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Fri Sfpt 7 - Sun Sept 9
7:00 Shrek
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Wed Sept 12 - Thurs Sfpt 13
7:00 A Time for Drunken Horses
9:30 Open Your Eyes
If you would like to win breakfast with President Martha Piper on
Friday, September 28th, 2001 from 7:30-9:00 a.m.
please contact The Ceremonies Office by email
at kking&exchange.ubc.ca ivith the following information:
• first and last name
• faculty
'program of study
• current year
• student number
• mailing address
• phone number
The first 25 students to respond will win breakfast with the President!
Deadline for entries is Wednesday, September 19th at 4:30pm,
Only those individuals selected will be contacted
loble avoided "like the plague
##
by John Kennedy
The SFU Peak
BURNABY (CUP)-The ongoing battle over David Noble took a new turn
recently after an e-mail, which suggests that Simon Fraser Universiiy
president Michael Stevenson conspired with SFU's senior administration to block Noble's appoint-
,ment to a prestigious position,
became public.
Last year. Noble, a York
University history professor and
outspoken critic of commercialised
education, was nominated for the
J.S. Woodsworth Chair in SFU's
department of humanities.
Although the department voted
overwhelmingly in favour of his
appointment. Noble was barred
from the position after John
Waterhouse, the university's vice-
president academic, and Dean of
Arts John Pierce overturned the
department's decision.
The e-mail, which Waterhouse
sent in January but which only
recently became public following a
Freedom of Information request,
may lend credibility to previous
accusations that Stevenson pulled
rank to influence the outcome of the
hiring process.
In the e-mail, Waterhouse
expressly sought Stevenson's input
into the appointment. Stevenson
replied that he had "touched base"
with John Pierce on the issue and
said that he "would avoid this
appointment like the plague."
At the time Stevenson's e-mail
was sent, both Pierce and
Waterhouse were in the process of
evaluating the department of
humanities'  near-unanimous  deci
sion to appoint Noble.
Stevenson maintains that his e-
mail to Waterhouse had no bearing
on the university's decision to reject
Noble's appointment, claiming that
"[the e-mail has] never entered the
process. Until it was part of an
umbrella request for every record
that was available in the university,
including electronic communication, nobody but the vice-president
to whom it was privately addressed
had ever heard it"
When questioned about the conversation with Pierce that the e-mail
mentions, Stevenson said that the discussion was "very brief and informal."
"It was actually on the stairs of
an auditorium as we were waiting
for a public presentation by the vice-
president, research," he said. "I simply said that I'd heard that this candidate was on the short list, that I
presumed he knew that there was a
long history of controversy associated with this candidate and I hoped
[the department of humanities was]
doing a thorough search."
Stevenson insisted he had no
inappropriate involvement in the
decision to deny Noble the position.
"I have not in the past, and I am
not now going to, myself, from my
position, influence this process," he
said.
Noble, however, said that the e-
mail proves Stevenson abused his
position to prevent a former adversary—the two were on opposite
sides of a bitter faculty strike at York
University in 1997—from being
hired at SFU.
"As a historian, it's the clearest
case of conspiracy I think I've ever
run across," Noble said.
.The university's failure to appoint
Noble to the J.S. Woodsworth Chair
has sparked a major controversy in
academic circles. Many of Noble's
supporters believe the university's
decision was purely political and a
fundamental infringement of academic freedom.
An inquiry into the hiring
process was launched as a result of
the SFU administration's controversial decision to reject Noble's
appointment. Retired University of
Victoria law professor Lyman
Robinson was selected by Stevenson
to complete the inquiry.
Stevenson has acknowledged that
he established the terms of the
inquiry himself, and had stipulated
that all Robinson's findings be submitted to him before they were made
public. Robinson's report, released
in an edited version to the public in
early August, found no wrongdoing
on the part of the administration.
The Canadian Association of
University Teachers (CAUT) has also
launched an inquiry into the
appointment process.
Noble maintains that Robinson's
findings are not impartial and said
SFU's inquiry was initiated as a
cover-up for the university's senior
administration.
"I've read the whole Robinson
report," Noble said. "It's a total
whitewash."
While Noble plans to pursue the
position further, he said there is
more at stake than just this appointment He maintains the affair has
had a dire impact on academic freedom. He also said the incident has
done "enormous damage" to SFU's
reputation. *>
NOT aUITE WIRES
LIFE YOU REMEMBER:
A sex guide with c1otb.es-
on illustrations was
pylled from the stands of
campus residences at the
University of Waterloo.
THS MPRifiT tU-USTRAtlON
Waterloo paper kicked out of res
fry Shawn Jeffords
Ontario Bureau Chief
WATERLOO (CUP}-lssw3 of the University of
Waterloo's student newspaper. Imprint, which featured clothed cartoon characters in sexual positions
were pulled from the stands of the campus residence last week, prompting cries of censorship
from the paper's staff
Last Saturday, Imprint's Editor in Chief Ifyan
Merkley was contacted by Leslie O'Donnell, lite university's residence life director, and was ordered to
remove tne paper's August 31 frosh issue from
residence,
O'Donnell informed Merkley that a poll of resi-
' dence staff had been taken and a m^fority {$0$, 16
abstentions) found the cartoons offensive, Merkley
said Q'Donnel told him that the residence staff didn't want'students and parents t$ see th# paper on
raove-iix day. MerMey and his staff removed the
paper as requested,
"l feel ifs censorship/ said Merkley. "I don't
think that [the residence! has the right to decide
what students can read in their own newspaper/
JThe cartoons, which parody an airJine safety
card, accompany an article entitled "How to have
sex," MerMey described the material as *a frank,
peer-to-peer discussion about sex."
"We didn't want this stuff to be ignored," Merkley
said. "{Sex Educationl is something that students get on
a piece of paper during frosh week every year and it gets
tossed in the garbage. We wanted to get their attention."
O'Donnell could not he reached to comment on
the matter but told the Canadian Press earlier this
week that residence staff found the material "personally offensive and ..bordering on pornographic."
"We look upon residences as being peoples'
homes/ O'Donnell said. "Are we going to make
material readily available which some people might
find offensive coming into their homes?"
But Merkley compared the drawings to a play
performed during frosh week at the university
called Single and Sexy, Actors in the play engage in
various sexual acts while fully clothed on stage.
"I don't understand how the university can call
tmr content oSensive while maHng Single and Sexy
an official part of fresh week," said Merkley.
Ya&coV Hand, the president of the university's
student association, said the issue has garnered the
attention of the school's student leaders.
1 have received complaints from residence staff
and frosh leaders," he said.
However, Sand said he had not received complaints from either parents or the general student
body. The student union has no official position on
die matter, but Is investigating.
Merkley said the paper has only received the Initial complaint from residence staff
I've had no one walk into my office or send me
a letter asking 'Why did you print this?" »*♦ Page Fridav-the Ubyssey Magazine
News
Friday. September 7. 2001
ower out on second day of schoo
by Sarah MacNeill Morrison
A bus accident early on Wednesday morning left UBC without
power for almost four hours.
According to Director of UBC Utilities Gordon Apperley,
the campus-wide power outage started at about 6:50am when
a bus en-route to UBC hit a power pole. No one on board the
bus was seriously injured, but the accident caused a complete loss of power at UBC.
"[When] our number 25 bus was heading along 16th
Avenue to UBC, our driver had a heart attack," said Translink
spokesperson Brenda Jones. "The bus impacted with a power
pole near Tolmie, and we had one passenger on board who
sustained minor injury, and our bus driver was taken to the
hospital for treatment. He's subsequendy been released, and
he's resting at home now."
The collision occurred while maintainance was underway
on one of the university's power lines. BC Hydro had shut off
power to the line undergoing maintainance, leaving UBC connected to the city's power grid by only one line.
Apperley called the power outage "pretty unusual" since
UBC is connected by both power lines except for about four
or five days a year.
Power was restored to most of the campus by about
10:30am, but a transformer failed in the geosciences and
geophysics budding, knocking out electricity in the budding
for the rest of the day.
