thefts at UBC's School of
Music, campus RCMP believe
that the case is closed.
Aaron Patrick Switzer has
pled guilty to five counts of
break-and-enter and one count of
theft, after he stole over $40,000
worth of instruments from lock-
ots in the Music building in
While Switzer was in custody
two weekends ago, however, an
empty trumprt case was
returned to one of the lockers.
Since a trumpet was among the
items stolen in January, Colin
Giles, president of the Music
Undergraduate Society, believes
that Switzer has an accomplice.
But Staff Sprgeant Lloyd
Plante of the campus RCMP
detachment, still thinks that
Switzer worked alone.
"We're quite satisfied, frankly,
that we have the person responsible for [the thefts]...All information indicates that Switzer
acted independently," said
Plante. Switzer is awaiting sentencing and is undergoing therapy for a drug addiction.
To prevent further thefts.
School of Music officials will be
emptying and locking the build
ing each evening at 11:00pm.
Students could previously stay
in the building throughout the
Giles believes that the entire
rampus, not only th« School of
Music, should pilch in to make
buildings more secure.
"It would do more good to
direct this [issue] towards the
university, ralher than the
School of Music, because then it
wouldn't be biting back on [our]
limited budget" said Giles.
Although Assistant Director
of Campus Security Mike
Sheard believes that security is
a priority, he said that the
despite a surge in locker break-
ins since September, UBC has a
relatively low  overall  crime
There are only a very small
number of individuals who arc;
responsible for a vast number
of these incidents...one guy gets
caught and then we see locker
thpft [statistics] drop to von'
near zero,* said Sheard.
In a project known as Crime
Prevention through
Environmental Design (CPED),
Sheard said he tries to make
campus facilities more secure
by suggesting changes-including locker location, lock quality,
and lighting—that will enhance
security. He added, however,
that resources to fund these
changes are limited.
And Plante said tlie RCMP is
understaffed and is not financially able to increase its presence on campus. He emphasised that tho RCMP requires
tlie support of tho university
community to enhance security.
"I think what happens is that
|studt?nLs] get lulled into a comfortable state in a university
environment...but it is important, still, lo always look around,
be careful with your properly,
and don't be afraid to challenge
people if you see somebody you
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LSAT legal
by Julia Garro
The Varsity
TORONTO (CUP)-A University of
Toronto (U of T) graduate challenging the law school admission
process has withdrawn his
request to legally restrain the use
of the Law School Admission Test
(LSAT) testing procedure.
Selwyn Pieters, who filed his
complaint with the Ontario
Human Rights Commission in
1998, says he believes the LSAT
is racially and culturally discriminatory.
Pieters requested an interim
injunction, a legal restraining
order, on the use of the standardised test. Had he won his case,
Ontario universities would have
been prevented from using the
LSAT pending the ruling on his
"We were fighting an uphill
battle. There was no guarantee of
success with respect to getting an
injunction,' said Pieters.
"I would have been saddled
with a significant cost factor."
Pieters estimated that the associated legal fees would have run
above $25,000.
Pieters adds the withdrawal
was made as a gesture of goodwill
so that the complaint itself would
be handled expediently. He says
he has been concerned with the
delay in the process.
"Every year that goes by is a
year wasted," he said.
Pieters was denied admittance
to U of T law school despite high
marks and extensive extracurricular involvement, including five
years as a student representative
on the university's Governing
Council. He attributes his rejection to his low LSAT score.
He is currently involved in a
second round of applications, but
ran into difficulties when a hold
was placed on his U of T transcripts. 'I consider their actions
to be an act of reprisal,' he said.
Pieters says he suspects the
hold is directly related to his
pending complaint against the
But Sana Kawar, a spokesperson for U of Ts Transcript Centre,
says the delay had nothing to do
with the LSAT case, explaining
that the transcripts were detained
due to outstanding fees. She says
the hold has since been released.
"It's got nothing to do with his
case against the university," said
Although there is no longer
any immediate legal impetus for
law schools to overhaul their
admissions process, Pieters
hopes the outcomes of related
Canadian court cases will cause
administrators to reconsider
their use of the LSAT.
But Bonnie Croll, assistant
dean of U of Ts Faculty of Law,
claims to be unfamiliar with any
such cases and states there are
currently no plans to stop using
the LSAT.
"We've always been very careful about how we use the LSAT,"
said Croll. "It's only one of veiy
many things that we will consider
and we will continue to do it that
Rights of can collector violated?
by Irene Plett
A recent incident has a university employee concerned
about the rights of can collectors at UBC, but Campus
Security says that it acted well within its rights.
A UBC Hospital employee who asked not to be
named saw two patrol officers stop a man carrying a
plastic bag with empty cans two weeks ago. The officers
questioned him about unauthorised can gathering,
said the employee.
The officers had the man's wallet and were reporting his identification to a central location. But the UBC
employee believes that the can collector was being
questioned unfairly on the basis of his appearance and
But Mike Sheard, assistant director of Campus
Security, provided a different version of events.
The officer in question, according to Sheard, had seen
the can collector begin to act strangely, as if he had some
emotional or mental disorder. The officer felt threatened
when he suddenly threw his knapsack to the ground and
talked about having dealt with the pohce recently. The
officer asked for identification, and asked for backup
when the man began swearing and yelling.
Sheard said that the officer was very upset as the can
collector "started yelling at us, calling us Gestapo...She
kept yelling even after the fellow had gone."
Sheard said that there was no specific Campus Security
policy for dealing with street people or can gatherers.
"It's not an issue one way or the other.'
Sheard says that Campus Security has the right to ask
for identification because the campus is private property.
'We can ask for identification to determine whether
the person belongs here."
If the person has no reason to be at the university,
he or she may be asked
to leave. Identification
is also used to pinpoint
known criminals or
individuals with outstanding warrants for
their arrest.
Sheard said that the
decision to ask for identification is a judgment
call. 'I agree it would be
inappropriate to pick
someone with a bag of
cans for that reason
He added that if a person does not provide an
officer with ID, "we have
no authority to shake it
out of them...[but] we
can ask them to leave.'
Craig Jones, president
of the BC Civil Liberties
aAssociation, said that it
would be tricky to determine that a person didn't belong or had no
business at the university.
THE LONG CAR OF THE LAW: a UBC employee who wishes to remain nameless has raised concerns over the treatment of a can collector by Campus Security, tara westover photo
"There's something to be said for private property, but
there's got to be some balance struck,' he said.
'The property interest in the university is a unique
one...there's an expectation that there's some heightened
degree of public access.'
According to Shelley Vandenberg, UBC's supervisor of
Waste Management, can collectors help the campus recycling programs.
'For liability issues, we can't support or condone, or
assist them,' said Vandenberg, but added that "can pickers have never been prosecuted for taking cans.**>
I ^ roundup	
University projects named
in billion-dollar boondoggle
OTTAWA (CUP)—Several projects at Canadian universi-
tips have been named in the recent controversy over
federal government mismanagement of Human
Resources Development Canada (HRDC) grant money.
Last week, HRDC released a summary report on 459
job creation projects that received federal money, flagging 37 as problematic. Numerous universities that
received funding were fingered by auditors as requiring "further revipw."
McGill University's grants were pointed out by the
auditors for not having submitted proper evidence
for almost $60,000 of its grant reimbursement for a
Canadian and European exchange program in chemistry.
But McGill spokesperson Kate Williams says the university has submitted documentation far its expenses.
She added McGill was told "everything was fine" after
an audit last spring.
Other educational institutions singled out by the
auditors for further investigation include: Montreal's
Ecole Polytechnique, the University of Toronto, and
Simon Fraser University for a joint European partnership in technology management, and the University of
Prince Edward Island, Mount Allison University, and
Memorial University of Newfoundland for a Canada-
Europe exchange program.
This report follows federal HRDC Minister Janp
Stewart's announcement two weeks ago that an audit of
her department revealed over $ 1 billion in grants that
were not properly accounted for. The grants went lo
over 30,000 individual projects.
