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THE UBYSSEY MAGAZINE Friday, November 26,1999 volume 81 issue 21
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C^     J  It's been three arduous years, but the fat
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reopened. So when do Vancouverites get to have a live music scene again?
by Duncan M. McHugh
music fan could do. Run into the middle of the dance floor and jump
up and down.
It's been a long, difficult wait for most. The Commodore's closure was an open wound in the heart of Vancouver's live music
scene. And though it's now owned, at least in part, by a giant
American concert promoter (House of Blues) and has been stripped
of most of its scuzzy charm, concertgoers around town can breathe
a sigh of relief. The Commodore is back.
cabaret by George Conrad Reifel in 1929, it was designed as an
alternative to the crowded Hotel Vancouver ballroom. Unfortunately,
though, the stock market crash of that year shut down the cabaret
only four months after its opening.
In spite of such an inauspicious start, the Commodore was
reopened in November of 1930. Nick Kogas, who, since 1924, had
been running a small dance club downstairs in the Commodore
Cafe, joined with Johnny Dillas to become managing directors.
Theirs was a legacy that would last the next 30-odd years.
The Commodore found its success two ways. Dal Richards, a big
band leader and frequent Commodore performer, explains: "Most
of the activity there, at that time, was in the form of private parties
through the week, meaning company parties, UBC parties, any
number of private functions Monday through Friday...Then
Saturday night was the public dance. The Saturday Night
Supper Dance it was called. They always served some kind
of meal, usually chicken, chicken a la king."
These Saturday night dances, with their one dollar
admission charge, proved integral to the financial viability
of the cabaret. It also proved an artistic heyday. During
those years the Commodore stage was graced by such
luminaries as Count Basie, Cab Calloway, The Dorsey
Brothers, George Burns, and Sammy Davis Jr.—as a
member of his first group, the Will Mason Trio.
One of the curiosities of this era was the lack of a
liquor license. It was not until 1970 that the Commodore
acquired a permit to serve alcohol. Before then, the club
was BYOB, which required some interesting innovations.
Small pockets were designed underneath tables for a surreptitious bottle or three, and the doorman had an alarm
to press in the event of a police raid. During a raid,
patrons would throw their bottles onto the dance floor.
Eventually the authorities grew weary, and the raids gradually ceased at some point in the '40s.
The early '60s saw the management of the Commodore
receive its first major change. The late George Reiffel's
nephew, Dick Gourlay, took over from Kogas, who had been
managing the joint by himself following Dillas' death in
1959. Gourlay redecorated, but the Commodore, though
still profitable, began to lose some of its prestige to venues
like The Palomar Room and The Cave, which were consistently booking bigger name talent, names like the Ink Spots
and Lena Home. But, despite the gaudy new red paint job,
the old girl still had the best dance floor in town.
floor its famous buoyancy. Some said it was horsehair and
heavy duty springs, others thought it might have been sliced up
semi tractor trailer tires. No matter what the secret was, the floor
was a major attraction on its own, and would prove even more
attractive in the clubs next incarnation, as a den for rock and roll
The Commodore began its renaissance in
1968 when Winnipeg native Drew Burns took
over the lease. He obtained the Commodore's
first liquor license, renamed it the Commodore
Ballroom and began booking much edgier acts.
Soon, bands like the New York Dolls began performing at the Commodore. Most indicative of
the Ballroom's new direction was the booking,
by Burns in conjunction with promoter Paul
Mercs, of influential psychedelic/experimental
guitarist Captain Beefheart for a two-night
stand. It was a move that provided the foundation for the Commodore's emergence as a vanguard in Vancouver music circles.
Eventually, the Commodore saw the advent
of punk and new wave. The stage saw an incredible set of performers. Both The Clash and The
Police made their North American debuts at the
fabulous Commodore Ballroom. Also appearing:
Patti Smith, The Ramones, Tom Petty, Devo,
John Cale, Graham Parker and the Rumours,
Iggy Pop, The Jam, The Talking Heads, etc. Local
bands like D.O.A., The Payolas and The
Subhumans also made a name for themselves
on the Ballroom stage. It's a time that former
CBC and Coast 1040 broadcaster J.B. Shame
remembers fondly.