"We worked the rest of the day to get a temporary transformer to get that fixed and we got it fixed at about 2:30 in
the morning," explained Apperley.
Apperley also said that there was no power at the university's steam plant, which meant cold showers for students in residences after about 7am.
But despite the power outage, the university's
Wednesday deadline for tuition didn't change.
"It was payments as usual," said Maureen Elliott, administrative supervisor of records and registration. "The electricity had nothing to do with just filling in a payment form
and...cheque, handing it in. Electricity isn't needed for
that."
"The only thing [students] would not have been able to do
were debit payments," she said. Debit payment resumed as
usual after power was restored, ♦
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SHINY SMILES ALL AROUND: Brian Maclean, Cap'n Shinerama {and the Shinerama coordinator, coincidentally), shines a mystery shoe to raise awareness of—and promote participation
in—this year's Shinerama. So set aside September 15 on your calendar for the event, a day of
fundraising when UBC students shim shoes around the city, wash cars, Juggfe, sing and tape
people to poles—all In good fun, and all In an attempt to raise money for the Canadian Cystic
Fibrosis Foundation. By getting down and shining some shoes, you'll be making a contribution to a great cause. Hot to mention some new friends. If you're in first year, maybe you can
make some long-lasting friendships by participating in Shinerama, It's fun, really. And if anyone gives you'flack, well hey/ali you want to do is shine some shoes, dammitf Who can argue
with that? You might get some wiseguy who says, "Sure, shine my shoes," and then when you
Took down', you might see. he's wearing slippers and he thinking that's he's reeeeatly funny. But
' you will know he's riot- Nope, not funny at aH, Interested students can sign up at the
i Speakeasy information desk on the main floor of the SUS. Ntc fensom photo
Dean of Arts, Tully,
to leave UBC for Texas
by Aliya Shivji
Citing the federal and provincial
governments' lack of commitment
to the arts, UBC's Dean of Arts Alan
Tully is leaving his post at UBC.
After 29 years of service to the university, Tully will leave at the end
of this term to pursue another academic opportunity at the
University of Texas at Austin.
Tully said that the driving factor
related to his choice of school was
that the University of Texas has a
huge commitment to the liberal
arts    and    reflects    that   in    its
allocation       of
til
I don't see
the same
appreciation
for the
humanities
and the
social sciences as I do
in some
areas of the
United
States"
—Alan Tully
Dean of Arts, UBC
resources. The
dean expressed
concern about
thefederal and
provincial governments' general lack of
attention to the
arts.
"I don't see
the same appreciation for the
humanities and
the social sciences here as I
do in some
areas of the
United States,"
Tully said. "The
kinds of things
the new [provincial] Liberal government has
mentioned tend
to be high tech,
medical, and health care. I don't
hear an acknowledgement that liberal arts education, the humanities
and social sciences are an integral
part of creating a civic society."
But Minister of Advanced
Education Shirley Bond said that
the government has a continued
commitment to finding "a balance
in the post secondary education
system." She also stated that the
government fully recognises the
value of a liberal arts education,
particularly with employers looking for skills like critical thinking
that are gained through such education.
"There is room for the focus on
technology and the new economy
and new knowledge that is
required, but certainly we recognise the value of a liberal arts education," she said.
Bond also added that while the
government does have an emphasis on technology, the main goal is
to focus on areas that will best
meet the needs and demands of
students. The minister repeatedly
stressed that the new government
has many challenges to be faced
and issues to be dealt with in the
area of advanced education.
Bond said that the government
aims to first meet the needs of the
students, while "providing quality
opportunities across a broad spectrum of choice." The minister further added that it is "challenging
enough these days"
to meet these
demands, in addition to providing a
balance.
Another factor
that influenced
Tully's decision to
move down south
was his young family. Retirement age
in Canada is 65 and
he is now 58 years
old.
"I'm looking
down the road a bit,
and the truth is I'd
like to work for
probably another
three, four years,"
he said, adding that
as a historian, his
new position at the
University of Texas
will allow him to go
back to teaching in
the classroom.
The process of finding a new
dean has already begun. According
to the office of Barry McBride, vice-
president, academic, the
President's Advisory Committee
for the selection of a new dean is
currently being established, and
should be ready to start the selection process by the middle of this
month. The committe hopes to
select a new dean before Tully
leaves at the end of this term.
Meanwhile, Tully expressed
some regret at leaving and said
that he will miss UBC.
"I have enjoyed my years here. I
have enjoyed working with the current administration and with all of
my colleagues in the Faculty of
Arts, not to mention the students
whom I have found wonderful over
the years," he said. ♦ IFridav. September 7.2001
News
Page Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
Nominations are invited for
STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES
TO THE
FACULTY OF ARTS
There will be a total of 24 student representatives:
a) 20 third- and fourth-year Arts students to be elected (one representative
from the combined major, honours, or graduate program in each of the
Departments and Schools in the Faculty of Arts); and
b) 4 first- and second-year Arts students to be elected (two representatives
from each of first and second year).
Sf jent representatives are full voting members in the meetings of the Faculty of
Arts, and are appointed to committees of the Faculty.
Nominations open on September 4,2001 and close September 14,2001
Nomination forms will be available from School and Departmental offices, the
Office of the Dean (Buchanan B130) and the Arts Undergraduate Society office
(Buchanan A207). Submit completed nomination forms to the Office of the Dean
by 4:00 p.m., Friday, September 14,2001.
IN CONSTITUENCIES FROM WHICH NO NOMINA TIONS HA VE BEEN RECEIVED BY THE DEADUNE,
THERE WILL BE NO REPRESENTA TION.
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THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Public Open House
on
3 Neighbourhood Plans
for the UBC Campus
Monday, September 10,2001,2:00-8:00 pm
The Asian Centre, Auditorium, 1871 West Mall
The Official Community Plan (OCP) for
the University of British Columbia provides a vision and goals for future
development, broad land use designations and objectives for more detailed
planning. Tha purpose of the
Neighbourhood Planning process
(called Area Planning in the OCP) is to
interpret those policies and objectives
as a framework for development
approval in specific campus areas.
This Open House is intended to provide an opportunity to see the work
done to date for three Neighbourhood
Plans for the campus: the Theological
Neighbourhood Plan (TNP), the Mid-Campus Neighbourhood Plan (MCNP),
and the University Boulevard Neighbourhood Plan (UBNP). Members of the
planning teams will be available to provide information on each of the Plans.
Copies of the draft Plans maybe viewed at Campus Planning and
Development, 2210 West Mall (UBC) (Hours: M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm).
This event is wheelchair accessible. Individuals needing assistive listening
devices, captioning, or information on alternate media should
contact Gisela Haarbrucker at 822-9560 one week in advance.
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FREE PARKING will be available in the Fraser River Parkade,
Subtitles not doing well
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by Sarah MacNeill Morrison
After paying tuition and residence fees, the price of
books can often be a slap in the face for students. But
a year after opening, trying to find students to sell
cheap books to is still a problem for SUBtitles.
"It's not actually doing too well financially," said
SUBtides manager Meanna Chan. "I don't think, still,
too many people know about us."
Last year, the Alama Mater Society (AMS) spent
$68,485 to fund the store's firstyear of business. The
used bookstore operates as an AMS service to students instead of as a business, so It is not expected to
make money.
"The budget for SUBtides is on par with all our
other services," said AMS Vice-President of Finance
Yvette Lu. "It's a service, so money's being used to
run it."
This year, the AMS has budgeted $34,988 to maintain the store, but hopes next year that it will break
even.
"We're really not for profit," said SUBtitles employee Christine Bolten. "We're out just to make sure
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everyone gets a good deal on a book."
But Lu and Chan both say that despite being well-
received, they still don't think that enough students
know about the bookstore.
"This week here, the first couple of days, we actually expected a lot more people than this," she said. At
9:45 on a Thursday morning, about 15 students were
milling around the store, browsing for books, and buying their texts.
Chan just started at SUBtides last month, and said
that once she is setfled into the routine of the store, she
will start planning ways to increase the number of
customers.