-with SUbs from the Ottawa Bureau Chief
axid the Cadx
Coke contract criticised
MONTREAL (CUP)-The confidential five-year exclusive
beverage contract between Coca-Cola and Montreal's
Dawson College has drawn criticism from the student
The installation of 35 Coke vending machines during the December holidays prompted concern from students who say corporate deals give the Quebec government an excuse to lower education funding and allows
corporations to influence public education.
Student leaders at the college also claim they were
not consulted in tlie process.
Director of Administration Micheal Robillard, however, said that one student member was present at the
Board of Governors meeting where the deal was
Hut Hie student, Shalini Melwani, said she was as
surprised as other students to see the new vending
"I'm not allowed to see the terms of the agreement,"
she said.
Drago Kresevic, manager of Plant and Facilities, said
Coca-Cola demands a confidentiality clause because of
the highly competitive nature of beverage contracts.
Exclusive contracts with Coca-Cola and Pepsi have
been signed in an estimated 20 Canadian universities.
—with files from the Plant
U of T stock policy changed
TORONTO (CUP)-Controversy surrounding York
University's stock investments has caused the university's Board of Trustees lo create a policy to safeguard
itself against unethical investments.
York owns shares in Talisman, a Calgaryhased oil
company with interests in Sudan, and which has been
linked to the civil strife taking place between the
Islamic regime and anti-government rebels.
York's pension fund has $7.4 million invested in
Talisman and owns 191,400 shares in the company.
•Moreover, York's long-term endowment fund has an
additional 16,678 shares in the Alberta company.
The Board issued letters to its investment managers
in December encouraging them to use their proxy
votes, which give the managers the authority to select
which companies York invests in. The proxy vote clause
has been in place since 1992.
During a December board meeting, members
expressed their concern over the Talisman stock, but
no formal complaints about York's investment in the
oil company have yet been filed.
—with files from ttcalibur
Differential tuition nixed
GUELPH, ON (CUP)-The president of the University of
Guelph has accepted a recommendalion not to introduce differential tuition fees next year.
"Differentiation will streamline students into specific programs as a result of their economic status," said
Frank Le, a commissioner with the university's Central
Student Association. "It will mark the further derailment of public education."
The recommendation is included in the final report
of the urnersilv's Enrollment Management
Committee, which was based on wide-ranging input
from the university community, including the opinions
expressed at an open forum, as well as written submissions and questionnaire results.
The report also suggests thai any attempt to differentiate fees will not proceed unless a model is created
which clearly identifies program costs and explicitly
outlines the distribution of any additional revenue from
increased fees.
-with files from ihe Onlarion
NS education minister
discusses free tuition
HALIFAX (CUP)—In a meeting with student leaders.
Nova Scotia Minister of Education Jane Purves commented that she would like to reward graduating students with free tuition.
"}It would be] a program that would reward you in
your lastyear by havingyour lastyear free," said Mark
Galley, vice-president, student advocacy, of the
Dalhousie Student Union. Galley said he would like to
see the plan implemented during the provincial government's current term in office.
"In the lastyear, it gives you 12 months lo start saving up to pay back student loans," he added.
Purves met with the students from 11 post-secondary institutions across the province last term to
discuss such issues as student debt. The Tories won
the Nova Scotia election this past summer.
Susan Clarke, a spokesperson for the Nova Scotia
Council of Higher Education, says the minister's
comment was made in passing and nothing more.
She does not expect anything to come of Purves'
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mayday.net   is   a
website   specifically  designed  to
answer  your   SOS
galls   about   that
thing   on  your   desk
by Tom Peacock
It's stating the obvious to say that computers and
the Internet have opened up a whole new world of
opportunity. One of the editors here has a twelve
year-old neighbour who's getting paid a thousand dollars to design a company website. Supposedly, web
design is easy to learn, so why not learn it? Fear, mostly. Fear and frustration...and, of course, time.
Even though computers are now capable of making our lives a whole lot more efficient, and maybe
even a lot more profitable, most of us are still too
frightened to unleash anywhere close to the full
potential of our desktop units. We imagine ourselves
being led through a dizzying maze of programming
language and emerging weeks later, bleary eyed and
sort of undone in geek land.
But there's hope. If mayday.net's Stuart Squires
and Wayne Fielding have their way, we won't run in
fear; we'll run to them. We'll dutifully log on, and we'll help each
other get through the obstacle
course between us and computer
Tne concept        behind
mayday.net is simple: it's a tutorial website that uses Lotus
Screencam software to guide us
through any difficulties we might
be having with the stuff on our
computer. Squires and Fielding
have uploaded forty or so tutorials
already—there's one to show you
the possibilities of Autocad, an
advanced engineering design program, and another to show you
how to access your home e-mail
account through Hotmail's POP
mail feature.
There's a ton of stuff on the site,
and all you need to do to access it
is download the Lotus Screencam
trial version software from the
site's prompt, then download the
tutorial files you want to see.
Downloading takes a while, so
there's also the option to stream
the videos directly from Mayday's
server. Of course, to stream the
videos from the site, you'll need a
pretty good PC with a fast Internet
connection. Squires admits that
the Internet technology available to most people hasn't quite caught up to their idea yet but adds that 'it's
just a matter of time.'
If you have what it takes, and you're able to play
one of the tutorials, you'll see a recorded desktop
come up on your own desktop, you'll see a mouse cursor moving around pointing at the different things
you'll need. That's Stuart. Soon enough, bis gruff and
patient voice kicks in and he guides your cluelessness
through the tutorial.
If at any point, it's going too fast, you just have to
hit the 'play' button and start over again.
Unfortunately, the Screencam software doesn't have
a rewind button, but that's probably only a matter of
time as well.
The idea behind Mayday, according to Squires, is
that people won't just use it, but that they'll contribute
to it as well. Squires hope that once the site catches
on, they'll be inundated with uploaded tutorials dealing with the infinite secrets on software and internet
use that are out there. "We're hoping that it will work
sort of like a newsgroup,' he says. 'That people who
are competent in computers will make this work.'
But what's the real motivation behind the site?
STUART SQUIRES: The co-founder of mayday.net emerges from the
deep cyberspace wildnerness. russ Davidson photo illustration
Stuart's first answer—that he does this sort of stuff because he can
('At the end of the day, it's pretty neat to see what you can do, and to
see how many people have hit on the site.')—sounds a bit altruistic.
Later, he admits that he foresees some sort of sponsorship deal happening once the site catches on. "We're the only ones doing this sort
of thing as far as I can tell, so it's to the advantage of companies like,
say, Rogers, if we create an area of the site just for them, then their
customers would be able to access it easiest"
They've also approached Lotus about sponsorship, as the site
uses their software extensively, and from the trial version of Lotus
Screencam that you can download off the site only allows you to
record tutorials for a certain amount of time.
Squires and Fielding have good reason to hope that the site will
attract sponsorship. It's an expensive hobby keeping a site the
size of Mayday running, and they've already invested thousands
in it's development—hiring a professional web design firm to get
the right look. 'We could charge people to use the site,' admits
Stuart. "But we wouldn't make any money. Besides, we want to
help people out, see some success on that end. If we turn a buck,
then so much the better."
I-"•quires and Fielding met when they were working for
^"■".MacMiUan Bloedel in the interior of BC in 1996. The idea for
•«»'the website had been knocking around in Squires' head ever
since a friend in Salmon Arm had shown him the capabilities of the
Screencam software. He had just been waiting around for the
money he needed to present itself. That's when Fielding came along,
and a partnership soon seemed like the best option.
With Squires—a graduate of UBC engineering—working as a technician on an oil exploration boat stationed anywhere from the
North Sea to the Brazilian coastline at any given time, it helps to
have Fielding on hand in Vancouver to deal with the business and
administration side of things. Fielding also works full time as a millwright in Surrey, but at least he's in the country.
