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The Ubyssey Feb 23, 1999

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Thunderbird residents all wet
by Douglas Quan
One of UBC's newest residences is undergoing an estimated five million dollars in repairs after it was discovered that
it suffers from the 'leaky condo syndrome.'
In a letter to Thunderbird's 800 student residents this
month, UBC's acting director of housing Darcelle Cottons
explained that the buildings "suffer from building envelope
failure...caused by water penetrating the walls of the buildings and rotting the interior structure."
She said the repairs will involve removing the stucco,
and possibly the brick exterior of the buildings.
Deteriorated parts of the interior sheathing and underlying
wood and framing will be replaced and a new exterior will
be put up afterwards.
No fewer than seven times in the letter does Cottons say
that work done to the buildings will be extremely noisy,
dusty, and dirty. Some students will have to relocate over a
period of time. She adds that all units will likely have to have
their windows replaced, involving visits
from several tradespeople, possibly over
a number of days.
This weekend, Cottons said the
exhaustive repairs were necessary.
"We have no choice...You either go
bankrupt and empty the buildings
because they're going to get to the point
where they're unlivable, or you do the
best you can to get them repaired."
Cottons said paying for the repairs to
Thunderbird—which originally cost $26
million to build—will come out of UBC
Housing revenue. Another mortgage may
also be taken out.
UBC has already spent $2.4 million for
similar repairs to one of the faculty residences, the University Apartments. And
Cottons says the Ritsumeikan student
residence may face a similar future.
The Thunderbird repairs will be done in two stages: Phase
I renovations (to 5000, 4000 and 3000 block residences) will
begin this May; Phase II renovations (to 2000 and 1000 block
residences) will begin in May 2000.
UBC Housing is offering residents priority transfer status
within the housing system. It is also reducing rent by 10 per
cent for affected residents for a six month period.
Morrison-Hershfield, the engineering consulting firm that
UBC hired last year to examine the problem, is presenting its
final analysis this week. Regional Manager Pierre Gallant
would not comment specifically about Thunderbird's problems, but he said: "Most woodframe construction seems to
have the problem to some degree. And Thunderbird is not
escaping it.
"The issues are design issues. If it's failing because of faulty
construction it's one thing, but generally, the main reasons for
the failures are design related."
Last year's Barrett Commission into leaky condos highlighted the fact that many condo designs were ill-suited to the
West Coast climate: "face-sealed" cladding that is supposed
to keep water out is not impenetrable, it was learned, and
because there are no air spaces behind the walls, the water
that does get through becomes trapped. It was also recognised that one-and two-storey building designs (without
large overhangs) on taller buildings do not adequately divert
rainwater away from walls.
Barrett's report also blamed a largely unregulated construction industry for fueling bad building techniques.
However, this week, Cottons and other UBC officials were
careful not to lay blame on one particular party.
"It's a whole industry-wide lack of understanding with the
construction techniques it takes to stop water from penetrating the outside of buildings," Cottons said.
Ai Poettcker, president and CEO of UBC Properties, the
project's developer, said: "There's been blame laid at architects for design failures, at contractors for not installing it
properly, at developers for trying to do it inexpensively, building inspectors that didn't properly inspect. But to a large
see "taking a leak" on page 2
Double titles for Aqua Birds in Guelph
by Bruce Arthur
It's getting downright predictable, if not
humdrum. UBC's quest to become the premier swimming dynasty in Canada kept
moving forward this weekend as the
Thunderbirds captured their second consecutive dual CIAU championships in
Guelph, Ontario this weekend. It was the
women's fifth championship in six years and
the men's second in a row, as the UBC
women outpointed the University of
"loronto 620-433.5, while the men won out
over the University of Calgary 747.5-606.
"The margiii ofcyictory on both sides
were what I expected,'' said UBC assistant
coach Randy Bennett. "But the intensity... [UBC swimmers} competed very hard
for the win."
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first-year swimmer Jessica Deglau, who won
six gold medals and was part of three CIAU
records in six races. Deglau concluded her
remarkable first year at UBC as Female
Swimmer of the Meet, Canada w«>t and
CIAU Athlete of the Week, and CIAU Female
Swimmer of the Year But for all that, she
says she could have done more.
"Usually I swim all the relays and a couple of other events," laughed Deglau, who
was limited to six events in the meet—she
skipped the 100m Freestyle, the 100m Fly,
and the 4 x 200m Freestyle. "1 still had a pretty busy time." Not only that, but Deglau has
a midterm to write today.
Deglau, Marianne Limpert, Anna LydaB,
and Sarah fcvanetz combined to set a new
record in die 4 x 100m Freestyle in a time of ;
3:45.98, while Deglau, limpert, Evanetz, ;
and Amanda Marin set the CIAU standard
in the 4 x 100 Medley in 4:10.71. The third
relay team completed the trifecta. setting a
CIAU record of 8:08.56 in the 4 x 200m Free.
Degiau also set a new record in the 800m
Freestyle in a time of 8:41.18.
s Both Deglau and Limpert were part of
the world's greatest recruiting class this year,
as UBC's already-bulging stable of swimming talent swelled to 13 Team Canada
swimmers. It was the Birds' depth that
\ shone through irt Guelph.
The list of notable performances
includes Evanetz, who won the 100m
Butterfly and added two silvers in addition
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"taking a leak" from I
extent, I think it's just a failure to recognise that water
does get into the walls."
However, documents filed with BC Supreme
Courtbefore the leaks were discovered reveal that UBC
was dissatisfied with the quality of workmanship of the
original contractor, FWHearn/Acres (a joint venture).
After the residence was completed in 1995, FW
Hearn/Actes filed a Statement of Claim against UBC and
the architecture firm Architectura for at least $1 million
in damages arising from extra work and a nine-month
delay in the completion of the project
In response, UBC issued a Third Party Notice claiming damages from Architectura based on breach of contract, duty of care and negligence. Furthermore, it filed a
counterclaim against FW Hearn/Actes alleging deficiencies and delays in the performance of work
A court date has been set for October 4.
Meanwhile, Thunderbird residents' reaction to news
of the repairs has been mixed. While most students said
they understand the need for the repairs (many students
either had leaks in their own units or knew of others with
the problem), they expressed angst about the kinds of
disruptions the repairs could bring to their daily lives.
"[UBC Housing] made the letter sound like it was
pretty horrific," said fourth-year science student Guy
Woolliams who said he was going to move out. "I was
really pissed off, there was no warning."
lennifer Bonner, a sixth-year PhD student in neuro-
science said: "I'm not happy, but I don't want to move."
UBC Housing will be holding a public meeting to
answer students questions tonight at 7 pm in the Totem
residence ballroom.<«
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"Guelph" from 1
to the relay races, bringing her
superb CfAU career to a close with
23 gold medals, while Limpert
won the 200m IM and the 100m
The men were equally impressive, as they have now won back-
to-back titles after a 32 year
drought. The relay team of Mark
Versfeld, Jeremy laud, Garrett
Pulle, and Jake Steele set a new
CIAU record in the 4 x 100 Medley
in a time of 3:40.38, and the men
won a total of 10 races overall.
Pulle, another new Bird, wound up
with five gold medals.