"We do have more students compared to last year,
I believe," she said. "But still, we need exposure."
Meanwhile, students who make use of the store
have mosdy good things to say about it.
David He, a first-year Science student, says that he
appreciates the lower prices that SUBtides offers. He
was shopping in SUBtides after buying most of his
textbooks at the university's Bookstore.
"Most of the books seem cheaper than the other
bookstore, so I'm probably going to think about
refunding some of the books and come here and pick
up some copies of these," he said.
And Leslie Chambers, a fourth-year computer science student, has bought some books from SUBtides,
and is impressed with the bookstore's increased selection this year.
"They have a lot more stuff I haven't been here
this year. It's my first time this year, 'cause last year,
they didn't have very much stuff."
A copy of Norton's Anthology of English Literature
is $78.95 new, and $59.05 used at the UBC Bookstore.
It was found in SUBtitles for $40.
Subtitles' consignment program, which allows students to set their own prices for books-up to 75 per
cent of the new book's cost-and gives them 75
per cent of the book's selling price, has also been
well accepted.
"The Bookstore is really expensive, I think, and this
is a good store because I can sell my textbooks back
after I'm finished with the course," said Alex Chan, a
first-year Forestry student. "If I sell it at the Bookstore,
they just offer me a really low price."
For books that are still being used in UBC courses, the
UBC Bookstore pays students 50 per cent of the new price,
according to UBC Bookstore Director Debbie Harvie.
Harvie said that the AMS has always operated
some sort of buy-back exchange for books, and that
the the Bookstore has always worked with, not in competition against, them. ♦
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Litd$wpo<jf.saidthat 'he did not
think increasing the number of
securityYeonstables will be effec-
dyeY Inifead,: be said that inore
: attention shoidd be paidpn cfeang-
'ing the entire fare system.
'\ 3 itieaii an honest fsjre system
ii.3 idee idea, but we have all these
pt^{^:ri|||Eu4g around 'and I don't
:diink.it woT§s4y: he. s^d, "l^ore
I driver s and iftpre buses seeins Ijkf .
Yg'g&pdideatorae, instead of mpre
: ifdlice." . Y
YYAhaahdeep SandKu, a diird-
^arT.aw:st^dentY diSagr^ed: and.,
Ysald ftat he felt that it was necessary to ensure that transit users
^Ire aetuitily paying their fares.
42. "t ihgan youYcould secpnd-
'guess a lot of their decisions, but I
think they are going to get criticised no matter what they do, so I
" think it's a good ideal* Y
:   Meanwhile, jpnesY said  that
Trahslink is considering Yawing
tli| grovinciaf governniient Y: to
Yin<jrease the $46 fare-evasion fine.
She noted that other cities, such as
Calgary, have fines as high
as $150. ♦ Page Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
Sports
Friday. September 7.2001
5
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Rab Weitemeyer almost
  by Scott Bardsiey
"Rob Weitemeyer is a Utile powerhouse.
He'sjmt fhh compacted b&tt olmexgy and
inspiring rower as w?E *
-Rich Ovm&md, UBGMowmg
lobert Weitatteyer Is something of a
prodi^- Comksg Into his second season at
UBC, tke S'li* rower came out oa top of
tougk inteoiatien^l tompetltloa at-th^
119th Royal Canadian Henley KegafSa and
had top-three finishes at die 2001 Canada
Summer Games and at the 2000 Canadian
University Championships. Given his young
age, you might find that surprising, but for
Weitemeyer rowing has become part of life
"[Weitemeyer] knows what it takes to
make the boat go fast and that's something
that's very very difficult for a lot of athletes
to get their heads around."
- Mike Pearce, head coach UBC rowing
t 'Mob Weitemeyer is a big silly ass., he's
f®bo} one of those guys that can joke around
hut stay focused at th@$ame time."
. -Jason Hill UBC rowing
Rowing- maybe more than other team
sports, requires team unity. Rowers need to
work In unison, and a weak rower can truly
be the weakest link. When his teammates
call Weitermeyer a 'silly ass' it isn't an
insult, it's just the sort of barb that hinds the
team together. Weitemeyer is "really able to
draw the best out of his pgrta&r9> which is a
real skill/ his coach Mite Pearce, inking,
"That ability allows him to xeaBy excel*'   .
With continuing success at UBC, it is surprising that he almost gave up the sport
after a six-year rowing career in high school.
Weitemeyer   joined   the   Vancouver
ColfefS High School rowing team back in
Gr3d& 7, almost on a whim. He wasn't a
joclfe he wasn't even very athletic at all ■
Rowiogjust appealed to hjjB.-- • " '       --
In Grade 10, Weitemeyer and the team
went to the Canadian Secondary School
Regatta, also known as the School Boy, and
\m eight placed second,  an impressive
- standing for the young team.
These early years were crucial for
Weitemeyer. His peers, who helped give
Vancouver College a serious reputation for
rowing back then, showed him the level of
intensity that he would have to commit to in
order to be a successful rower.
That dedication paid off in Grade 11
when." Weitemeyer's eight won the School
Boy. However, if Grade 11 was a peak for his
high school days, Grade 12 was a disap-
quit rowing, now he's at
pointing low
"In Grade 12, it didn't click and when
you're in a boat together there's so much
timing and unison, there's more than just
lh$ pl^si-cal rowlftf that you see, and .
b«c«8H^^Sjo',^p0B^ m itskch time training
together It h%$ to hi social and you have lo
haw * *%s&mzinkyJm&. "4v«r ilis summer
coaang tats my Q&&» 11 year it Just didriI
Wi&Sjwfc&e $®M8$$i&<x'ib)s 6033^e%
tiveness of the rowing &«&'$ <Abt yeais,
Weitemeyer decided that after graduating in
June 2000 he would quit rowing. He thought
that he was too small to row at a university
level and he just didn't want to do it anymore.
However, after some nagging from, some
of his UBC friends, Weitemeyer rowed that
summer at the Henley and at the Canada
Cup in Montreal. In Montreal he had an
epiphany. "It just sort of dawned on me that
I'd be leaving a lot behind if I quit and i
couldn't do it"
After six years in rowing, Weitemeyer
realised that the sport was a big part of his
life: he met all of his close friends from rowing. He joined the UBC rowing team in the
fall and got to work, launching his rowing
shells from the same dock on False Creek as
he did back in high school.
"I was pretty nervous coining into it I
was pretty unsure as to how I'd be able to
stack «p Against varsity athletes from the
saniYersity program..it was a big step up
from "ray ptevkms years at high school in
terms of the level ofmtens% as! i>6«s, but
I enjoyed it a great deal," Weitemeyer said.
He quickly adjusted to the level of university rowing. Last November the team
went t& the Canadian University Rowing
Championships, where Weitemeyer crewed
the eight that won second place and, incredibly for a first-year rower, was second in the
men's single,
After the championships, the next big
event the team was looking towards was
April's Brown Cup, the annual grudge match
between the UBC and UVic rowing teams.
But Weitemeyer never made it.
During February's reading break the
team went to Shawnigan Lake to train.
Weitemeyer fell ill with mononucleosis, but
nobody knew it at the time. In the competitive environment of the camp, his spleen
could have easily ruptured, potentially causing death. '
Out   for   the   rest   of   the   season,
UBC and winning races
Weitemeyer did all he could to salvage his
academic j'ear But he was hack into rowing
by the summer season.
And what a summer season Weitemeyer
and his partner, third-j'ear UBC rower Geoff
Hodgson, turned out amaslag results at the
Henley. The duo won both the Senior B 2-
aad Ihe Senior 2- The B is reserved for rowers Bade* 23 b&cawse they haven't hit their
fates, which eeoaes in their Iste twenties.
Tfee SeuiOT; however, is open to anyone,
maMng it particularly impressive that the
duo won both.
Then Weitemeyer joined Team BC to
compete in the Canada Games. At the
Canada Games, unlike at the Henley,
Weitermeyer raced in sculls, a big switch for
him. Also, Team BC was spread out across
the province, leaving the team with litde
practice time. Despite this, the team placed
third in the quad, while Weitemeyer himself
also came third in the single.