So far, Squires has done all of the tutorial work, but he insists that
the partnership is working out well; he just does what he likes to do.
When it comes to computers, it's obvious that he likes to mess
around. As he walks me through the site, he gets excited. Even now—
as he eyes my roommate's videogame collection—he realises more
possible applications for Mayday.
For Stuart, making the tutorials is a fun sort of challenge—working his way through the set of problems with efficiency and exper-
tise, and interjecting the finished product with as few ummms and
ahhhhs and "fatal disk errors* as possible. He learns as he teaches,
and when it comes to deciding what uploaded tutorials he's going to
keep on the site, he quickly finds out what works and what doesn't
"We can learn from mem,' he admits. "We can decide pretty quickly, 'no, we're not interested,' or, Tiey, we wanna know more."
Stuart sees the website as having particular value for students
who want (or need) to become more computer-sawy. The website's
kind of like a public library," he explains. 'It has a message board,
and you can post a request Students will like it as well, because they
have the chance to contribute and help someone out and at the
same time a chance to get something in return.'
aAnd for those to whom library' is a bad word?
"aAnybody can use the site. It's easy. You just watch
and pick stuff up," says Squires. "You don't have
to do anything. You don't have to read anything."
For the TV kid, it sounds like the perfect learning
tool, especially with the dumbed-down audio that
Stuart uses in the tutorials. It's like having your
next-door neighbour there to hold your hand
through the difficult parts.
|^*»tuart admits that there are still some glitch-
^■■•es in the site, and that there are some
"«^»"things he'd like to change—that is, if he had
the money. "We'd like to be able to automatically
e-mail people who post messages to our message
board as soon as someone answers their question," he says. "This will save people the hassle of
checking back to see if anyone has solved their
problem." They would also like to build in some
more options for keyword searches, for checking
the existing files and messages that have been
sent in on the subject
"We only want people to use this
technology until something comes
along that's better," he says, as we
try unsuccessfully to stream one of
his tutorials on my roommate's
computer. "There are some problems with the streaming. It could
be my server, or the ISP link. It
could be anything' he admits,
adding by way of excuse, 'the infrastructure of the 'Net is still being
built' Stuart's a tittle peeved by the
problems, but says most of the
ones on the site should be ironed
out soon.
Later, over some coffee and a
sandwich down at the Caffe
Barney, Stuart is explaining
to me how exactly the enormous
oil exploration boat that he lives on
for five weeks at a time goes about finding oil. A
little gruffly, but very patiently, he explains how
an intricate network of multi-million dollar cables
dragged behind the boat picks up seismic vibrations as they return from the rock layers under
the seabed.
He describes how sometimes he has to go out
in a smaller boat to clean barnacles off the cables
by rapping a piece of rope around the cables and
pulling on it with a winch; how the barnacles are
all flying in his face, and he didn't think he'd be
doing that—running the front winch and repairing parts of the cable bitten- by sharks—with an
engineering degree. "There's so many aspects to
the job," he says with emphasis. 'It's high pressure. There's a lot going on. It takes a while to figure out how everything works."
AR sorts of characters end up on the ships,
Stuart says. "There's a joke among our competitors, that if you pass out in the bar in Galveston,
you'll wake up on a seismic boat' It's definitely an
interrupted life, but one Squires doesn't regret
Although it has already caused the demise of one
relationship, it gives him an incredible chance to
see parts of the world he otherwise wouldn't even
have thought of visiting—training camps in
Norway, an extended leave in the Congo, and the
chance to take his leaves anywhere in the world
he can fly to—although he usually ends up just
coming home to relax.
Stuart's patience, his willingness to take the
time to explain something properly, show he's
clearly got the right attitude to tackle the Mayday
project even thought it sucks up most of his spare
time and money.
Ideally I'd quit my job and work on this, but
it's a gamble at this point,' he explains from his
home where he has been waiting for the oil exploration company to call him back and tell him
when he's leaving the country. 'I'm always waiting for the phone.'
'Why don't you get a cell phone or a pager?" I
ask him, thinking he would have thought of that
But he hadn't He hadn't even considered how
that technology would free him up from his digs
way out in Maple Ridge. It's a little ironic.
With a touch of muddleheadedness, he replies,
"Yeah, I probably should.'
With his modesty, square-jawed ship-mate's
manners, and simple vocabulary, Squires may
seem unlikely for the role of educational innovator, but nowadays it's no surprise. In a word, he
represents the ungeeking of the potent technological market place, the rugged go-get-'em attitude
of the next generation of computer people—be
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Clutch win for E
Basketball men beat Calgary two games to one, head t
by Naomi Kim
For UBC this weekend, the best-of-three-
game Canada West quarterfinals really
came down to who played best for twelve
With the way their up-and-down regular season has gone, it didn't come as a
big surprise that the men's basketball
team split the first two games against the
University of Calgary Dinos. The Birds
had split all but two often matchups during the regular season, and the Dinos' hot
shooting drove the series to a third and
deciding game Sunday night at War
Memorial Gym.
Two wins
row   might
"I always
like to be
the last
guy shooting to win
at the foul
that's the
best part-
when you
can get
-Jon Fast
UBC forward
m a
been too much to
ask. But to come
back from a 13-
point deficit with
12 minutes to go
wasn't, as the Birds
won the tie-breaker
64-63 on a flurry of
clutch shooting
and defensive
intensity to win the
series two games to
I'm not sure
that we're a better
team than
Calgary/ said UBC
head coach Bruce
Enns. "[But] in
those last ten minutes, we found
something extra. It
was called
With 12:20
remaining, UBC
trailed 49-36. But
the Birds turned up
the   defence  with
five steals, and shot their way back into
the game. Forward Jon Fast hit a three-
pointer, then guard Courtenay Kolla sunk
two consecutive threes. A minute later
Birds first-year guard Jama Mahlalela hit
yet another three to tie the game at 53.
Then, down the stretch, the T-Birds
came through. With 3:22 remaining, Fast
made two free throws to give the Birds a
57-56 lead. Then, with UBC down 57-58,
Jason Bristow, the worst free throw shooter on the team, nailed two from the charity stripe, followed by a driving layup that
made the score 61-60. From there on in,
UBC silenced the Calgary shooters and
drew the fouls.
"I just worked my ass off," said
Bristow, "and finally when it came down
to the end, I hit a couple of shots and so
did Ben [Sansburn] and so did Jon
FaSt's free throws with 8.1 seconds remaining gave UBC a four-
point lead and ensured the win. Dino Brad Gallup's late three-pointer
made the final score 64-63, UBC. Kolla led the Birds with 19 points.
"That was my last game [at home] and it was a good way to go," said
the fifth-year Fast. "I always like to be the last guy shooting to win at
the foul line because...that's the best part—when you can get those
UBC narrowly escaped the end of their season. Friday's game was
one of the best basketball games all year, featuring a nearly flawless
Calgary team that hit 6 of 8 three-pointers in the first half. But on the
UBC side, Kolla played "just exceptionally on both ends of the court,"
according to Enns.
"That's the best defensive game I've seen him play, and offensively, he was pretty good too," Enns said. Kolla finished, with a game-high
21 points along with four rebounds, seven assists, andund turnovers
while playing all 40 minutes.
UBC was up 37-35 at the half and extended that lead, winning 77-
73 in a game that wasn't that close.
THIS ONE'S MINE: UBC 6'10" forward Brian Host, left, grabs a rebound away
The Birds came out on Sunday with a come-from-behind victory to win the se
Saturday night, UBC got off to a goc
"We thought we had the game," said
was another 20 minutes to play."
The Birds came out flat in the seconi
on. UBC finally brought the game to 56-
to watch the Dinos close the game on
force Sunday's deciding game.
Now the unranked Birds, who finish*
12-8, will go to the Canada West semi-i
the fifth-ranked, 15-5 University of Albe
"We beat every team in the conferenc
capable of it. We may not be capable of
a little inconsistent, but...we're just goi
whoever we have to play that night."