The best part for the
Thimderbirds is that they will have
anything but a shallow talent pool
next year. UBC only loses two
swimmers to eligibility exhaustion, albeit two good ones. Evanetz
and men's team captain Greg
Hamm swam their final CIAUs this
year, and both will likely turn to
training for the 2000 Olympics in
Sydney. Australia. Not only that,
but Birds such as Versfeld,
Limpert, and Deglau are already
Olympic-level athletes and may
take time away next year to train
for Sydney. But unless swimmers
leave the National Training Centre
nest in droves, the Birds' dynasty
appears to be safely nestled in the
UBC Aquatic Centre for some time
to come. And, as Bennet points
out, that's still a ways away.
"If we win four or five years in a
row on both sides, we'll be
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APEC protesters
to receive funding
by Jamie Woods
Staff of the Solicitor General's office and the RCMP
Public Complaints Commission will decide how
much money to give to the APEC protesters after last
week's decision that will see Ottawa cover their legal
The students and other complainants, many of
whom were pepper sprayed and arrested during the
1997 conference, had repeatedly asked the government to cover their legal fees, but Ottawa twice refused
their request.
Last week's about-face came 10 days after APEC
inquiry head Ted Hughes wrote a letter to Solicitor
General Lawrence MacAulay stating the inquiry would
only be fair if Ottawa paid the protesters' legal bills. In
the letter he also hinted that if the government did not
give funding, he would consider turning to the courts
to try to force its hand.
Some observers viewed the move as an attempt to
save face by the federal government, which lost former
Solicitor General Andy Scott to resignation after he
allegedly speculated about the outcome of the inquiry.
UBC student Jonathan Oppenheim, one of the protesters arrested at the APEC conference, said Ottawa
was left with no choice but to cover the protesters'
legal expenses.
"If they hadn't done it, Hughes would have put a
gun to their head and ordered it himself," he said,
referring to the possibility of a legal challenge.
"We're obviously pleased but we really wish they'd
made the decision when the first letter came."
MacAulay explained his decision by saying the
commission's previous requests for funding for the
protesters did not indicate the inquiry would be jeopardised without it
Previous letters were written by the three-person
panel that chaired the Public Complaints Commission
until last fall, when they resigned over accusations
panel chairperson Gerald Morin was biased against
the RCME In January, Hughes took over as head of the
inquiry that is investigating allegations of police misconduct at the APEC summit.
MacAulay's staff and representatives of the Public
Complaints Commission will now decide how much
money to give the protesters.
In his letter Hughes suggested the government pay
representatives for the complainants, Cameron Ward
and Joe Arvay, and allow assistants for both.
Oppenheim has already put in a request to have
Clayton Ruby, a prominent Toronto lawyer, act as his
legal secretary.
Oppenheim says his next step is to aquire more
APEC related documents and to possibly challenge
the censor of many of the documents already
The inquiry resumes March 5 when complainants
will argue for the subpoena of Prime Minister Jean
Chretien, among others.
Protesters have accused the prime minister of
ordering the RCMP to keep them away from then-
Indonesian President Suharto, who had said two
months before the summit that he might not attend
for fear of embarrassing protests.
"I'm pretty confident that with the evidence that we
have, that we'll be able to subpeona Chretien," said
So far the prime minister has denied speaking to
the RCMP about security at the APEC conference, and
has not responded directiy to questions about
whether he would follow an order to appear at the
inquiry if a subpoena was issued.**
Federal budget
Education left behind
by Alex Bustos
Ottawa Bureau Chief
OTTAWA (CUP)—The national
health care system is feeling better this week after Finance
Minister Paul Martin's Tuesday
announcment that the 1999 federal budget will give it several billion dollars of additional funding.
But some students are sick over
the budget's failure to finance
post-secondary education.
The heads of Canada's two
largest student lobby groups
declared the minister's fiscal plan a
failure, saying federal Liberals had
neglected students who are faced
with rising tuition fees and debt.
"This budget has absolutely
nothing in it to reduce student debt,"
said Elizabeth Carlyle, national"'
chairperson of the Canadian
Federation of Students [CFS]. "It
does nothing to stem the tide of rising tuition across the country."
The new budget also failed to
impress Hoops Harrison, national
director of the Canadian Alliance
of Student Associations [CASA],
who said the country's colleges
and universities are in need of a
funding boost
"There are hundreds of millions
of dollars in deferred maintenance
alone in universities across this
country that are not being met," he
said. "The only thing that is going
to save our [post-secondary] institutions is a core funding increase."
Both Harrison and Carlyle criticised the budget for failing to
address key student concerns.
Although tuition fees increased
by a national average of 45 per
cent between 1993 and 1997, and
while the average student debt
load has reached $25,000, the
1999 federal budget does not
introduce any new measures to
halt rising tuition or debt.
Instead, the budget lays out a
total of $19 billion in new spending over six years, the vast majority of which willbe directed toward
health care.
Ottawa will give the provinces
$3.5 billion right away to help
relieve the strained health-care
system. It will also put $14.5 billion
into provincial transfer payments
in 1999-2000, an increase of $2 billion over the previous budget.
Transfer payments will then rise to
$15 billion a year for three years
beginning in 2001-2002.
That money is part of the
Canada Health and Social Transfer,
which the Liberals' slashed earlier
in their term, cutting $7 billion
from transfers to education, health
care and social programs.
Also announced in last weeks
budget was $1.35 billion to be
spent over three years for other
health-care projects, ranging from
preventive disease programs to
research and innovation.
Martin's so-called health and
wealth budget also introduced sev
eral tax cuts, including eliminating
the 3 per cent surtax and increasing the basic personal tax exemption by $675 for all taxpayers.
An additional $300 million is
allocated to the Canada Child Tax
Benefit to increase payments to
low-and middle-income earners.
The budget did include $1.8 billion over three years for industrial
programs to improve Canada's
research facilities, but most of that
money is slated for non-academic
institutions such as the Technology
Partnership Canada and the
Canadian Space Agency.
Of direct interest to researchers
at post-secondary institutions is a
$75-million increase to the Natural
Sciences and Engineering
Research Council, $15 million to
the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council and
a promise to provide $55 million
for biotechnology research.
Robert Giroux, president of the
Association of Universities and
Colleges, said the budget contains
good news for post-secondary
"I can understand the concerns
of the students, because they
would have liked the government
to increase the transfer payments
to the provinces for post-secondary education," said Giroux.
"Yet from our perspective we
see this budget very positively
because it strengthens university
Richard Lam Photos
How did you react when you received the
letter announcing the repairs to the
Thunderbird residence?
"It's good because there are a
lot of problems going on here.
You're looking at a puddle of
water under your feut, we've
got big bulges in the kitchen
on the wall. [But] they should
have given us more warning,
allow us more different places
to stay."
—Lifoa O'hara,
4th year microbiology
"I've never seen any water
damage in my own condo, so
I don't know how much
repairs they're going to do to
my particular unit. But it
does worry me because I
won't be here during the
summer, and with me subletting it to people, I don't know
what's going to happen, and I
won't be in Vancouver to
—Amy McLean,
4th year human kinetics
"I wasn't very happy. I
thought, shit, I have to move
now. But it's too much of a
hassle to move. It's sort of a
disappointment, it will be
—Ken Norman,
PhD student zoology
"There's going to be so much
distraction, i was planning
before to move to the Acadia
highrise, this actually motivates me to move in before
they start doing things here."
—Venska Wagey,
graduate student
experimental science AY. FEBRUARY 23. 1999
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Part-timers out of luck
by Rachel Furey
Ontario Bureau Chief
TORONTO (CUP)—The Millennium Scholarship
Foundation last week outlined rules that could leave
many needy students unable to reap the rewards of
the $2.5 billion fund.