"We all joke about his size, but he can
kick our butts any day."
- Overgaard
Weitemeyer isn't exacuy sure why he
does so well for such a small rower: "The
only thing that keeps me faster than the bigger guys on my crew is my technique and
having a feel of the balance of the boat"
Team spirit is also an important factor.
He doesn't want to let down the team or
the coach, Weitermeyer also feels that
teammate Hodgson played a big part in
his sucess.
"He's been racing this same event for
three years and [has been] coming close
to winning every y#ar, so he added a
whole lot of e£.p#nenC£ to our boat that I
wouldn't have b6$m\9fole to do on my
own." N 7
"JWeitemeyerJihet team slutl Don't quote .
that!"
- A joking anonymous UBC rower
Weitemeye/s set on having a great season with his: teammates—and friends—at
UBC rowing. For Weitemeyer and the rowing team, joking around and hard work is
just part of another early morning practice
out on False Creek.
As to where his rowing will take him,
Weitemeyer plans to do his best rowing
for UBC. He also aims to make the national nnder-23 team. And the Olympic team?
He said, that "Whether I'm that good
enough remains to be seen. If I'm able to
reach that level of performance I would
definitely do it" ♦
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WHAT THE COKE DEAL DECISION—AND THIS NEWSPAPER—MEAN TO THE STUDENTS OF UBC
by Nicholas Bradley
TORONTO-By now it's old news. Now that
the school year has started, it's easy to forget the fact that several weeks ago, in the
middle of the summer (you know, that time
of year when the university and its politics
are furthest from most students' minds), a
decision was made.thatjias been years.in
the making. And ft's ill ?to6 easyW forget
what this rrieans to the students of UBC—we
.j      %     &.
won.       .,««£      As     g
k    1 ■   V"~   ^      ^
If yg|Fheara the ne'Cvf when it broke, you
likelyVorgot about it uflti!jiow. Or if the
front s^tge of this newspaper provided your
firsOridication that soiffiethirtg had happened you may not ha^y|fken much
noftje—and you can hardly be, blamed.
Something about a Coke deal bfTcampus.
The Hetails of some agreement made pub-
lic.^Big deal. After all, it's not 1'g^though
Cofa-Coja products have ceasedjpjexist.
You/|jYl{>robably had one or two?J3prite,
Coke,! Dasani, Minute Maid, filtM-the-
blarfllj: already today. ¥s>^
^But if the actual events don't holdjluch
exciterhent, the implications of the decision
to make the cold beverage exclusnqty Heal
between5 Coca-Cola and UBC public might
be of more interest. Because the decision
show^that, contrary to popular belief stu
denffjan still make people sit up ana lis
tenYf-jp; v-*sr*'
Reporters are, by and large/1 anqny-
moul-^r, rather they're a name'with no
face.yjbu'd probably recognise Peter
MansbriiSge, say, if he strolled info' the
room, ¥\& it's equally likely that you'd be
hard-pressed to name a single one of the
reporter^Tworking at the local CBC station
or at tkejfiancouver Sun,^tji' at the
Province, voriwherevefT^Aftd^fhat .would
hardly be you-r fault—It's lust the nature ,of
the job for the reporter to fade ifite"'fie'
background.
The situation isn't much different at a
university newspaper, especially not at this
one, where the potential readership is far
greater than many of the towns that UBC
students come from. Even though the
reporters and editors who run the Ubyssey
are your fellow students, they're not exactly
campus celebrities. Both the paper and the
university have come a long way since the
1960s, say, when the campus was small
enough for the Ubyssey to list the week's
club meetings and the editors seemed to
take every chance they could get to print
photos of each other.,„, ■-
.:■   i£o3 you wouldn't kn&v? 'fhat fStariley
YTrdtrfplis-li Mt of %rf olid character. His
*%    ^ ^jr^^-'   ?
"name appears" now in The Georgia Straight,
where he is a regular contributor to that
rag's news section. Shy in person, Tromp
spent his time at the Ubyssey obsessively
sleuthing out the financial dealings of former UBC President David Strangway, possible conflicts-of-interests in the UBC administration, and various closed-door deals.
One of Tromp's favourite reporting
strategies is the Freedom of Information
request, in which the journalist applies for
access to information that is ostensibly in
the public domain, but has been kept from
sight Because UBC is a public institution,
the Coke deal seemed like a ripe target for
an FOI request. Tromp filed that first
request in 1995, and his move ultimately
proved to outlast his tenure at the Ubyssey.
In April 1999, Bruce Arthur was elected
by the Ubyssey staff as coordinating editor
for the following school year. Arthur, now
graduated and a sports reporter at the
National Post, inherited the Coke proceedings, then four years old. He saw the paper
through a series of FOI decisions and
appeals as UBC and Coke tried to keep the
contract sealed.
In just about every way conceivable,
Arthur's personality is the opposite of
Tromp's. Gregarious and eager to take
charge, Arthur supervised the Ubyssey staff
in gathering a list of examples of beverage
exclusivity deals that had already Keeh
jmade public. In the'Tfi^Wiere^suth leals'
[ |a§;|a|rriBf| genkvejlsjiy' o¥ college
campuses J!than "those in Canada, various
deals have been made public—to no discernible detriment to the university or the
beverage supplier.
Arthur was also quick to speak to the
other local media, drumming up some
measure of publicity and support for the
Ubyssey's efforts. But in between these flur
ries of activity, the Ubyssey newsroom on
the top floor of the SUB often went weeks on
end without mention of the Coke deal.
For obvious reasons, the details of the
legal proceedings were Jtept quiet, even
demonstrated little imagination under the
leadership of the current and past two presidents.
What this all means for the average student is that there really isn't anyone looking
among the* Ubyssey staff. It is likely thit*   oilf'fdr"student needs. I'm not one to sug-
|°     -| su*~  If'X '«/        l» -%    f ^   fr ,-v  P ,1   S;   g_ is fe „• _„ - °
some less* frebuent contributors'Were alttf1"    ----*•*»---.■ ^---=»j—.•_.•-...—..--— _r —
"gether unaware of the issue. But last year,
under   then-coordinating  editor   Daliah
Merzaban, word began to emerge that an
end to the affair was in sight. UBC
announced that the Coke deal was being
made public in a matter-of-fact press
release this summer, tersely noting that the
certain hours. Duncan M.  McHugh,  uiS1
only recently elected as head of the paJfjpV,
was rather more effusive in his responseto
the ruling, as he was quoted around town.
All this could well have been—andccfcld
still be—the end of the matter. A little^ftews-
paper makes good against the big university
and the even bigger corporation. Bigjfeal.
The University of British Colurhbi§.;is
fond of proclaiming its excellence.
President Martha Piper has led thejvay in
spreading word around the world of l/BC's
greatness (with justification rn^iany
respects). But it must be said, faithful readers, that the students of this fine mstffufion
are neither the most concerned nor Mie
most demonstrative. UBC studentsY|.re,
according to reputation, apathetic ancHon-
servative. ^L
By and large, this is true, though there
are some very proud exceptions, like fee'
SzisS
J
g'esf that the'idministration of any school
often has niuchelse on its mind outside of
money, infrastructure, hosting dictators,
etc4   i /', js  Y
Altd this is where Ae Ubyssey comes in,
and this is why the Coke deal is so important!. The Ubyssey has voted op behalf of
,UBC students in this case, andjt can be a
contract itself was available for viewing kJ" voice for students. The newspaper is the
best way students have to become*mformed
and to get their opinions heard.   ^
Any Ubyssey reporter will teJDyou—
they're not dumb—that plenty of |tifdents
don't read the paper, that they jufEclon't
care. But I'll tell you that a lot of peopfe do
read the paper—and some of thosj people
work in the highest ranks of UBC'S administration. If students want to speak tg^each
other, and to the powers that be:,- the
Ubyssey is the way to do it. (JJl
Okay, the Coke deal is old news, ind to
many people it s just not interesting news.