"You had the new wave/punk thing happening. You had a a succession of new acts, that
was for me, the most exciting musical time that
I've had because there was a real diversity and
there was a real openness. It had that underground feel. You were there with a group of people seeing something special that a lot of other
people would miss out on before it was too
However, Drew Burns wasn't always so
enthused with the acts that were filling up his
club. Fellow Coast 1040 broadcaster John
Tanner explains, "I know that Drew hated to
have the punks in there. He liked the people,
the fans and stuff, but he hated the crowd that
they attracted because the washrooms always
got ripped up, and there was always barf in the
toilets, so you can see why he wasn't overjoyed
to have those sort of bands playing there."
Joey "Shithead" Keithley, best known as the
lead singer of D.O.A., remembers playing the
Georgia Straights tenth anniversary party in
1977. His band, The Skulls, were one of the
first punk bands in Vancouver.
"We played about about three songs, four
songs, and about half the crowd left, 'cause
they were all hippies. At that point, people in the
Commodore freaked out because obviously they
were losing their bar [sales]. So [Drew] went up
and they pulled the power on us, tried to kick us
off. But then Russell kept drumming, thrashing
away, and they tried to get him off the drums,
which is a mistake. There was this powercord
backstage and Paul, the stage manager, he was
trying to unplug it...and we ended up pulling on
JUMP TO LUMP? Chris Ballew of The Presidents of the United
States of America gave the Commodore one of its last
decent wolTOBttnfefore the Ballroom was shut down in
either end of this power cord in this shoving match at
which point we were ejected from the Georgia Straights
tenth anniversary party. So that was our introduction to
the Commodore."
into the '90s. David Bowie, R.E.M., U2, James, Nirvana,
My Bloody Valentine, Blur, The Jesus and Mary Chain all
made appearances. In 1989, roots rocker Taj Mahal
said that the Commodore was "THE dance floor of the
world." In 1992, The London Sunday Times ranked The
Commodore No. 5 on its top ten live venues in the
world. Much of the credit has to go to Burns.
The Commodore's real strength was its ability to
create vivid memories. As J.B. Shame puts it, "the
Commodore lends itself to a real sense of occasion."
Take, for instance, the rememberances of Grant
Lawrence, frontman for The Smugglers. While his primary memory of the Ballroom was how painful it was
to be thrown down the stairs, there were two concerts, in particular that remain with him.
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"I recall the Beat Farmers playing there and it used
to be quite wild in the early '90s. It was so packed and...
I climbed up on a table to sort of get a better view and
I just started dancing on this table,
and I was so drunk, little did I know
this was actually their merchandise
table so the bouncers grabbed me and
dragged me and threw me down these
stairs, which hurt quite a bit."
He also remembers a show by
trashy punkabillies The Cramps. Early
during the first set, Lawrence was surprised to see a ring of spectators form
at the rear of the club. Thinking a fight
was imminent, he decided to have a
closer look.
"I pushed my way through the
crowd to get a good look at the scrap
and I was quite shocked to find these
two ultravixens lying on the ground, so
overcome by The Cramp's psychobilly
raunch that they were engaging themselves in oral sex. It turns out that
these two girls were from the local
band Lik The Pole. That was, I guess—
no pun intended. They couldn't open
for the Cramps, so they opened for the
Cramps in another way, if you know
what I mean. Some pretty wild things happened there."
Despite Burns' many successes, by the mid-'90s, he
had had enough. After a costly replacement of the floor,
which was done to the same specifications as the 1929
floor, Burns put the Commodore's antiquated liquor
license up for sale for $1.5 million. However, Burns'
lease expired in December 1995 and in July 1996 he
was evicted by Commodore-owners Morguard
Securities. After 66 consecutive years, Vancouver's
beloved Commodore Ballroom was closed.
fans for the simple reason that it held so much of the
city's musical heritage.
And so, for three years, Vancouver's premier concert
venue sat empty, desperately in need of a major influx of
cash. There were offers made: Calgary-based entrepreneur Paul Vickers signed a tentative deal in 1997, but
he was knocked out of contention when city councillors
balked at his plan to include
ladies' nights and cheap drinks.