At their first meeting last Wednesday in Toronto,
the national foundation's board of directors—14 people including two students—determined that all
scholarship recipients will have to pass some merit-
based measures.
That means many needy students won't get assistance, says Elizabeth Carlyle, national chair of the
Canadian Federation of Students [CFS].
"The pool [of students who can get scholarships] is
pretty narrow. They're not narrowing in on need, but
on other, rather odd, criteria," Carlyle said.
Unveiled as the jewel of last year's federal budget,
the Foundation will disperse $300 million in each of
its first three years. Scholarship recipients will get an
average of $3,000.
Five per cent of the money, which is the maximum
amount allowed by the federal government for merit-
only scholarships, will be allocated based solely on
students' academic and extracurricular achievements.
The other 95 per cent will be distributed based on
financial need and what the foundation's executive
director, Norman Riddell, calls "broad brush merit
These criteria include being enrolled in and suc
cessfully completing a certain number of courses. A
60 per cent course load has been suggested but the
exact number will be determined in consultation
with the provinces.
"We can't solve every problem with respect to
access to higher education, we have scarce
resources," said Riddell. "We can't give money to a
student who does one or two courses."
Hoops Harrison, executive director of the
Canadian Alliance of Student's Associations [CASA],
said he had never considered the possibility that
these students would be excluded.
"We recommended both part-time and full-time
students [receive funding]. I'd like to hear the rational
as to why this was chosen."
Although the federal legislation that created the
foundation does allow for part-time students to
receive funding, Wednesday's decision means that
isn't likely to happen.
Carlyle said the directors of the Millennium
Scholarship Foundation don't have a good understanding of part-time students.
"Part-time students are people who are working
their way through school, or are raising kids or are
students with disabilities. They're not people taking a
few courses for fun," said Carlyle.
Sixty per cent of Canada's part-time students are
working full-time and 40 per cent have an annual
income of less than $20,000, according to a recent
report by Human Resources and Development
Canada. The report also states that most part-time
students have an academic average of above B plus.**
Mount Allison strike ends
by Andrew Simpson
Atlantic Bureau Chief
at Mount Allison University
returned to school last week after
professors and librarians reached
a contract agreement with administrators over the weekend, ending
a 24 day-old strike.
"We're satisfied with the outcome overall, and we're happy to
be back on the job," said faculty
association vice-president Roger
Student association president
Sam Millar was also pleased with
the result. "I'm very relieved. We
were getting near the point where
the term might have had to be
The agreement was reached
with the help of a private sector
conciliator who was appointed by
the New Brunswick provincial government.
Under the terms of the settlement, faculty will receive a five
percent pay raise in the first year of
a three-year contract—the same
amount the university offered
before the strike began in January.
Pay for the following two years
will be negotiated this June. If an
agreement can't be reached at that
point, a third-party arbitrator will
be appointed to choose either the
faculty or administration's offer.
The striking professors and
librarians were asking for a 28 per
cent salary increase over three
years. The university has said it's
only prepared to agree to a 16 per
cent increase.
Millar said the government
deserves a large part of the credit
for breaking the deadlock
The appointment of a private
sector conciliator and pressure
from Education Minister Joan
Kingston helped push both sides
back to the table, said Millar.
"The government's intervention was very timely, very appropriate. It definitely closed more
wounds than it opened."
The university will extend
classes by one week at the end of
the term and compress exams into
one week to make up for class time
lost as a result of the strike.
Graduating student David Klein
said while he's relieved to be returning to school, he doesn't appreciate
the fact he missed out on instruction time because of the strike.
"I've paid for three weeks of
classes that I didn't receive," he
said. "And now I have to write all
my exams in six days. It kind of
leaves a bad taste in my mouth for
my last term."
But Wehrell said he doesn't
expect too much anger from students about the lost class time.
"Throughout the strike, I think
a majority of them were sympathetic with the faculty," he said.«>
BoG race continues on
by Nicholas Bradley
UBC students will return to the polls
this week after the senate elections
committee refused to accept all but
one of the results from the board of
governors (BoG) race due to election
AMS elections administrator
Chris Gawronski said that "the person who gained the highest number
of votes is considered elected,"
meaning that Jesse Guscotts original victory will stand. But the second
BoG position has been declared
open once again
And while former candidates
Mark Beese, Ben Liu, and Joel
Peterson will contest the remaining
spot, Antonie Zuniga has withdrawn
his candidacy for personal reasons.
Zuniga told the Ubyssey that he is
shocked that AMS council initially
voted to uphold the results of the
first election despite the recommendation of AMS ombudsperson
Trevor Franklin that they be overturned.
"I'm appalled at the way these
elections have been run," he said,
adding that he is concerned that this
year's elections may cause new voters to lose faith in the system. "This
does not do much for the electoral
process and for students in general,"
he noted
Gawronski says procedural
changes have been made because of
allegations of irregular voting in the
first election
"The fact is there's only going to
be one ballot anyway...the whole
election's going to be simpler anyhow," he said.
Despite making these changes,
however, Gawronski is not optimistic about a high voter turnout in
next week's election
"We really don't know what to
expect. I would tend to think
[turnout will] be slighdy lower not
only because it's a second run and
second runs usually don't get as high
a turnout but a number of other
undergraduate societies and things
have been doing their elections," he
Zuniga was equally doubtful,
saying that students are already disappointed in the results and the
process of the original election.
"What I'm afraid of is that they may
not reach quorum."
Fewer than 10 per cent of UBC
students turned out for the last election
Campaigning for the election
runs Wednesday to Sunday, with the
vote being held Monday and
Tuesday of next week The results
will be announced the following
Birds set for island rematch
by Bruce Arthur
UP: Dominic Zimmermann drives to the hoop in his final home game, richard lam photo
The wait for a shot at playoff revenge has been
a short one for the UBC Thunderbirds.
The UBC men's basketball team will make
its third consecutive trip to Victoria for the
Canada West semifinals this weekend. The
Birds split two games with the 13-7 University
of Lethbridge Pronghorns this weekend to finish in fourth place in the conference for the
third straight year. But while the Birds haven't
won in the previous two series, they're still
looking forward to taking on
the first place 17-3 Vikes.
"I think we were going to
have to face them anyway,"
said fourth-year forward Jon
Fast. "There's nothing like a  nothing like a UBC'
UBC-UVic rivalry, no matter
where it is."
"I guess it's better this
week than next week,"
agreed assistant coach
Maurice Sampson. "I think
we all knew we were going to
have to go there anyway."
The Lethbridge series was essentially a battle for third and fourth place—UBC needed a
sweep of the 'Horns to move up and face the
second-place University of Alberta Golden
Bears in Edmonton. UBC took Friday's game
87-83, but Saturday's 108-103 double-overtime
loss means UBC will make its now-annual trek
across the water.
"I love playing Victoria," said fourth-year
forward Sherlan John. "I think we match up
better with Alberta, but I know Victoria doesn't want to play us."
Both games against the Pronghorns
degenerated into free-throw-shooting contests, with the teams combining to make 116
(or two-thirds) of an astounding 174 charity
stripe attempts over the two games. On
Friday, UBC led the entire way, as forward
"I think we were
going to have to face
them anyway...There's
UVic rivalry, no matter
where it is."