Fair enough. The point, howeve£ is that
some students wanted to know the^fletails
of the deal. They felt it was only fair/f nd the
Ubyssey was able to make this happen.
The contract itself shows hdW much
money UBC and the AMS recieve fr*6m Coca-
Cola, and where that money is*supposed to
go. Early reporting has showri'ftat some of
Great Trek' and  the   1997   Asia-Pacifie,,/the money hasn't been spins g'all the right
Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, that
show otherwise. APEC was one of the early
flashpoints in the anti-globalisation move
not make too much of that connection-
Coke is as powerful as ever, and a little legal
skirmish up in Canada has no chance of
changing that.
Meanwhile, student representation on
university governing bodies has been largely poor—to put it charitably—in recent
years. The AMS, for its part, is plagued by
bickering and a lack of vision, and has
Trlaces, and that is reprehensible. But the
'real tfewjhere is thaft|fae 'Ubyssey said that
UBC ltud^rp^|la, rights—in this case a right
to freedom of information-and the Ubyssey
made a powerful university and a powerful
corporation defer to this right.
Now none of this means that this newspaper is perfect. It isn't-this reporter's mistakes, typos and gaffes here could fill a
steno pad or two. But the good outweighs
the not-so-good, and the heart is always in
the right place. This summer has brought
some good news to the Ubyssey, and to
UBC students. Keep reading. It might get
even better. ♦
UBC'S disabled get only 7.5 per cent of Coke Deal
 by Stanley Tromp
Funding for disability access on campus has
received less than one-tenth of the funds from
UBC's exclusivity contract with Coke, despite a
promise that campus upgrades would receive
'almost all" of the money from the deal.
"Almost all of the revenue to be received
from Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd over the life of the
Sponsorship Agreement will be spent on
improving access for disabled people to the
premises and programs of UBC," claimed UBC's
then-president David Strangway in 1996.
Under the contract with Coca-Cola, UBC
receives close to $8.5 million over ten years. But
six years through the agreement, only $640,000
has gone to the disabled for the construction of
several ramps and elevators, and, according to
UBC Public Affairs Director Scott McCrae, the
university has no more plans to spend money
on disability access.
"The disabled access projects have been completed," he said. "There is no more contemplated for that purpose."
According to David Grigg, UBC's associate
director of planning, there is still much more
work that needs to be done at UBC to make it
accessible.
"We need $5- to $10 million more to bring
UBC up to even a moderate level of disability
access, because 50 per cent of the buildings
could use some physical adjustments," he said.
"We're appalled and shocked by this situation," said Margaret Birrell, head of the BC
Coalition for the Disabled. "UBC should keep its
promises. Obviously, the disabled were used to
sell this deal to the public."
But Dennis Pavlich, vice-president of legal
and external affairs, said that UBC need not fulfill Strangway's promise as "a promise is not a
contract."
"Promises  are   not  enforceable   in law,
because there would have to be 'mutuality,' that
is, reciprocal rights and responsibilities,"
Pavlich said.
To date, UBC has spent $2.1 million of the
Coca-Cola money on "administration and startup costs" related to the contract, most of which
went to the deal's negotiator. Spectrum
Marketing; $2.4 million on the Alma Mater
Society (AMS), student athletics and event sponsorships; $525,000 on the UBC Library, with
another $400,000 allocated for future use; and
$ 100,000 on UBC's 2000 Open House.
The AMS receives 29 per cent of the revenue
from the deal with Coke, and spent a small portion of its Coca-Cola money on improving fighting and signage for the disabled. In 1995, it set
aside $130,000 of this money for the New
Initiatives Fund, designed to support student
groups. However, in July 1996, the student society decided to spend $85,000 of that revenue
towards paying off its internal debt. ♦
Exclusivity and Preferred Suppji^jpaiii^l||^^^^P|u^
In 1995—UBC became the first Canadian university to sign an exclusive
deal with Coca-Cola. The university, the Alma Mater Society (AMS), and
the soft-drink company agreed to a ten-year confidentiality contact.
In 1995—The ARAMARK business partnership began with UBC and
the AMS. This partnership provided the snack vending machines to
campus.
In May 1998—UBC Campus Security attempted to stop students from
distributing material during a protest against a visit by the CEO of Coca-
Cola Enterprises. The students were told that it was against university :
policy to 'distribute any material unless [they had] written authorisation
from [Campus Security].' The incident occurred while students were
protesting against the "Coca-Colonisation" of their campus.
"Why is it that Coca-Cola can advertise all over our campus, but we
are not allowed to even criticise the company? It is clear that if the university has to choose between advertising dollars and freedom.of
speech, they choose cash," Michelle Bernstein, a 22-year old UBC fine ,
arts student said, Y
In November 1998—The Business Relations Office ieceived approval
from UBC's Board of Governors on the draft Ethical guidiimessfbrs
Preferred Supplier Agreements (PSA). Coihihents from the eaifipus com-;:;
munity were invited and received on Ocfejber S, 1998:; ;:%::|5:
"Limiting consumer choice on campus-whSe; PSAiS ^f \%BkW^4iii§S2W^2i9§SS^^^^^^^^^^^s
nature limit certain purchasing choices at the Ihaiversif^ahd epeaBppus7^KYffii!:^Wffi||i||piiiilIi:iHiBiB^Hi8||i
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and other members to fulfill their roles in the acadejfhicBiis^i^^of the:*
University." —Ethical Guidelines for Preferred Supph#;i^|^||ienfs
"Ethical standards for .firms in PSAs-y&lgiiige M |Ei;|||ii|i|ence of
the university's contractual relationships'iw$ |M it is
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March 1996—Langara's student union vo#ed
to keep corporate influence off itg campiis,-
passing a motion that blocked the. possibility
of a Langara "Coke Deal," similar to UBC'%
The motion prohibited the Langara College ;
Students' Union from entering corporate
exclusivity agreements, and even went a step
further by requiring the Student Onion, to
actively campaign against corporate deals."'1'
In 1997 -Capilanoand Coca-Colasignedan
exclusive, confidential, ten-year agreement! '
In 2000-Students at the UniversM lu
Quebec and Universite Laval protested against
the exclusive Coke deals at their schools, leading both universities to cancel their respective
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No more games against Quebec teams
for OUA East basketball division
by John Sinopoii
The Varsity
Basketball teams in eastern and
western Ontario will finally get to
square off against one another
thanks to a new interlocking basketball schedule. However,, the
change to Ontario University
Athletics (OUA) means Quebec players will be left in the cold.
Ontario athletes are praising the
changes, after 30 years of previous
attempts to interlock the schedules
have failed.
"Travelling eight hours to get to
a game really
throws you
off," said senior University
of Toronto
Varsity Blues
basketball
player Matt
Sturgeon.
The new
schedule
allows us to
play the western teams and
meet them
before we get
to face them
in the nationals," he said.
"If you've
never played a
team before,
you can watch
• game tape all
you want but
you'll never
have that tangible experience of playing with the
team and you
won't know
everything
about them.
"It is going
to be better competition," Sturgeon
added. "A lot of the teams are
ranked higher in the West but we're
going to end up playing them anyway."
Ken Olynyk, the Varsity Blues
men's basketball coach, said it is
simply   impossible   to   include"
Quebec in the mix.
"Now we...have 22 games with
teams just from Ontario and it
would be difficult to expand that
to include the teanjs from
Quebec. That means we would be
playing 30 games without ever
playing a non-conference game."
Five years ago, the OUA
entered an agreement with the
Quebec teams to play them for
five years on a trial basis.
Ward Dilse, the executive
director of the OUA, said the
decision had nothing to do
with not wanting to play the
Quebec teams.
"In December, 1999, in the
semi-annual meeting, the schools
wanted to develop a fully interlocking schedule with OUA East
and OUA West So with that interlocking schedule they wouldn't
have time to play the Quebec
schools," said Dilse.