When UBC and aAlberta met at War M
son, they split the series. The Golden Bi
and the Birds came back on the Saturda THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY. FEBRUARY 22, 2DO0    |-J
Birds UBC charges past Huskies
Women's basketball Birds sweep Huskies, heading to island for fifth straight year
d to Edmonton
away from the clutches of the Dinos.
the series, tara westover photo
a good start and led 32-27 at half-
' said Fast. "We didn't realise there
econd half and lost their lead early
to 56-55 with 2:19 remaining, only
e on a 10-2 run to win 65-58 and
inished third in the Canada West at
semi-finals February 25-27 against
F .Alberta Golden Bears.
erence," said Kolla. "We know we're
lie of it every night because we are
st going to go out and look to beat
Var Memorial Gym earlier this sea-
len Bears won on the Friday 87-71
iturday to win 71-70.»>
MOVING STRAIGHT UP: UBC Julie Smulders, left, takes one
up past the University of Saskatchewan defence. The Birds
didn't give the Huskies a chance and UBC is now on its
way to the Canada West semifinals, tara westover photo
 by Naomi Kim
The UBC women's basketball team looked
good in their sweep of the best-of-three
Canada West quarterfinals this weekend
over the University of Saskatchewan
Huskies, but for UBC's Jessica Mills, the
series was not quite so pretty.
"I was worried there for a bit," said Mills,
whose left eye was left swollen, bruised and
red after taking an elbow Friday
night, "but [the vision's] fine now."
Her right eye also sported a matching battle scar, a bruise from practice earlier in the week.
"I'll have a good pair," she
The Birds swept the Huskies by
scores of 80-58 and 75-58 to move
into the Canada West semi-finals
against their perpetual playoff
nemesis, the number-one ranked
University of Victoria. The Vikes
have swept the Birds out of the playoffs the past fouf years.
Only eight minutes into Friday
night's game, Huskie Maybelle
Janzen came down with a rebound
and swung her elbow, sending Mills
down to the floor in a crumpled
heap. She left the court with blurry
vision after scoring eight points
with UBC leading 15-13.
The fifth-year forward, who is
UBC's all-time leading scorer and is
only 36 points short of 2000, has
led the Birds in scoring and
rebounding the past two years. In
other words, she would have been a
huge loss for the team.
"I was obviously concerned," said
UBC head coach Deb Huband when
Mills left the game. "It takes a lot to
bring her down to her knees like
that and so I knew something significant had happened."
But even without their captain,
UBC was able to carry on without
missing a beat. The team picked it
up and with two three-pointers by
guard Carrie Rogers late into the
half, UBC led 36-29 at halftime.
Mills, always the trooper, returned in the
second half with vision intact, and made
four of her five shots. And with everyone on
the team getting on the scoreboard in the
second half, UBC built its lead and coasted to
a 80-58 win. But the Birds knew the weekend was not over yet.
"[Saskatchewan] needs a win or their sea
son's over," cautioned Rogers. "So we have
to come out too."
Saturday, Huskie Jacqueline Lavallee
showed no fatigue after scoring 22 points
and playing 40 minutes on Friday. She continued with 15 points in the first half of the
second game, but UBC was able to counter it
with its own offence. As Huband described,
"all our pistons are starting to fire."
UBC post Jennifer Washburn went on a
shooting frenzy and racked up eight points
in just over three minutes to build UBC's
lead to 30-19 midway through the first half.
"My coaches are always telling me, 'shoot
more, shoot more," explained Washburn.
"So finally the confidence is coming."
"It was like someone hit the 'on' switch,"
added Mills.
The Birds sat comfortably with the lead
throughout the second, until the Huskies
inched closer, led by guard Claire Dore, who
added ten more points and four rebounds.
UBC held on at the end for a 75-58 finish,
with another full-bench effort.
But the two wins don't necessarily mean
that the team has played its best basketball.
Even after a successful weekend, the Birds
still have room for improvement.
"We don't think we've peaked," said
Huband about UBC, which is ranked ninth in
the CIAU. "We've had some very good
moments, and we're thinking that the peak
is right here, right around the corner."
Or right across the water, as it is with the
Birds' next game, the Canada West semifinals, in Victoria. The 18-2 Vikes, the 1998
national champions, have swept the Birds
out of the playoffs for the past four years.
This is the first year with Canada West quarterfinals (due to the interlocking Canada
West/Great Plains conferences) and also the
first time in at least five years that UBC has
won a playoff game.
"We know we're the team to beat them,"
said Mills, who admitted that UBC will be the
underdogs heading into the weekend
against the top-ranked team in the country.
"They're on a pedestal and they're waiting to
be knocked off. Can't wait."»>
V-ball Birds en route to CW finals
by Naomi Kim
UBC drove in the last spike at
War Memorial Gym in the
Canada West women's volleyball
semifinals this weekend.
The spike and resulting point
completed the Birds' weekend
sweep of the University of
Saskatchewan Huskies and
marked the end of the line for the
Huskies' season. It also marked
UBC's final home game of the
year and for some, the final home
game of their Thunderbird vot
leyball careers.
It was a good game," said
graduating power hitter Sarah
Maxwell. "That's a good way to go
out so I'm happy and think everyone played really well"
A significant portion of the
UBC women's volleyball team
wM not be returning next season
due to graduation. The Birds lose
Barb Bellini, Cathy Chiang,
Joanna Langley, Sarah Maxwell
Kathryn McKenzie, Karen Moore
and even interim head coach
ErmmiaRusso.  '     p
'Barb, Cathy {and I| had been
thinking about it today/ said
Maxwell 'and we didn't want to
because it can ruin how you pl^y.
We were trying to put that out.of
our heads."
And the same went for Russo.
"You realise that it's going to
be over but you don't until dungs
start to happen...I'm going to
miss it [Its in my mind] not during, but before and even at the
encL.but I'm not going to get all
emotional about it right now."
.After all, there was still
Saskatchewan to deal with,
although UBC had beaten the
Huskies twice in a row in
Saskatoon last weekend.
Friday, UBC started a bit nervous, but once on a roll, they
played strong with few mistakes
on defence. Despite a close second
set UBC won 30 (25-12, 25-21,
25-19). Bellini led the Birds with
15 Idlk and Maxwell had 14 digs.
"We don't need to change anything,' said Russo, adding .that
playing better and adding some
more energy are about the only
changes that can be made. "We're
going to leave ihem to change,
but well just continue to do wbtat
we're doing'
Saturday, the Huskies came
back to start the first set and kept
it close before getting a small
lead. But UBC rallied back with
Bellini doing double-duty, serving
up blocks and huge kills to get
three straight UBC points, which
made the score 24-21. And
Saskatchewan ended the game
with a hit that went long making
the final 25-21. But that was the
closest the Huskies would get
With Bellini playing solidly with
19 digs, Chiang blocking well,
and middle Michelle Collens providing offence with a game-leading 12 eluding the game-
winning hit in the last set of the
team's last home game this season—UBC finished off the weekend by winning the final two sets
by scores of 25-14 and 25-15.
With this semifinal win, UBC,
the defending Canada West
champion, will face the top-
ranked Alberta, the Canada West
leader and defending CIAU
champion, in Edmonton. The
Pandas sat back with a bye mis
week, but they have their eyes on
UBC. Maxwell mentioned that the
UBC-versu8-Saskatchewan semifinals, were taped by the Bears.
Maxwell is sure that Ihe Birds
have more to give, "but if (watch
ing UBC tapes] is the edge
[Alberta] need, then give it to
UBC and Mberta have a long
history between them. .After ending UBC's season for the past four
years. Alberta seems to have the
upper hand with meetings ranging from the Canada West finals
to the national championships.
However, UBC is the two-time
defending Canada West champion, sweeping aAlberta both times.
The two teams have met
twice this year. In the first
encounter in Alberta, the host
took both nights 3-1. But when
the teams met at UBC, the teams
split the weekend with the
Pandas getting the first night in
three sets, and the Birds getting
the second night in three sets.