—Jon Fast
fourth-year forward
John Fast (19 points) and swingman Kevin
Keeler (15) led a balanced scoring attack that
withstood a late Pronghorns charge. Forwaid
Jason Bristow was also a factor, as he scored
11 and helped hold Lethbridge star guard
Danny Balderson to only 11 points, nine
below his average, on 3-of-10 shooting.
"Tonight was a gut win," said Bristow.
"We're getting there."
Saturday, meanwhile, was a knock-dovm
drag-out back-and-forth war, as the teams
combined for 71 fouls, eight disqualifications, and 103 free-throw
attempts. UBC led 44-37 at
halftime,  but the  'Horns
stormed  back to  tie  the
game at 45 with 15:16 left in
regulation. The rest of the
game was a tug-of-war featuring 11 lead changes, 8
ties, and no lead bigger than
three   points.   When   the
buzzer sounded the score
was knotted at 75. The first
overtime settled nothing,
but   in   the   second   OT
Lethbridge took a quick six point lead and
didn't miss one of their 16 free throws to seal
the game.
"From the last two games, I think we have
to improve our defence," said Sampson. "If we
can play the defence we were playing three
weeks ago, it's going to be difficult for Vic to
run what they want to run against us."
The Birds are 1-3 against Victoria this season, with their lone win coming at War
Memorial Gym January 23 by a score of 65-61.
UBC was edged in the other home game 75-
72, and was swept at Victoria in the first weekend of the season by scores of 70-65 and 81-
69, but the Birds say that a lot has improved
since October.
"I've never been on a team that's improved
so much in one year," said Fast.<*
Birds—Vikes again
by Bruce Arthur
Once again, it's Victoria McKinnon Gym come playoff time
for UBC basketball.
The women's basketball team swept the cellar-dwelling
University of Lethbridge Pronghorns to finish the season 10-
10, but fell to fourth place when the University of Calgary
swept the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. So for the
fourth straight year, the T-Birds will play out their postseason
in Victoria against the UVic Vikes.
"No time change, no airplane flights at five in the morning—it's almost like staying home, in a way," said UBC forward Jessica Mills, who has landed in Victoria in each of her
four years.
"The downside is that Vic is really tough in their home gym,
they have a lot of confidence," said head coach Deb Huband.
"On the positive side, I think we match up really well with them
and can play with them. I think that we're the team that they
probably would like to play the least"
UBC is winless in the last three playoff series at
McKinnon Gym, but went 10-4 post-Christmas stretch, so
the Birds are confident. After getting shelled in their opening weekend by the defending national champion Vikes by
scores of 68-46 and 80-52, UBC had the strongest weekend
against the Vikes, out of any team in the conference, this
year—the Birds lost the first game 49-46 after a missed last-
second three-pointer, and won the other 58-48 in the Vikes'
only loss of the year.
"They can't have full confidence coming in against us,
because they know they had a really close shave and we
almost split with them this year," said Mills. "They know
we're better than we have been in past years."
UBC cruised through both games against the 0-20
Pronghorns—Friday, the Birds jumped out to a 43-19 halftime
lead behind Stacy Reykdal (10 points) and the suddenly
inspired play of second-year guard Brandie Speers (seven
points, eight rebounds, three assists). The second half turned
into a shoot-around, as forwards Jessica Mills and Jen
MacLeod knocked in 22 combined points and even little-used
second-year reserve point guard Jen Duff (nine points in 10
minutes) rounded out the 83-55 win.
Saturday, the two teams played a nearly
identical game, with the Birds sporting a
comfortable 39-19 lead at intermission.
Mills led the way with
"No time
change, no
flights at five §
in the morning—it's
almost like
staying home,
in a way."
—Jessica Mills
UBC forward
a season-high 30
points to go along
with seven rebounds,
four assists, two
blocks and two steals.
UBC shot 60 per cent
and held the 'Horns
to 33 per cent in a 78-
48 victory.
The Birds' season
has followed a
strange trajectory—
UBC lost all six of
their games before
the Christmas break,
scoring an anemic 52
points per game. But
after a stint practicing with the Brock University team, the Birds
came out of the break and won all but four of
their next ten games.
"I think we really worked hard—even
though we lost those games, I think we were
working hard and improving all through
that," said MacLeod.
The key for UBC has been the play of its
young players—the Birds start two true freshmen (MacLeod
and guard Julie Smulders, both Lord Byng Secondary Class
of '98), one second-year player (guard Charmaine Adams,
Richmond Secondary Class of '97), a third-year college
transfer (guard Stacy Reykdal) and Mills. It's a young lineup
that is reaping dividends.
"Maybe that's why this is such a great year—we have the
talent but we also have the enthusiasm that comes with
being young," said Mills. "What rookie didn't show up to
BOA, INSIDE AND ALL OVER: Jessica "Boa" Mills (centre) scored 47 points over
the weekend to break the UBC single-season scoring record held by Roj
Johal. Mills now has 581 points to Johal's 574 in 1989 . richard lam photo
play this year?"
Whether the rookies can show up and play in the boisterously loud, claustrophobic atmosphere of McKinnon will
be a massive factor against the Vikes—but at least this year,
UBC is walking into a series with the confidence that they
belong there.
"Previous years, not living up to expectations, and starting to get down on yourself, it does get really difficult," said
Mills. "We believe that we deserve it this year."<" iY. FEBRUARY 23. 1999
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Alter a brief flirtation with the
playoffs last season, the men's
hockey team has again
slipped beneath the waves.
The Birds finished 7-18-3 and
tanked badly the second half
of die season, losing seven
and tying one of their final
eight games. The Birds were
swept at home at the outset of
reading break, falling to the
conference-leading University
of Alberta Golden Bears {20-6-
2). After that loss eliminated
them from the playoffs, UBC
lost 3-2 and 5-4 to the
University of Calgary (13-10-
The women's hockey team
were eliminated from the
Canada West playofls at the
start of reading break, going 3-
2-1 in the round-robin. UBC
lost 5-U to die Canada West
champion University of
Calgary Dinosaurs and tied
die University of Manitohal -1
on February 11 before beating
Manitoba 3-1 February 12 and
falling again to Calgary 4-0 in
die semifinals February 13.
The Birds won their third-
place game 3-2 over the
University of regina Cougars,
lairds centre I .aura Reunion
was named to the second Ali-
Star team.
The UBC track and field team
is competing at die Canada
West championships in
lid mon ton this weekend. The
URC women's team is headed
by second-year high jumper
Sarah McDiarmid, who is
ranked first overall in the
CIAU, as well as fifth-year
shot-putter Bryce Singbeil
and fourth-year distance runner Laura Wiggin. The men's
loam will be represented by
fifth-year distance runner
Chris Johnson, first-year
decatlialete Scott Nelson, and
third-year distance runner
Oliver Utting. The CIAU
championships will be held
March 12 and 13 at McGill
The UBC baseball team will
play its first-ever games diis
weekend, as diey make tiieir
debut at Northwest Nazarene
College Friday in Walla Walla,
Birds to host Canada West finals
by Bruce Arthur
EYES ON THE BALL: Both setter
Kathryn McKenzie (above) and
power hitter Joanna Langley will
need to do just that this weekend as
the Birds host archrival Alberta in
the Canada West finals at War
Memorial Gym. richard lam photos
Break out the home cooking and cancel
your plane tickets—the women's volleyball
team isn't going anywhere for a while.