The problem now for Quebec
schools is that they need to make
"In December,
1999, in the
semi-annual
meeting, the
schools wanted to develop
a fully interlocking schedule with OUA
East and OUA
West So with
that interlocking schedule
they wouldn't
have time to
play the
Quebec
schools"
—Ward Dilse
OUA executive director
up for the loss in competition
resulting from the schedule
change. Ddse said that a task
force has been formed between
the OUA and the Quebec Student
Sports Federation (QSSF) to look
at the matter.
"These are members of the
Canadian Interuniversity Athletic
Union [CIAU] and we don't want
to see those sports disappear in
those schools, so we will definitely try to find solutions that are
viable to OUA schools and to
accommodate them as well."
Other OUA sports teams that
play Quebec
teams will continue to do so.
The Quebec
conference had
approached the
Atlantic coast
about forming
an interlocking
schedule similar to the one
they had with
Ontario East,
but the Aflantic
Coast wasn't
interested.
With eight
teams apiece,
OUA East will
play the teams
in the West on a
home and home
series, but over
a two-year period. This year the
Blues will play
away games at
YMac Master,
Lakehead,
Guelph and
Brock, who will
come to Toronto
next year. They
will play at
home against
Western, Windsor, Laurier and
Waterloo this year, and travel to
those universities next year.
Coach Olynyk sees no drawbacks, and added that he feels the
competition will be the same.
"The Quebec schools were "as
tough as the West schools.
Historically over the last ten
years. Western and McGill have
been good teams on a regular
basis and the other teams, like
most, have had up and down
years," said Olynyk.
"I think it is a positive thing—
from a financial aspect, travel
time, from time away from school,
from a competitive basis," he
said. "We're going to play 15 different teams, which is a better
thing for us, and in conference
play we'll probably stdl get to play
the Quebec teams."
Division champions will
still meet in the playoffs this
year and probably also in the
next year.
"I'm sure that if this interlock maintains itself that down
the- road the playoff structure
will be altered," said Olynyk.
Ontario East men's and
women's basketball championships will be hosted in Toronto
this upcoming season. ♦ Page Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
Culture
Friday. September 7.2001
THESE DAYS
at the Vancouver Art Gallery
until Sept 16
There has never been an exhibit at
the Vancouver Art Gallery that managed to lure me back for a return
visit—until now. No, I'm not talking
about the much-hyped Rembrandt
exhibit, nor the prints and drawings
of the Weimar Republic. The main
attraction for me lies on the gallery's
third floor.
The floor features These Days, a
contemporary exhibit created by
local artists. The exhibit incorporates a variety of media, from photography to video installations to
paintings. Artist Alex Morrison even
drew one series in black felt pen
directly onto the large white gallery
wall. His drawings—aptly titled
"Every House I've Ever Lived In
Drawn From Memory"—comprise a
series of architectural-style drawings
of (surprise!) the many houses he
has lived in.
Sometimes playful, sometimes
reflective, the works by the eighteen
artists on exhibit—and the differences between those works—are
provocative. In the video "Being
Fucked Up," Emily Vey Duke and
Cooper Battersby show several short
vignettes of people doing "fucked up
stuff," like getting high with plastic
bags over their heads or jiggling
their naked asses into a camera. Vey
Duke and Battersby's video evokes
Aisha
Jamal
both anxiety and laughter.
On a different tone, Antonia
Hirsch's video installation "Empire
Line" projects a larger-than-life image
of a dress made entirely from tea
bags onto a large wall in a dark room.
Inset into the bottom corner of the
dress is a video of a woman making
tea by walking in a pool of water while
wearing the dress.
Although Hirsch's video is visually
lulling, it jolts the intellect, making a
strong statement about colonial interaction. The style of the dress is popular British 19th century fashion, featuring a high "empire" waist The
woman in the video is stepping into
clear blue Caribbean water, leaving a
trail of brown in the water as she
wades in deeper.
These Days has been laid out to
glide the viewer easily from one piece
to another—from a video to a painting
to an installation Although the space
is easy to move through, the works
themselves have been arranged to
pull the viewer completely out of one
piece and into the next
The exhibit's diversity is a joy. The
show's mission is not to give a general survey of regional art nor to give a
glimpse into a particular generation
of artists. Instead, the main aim is to
reflect on the vitality of the Vancouver
art scene. But as much as the exhibit
tries to avoid a single general theme,
the works do share one component
they all, in one way or another, reflect
our place in the world.*>
SWARMing the art world
by Ron Nurwisah
SWARM
Various venues
Sept 7
I've always been jealous of people in New York. A museum like the Museum of Modern Art is enough to make
any art lover drooL And even crusty old London has the
new Tate gallery that can 'ooh' and 'ahh' the most cynical
gallery-goers. But Vancouver, despite its lack of truly great
venues, also has an alternative to stuffy museums.
Last year a group of artist-run galleries decided to
pool their resources and create an event that would
attract large numbers of the Vancouver art-going crowd.
The end result came
to be known as
SWARM. The concept
is simple enough:
gallery-goers start at
one gallery and then
move on to another,
and then the next
one, and the one
after that The event
is like a giant contemporary-art buffet
Last year SWARM
was a resounding
success. From 8pm
until midnight, more
than a dozen galleries around the city were full of artists, critics and fans.
Attendance was estimated in the hundreds, impressive
in the contemporary-art world.
Kathleen Ritter, program coordinator at Artspeak,
feels that running large events like SWARM is almost
second nature to artist-run centres in Vancouver.
"Artist-run centres in BC are kinda different than
artist-run centres in Toronto or Montreal. In BC we've
had more of a history of doing city-wide exhibitions,"
she said.
The result is an art scene that belies Vancouver's
relatively small size. Artist-run centres like Artspeak
and the Western Front have been breeding grounds for
now world-famous artists like Ken Lum, Stan Douglas
and, more recently, Brian Jungen.
"(Artist-run centres] are the venues where you see the
most cutting-edge work being done more, pushing the
boundaries and such," explained SWARM coordinator
Damien Petrysbyn. "I'd like to think of it as the research
and development sector of the visual art world."
Jonathan Middleton, curator at the Western Front,
had a positive' SWARM experience last year at the
Western Front's installation—a collaborative work
involving music, performance and art divisions—at
Main Street and Alexander Street in the Downtown
Eastside.
"We were full all night..We were a bit off the beaten track, and it wasn't our regular venue. Whether we
would get the numbers in was a real worry, and
SWARM definitely helped us with that," Middleton
said.
This year's SWARM looks like it will include art
that is just as varied and avant-garde as last year's.
Take—for example—Jonathan Wells's installation,
"Superstretch": Wells has installed video art in three
limos that will be driving between Artspeak, the
Helen Pitt Gallery and the Western Front.
Other highlights include Myfanwy MacLeod's work
at the Or Gallery and Evan Lee's work at Centre A. Both
artists were recently included in the Vancouver Art
Gallery's These Days exhibit (see review in this issue),
and are rising stars in the Vancouver art scene.
Most importantly, SWARM attracts a different
crowd than the critics and art students that contemporary art shows normally attract.
"I think it does reach people who don't normally go
to openings. It turns it a little bit into a festival, which
is exciting," Middleton said.
"For some of the emerging spaces, like the
Dynamo, and the alternative spaces, like the Crying
Room, it brings...a lot more exposure," he added.
Petryshyn shares Middleton's excitement about
SWARM, but hopes that the excitment generated by
the event continues after Friday night.