UBC's last victoiy over Alberta
is still fresh in UBC's, and probably Alberta's, minds. So, the Birds
are heading into Panda turf feeling    confident   but    thinking
"The team's psyched," said
Collens about facing Alberta
once again for the playoffs.
"We're ready for some Panda
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Presented by UBC Students for Free Tibet and the Canada Tibet Committee
The First Tibetans in Exile: 1963-67
A fascinating slide show by Judy Tethong, VP of Victoria Canada Tibet Committee and recipient
of the Order of Canada for her volunteer work with Tibetans for 37 years. She will present
images of the lives and struggles of the early Tibetan refugees who fled to India after the
invasion of their homeland.
Tibet's Stolen Child
A new film examining the disappearance of Tibet's second highest lama, a boy of 11 who can
be called "The World's Youngest Political Prisoner". Narrated by Patrick Stewart, this 60 minute
documentary features interviews with key international figures including Desmond Tutu, Elie
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promoting or implementing sustainahility at UBC. Students are invited to submit a one page, type-written
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Track and field team ready for CIAUs
 by Naomi Kim
Faster, further, and higher, sure—but they're working
on being even better. The Canada West finals are still to
come but because of the athletes on the team, UBC is
already anticipating the CIAU championships at McGill
University March 10-11.
The Trinity Western University (TWU) Invitational
Tournament held at the Langley Municipal Track this
weekend marked the last major competition before the
Canada West finals in Winnipeg one week from now.
Competitors from UBC, TWU, Simon Fraser University
(SFU), and various club teams gathered on a bright
Saturday afternoon.
As the triple jump pit bounced with action and the
shot put took place in the corner, the short and middle
distance runners took their marks on the eight-lane
400m track.
"A week before Canada West and the fitness is just
going up and up,* said Jedrzejek proudly. The UBC team
finishes included wins in the women's 1000m and
men's 1500m. The results count towards the CIAU
In the women's 1000m, UBC's Karen Ruckman won
in a personal-best 2:59.26, edging out SFU's Carlene
Daniel by 0.21 seconds. In the men's 1000m, UBC rookie Jared Mawhorter placed a strong fifth in 2:33, a personal best which middle distance head coach Marek
Jedrzejek said was 'very promising" noting that athletes like Mawhorter make up the team's bright future.
Kerry MacKelvie, ranked first in the country in the
600m, ran in the men's heat, where she was paced by
men's squad teammate Jay Dolmage.
"Turns out she didn't need him to pace her," said
Jedrzejek, pointing out that MacKelvie could keep up
with the men in the race. Had she run in the
women's 600m, she would have finished five seconds ahead of the leader.
At the start of the men's 1500m, the last distance
running event of the meet, UBC's Byron Wood
tucked in third behind the pace-setting rabbit and
another runner. He moved up a place in the next
lap, gradually gained the lead, and coasted down the
final straightaway to win, in a time two seconds
faster than his previous best.
In the 60m sprint final, Grayson Shillingford and
J.C. Williams finished one-two for UBC.
At the Canada West championships, the top universities will include the University of
Saskatchewan, the University of /Alberta, and the
University of Manitoba. The competition will be
strong but Jedrzejek is confident that UBC "will be
fighting for sure in the men's division."
Sarah McDermott is the defending CIAU champion in the high jump. MacKelvie, in her second year
on the team, is ranked first in the 600m and 1000m,
and third in the 1500m. David Milne, who placed
seventh in his first NAIA cross-country championships, is one of handful of favourites in the highly
competitive 3000m. Oliver Utting, a three-time
CIAU medallist in the 3000m, began the season with
a knee injury but is almost fully recovered. He won
the 3000m race in the Edmonton meet in 8:33 and
is looking good.
"I would say 95 or 96 [per cent recovery]," said
Jedrzejek about Utting "but I'm looking down the road
to CIAUs already with him and by that time he should be
100 per cent."
FEET FIRST: J.C. Williams, sticks a sandy long jump landing. Latet,
he placed second in the 60m sprint final, naomi kim photo
Utting and Milne did not compete at the TWU
Invitational Tournament and were training at Stanley
Park for the Canada West last weekend.
"I think that [group is] our best bet at this moment
for medals. And then there's a pretty good sprints group
and they should do very well too," added Jedrzejek. ♦
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COME BACK! Dean Shields (left) against Saskatchewan, mark magdaluyo photo
UBC season ends
with 13-0 disaster
by Sara Newham
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The UBC men's hockey team was
not-so-mercifully put to rest by the
University of Calgary Dinos this
weekend. A 5-19-4 season Uttered
with a trail of injured players and
the loss of a top star finally concluded with two losses on the
road in Calgary Friday the Birds
lost a close game in overtime 3-2,
but by Saturday, it was clear that
the UBC hockey season was long
over. They lost 13-0, the worst
loss in school history.
Once again, the team missed
the playoffs but during the course
of the season, the Birds set a number of school records—records for
futility. They included worst«ver
loss (Saturday's 13-0 disaster);
most road losses (12); longest
road losing streak (12); and
longest winless streak (17 games,
from November 6, 1999 to
January 28, 2000). UBC also tied
school records for fewest wins
(five), most losses (19), and most
overtime games (six).
Despite the awful final weekend, only last week there was a
faint possibility of UBC making
the playoffs. The Birds took on the
East division-leading University
of Saskatchewan Huskies
February 11 and 12, the last
homestand of the season, at the
Thunderbird Winter Sports
But UBC's narrow 3-2 loss to
the Huskies last Friday night—the
winning goal came with just 2:28
remaining—combined with
Lethbridge's win, left the Birds
out of the playoffs. The T-Birds
were then thumped 8-3 by the
Huskies last Saturday night
UBC drew first blood last
Saturday at 4:17 as centre Ian
Lampshire managed to score
when crashing into the net after
his partial breakaway. The T-
Birds didn't have to wait long to
get the 2-0 marker—1:56 to be
exact—on a rebound by winger
Josh Cinnamon after the Birds
swarmed around the net.
However, Saskatchewan woke up
from their slumber to score their
first goal of the game at 8:37 on
the power play, making it 2-1.
The referee called penalty after
penalty on the physical play in the
second period, frustrating the
teams and angering the fans. The
middle frame also marked the
beginning of the Huskies' comeback. They evened up the tally
eight minutes into the period on a
goal by left winger Jeremy
Rondeau, and then continued
their assault at 14:23 to make it 3-
2. By the end of the period it was
5-2 for Saskatchewan.
'[The referee] called a very
average game tonight, he wasn't
exceptionally well,* said defence-
man Andrew Kemper, "but we
can't blame officiating for anything tonight. That was all us."
The Huskies started the final
period the same way they ended
the second. Saskatchewan forward Trevor Winkler drilled it
into the net after it was picked
from UBC goalie Matt Wealick's
glove at 4:14. The third period
had a better flow to it and was
less chippy than the previous
one, but the Huskies still managed to increase their lead to 7-2
at 8:32.
There were, however, still
more penalties handed out One
such penalty, rare in hockey, was
a "leaving the penally box" penalty given to Huskie defenceman
Jeff Henkelman after he left the
penalty box with 22 seconds
remaining on his cross-checking
penalty. On the ensuing power
play, UBC finally managed to add
a third goal to their meagre total
after defenceman Dave Penner
took a shot from inside the blue-
line which Lampshire then one-
timed to the top corner of the net
However, Saskatchewan added a
final goal at 17:54 when Wealick
was caught out of position.
"I think some people played
very well at certain times," said
Lampshire. "It's just too bad that
we didn't put it together for 60
Saturday's game was the last
home game for Wealick and
Kemper, as both players will be
graduating. Wealick, a fourth-year
forestry student, is leaving UBC
after three years on the team and
Kemper, a fifth-year Commerce
student, has played with the
Thunderbirds for five years.