The UBC women's volleyball team is
playing this weekend for its second consec-
H utive Canada West championship against
its perpetual nemesis, the four-time
defending national champion University of
Alberta Pandas, at War Memorial Gym. And
the Birds are looking forward to it.
"I'm pretty excited, and I'm pretty
proud," said third-year power hitter Sarah
Maxwell. "We have an opportunity now."
The home court advantage will sit well
with UBC, which has not lost a game at War
Memorial this season. And the Birds, winners of eight consecutive matches, are coming together.
"I think we are on the right track," said
fourth year setter Kathryn McKenzie. "We're
starting to peak at the right time."
UBC clinched their first Canada West
regular season title since 1978 by sweeping
the final weekend series of the year against
the hapless University of Regina Cougars
(2-12) February 12-13. But though the Birds
finished the season 15-3, they still have
work to accomplish.
"We've got a ways to work," said fifth-
year middle blocker Joanne Ross. "Some
definite focus and attitude things we need
to brush up on. We have been slacking
mentally—we haven't pushed ourselves as
hard as we should."
The Birds steamrolled the Cougars for a
second consecutive easy weekend—UBC
crushed the University of Calgary
Dinosaurs 3-0 and 3-0 the previous week,
something that worries head coach Erminia
"That's my big concern
is that the last four matches
we've had haven't been real
tough, plus we've got a
week off in between," she
The winner of the best-
of-three series this weekend will receive a place at
the CIAU Women's
Volleyball Championships
in Edmonton March 5-7,
while the loser will likely
receive a wild-card berth in
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the national title tournament. But the Birds
are on a roll—they have won 15 of 16
matches after starting the season with two
five-set losses at Alberta. In fact, UBC has
only lost nine of their last 49 sets. And a big
reason for that is the annual mid-season
addition of the 6'4" Ross from the national
team—she was named first-team All-
Canada West despite joining the team just
after Christmas.
Ross played 33 games with the T-Birds,
averaging 3.03 kills, 3.48 digs, and 0.91
blocks per game. The fifth-year Science student is a three-time first-team Canada West
All-Star and two-time second team All-
Joining Ross as Canada West All-Stars are
T-Birds Barb Bellini, Maxwell, and Janna
Lunam. The 6'1" Bellini, a fourth-year
power hitter who is also on the national
team, finished the year first in the conference in kill efficiency percentage (29.3), second in kills per game (4.15), third in digs per
game (4.20), and fifth in service aces per
game (0.29).
Meanwhile, Maxwell, a third-year 5'10"
power hitter, finished fifth in kill efficiency
percentage (18.2) and eighth in both kills
per game (2.70) and digs per game (3.79).
Both Maxwell and Bellini were named first-
team All Canada-West and second team All-
Canadian last season. Lunam, who has supplied remarkably consistent play all season,
was named to the All-Canada West second
But the Pandas are similarily stocked
with All-Canada West talent: Alberta sports
league MVP Jenny Cartmell, fellow first-
team All-CW setter Christy Torgerson, second team All-Stars Heather Buckmaster and
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rookie of the year Susie Buckmaster. The
two teams split four games along home-
advantage lines this season. Alberta won
the two five-set games in Edmonton to
open the season and knock the T-Birds out
of their preseason number one spot, but
were trampled by scores of 3-0 and 3-1 at
War Memorial Gym January 15 and 16.
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hitters—the Buckmaster sisters are playing
really well, and Jenny for sure," said Russo,
who claims the mystique surrounding
Alberta has faded. "I don't know if there's so
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"Just where we turn
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Somebody once told me that it's very rare to
see life imitate art; it's my experience, though,
that life does imitate art, but is usually hidden
away until somebody finds or exposes it. In the
case of Joyce Maynard, her life has been so
extraordinary that it wouldn't seem out of place
as a novel or a play, and she has chosen to
expose it to the public with the publication of
her memoirs.
Maynard isn't a household name but she has
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the success of her earlier memoir Looking Back
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led a life of mingling with intellectuals, editors,
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Maynard's memoirs, and this time she tells the
story of her life from childhood to the present,
iting interesting memories and stories along
the way. At heart, though, this book is about
Maynard's teenage love affair with famed
author J.D. Salinger and the lifelong effect it
had on her.
A child of two immensely creative but overbearing parents, Maynard was driven to succeed in the literary world from the time she
could draw with crayons. When she sprang into
e spodight at age eighteen with a cover story
in the New York Times magazine, her correspondence with "Jerry" Salinger began. Despite
the thirty-five year age difference, it was a correspondence that quickly turned into a love
affair, though there was still a massive social
gap between the two. As Maynard (speaking in
the present tense of the book) points out, "He
(Salinger) has been married before—twice. I
have kissed one boy in my whole life."
When reading her story it is easy to identify
with the emotions Maynard feels, for she
describes them with brutal honesty. But what is
so appealing and heart-wrenching about
Maynard's story is her struggle to be comfortable with herself. Dealing with overnight suc-
ess, an alcoholic father, an intimate relationship with Salinger and then an abrupt dismissal from Salinger's life, all before the age of
twenty, creates one very insecure individual.
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even thriving in a society that adheres to the
Darwinian ideology of "survival of the fittest."
At Home In the World has not been received
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Maynard for exploiting her relationship with
Salinger, accusing her of writing the memoir
merely for capital gain. Whatever Maynard's
motivations are, her accounts of Salinger are a
rare look at the man behind The Catcher In The
Rye, the man who has worked so hard to keep
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February 19 - March 20
by Michelle Mossop
It's the opening of Repercussions, a dual exhibition at the Helen Pitt Gallery featuring the
works of painter David Gooderham and pho
tographer David Campoin. Their purpose: to
examine the connections between ourselves
and the political and economic transformation
of the world.
But though David Gooderham's portraits of
terror in Reconstructing Cambodia, a look at
the aftermath of the Cambodian Civil War, are
heart-rending and engaging, it is David
Campion's Through the Looking Glass that
leaves a far deeper impression. And, while the
exhibition is entitled Repercussions, I didn't
At the Vancouver Art Gallery
Runs until June 20
by Ronald Nurwisah
Between the Meiji restoration of 1868 and the
Russo-Japanese war of 1905, Japan was busy
attemping to transform itself into a modern
industrial state. This made late 19th century Japan
a strange mixture of the traditional and the modern, and its art was a reflection of this.
The traditional artform of Japanese print making, or Ukiyo-e, is one such example and it can be
found in the Rupture exhibit of Japanese prints. By
charting the shift in style of the Ukiyo-e, you can
expect the images to stay with me afterwards like they did.
With Through the Looking Glass, Campion takes a close
look at the Himba people of Namibia, whom he describes as
the "last peoples balanced on the edge of the world." They've
become a marginalised people whose only role in the global
economy is as a tourist attraction.
Through a series of black and white photographs, the
confusing clash of cultural norms that they face becomes
almost too clear. A tribesman squats on the side of the road,
resting his hand on his face while other local residents fix
their Jeep; a tribeswoman with unfettered breasts leans up
against mounds of Coca-Cola crates; a young woman carefully checks her reflection through a looking glass.
The harsh contrasts in the photographs are uncomfortably eerie, and it seems as if the Himba have been forced to
put themselves on assimilation fast forward. Campion
describes this form of neocolonialism best, for, as he says,
you can almost "hear the cultural fabric rip." ♦
Art in the floating world
also follow Japan's modernisation. Traditional
scenes of peasants, and fishermen at work were
slowly being replaced by those of Japanese military men newly clothed in western uniforms, foreigners and even war propaganda.