"This kind of activity goes on all year; you just
have to look for it," he said.«>
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Op/Ed
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VOLUME 83 ISSUE 2
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LETTERS/RESEARCH
Alicia Miller
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Snott Bardsiey pit to his feet as Duncan M. McHugh asked
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court t» order, tuld everyone to be sealed, and cleared her
rlirnat as she prepared u> give her statement Sarah Morrison
and Ai Lin Choo leaned forward in nervous anticipation. Julia
Christensen had butterflies in her stomach. She had told Nic
Fensom and Laura Blue all about the case. They probably knew
the details even better than Hywel Tuscano and Ron Nurwisah,
the lawyers. Alicia Miller, the court clerk, (Jot ready to transcribe the judge's report as reporters Graeme Worthy and Jon
Ferguson took their photos. Helen Eady and Michael Schwandt
were on the verge of tears. It had been six long years of legal
wrangling since Parm Sidhu had first filed the suit. Alex Bustos
and Sachiko Murakami had both moved out of town since,
leaving ihe proceedings in the capable hands of Aisha Jamal,
who had gotten by with the help of Martin Schobel's moral support. Carly Hollander's great legal adiite and Sara Young's
home cooking. Eveiyone was listening eagerly. Everyone. Aliya
Shivji nudged Becky Koskela, who was explaining rapidly the
events as she whispered into her ceD phone. Nicholas Bradley,
on the other end, was listening intently until the flight attendant confiscated his phone. .   ,
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Exclusivity gone worse
If you read today's cover feature on pages 6 and
7, you know all about exclusivity deals on campus. But other than Coke, Telus and a failed
bank deal, there are no other big, ugly, menacing 'preferred supplier' deals on campus. This
is fine with the Ubyssey, but to the number-
crunchers in the university's accounting
department, this must be quite a thorn in the
side.
Think of the endowment that the university
could be growing. They have a captive audience
of thousands of 18 to 30 year-olds. They have a
reputation as being a prestigious institution.
These are both bankable assets.
So, with UBC's continued financial stability in
mind, the Ubyssey offers Martha Piper and her
band of furious fundraisers some suggestions to
get the exclusivity train back on its tracks.
Mountain Equipment Co-op
Sure they act all gentle and hippy with their
'we're a cooperative' rhetoric and 'vote in our
board of directors' elections' crap. Yeah right
Don't think for a second that they wouldn't drop
that peacenik pantomime if they could eradicate
the campus of Taiga jackets and North Face
fleeces. Beware though, MEC may force the university to change its colours from blue and gold
to eggplant and ochre. Yuck.
Le Chateau
Although they'd be gaining an already satu
rated market, there'd be very little student opposition to Le Chateau becoming the official clothier of the Pit. And judging by the line-up outside
the Pit last Wednesday night, UBC would have no
problem reaching its minimum volume commitment of tube tops and pleather pants.
Colt .45 Malt Liquor
UBC students enjoy the Wildcat when they're
at dad's place. Out here, on a fixed budget, students need to be resourceful. Nothing washes
down a plate of macaroni and cheese like a
warm Colt .45. The university should capitalise
on this. They could even negotiate to get extra
beer and finally big-up all their dead homies wit'
some proper respect, yo. Word.
54-40 and Wide Mouth Mason
Arts County Fair, the Main Event, Welcome
Back BBQ, the list goes on and on. They're all
UBC events and they all need mediocre bands to
placate the lowest common denominator. And
like any exclusivity deal, both sides get a little
something out of it. In this case, these bland
Canadians bands will have guaranteed gigs in
front of large crowds, instead of having to use
the ol' 'we're really big in Slovenia' excuse. And
with an exclusivity deal in place, maybe UBC
administrators would get to go backstage. Rock
'n' roll!
Stihl Chainsaws
Now that UBC Student Services have aban-
letters
doned Telereg and hard copies of the
Registration Guide and Calendar—opting
instead for exclusively online services and a
seemingly defective server—students are going
to need to vent their frustration in more creative
and destructive ways. And why fill the void with
crack and one-night stands when you can take a
chainsaw and just tear shit up! This need could
also be filled by MEC's ice axes. Booya!
Trojan Condoms
C'mon. You knew we were going to have to
include this one. What would a university be
without a condom exclusivity deal? But that
doesn't mean we can't increase the safer-sex
quotient on campus. And really, what nervous
parent won't have their fears calmed when they
drop off their 18-year-old first-year at residence
and see the trusty Trojan Park sign gleaming in
the sunlight?
Z 95.3 £M
Although we'd stick with CiTR, the vast
majority of students need their fixes of Britney,
Mariah and *Nsync. The university has already
acknowledged this by offering Destiny's Child
tickets as prizes for logging on to UBC websites.
So, if students want crappy top 40 pop music,
give it to them. But load it with subliminal messages: 'Pay your tuition,' 'drink more Coke,'
'Erfan is the chosen one. He shall lead us to salvation,' the possibilities are endless.♦
Those wily engineers
It was with great pleasure that I
read the red scrawling letters on the
sidewalk on my way to Buchanan
this morning for my classes:
"Science: Too dumb to get into
Engineering"; "Arts: Too dumb to
get into Science"; "Forestry: Too
dumb." It looks like the engineers
are back at it with their false sense
of superiority, but at least they're
asserting it with wit and humour.
—James F. Stansfield
Arts 3
The grass is greener
at UBC
Welcome back to all the UBC stu
dents. Having just graduated {nostalgia speaking), I realise that the
grass is definitely not greener on the
other side. At least not yet When I
was a student at UBC, my main concerns included what time I was
meeting what friend at the Gallery
for a drink, whether I could get a
parking spot in B-Lot 1 or 5 and
which weekend I should start my
essay. Now, my concerns have
turned to more 'real-life' issues, as
the saying goes. At UBC, there was
always something to do, something
laid out for me in my undergraduate
program and now...it's either a 'real
job' or more and more school in a
graduate program. I am not alone at
this crossroads. My friends, fellow
UBC alumni, have all gone through
the panic attack that can last any
where from a few minutes to a few
weeks, about what they are going to
do now. I am writing this article to
remind all of you to remember that
your experiences as a student
become magnified when you graduate. Take advantage of all university
life has to offer you and remember:
the piece of paper you are working
towards will gear you up for the real
world. It just might take a minute to
get your grounding.
-Leila Rafi
2001 UBC grad
Drinking tips
This is the anonymous tipster here!
I was just reading the "First-Year
Confidential" issue [Aug. 22] of your
great paper and wanted to let you
know that Pepsi is available on campus in the UBC Hospital. Vancouver
Hospital just switched all of their
sites over to Pepsi and that means
UBC Hospital too. So all of those
Pepsi junkies out there can just hop
over to the hospital cafeteria on
their way to Emergency for a fix!
Also in your "Point Grey" booze section you marvelously mentioned
the venerable Liberty Wine
Merchants. It is also worth mentioning that they have a $ 1 UBC student discount if you show your card.
(Trust me, if they see you more than
a couple of times, you don't need
your card anymore!)
—Name withheld
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Letters
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by Lucio Munoz
The university environment can be defined
as one made up of a set of explicit and implicit promises interacting conjuncturally toward
a common goal of instruction and pursuit of
knowledge-. Explicit promises can be denned
as those that are not legally binding (oral
statements) and implicit promises can be
defined as those that are legally binding (UBC
Policies and Regulations). In other words,
explicit promises cannot be enforced legally
as they are not contractually based on 'I do
this, you do that' Implicit promises are legally binding. The ingredient maintaining the
unbiased working of the university environment is honour. Honour can be defined as the
expectation that those within the system—students and facility—will respect the explicit
and implicit promises made without hesitation all the time. When there is no honour or
honour is going through a deteriorating
process, the university environment starts
working biasedly in favour of some elements
of the system as these elements will honour
explicit and implicit promises Only when it is
convenient for them to do so, or when they
are legally forced to do so. In other words,
when there is honour there is no need to use
legal force to get the previously stated explicit and implicit promises fulfilled, and therefore, the system is unbiased. On the other
hand, when there is no honour, the system is
biased and anything can happen, especially to
the weak, to minorities, to out-of-province stu
dents, and so on, as under biased conditions,
the promises relevant to them are more likely to be violated.
Should we expect UBC to honour its explicit
and implicit promises to UBC students? This
question can be answered by looking at two
specific    examples
where      violations
have occurred, one
related to violations
of explicit policies
and one related to
violations of implicit polices.