"It's a little bit sad to play your
last game," said Kemper. "At the
same time, it's a fun thing to do
because you know you have to
move on at some point and I'm
pretty excited about things that
I'm going to be doing in the
future."*!* THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY. FEBRUARY 22. 2000
iwo worlds collided in Otto Nicolai's operatic version of Shakespeare's The
Merry Wives of Windsor, creating a brillant collage of artistic splendour across
the Chan Shun stage. The result of a collaboration between the UBC Opera
Ensemble and UBC Theatre, the unique and talent-rich performance entertained
A comic tale of trickery and love combined with the dim-witted Sir John Falstaff
had the audience laughing throughout the play. Falstaff's numerous self-inflicted follies and misfortunes were greatly appreciated for their classic humour.
costumes were
just one of the
highlights of the
UBC Opera
Ensemble/ UBC
Theatre co-production of The
Merry Wives of
The audience also enjoyed Mrs. Ford's and
Mrs. Page's clever plan to exact their revenge
upon the old knight for his immoral attempt to
capture both of their hearts consecutively. The
show closed with the ladies' victorious plan and
we were able to bask in Falstaff's defeat.
Created by UBC Theatre, the stage had
two 17th century homes in a cozy, neighbourly setting. .Animated green bushes
and trees cast friendly shadows upon the
dark brown wood-siding. A clear blue sky
extended across the backdrop of the
stage.  Sets were  changed with ease
which allowed for smooth scene transitions and little distraction.
Before the performers appeared on
stage, the audience was held in suspense by an enchanting and elegant
opening by the UBC Symphony
Ensemble. Delicate crescendos and
decrescendos increased anticipation
for the upcoming events.
Once the performers arrived, their
eye-catching costumes only further
enhanced the audience's attention and interest Thick bolts of velvet were draped across their
bodies with gowns reaching the floor and gentlemen's trousers snuggly fitting into their polished leather boots. Rich embroidery garnished these second-skins, adding luxury and detail to
their lavish garments. Broad full collars overflowed onto men's lapels. Tummies were corset-
tucked while shoulders and skirts were accentuated by falsified fullness. Top hats and Sunday
bonnets worn by the gentry completed their apparel.
The blending of the symphony with the performers' voices beautifully enhanced the theatrical presentation. aAlthough quite a complementary union, the vocals were at times overpowered by the ensemble; and
yet, the exaggerated facial expressions and clear body movements allowed the audience to easily follow the
Undoubtedly, the audience was witness to an enormous display of artistic talent in this rarely-seen version of The Merry Wives of Windsor. The passionate performers were able to unite opera and theatre into
a single work of art Truly a masterpiece, it was enjoyed by all those who attended. BravoK*
In the program for Counter Offence, there is a page dedicated to
statistics on domestic violence. It says that in 56 per cent of
spousal homicides from 1991-1997, there was a history of
reported domestic violence between the victim and the perpetrator. I could continue to cite statistics, but if you really want to
see the impact of domestic violence on victims and their families, you should head to the Firehall for Counter Offence.
Written by Montrealer Rahul Varma, Counter Offence tackles
the issues of domestic violence and racism. This complex and
sophisticated psychological drama begins by rolling the credits
onto a projection screen while the eight characters take to the
stand and deliver parts of their testimony. The crime
around which the testimonies are based is the murder of
a wife-beating husband.
After the stylistic opening sequence, the plot progresses by way of more testimony and flashbacks set in
a home, in a Montreal jail, at a social worker's office and
at a YMCA. Even though the mystery is solved at the end
of the play, questions still linger.
Varma's play begins like a whodunnit, but as the characters develop, it becomes evident that there is no single
victim in the whole affair. Shapoor (David Bacon), newly
emigrated from Iran, is studying at Concordia University
while his Indo-Canadian wife, Shazia (Rekha Sharma)
works to support them both. Shazia's parents, Murad
and Shafiqa have never liked her husband so when she
finally goes to the pohce to report an instance of domestic violence (one of many), they're very pleased.
A sympathetic cop, Guy (Peter Soular), and a feminist
social worker, Clarinda (Kathleen Dick), come to
Shazia's aid, while the anti-racist, activist lawyer,
Moolchand (Parm Soor), takes Shapoor's side.
Complications surrounding matters of racism and traditional family obligations versus more progressive
Westernised thought quickly arise. Shapoor thinks
Shazia should be ready and willing to support him
financially because she is his wife. For obvious reasons,
she disagrees.
The theme of racism isn't so cut-and-dry. At first,
one thinks that Moolchand, though helpful towards
Shapoor, is perhaps overreacting with his allegations
of   Guy's   racism.   As   more   flashbacks   occur,
Moolchand's ulterior motives surface. He isn't as concerned about racism as he is about furthering his own agenda.
But he isn't the only one who's scheming: filling the role of the
bad cop is Gilles (John Destry), who's more concerned about the
upcoming elections for union head than justice.
COunter Offfiice
by Jaime Tong
at The firehall Arts Centre
until feb. 2G
ITS FOR ME! But seriously, Counter
Offence does a spectacular job
addressing some serious issues,
from spousal abuse to racism.
Technically, the design elements of this production complement the script and acting without overshadowing them. The only obvious
problems have to do with the use of quite
heavy-handed sound effects that sometimes
overpower the monologues. The set design is
minimalist There is a black bed, desk and podium on stage to represent the YMCaVShazia's
house, the social worker's office and the courtroom, respectively. The different rooms are creatively defined by a square, "drawn" in with
lines of white light
Blocking is used symbolically in the play. As
Moolchand gets closer and closer to achieving his goals,
each time he self-righteously testifies at the race tribunal's
inquiry, he is raised higher and higher on his podium.
Varma's script is at turns funny, suspensefid and
thought-provoking. Unfortunately, on opening night, someone in the audience left their cell phone on, and it started
ringing just in time to break an intense moment in the play.
Luckily, the actors easily re-established the tension and continued with the story.
The Firehall has another gem in the house with their production of Counter Offence. Strong leads by Soor, Bacon and
Dick help to anchor the rest of the talented cast in this distinctly multicultural look at the issue of domestic violence.*!* The GM Card
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No remaining performances
by Andrea Winkler
YIKES: If you're not careful, this could happen to you when drinking
Robitussin for "kicks." Let it be a warning to you all.
I saw tlZUflie I ainO perform two or three years ago. They blew my socks off
with their amazing energy and drumbeats that made sitting as opposed to
dancing nearly impossible. I also remember they somehow managed
to keep smiling at each other throughout the show, despite the amazing strain one and half hours of drumming must take on them.
Their first performance of the new year, last Friday night at the
Michael J. Fox Theatre, was even more memorable. UZUHIC Taiho was
formed in 1988 as Canada's first professional Taiko group. UziiiTlf. Taiho
is a trio of drummers in the Japanese style of taiko drumming The
llzume Taiho Ensemble was created in 1994 as a vehicle for collaborating
with musicians of diverse backgrounds.
I will not pretend I am instrumentally inclined, so what I saw were
numerous large drums, smaller drums. Some drums were close to the
ground while others were further up. There were also cymbals. The
drums were moved about the stage throughout the performance. The
performance included some new material that definitely added to
their overall performance. A new element was a whole lot of humour.
In the first act a bagpiper wailed on the pipes as he crossed the stage.
Laughter came from the audience because he seemed to have wandered into the wrong show—after all, weren't we here to see
Japanese drumming?
When the drumming started, however, the bagpipes blended well. There
was also the inclusion of flute, saxophone, and electric and bass guitar. The
first act was all about the unique incorporation of these different sounds.
There was never a
boring moment.
Bonnie Soon (Taiko
drums and percussion) made me so
excited about the
music with her huge
smiles and frequent
shouts as she jumped
around like a cartoon
The second act
was also quite funny.
Throughout the performance different
Japanese gods depicted by their masks
played drums and
caused mischief.