The resulting mix of the new and the old is disconcerting. One print from the Sino-Japanese
war has the newly modernised Japanese cavalry_
attacking Chinese soldiers. The contrast between
the traditional Chinese Army, outfitted with muskets and garishly coloured uniforms, and the
Japanese Army, clad and armed in the latest military gear, is striking to say the least.
Examining these prints, it's easy to see roots of
modern Japanese pop-art forming. Looking at
some of the prints depicting battle, you can see
from where the modern Japanese artists of anime
of the Himba
people of
Namibia sit
paintings of
the aftermath
of the
Civl War at the
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Gallery's latest
di aw their inspiration.
It's a shame that Rupture has largely been overshadowed by the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit running alongside it. In many ways, this exhibit is far
more interesting than the Lautrec. Its scope is
grander, encompassing almost 200 years of history, and the pieces selected are an excellent representation and introduction into the tradition of
Japanese print making. ♦
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an 18th century comedy, The Marriage of Figaro is filled to the brim with subplots, intrigues and innuendos. z
Backstage at rehearsal, Nancy Hermiston, head of the UBC Opera ensemble, is busy trying to outfit the <>
ensemble's chorus with a seemingly countless number of wigs. As the ensemble's head, Hermiston's the per- :•
son most responsible for the production. She's probably also the happiest to see how smoothly things ace^
To her, putting on The Marriage is a rite of passage for the ensemble. "When an opera division does this <
at the top of their CAME: The Marriage of Figaro sees the UBC Opera ensemble taking on their greatest chal-
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engage in, in Linda Griffiths' The Darling Family. After being ushered in small groups through a smokey maze, you
find your seat in the cozy intimate theatre. Entering the playing space of the Vancouver Little Theatre, you realise
that the Point Blank Players have put the audience inside the womb where It resides. Then, the play begins, with
She (played by Allison Sanders] giving a graphic account of her father "shoving his thing up me like a kitchen knife"
and the audience is immediately led to believe that incest will be the key issue of the play.
However, She's account of her fathers rape becomes blurred   image-filled dialogue
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audience and allowing them to enter the characters' world without unnecessary obstructions. Unfortunately, the production has a tendency to fall into melodrama at times, making it difficult to care for the characters. As well, He's stance in the baby debate is made
quite clear all too soon, which lessens a great deal of the potential dramatic intrigue and
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opera," Hermiston explains, "it's like a coining of age, because it means you have some really fantastic
singing actors." And the opera ensemble has certainly proven it can handle the challenge. Last year, they
I lerformed La Finta Giardiniera, an early Mozart opera which, along with the work done this year, has been
£ great boost to the ensemble's confidence. "After last year's Mozart," says Hermiston, "we were ready for this."
The Marriage of Figaro is not easy to perform. It clocks in at around three and a half hours. But, above all,
it's Mozart, one of the more difficult composers to sing. As Hermiston says, "{The Marriage] requires real
oice and expert technique and, of course, the acting."
"The opera itself has lots of changes, every piece has a different mood and a different effect," says Jesse
Bead, head of the School of Music and conductor of the UBC Symphony orchestra. "Every song, every aria
has something to do with some sentiment. If it has something to do with the military, it has to be done in a
military way."
But, though it may be difficult, Read also feels that The Marriage is also a remarkable work of art. "It's a combination of a great literary work and a librettist who created this essence of literature and music and art."     :
It's a perfect example of a 'Classicalperiod piece, and Readeagerly desaib'GsJbow-
the opera is musically symmetrical, with both halves of the opera mirroring one
another. Characteristics like these, he says, make the piece universal. "For-me, this is
the essence of our whole culture. Eva^Jbing that we doit*related to the Greek sense
of pEoportioaafld form, and it's all embodied la this one piece.".
But while the opera may be artistically beautiful, it also carries a heavy political., message.
Beaumarchais' play, on which the opera is based, was banned for its portrayal of the upper clas ;s-
es. The story of the play, which is essentially about how servants foil the plans of the aristocracy
is a message that would have raised some hackles in 18th century Europe. It was something that
Mozart had to be extremely cautious about. "He had to be careful with the libretto," Hermiston
explains, "because it does go against nobility."
It's this combination of the artistic and the political that makes The Marriage such a timeless
work. "You can come back to it five years from now, hear it again and hear something new in it,
something fresh," Read says enthusiastically. "You don't feel that with all the other composers of
his time, and that's why [Mozart's] such a great composer. Every composer in the same period of
time as Mozart hasn't achieved anywhere near
While The Marriage of Figaro maybe, to. some, a revolutionary, work
equal in importance to, anything by
Rousseau or Voltaire, its also a work
whose revolutionary sentiment has
infused some of the most beautiful
music ever written. Performing a
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nassspaca, less is definitely more, and Sanders gives a delicate performance, showing just enough. She's at
strongest in the transitions between She
speaking ito her partner], changing worldi
Even tKougli it is an
issue play, writer Linda
Griffiths, who was nominated for the Governor
General's Literary
Award for this work,
never polarises the
viewpoints. Clever and
logue allows the charac-
their dilemma from the
and female perspective,
an anti or pro choice
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script, The Darling
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After releasing two independent CDs on the Toronto
music scene {Butane Fumes & Bad Cologne and Blue
Pariah) and a song on a swing compilation album
(The Best Swing For 1998), Canadian swingsLer-jazz
musician Big Rude Jake has finall> made it to the big
Potential accusations of sellout-ness are justified
to some extent. Yes, Big Rude Jake has signed to an
American record label, let go of his Canadian band
and is touring with a new American band, but the
music still remains the same. And for fans familiar
with Big Rude Jake, that's all that matters.
Big Rude Jake's self-titled major label debut is very
pleasing on the ears and more accessible than his
independent releases. Interestingly enough, it's
music that your
parents       won't
hate (well, with
at     least     one
Jake   is   also
famous   for  his
rather dry sense
of humour, much
of which can be
found in the pro-
track, "Let's Kill
All    the    Rock
Stars."  Here's a
sample of one of
the tamer lyrics:
"And in the pits
of Hell/Elvis lifts
his pointy
tail/And he pulls
love out of his
ass."   He   pulls
absolutely     no
punches and it
shouldn't be any
. other way,
BRJ is solid from start to finish.
Whether it be the jazzy spoken
word pieces on "East Side Jive"
and the infective rhythm of
"Buster Boy (Walk Talk)," the
album is a fresh break from all the
mainstream crap that has been clogging the airwaves
and record stores as of late. One can expect to hear
many of the tracks on the dance floors of swing clubs
as well.
Music like this proves that swing and jazz music
isn't just a trend that will come and go. Big Rude Jake
is anything but an overnight success, and this album
is clear proof that he's here to stay.»>
-Vince Yim
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Victorious in 1999!
From January 7 to 10,1999, twelve dauntless
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|Jim Munroe manages to keep things entertaining without constantly
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Itry to be "hip," but it ends up that way. It's a work chock full of "alter-
1 native" culture, from the underground punk music scene to 'zinesters,
Islam poets, and hard-core feminists. But it's all within the context of
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by John Zaozirny
I know, I know. This is the
movie 'by that guy who
But it's much easier
understand Office Space
you consider the fact that
Mike Judge is also the guy
who puts out King of the
Hill. Think of Office Space as
the lovechild of these two
very different creations. In
Silicon Valley. With real people. Got it?