One case of broken explicit promises relates to the explicit
promise made by the past president of
UBC,David Strangway.that "almost all of the
revenue to be received from Coca-Cola
Bottling Ltd over the life of the Sponsorship
Agreement will be spent on improving access
for disabled people to the premises and programs of UBC." But very little of the value of
the sponsorship received has been spent in
improving disability access, as reported by
Stanley Tromp in his article "Coke money not
allocated to accessibility," published in the
Ubyssey of August 15, 2001, on page 3. Mr
Tromp reports in general terms that UBC does
not feel obliged to fulfill explicit promises
made to achieve an objective, in this case to
get the Coke money, and that justification provided by Vice-President Legal and External
Affairs Dennis Pavlich is that UBC need not
fulfill promises made by UBC officials as "a
PERSPECTIVE
OPINION
promise is not a contract," and therefore, it
cannot be enforced legally. This clearly
implies that in this case, and when it is convenient for the university, UBC does not feel
any moral obligation to comply with explicit
promises made, which indicates a lack of honour. Will UBC display the same attitude when any
explicit promise
made by the current president, Dr
Martha Piper, or by
any other UBC official is violated or
left unfulfilled in the future?
A case of broken implicit promises relates
to the UBC Senate dismissal of my academic
appeal in 1998 to avoid granting me my PhD
degree. The academic appeal rules and regulations indicate in general terms that when an
academic appeal is allowed to proceed and
there is no longer a fair and workable institutional solution available to cure UBC wrongdoing, then the UBC Senate must grant the academic standing that fits the circumstances, in
my case, the PhD degree. However, when the
UBC Senate found itself in this situation with
my case, it broke the implicit promise—inserted in the academic appeal rules and regulations—to all students facing these types of situations and dismissed my appeal instead. The
UBC Senate knows that these implicit promises are binding legally, yet when UBC is at fault,
it does not want to comply with implicit prom
ises without legal force as they should do
under good faith conditions, which is another
sign of lack of honour. If the UBC Senate is not
prepared to grant the academic standing that
fits the circumstances as appropriate remedy
when there is no longer a fair and workable
institutional solution without legal force as
implicitly promised in the academic appeal
rules and regulations, why does it not say so
openly and clearly in its appeal rules so that
students do not have to waste more time and
money (tuition, rent, food, daycare) when
bringing appeals to them?
If UBC does not feel obliged to honour
the explicit and implicit promises it has
previously made without legal pressure,
then it has a very biased university environment and its promises to students are
worthless as they can be violated or broken
at will. A university governed under good
faith should not need legal force to operate
properly, fairly and justly.
In conclusion, the two cases above show
that even when UBC knows that promises
are legally binding, it does not have the
commitment or intention to honour them
without legal force, especially when honouring them would expose aspects affecting
its reputation or best interest. Therefore,
UBC's promises to students, if they are not
honoured with legal force or widespread
student and community pressure, are not™
worth it. Think About It! ♦
—Luch Munoz
is a PhD student in Forestry Economics
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Culture
Page Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
by Martin Schobel
FOREIGN BODIES
FOOTFALLS
The Firehall Arts Centre
until Sep 16
The politics of dysfunction blaze
across the stage during Rumble
Productions' double-bill presentation of Foreign Bodies and
Footfalls. These productions form
the core of Rumble's Youth
Mentorship Program, showcasing-
the work of two young companies:
Tangled Tongues Performance
and Tandem Productions. That
said, there is little else that warrants the billing of two such
diverse theatrical experiences on
the same night.
Noah   Drew
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and Adrienne
Wong, co-creators of Foreign
Bodies, conceived the show
as a modern
day reworking
of Taming of
the Shrew.
While " the
essence of domination and submission, rampant in the
Shrew survived
the creative
process, little
else of
Shakespeare's
sensibilities
remain.
The story chronicles the love
relationship of Peter and
Catherine, played by Drew and
Wong respectively, as the two tear
away at the other's carefully constructed illusions. The dialogue
flows like water and evokes a viscous poetry that echoes Edward
Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia
Woolf on a multitude of levels.
The images are bold, daring and
often grotesque, and connect with
the characters.
Wong is consistently luminous
bringing a distinctly mothering
feel and ladylike poise to her role.
Drew on the other hand plays the
hard-hitting male role to the hilt
with equal amounts boyish insecurity and macho bravado.
Director Camyar Chai does a good
job of mediating the work of this
ensemble, blending his touch into
the fabric of the performers' story
so that his influence was faintly
felt and subtly displayed.
The dysfunction of this play's
relationship soars beautifully. Its
thematic unity often hits pockets
of turbulence but as a whole unit,
however, the truth of these make
believe stories is enchantingly visceral, sexy and human.
On returning to the theatre
after intermission, the stage is
bare and the air is filled with
smoke. An air of mystery
descends as the lights fade and*
plunge us into the world of
Samuel Beckett.
Footfalls is the story of a mother and i daughter in need of comfort froin the other, and the rituals that-cement that comfort. Two
women; May (Erin Wells) and the
woman's voice (Elizabeth
Dancoeg) delve into the insecurities of feeing alone. May continu-
.-ally paces side to side at the front
of the Stage while the woman's
voice urges her to keep up the
noise of her footfalls.
Erin! Wells handles Beckett's
language admirably, bringing a
comic tragedy to her vocal qualities, and clear enunciation to the
words, but slips subtly into the
•banality of everyday movements.
Every twitch and step should
carry the tragedy of repetition
these i^omen live, but too often
Wells ateps and moves unbeck-
oned by the moment thus draining the poignancy of the play in a
series of minute slips. Elizabeth
Dancoes smgs her words haunt-
ingly, evoking a melodic rapture
while completely obscuring the
words Jhe spoke except to the
most attentive listeners. Over all.
Footfalls falls a few steps short of
the mark
Tw^f plays, two young companies, aid one evening of theatre.
The ra§) plays don't fit as one
evenipl, but taken separately
and with a breath of fresh air at
interaassion, this double bill
showcases two young companies
worth watching. ♦
CALENDAR BOY
by Andy tluan
[New Sta/Books]
Whether   it's
Saskatchf .van.
a small family home in
or on a nauseating boat ride in
Gdansk, : i Calendar Boy, Andy Quan finds somewhere in he world to take his readers on a journey
through £ !lf-discovery.
Cale idar Boyis an anthology of sixteen stories
in whi h characters struggle with cultural, sexual an   identity issues in a society unwilling to
acce; t anything either strange  or generic.
These stories are poignant pictures of love,
friendship, self-awareness and the struggle
for lapprness.
puan writes with truth and ease. The
ge flows easily, yet with profound emo-
He is an honest writer—real and burst-
ith youth,
limilar themes appear throughout the
jology. Each story is a monologue by a
|g gay male of Asian descent. The corn-
read in each story is the search for the
fcter's identity and his role in society,
[rites about the problems these men have
i place in the Asian and gay communities.
For Quants characters, it's not just about being gay;
it's aboutjfully discovering oneself in the context of
sexuality .1
In ontaespecially heartfelt story, "Hair," the character experiments with different hairstyles as his
self-discof eiy progresses. When he first comes out,
his hair illong and shaggy—something he can hide
behind wglhout exposing his true self to the world.
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irly Holiofi
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At a point of self-  \4;\2£i 77''
acceptance,he
decides to shave his
head.  He  talks  about  \7
the lightness of being Y7
exposed,   showing   his
true self. This story has   ^vs„<
universal    themes     for   \7,~
many young people today.   \7^'
It's not just about issues of
culture   or   sexuality,   it's
about finding ourselves and
being proud to  show ourselves to the world.
Despite    the    emotional   *
truths of Quan's characters, the   '
characters' voices often don't   .
distinguish   themselves   from  \
one another. Nothing makes oni'  \
character truly stand out from \
another,  except for  a  differ* 'iL  \
name or a slightly different exp. n
ence. For the first five stories, it '. i
barely recognisable that more   h i'i
one character was speaking.
As a relatively new writer, i}n i'i
has made a great debut to the v i
world. His writing is honest, tr ■•
emotional. He chooses his woi !
and uses dialects to add some pi '
ty   to   his   characters.   Unfor ..
Quan's characters have too mut'i
mon.  Nonetheless,  Quan has •
wonderful medley of stories
applicable to all. ♦

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