These intermittent
play-type moments
made the performance even more
aAll in all, this was
an amazing show. By
incorporating new
ideas that expand
Uzume Taiho's capacity
as a performance
troupe, the show has
aged well with time.
The drumming
stands on its own.
This carries the show,
making each performance strong, unique
and very enjoyable.*!*
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so good tnd^y. Miriam Torchinsky was like,*You guys are so totally awesome.* And like, Sara Newham didn't take that veiy welL but Suss
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Worthy and Daniel Silverman didn't even utter one word. Anthoqy
Schrag whispered to Tristan Winch and was totally like. This whale
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and Daliah Merzaban. Calum MacConnell said to Laurie J. Weir like,
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tell eveiyoneT Mark Magdaluyo couldn't believe what they heard. And
Duncan McHugh had to have his two cents and was like, *Oh my god.
whafs up with that?" Jaime Tong left because juat couldn't listen to any
more of this garbage, but Bruce Arthur, like, stayed put Naomi Kim, oh
my god. joined Tom Peacock, who was totally like; "This is the coolest
evert* So like this had Tara Westover convinced, who also, like, made
Cynthia Lee totally check out what was going down. And oh my god,
Todd Silver was like, 1 can't believe I'm still here.'
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Tenemos un problema
Imagine living in a country where tuition
is the equivalent of a quarter of one's daily
wage, and it's protected in the country's
constitution. Hmmph, the critics say.
Fantasyland. Well now, imagine attending
a university that has over 268,000 students. Where's the fantasy in that? You'd
be lost in a sea of students.
Then, imagine the government in such
a place changing the constitution to evade
responsibility for free tuition, and
attempting to increase tuition by 200 per
cent. Imagine all those students going on
strike to protest the increases, and effectively shutting down the mammoth university for ten months, along with local
high schools. Sympathy strikes aross the
country were followed at the end of ten
months by armed dispersal and mass
arrest of the protesters. It's not a fantasy.
In Mexico, it's the reality.
Well, it seems like another world, but
it's not as different as you'd think. Tuition
here in BC is not, in all likelihood, going to
increase by 200 per cent anytime soon.
And the odds of a Canadian campus being
shut down by a student strike for one
week, much less ten months, is practically
nil. But not only is tuition rising across the
country—by 9.5 per cent in 1997-98, and
by a total of 29.6 per cent in the five years
before that—the amount of money that BC
students are going to pay for post-secondary education is going to rise, steeply,
as soon as the NDP is out of government,
which might happen by June 2001. The
provincial Liberals are going to erase the
tuition freeze. The federal government has
said that transfer payments for education
will not increase soon. Students will pay
more. Period.
At UBC, proposed amendments to the
university's tuition policy state that tuition
is based on two things: the portion of funding provided by the provincial government and the portion of the program costs
paid by students. This means that when
the amount of provincial grants decreases,
students will cover the rest of the bill. The
university—which also earns revenues
from services such as Parking, the
Bookstore, and research grants—won't
shoulder any responsibility. Isn't a publi-
cally funded university's core mandate to
educate students, as opposed to operate
for profit?
The most obvious repercussion of fee
hikes is the creation of an increasingly
elite student body. In Mexico—where the
differentiation between the rich and the
poor is obviously much more severe than
in Canada—the average five-member family wage (according to non-governmental
organisations) is US$7200 a year. If a fee
hike occurred, many average families
wouldn't be able to afford to send a child
to a public university. But the rich can still
send their kids to private school. It's a
global phenomenon of sorts. It's also a
global injustice.
While a comparison between Mexican
and Canadian students is hardly fair,
schools and governments in both countries are basically trying to offload the cost
of education onto students—something
that will only end up costing them dearly
in the long view. In Canada, you might be
in debt until you can't remember anything
that you learned in the first place, and
making post-secondary education more
expensive will just turn away the poorest
among us. And fewer people in schools
means more people competing for low-
level jobs, and more poverty, and more
social problems—a vicious cycle.
In Mexico, they've managed to get the
increase postponed and now they're fighting for the fiiture of accessible education.
It might be a different story from our own,
but what an inspiration. ♦
A U-Pass
won't solve
traffic chaos
The U-Pass, it's an interesting
concept. Do I like it? No. Would
I support it? Not a chance. They
already tried to make students
pay for health care (even if they
didn't need it), and if the masterminds behind this ingenious
U-Pass idea think that we are
going to pay for their bus pass
es, they've got another thing
coming. You can't force people
into using transit; especially
not with a system like
Vancouver's, which is so fundamentally lacking. If part of the
money that was paid for the U-
Pass was going to upgrade this
pathetic system then maybe I
wouldn't be so hostile towards
it. But, because it isn't, and
because there is no guarantee
that with more commuters
Transit would allot more buses
to travel the UBC routes, forget
about it.
Any attempt to bully people
out of using their cars is not
going to work. If you expect me
to double my commute time
(from two hours a day to four
hours a day) and to spend more
time on the bus than I do in
class, I say good luck to ya. As
much as my heart bleeds for
the environment and I am burdened with the guilt of contributing to its degradation, I
won't put up with the many
inconveniences of Transit just
to have ^one—less car on the
road. I understand that transit
riders would like to relieve a little of their financial burden
and wouldn't we all. However,
if you think you're going to convince the car driving population to subsidise another ser
vice they don't need you are
mistaken. I don't ask you to pay
for my gas, so don't ask me to
pay for your bus pass.
Everyone can see that traffic
congestion is a problem
around UBC but don't think
that your U-Pass is going to be
the end of everyone's traffic
woes. Perhaps you should look
at the bigger picture. Maybe
spend your energy a little more
wisely and go after Transit
rather than going after the collective student pocket book.
Enjoy your commute.
Stephanie Khmon
Arts 4 ,   ^^§§gfiSy^    e  THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY. FEBRUARY 22. 20DD    "| <|
B real sTand-up performance
at the Norman Rothstein Theatre
Feb 17
by Calum MacConnell
I have tremendous respect for stand-up comedians. These entertainers get up in front of sometimes very judgmental strangers and
make them laugh. aAnd with humour being so subjective, it must be
difficult to travel to venues across this continent and please such a
variety of people. After seeing her show last Thursday, I have more
respect for Suzanne Westenhoefer. Westenhoefer makes the act persona/ so the crowd is not just judging her comic skills; they're also
judging her. This woman bears it all with a sharp wit and a biting
sense of humour.
As soon as Westenhoefer ran onto the stage, she took over the
Norman Rothstein Theatre. Her commanding personality and
colourful vocabulary added to the shock value of this performance.
The bulk of Suzanne's routine was based on her travels and experiences as an avidly open lesbian in the comedy circuits, not a small
feat if you can imagine the atmosphere of comedy clubs in, say
Alabama and Texas. This comic was very active as she rushed
around on stage dramatising her life. Her comedy, while sometimes
racy, was extremely funny ("My mother has three daughters...two
lesbians and a born-again 43-year-old Christian fundamentalist vir-
B hinder,qe
gin."). With anecdotes involving duct tape, cannibalism, bestiality, Volkswagen Beetles and oral sex,
Westenhoefer knew how to make an audience laugh, and they certainly did.
After nine years of stand-up comedy, Westenhoefer revealed that she is exploring other entertainment aspects, including film and television. On the topic of promoting the gay and lesbian community
in those media, Westenhoefer said, "[T]hat's what it's all about!" The comic is not only administering
one of the best medicines in the world to the public, she is also promoting her lifestyle in a potentially
harsh medium. Westenhoefer is able to laugh at it all and see her life in a humorous way.
The routine was outstanding and Westenhoefer's wit was as sharp as a blade. Her flashy smile aid
piercing humour had the crowd laughing non-stop as she delivered a positive message for this sometimes-bleak world.***
at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
no remaining performances
by Jaime Tong
Who doesn't think of little Chip and Mrs. Potts, or LeFou
and Gaston when Beauty and the Beast is mentioned?
Probably David Nixon.