Taking on corporate
America this time, Judge
presents his everyman in
the form of Peter Gibbons
(Ron Livingston), a man
obsessed with his hatred of his job. "Work Sucks," goes the tagline of
the film. "No Shit," is the audience's reply. Still, Judge is intent on
showing the various little annoyances that contribute to Peter's
overall anguish. There's the numerous bosses who lord over him,
the annoying receptionist seated in the next cubicle, the frequent
unpaid overtime. And all this pain is personified in the persona of
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This is all well and good for a movie villain, except for the fact
that judge never allows Lumbergh to seem even remotely human. In fact,
although Gary Cole gets nearly as much screen time as lead Livingston, he's
always doing the same things: rifling on an old joke, or stretching out a running!
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by a hypnotist who suddenly died. Yep.
Anyway, it's all ground
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It must be the Tragically Hip syndrome. Now opening for the Hip
on their latest tour across Canada,
By Divine Right bear more than a
passing resemblance to former
Hip-openers the Inbreds. It's all
here: the thumping, slighty
fuzzed-out sound, a simple yet
extremely catchy song structure,
the sugar-coated pop melodies. In
fact, cross the belated, beloved
Inbreds with the early rock'n'roll
of Brit stalwarts Teenage Fanclub
and you've got By Divine Right.
Which is a good thing, maybe
even a great thing. Jose Miguel
Contreras, as lead By Divine
Right-er, turns out an album of little shiny tunes (to turn the
phrase). Songs like the lead single
"Come For a Ride," "5 Bucks," and
"Goodbye Paralyzer" are catchy
numbers, shifting seamlessly
from verse to chorus and back
again. They'll probably get most
of the thousands of fans who turn
out for the Hip and nod their
heads in time to the music, wondering who the band is.
It's all here: the thumping, slighty fuzzed-out
sound, a simple yet
extremely catchy song
structure, the sugar-
coated pop melodies.
The few slow songs on the
album are even better. The sole
acoustic tune, "Twisted
Crystalline," is actually Bless This
Mess's best, while the Beatles-
esque yearning of "I Know You"
and punchiness of "Big Gorilla"
far outstrip the rest of the album.
It's when Contreras isn't going for
the big pop hook that he ends up
with his best music.
Still, there's a couple of flaws to
the album. Just as By Divine Right
share Teenage Fanclub and the
Inbred's greatest strengths in
making perfectly charming pop
music, they also bear the seemingly inevitable trap of producing
repetitive songs that blend into
each other. And though these
songs are easy on the ear, they're
also easily forgotten.
Still, Bless This Mess is certainly
one of the best 'poppy' albums to
show up on the Canadian music
scene since the Inbreds called it
quits. Guess it all shows that Gord
Downie's got good musical taste. ♦
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In Her Nature, and Love Ruins Everything) FEBRUARY 23. 1999
Federico Barahona
Sarah Galashan and Douglas Quan
John Zaozirny
Bruce Arthur
Dale Lum
Richard Lam
Todd Silver
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her man with a tan, Douglas Quan. Saving the day
with news copy were Jamie Woods, Nick Bradley
and Daliah Merzeban, while Ron Nurwisah,
Michelle Mossop, Vince Yim, Lisa Denton and
George Beliveau put in culture copy and Christine
Tassos took the photos. And it all ended with John
Zaozirny writing a masthead based on a true story.
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The hatred never goes away
We like to think we live in a tolerant society, and
we have made great strides towards equality. We
convince ourselves that things now aren't as bad
as the repression of civil rights protesters in
Birmingham 40 years ago. But is this true? Have
things changed all that much?
As if we needed a reminder, and some of us
do, last week the Province published a photo of
Svend Robinson on their front page nuzzling his
partner under the headline "Gay MP's budget
threat" (Wednesday, Feb 17). Robinson was
threatening to sue the Federal Government if
there was no progress on same sex benifits.
Letters to the editor published the next day in
response to the story were telling.
"Svend Robinson has mental problems. Why
should we pay for his mental deficiency?"
"I think Svend Robinson should be fired and
who cares if he sues. That's disgusting, that
money is for families."
"Hey Svend, wise up. Max is a young guy. He
doesn't need your pension, he will surely find
many others like you to live your lifestyle. You
don't need to mess up the taxpayers as well. We
wish you guys were back in your closet and we
could nail it shut."
There were others too, for all to see in black-
and-white. These are our neighbours. It's said
that for every letter printed in a newspaper,
there are untold others who feel the same way.
What's interesting is that the photos were
part of an Xtra West! photo shoot a year ago, and
were sold to the Province, who gleefully pushed
them under the noses of their readers. The
newspaper knows its readership, and they
fanned the flames by publishing these particular photos.
Let's be clear about this: it is a lie to say that
intolerance has subsided. Maybe overtly, in
places like UBC, the hatred has ebbed. But it is
seething quietly all around us—make no mistake about that.
We should ask ourselves how far we are from
the water cannons in Birmingham. As some of
these comments show, maybe we're not as far as
we think we are.
There were other voices on that page,
"I am only 16 and have been raised in a fundamentalist, right-wing Christian church for
most of my life, and I am able to put those narrow-minded prejudices aside."
"For the sake of our own humanity why are
we still living with that backward, fearful,
unbending, ignorant state of mind?"
"We are people—human beings just like
We need more voices like those ones. We
need more people like that.«>
In regard to the letter from Margot
Maclaren ("Sessionals should be in
faculty association," February 9),
may I say why sessionals at UBC are
not satisfied with the faculty association's efforts to manage our affairs
for us—especially given the deluge
of advertising they have aimed at
us? By the sounds of things, they
CLAIM "united we stand," but they
mean, "don't you dare leave us."
We are of course grateful for the
faculty association's efforts in the
past, but their best intentions are
clearly not enough. As sessionals,
we're the ones who ought to know
best what the faculty association
has, and has not, been able to do for
us. We dont have to be in the bargaining room to see what their
investment in sessionals has been.
And it's precisely because of the faculty association's historical lack of
success with the administration that
we have decided that it's time for us
to fly the nest
For instance: the faculty association itself explained that inclusion of
part-time sessionals in the faculty
association was their TOP demand
in their most recent bargaining
round, but they nonetheless accepted the university's determination to
exclude part-time sessionals. What
else could they do? They're only a
faculty association, not a real union
protected by the Labour Code and
backed by the 500,000 members of
CUPE across Canada.
It was ONLY when the faculty
association realised that we might
decide to leave them and form our
own union that they made the
administration an offer they couldn't refuse: let us include part-time
sessionals so that we can defeat
their union drive.
And the administration made it
amply clear who they would rather
deal with: a faculty association with
no legal recourse under the labour
code, or a certified union with a
nationwide network of academic
unions behind it
We have NO doubt that the faculty association wants sessionals
inside its doors. We have no doubt
that they think right now that sessionals are their first love. We have
no doubt that they are dedicated,
periodically, to working, and even
working hard, on our behalf. But we
DO doubt their collective long-term
determination to put the needs of
"contract academics" first and foremost, especially against the tenured
faculty who dominate the association's membership. And we do
doubt their ability to really resist the
power, the pressure, and the indifference of the administration. Only
a certified union has that kind of
power. And that's why I, for one,
have signed a union card. I have a
mind of my own, and now I'm
investing in a union of my own.