Nixon choreographed BalletMet's version of the classic
fairy tale that the Royal Winnipeg Ballet performed last
week. .And the verdict? His Beauty and the Beast-would be
a good show to take a ballet-virgin to.
Nixon's Beauty and the Beasts
plot combines several different literary and film versions. In this one,
the man with whom the beast
makes a deal has three daughters—
Chantelle, Isabelle and Beauty. Like
Cinderella, Beauty is the "good
daughter," one who is selfless and
taken advantage of by her two sisters. In this world, supernatural
elements play a big role. Fairies
and goblins are constantly fighting over control of the
humans while visions appear in dreams and fountains.
The ballet relies on voice-over narration to tell the prologue, middle and end. .As the curtain rises, a scrim reveals
the image of a story book, which is read aloud. .As the pages
are turned, the action unfolds on stage. The first scene is a
spectacle, much like the rest of the ballet Suspended in
harnesses and bungee cords, La Bonne Fee (Gail Stefanek)
and La Fee Miserable (Sarah Murphy-Dyson) duel in midair over the Prince, who is in love with the bad fairy. The
battle is finally won by La Bonne Fee when she turns the
1 THINK I CAN, I THINK I CAN: Cindy Windsor's vain attempts to fly during The Royal Winnipeg Ballet's production of Beauty and the Beast proved unsuccessful, but maybe one day...
Prince into a beast so that La Fee Miserable no longer
wants him and abandons him. .As the Prince laments his
rather ugly exterior, the good fairy gives him hope by
telling him that if he finds true love, the spell will be lifted.
This is where the old man and his three daughters come
in. There's some dancing, some bickering, and a little
more dancing
before two hours
pass and everyone
lives happily ever
after and the performance is over.
What's surprising is
that those two hours
go by pretty quickly.
There are 17
scene changes, a few
instances where pyrotechnics are used, and a really, really
big peacock to look at during the course of the show. The
sets are very detailed and utilise the entire stage space
whether the scene is set in the forest or in the Beast's castle. If those weren't enough, the costumes and make-up are
also eye-catching. The Beast (James Russell Toth) moves
around on stage decked in a magenta body suit and hairy
headpiece, La Fee Miserable in black tatters and sparkles,
and her goblins like they beamed into the Queen E. from
an episode of Star Trek—one where the crew ventured very
deep into space.
There are 17 scene changes, a few
instances where pyrotechnics are used,
and a really, rcdlly big peacoch to looh
at during the course of the show.
The music used was a selection of classical works by
Debussy, Bizet and Saint-Saens, all easy on the ears. It was
mostly upbeat and light, with the exception of The Storm
from Benjamin Britten's Four Sea Interludes. The
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra pounds that out during a
tense moment between Beauty (Lissette Salgado) and the
Beast (Toth), but soon everything is smoothed over
between them and their dancing returns to a very innocent
and sterile frolicking.
Because the sets are so lavish and the music unintimi-
dating (i.e., recognisable), Beauty and the Beastwould be a
good starter ballet for someone who is new to this form of
dance. The use of a story-telling format helps the plot
progress, and reminds the audience of what will be performed. There are a few instances where the dancing is
allowed to go on for some time, such as the concluding
scene in the ballroom with five couples or the pas de trois
in the second act with Salgado, Toth, and the Prince (Paul
De Strooper).
Ballet enthusiasts, though, will probably wish there
were more opportunities to watch the dancers strutting
their stuff. Murphy-Dyson was excellent as the bad fairy;
every step she danced emphasised her mischievous
nature. One can't help but watch her whenever she
appears in a scene.
The rest of the audience most likely enjoyed the show
for what it was: a fairy tale brought to life with elaborate
sets and costumes. Oh and some ballet dancing, too.*>
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Free cover with Student Card ID Wed. i
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with The Famous Players. The best top 40, funk & soul in town!
1       ™e Plaza presents The Famous Players
F/S         bringing you a night of soulful and funky hits.
'       Get there early to avoid the line-up! Dress Code in effect.
For special bookings or Friday reservations call 646.0064
Sophie invites you to dinner!
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Maximum value of $14.95.
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Coupon expires March 31st, 2000.
Win Arts County Fair 2000 Tix!
CounterAttack UBC is looking for creative suggestions for
their 3rd Annual Arts County Fair stickers. Send in your best
ideas, ensuring that they have a "get home safe" message
to Box 56 at the AMS Business Office before Feb. 28. Each
winner will have their suggestion on 5,000 stickers and
receive a pair of tickets to the fair from the Ubyssey
Business Office, SUB Room 245!
Good luck and remember: plan ahead to get home safe!
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AntiPop _. ,sstfs*?|
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Primusauue* recent LP is AntiPop. and M me ti»U you this kids, it's
a good oi|pl>dme people were let down by theiijptst two albums,
Tales fr&tJBrii&e Punchbowl, and The Brown Albmn. Les Claypool,
bass plajr^y^d lead vocalist, states in the artist M&jgj?aphy that "tlie
past couffflpCsBpcords have been land of scattered-'^ankfully, this
new reco^spfoduced by Primus,.andseveralguest producers like
Tom MorftDo, Fred Durst, Matt Stone (of South Park), and others.
The result is a foeussed, driving record with plenty of the
sonic weirdness that Primus Jsins expect.
"Eclectic Electric", irihe best song cm the allium. It has a
real Pink Floyd sound to it, bit ia:uiibnim originality.
"Electric Uncle Sam" and "Power Mad" are also t^ighlights,
musically and lyrically—I can gee thf Tom Morellolnfluence
here. Alftljjhji en tiacfeit the end of ^ alhuro is tlie
baddestii^^^^^lMJye ever heald,,A%^ctas'sic Primus.
The onl^^^^pM^elke about the album is the cover and
liner art. B| rarheTMaybe it's too weird for me.
OveraflfTve got to say this album is impressive. In my
opinion, Primus is still on the cutting edge of modern
—Greg Amos
Nasty Little Thoughts
Perhaps lyrical genius would be
the wrong way to describe
Stroke 9's Nasty Little
Thoughts' lead-off single, "Little
Black Backpack." It boasts: "I
think I'm gonna bash his head
in/ And this shouldn't concern
you except that/ Just don't
expect to get your bloody black
backpack back." That said,
Nasty Little Thoughts is a
catchy album. Very catchy.
Most listeners will end up
singing these songs all day,
vainly trying to get them out of
their heads.
Nasty Little Thoughts does
have its share of cliched guitar
structures, and Stroke 9 rarely
pulls away from the unimaginative bass-lines that can be an
unfortunate characteristic of the
happily mainstream "alternative
rock" genre. But occasional
spurts of creative drum work,
tempo changes, and the impressive vocal range of singer Luke
Esterkyn all contribute to making this album far more musically mteresting than a lot of its
competition. (And in this case
vocal range actually means
range, not just three straight
minutes of falsetto like Third
Eye Blind's recent efforts.) For
the most part, Nasty Little
Thoughts is a strong album with
a good sense of unity.
The album is hardly revolutionary; if you're inviting the
indie kids over for dinner, Nasty
Little Thoughts probably won't
impress them. If, on the other
hand, you're looking to find the
next big "alternative rock" band,
with a good marketing strategy.
Stroke 9 has the potential to be
very, very successful.***
—Laura Blue
A Certificate in English
Language Teaching to
Adults (CELTA)
« offers
= opportunities
University of Cambridge [j
As a Centre for the Cambridge Integrated
Language Teaching Schemes, Kwantlen
University College is offering CELTA — the
most widely recognized certification in the
world for English language teaching.
Features of the course include:
• Practical training
• 4 weeks, full-time
or 12 weeks, part-time
• 150 instruction hours
• Degree is a prerequisite
• Course dates:
May 1 - 27
June 26 - July 22
Sept. 12-Nov. 30
Pick up an application package at Continuing
Education, Richmond campus. For more
information, call Lorraine Dowdall at:
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Canada's Largest University College


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