Elizabeth Hodgson
Sessional lecturer
Recently there have been a number
of articles regarding the organizing
drive currently underway by CUPE.
This drive is aimed at organising the
sessional faculty at UBC. But little
has been written about the gains
that the faculty association has
negotiated for sessionals; or that
CUPE is canvassing sessionals
already included in the faculty association. CUPE is trying to persuade
these faculty members to leave the
association and sign up with the
I am a sessional member of the
association and while I recognise
that not all sessionals have been
treated fairly, I think that in the past
year the association has worked
hard to improve conditions of
employment for all sessionals. We
are able to opt for the benefits package and are on a guaranteed minimum salary scale. As well, extra-sessional appointments are now recognized as working for the university
and seniority is recognised in the
new agreement
The university has finally agreed
to recognise all sessional faculty as
members covered by the collective
agreement. Why would we need to
divide the faculty into separate bargaining units when we are only now
begainning to make real gains? In
the recent balloting of the sessional
faculty, 91 per cent of those not previously in the Faculty Association
agree with this.
Sessional instructor
..And more
Sessionals have an important decision to make about who will most
effectively     represent     them—
whether to form their own union or
to stick with the faculty association—and we must look past the
barrage of talk and examine the evidence.
For instance, Margot Maclaren,
in her Feb 9 letter, charges that a
Ubyssey story is "so biased I am surprised to see it in a newspaper." The
only evidence Maclaren offers is
that the Ubyssey quoted the opinion
of another sessional with whom
Maclaren disagrees.
More importantly, sessionals
must look past the recent blitz of
promotional material from the faculty association and examine the
To give one example, as
Maclaren states, the association has
apparently been fighting since the
mid-1980s to get all sessionals
included in the bargaining unit.
After all these years, it is only now,
because of pressure from the SOS
sessionals' union drive, that they
have been able to accomplish that
Meanwhile UBC sessionals have
fallen further behind unionised sessionals at other universities in terms
of salary, benefits and job security.
It's time to thank the faculty association for the effort they have made
and to try another approach—a certified union run by sessionals for
sessionals with real independence
and real bargaining power. Help
ensure sessionals get the respect we
deserve: sign a union card.
Aaron Doyle
PhD. candidate, sociology
Sessional lecturer, sociology THE UBYSSEY
Fun with Markian
by Markian Saray
Facts are fun. Sure I may not know what "RRSP" stands
for, but here's what I do know. After reading this, you too
can impress your friends (or your mom).
• Number of Americans who have someone else's
heart: 300.
• Number of monasteries destroyed by the Chinese
government in Tibet since 1950:6,000.
• Percentage of public school teachers who send their
children to public schools: 38.
•Watts required to run an IBM PC: 93.
• Watts of power used by the human brain when in
deep thought: 14.
• Percentage of college guys who say they masturbate
at least once a day: 85.
•Amount the Chicago Zoo
spends annually on goat carcass
es to feed their pythons: $12,500.
• Percentage of Americans who
claim never to have read an
entire a book 45.
• Reported cases of people bitten by rats in NYC in
• Reported cases of people bitten by other people in
NYC in 1995:1,519.
• Budget, per episode, of Miami Vice: $1,500,000.
• Annual budget of the Miami vice squad: $1,161,741.
• Price of a contract killing in the Bronx: $5,000.
• Number of bars of soap the average French man uses
in one year: two.
• Number ofbarsofsoapthe average Beverly Hills
woman uses in one year: 38.
• Portion of fourth graders who say that there is peer
pressure to try wine coolers: 1/3.
• Total numbers of hours the Grateful Dead has played
"Dark Star" in concert since 1967:57.
• Percentage of men who say nose hair is a concern:
Time out: So what I really want to know is, if I swallowed
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stomach? Yes, says Dr. W.L. Warren. But the magnet
would have to be very strong. There's a lot of tissue separating the inside of your stomach from the outside of
your body and your skin. So, the fatter you are, the harder it would be to make the magnet work. Time in.
• Percentage of women who say that semen tastes
good: 25.
• Penalty for drunk driving in Sumatra: loss of hand.
•Average number of maggots the U.S. Food and Drug
Association permits per 100 grams of canned mushrooms: 20.
• Number of the Beast: 666.
• Neighbour of the Beast: 668.
•Weirdest classified ad actually printed in a daily
newspaper: "Do you like music and butter churning?
All-Amish rock group seeks
other Amish musicians for
the new Lancaster sound.
Big tour of Pennsylvania
planned. Must rise before
dawn for rehearsals, help
with chores, have commitment to the Lord. No flakes,
sex or swearing. Call Jimmy B. Smith."
• Second-weirdest classified ad actually printed in a
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you a chicken, or can you rock out? I think you are too
chicken to join my band. Or maybe a big baby. If you
are not a chicken, and can play a mean guitar, maybe
youll be right for my band. If not, then maybe I'll come
over and kick your ass. Sissies need not apply. Musical
influences: Village People, The Rondells. Call Harold."
• Church attendance has slipped almost by 18 per cent
in the last 12 years.
• Top 10 words used on the Yahoo! search facility:
1. Sex. 2. Chat. 3. XXX. 4. Playboy. 5. Netscape. 6. Nude.
7. Porno. 8. Games. 9. Pom. 10. Weather.
Now don't you feel a lot smarter? ♦
—Markian Saray is the managing editor
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New transcripts tell all
by Daliah Merzaban
Students ordering official transcripts will now notice something new beside their lists of Bs
and C-minuses: class averages
listed next to their grades, showing just how well they did relative
to their peers.
On top of course tide, grade
and credit value, UBC's official
transcripts—purchased from
the Registrar's Office—will
now include a listing of the
class average and number of
students registered in each
class. The new data is not yet
available on the Internet or
the statement of grades.
These changes apply to
both future and previous
courses. The program works
retroactively, and computes
information for courses
taken as far back as 1991,
when the current grading system
According to Maureen Elliot,
administrative supervisor at the
Registrar's office, this development is not much of an advancement.
"This is something that most
other institutions have already,"
she said. "We haven't invented
something new here. We're just
basically playing catch-up."
But some admission advisors at
UBC say many universities do not
provide both components—class
average and number of students.
Marianne Schroeder, admissions
officer for the faculty of Medicine,
says this could be a problem.
She says knowing where the
student stands in the class makes
for fairer evaluations, but only if
it's a component of all transcripts
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help us evaluate more effectively
if every university did it," said
"This is something that most
other institutions have already.
We haven't invented something
new here. We're just basically
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Schroeder. "At MIT, for example,
the averages are quite a bit lower
than you'd get somewhere else,
and it would help us if we knew
that someone who got 79 per
cent was in the top five per cent
of the class."
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department, agrees that knowing
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more meaningful than the grade
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universities that are "giving high
marks to everybody and gaining
a reputation." These reputations
are not always deserved, says
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entrance into some undergraduate programs. Advisors for UBC's
English Honours program read
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which students are accepted.
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are marking," said Susanna
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for further and more accurate information for the students' sake because students
who are misplaced in
Honours, for whatever reason, are not happy."
Transcript changes were
approved by Senate three
years ago but, according to Elliot,
UBC had to wait until improvements were made to the Student
Information System last summer
before the program could be
Curious students currently
have no easy access to the new
information, except to purchase
a copy of their sealed transcript
for four dollars.
Elliot says this information
will be posted on the Internet in
the future. "We will put it on the
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