Rnally, Universal Concerts,
entering into a partnership with talent manager Bruce Allen and
restaurant owner Roger Gibson,
made a successful bid and began
what amounted to $3.5 million in
renovations. Halfway through the
process, the Seagram-owned
Universal Concerts was put up for
sale. It was bought by House of
Blues Concerts. Although House of
Blues is partially owned by
Molsons, there are concerns that
the Commodore is being taken over
by a giant American corporation.
The reality is that very few companies have the finances, clout or
courage to take over a place like
the Commodore.
"It was gonna take a lot of
money to get it back up again," said
Lawrence. "It was going take some
thing major, and it just happened to
take a major multi-million dollar company like House of
Blues, but they still have local people running it."
Is the Commodore better than ever? From a facilities
standpoint, there's no question. The original art deco
design has been faithfully restored, a full-service restaurant outfitted, and washrooms tripled in size. According
to General Manager Gordon Knights, "economically, it's
a more usable room now."
With 14 sellouts already, it's clear that, financially,
the Commodore is back. And though the stench of cigarettes, spilt beer and urine is but a bittersweet memory,
870 Granville Street is still very much the fabulous
Commodore Ballroom.
Dal Richards says it best, "It's the Commodore, no
question. You walk in there, you think, the old girl's
gussied up a lot, but it's still the Commodore. "♦
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WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE: UBC football receiver Aaron Iverson demonstrates the Aquanetics phases he went
through to recover an overuse injury. Above, UBC masssage therapist Vince Walker helps Iverson stabilise. After
progressing to deep water running (middle), he finished in the shallow end (bottom), before returning to land.
Iverson successfully recovered and just completed his fourth year on the football team, naomikim photos
by Naomi Kim
The Grizzlies do it as a team. And members of
the UBC football team do it when they feel the
Want to know the secret? It's Aquanetics.
Aquanetics is a form of treatment in water,
and it's not just for athletes. From injury prevention to the rehabilitation of perpetual
injuries, to the treatment of systemic and neurological disorders, the Aquanetics program is
all-encompassing. Unlike traditional rehabilitation methods, Aquanetics improves the affected areas in addition to maintaining and
enhancing the general level of fitness.
"It's a progression treatment, so that we
can take somebody that can't do an exercise on land and
we can progress them through the Aquanetics phases to
land," explains Walker. The approach may sound simple,
but the results speak for themselves.
UBC football receiver Aaron Iverson went through the
Aquanetics phases over the summer after being diagnosed with osteitis pubis (stress fractures in the pubis) in
August 1998. At first, he spent a lot of time in rehabilitation and was fairly successful with physiotherapy, but as
soon as he tried to run on it, it would cause him pain. He
would run and reinjure, take time off for the inflammation
to heal, do more physio and then repeat the cycle. Iverson
ended up playing only two games during the 1998 season
due to injury.
"The injury was so severe that he couldn't train on land
or even go on the bike," explained Vince Walker, UBC
massage therapist for varsity athletics and Aquanetics
Iverson swam, but it wasn't the same. And after visiting Walker, he decided to try an intensified program with
other water workouts. So with Aquanetics, Iverson was in
the pool two to three times a week for three months.
"When you're injured...you'll try everything," said
The treatment consists of five phases: decreasing
pain, increasing range of motion, flexibility, strength, and
the transition back to land.
For Iverson, Aquanetics meant starting in the shallow
end of the pool with training core stabilisation in the water.
The muscles for posture differ from the muscles for movement, so the first step is to stabilise the core, moving the
body as one unit, with the force going through the whole
axis of the body, which Iverson demonstrated by floating
on his back, and contracting his muscles to keep stable.
"When you're in the water, you're always moving, the
water's always moving, so it's difficult to stabilise your
core," said Walker.
From there, they moved on to running exercises in the
swallow end— first holding on to the wall, and then standing alone. Isolating the core and not moving the body
except for the lower arms and legs, ensures that only the
muscles of movement are used.
With different circumstances, such as basketball or
motor vehicle injuries, different specific exercises are prescribed. In Iverson's case, as a wide receiver, the focus
was on running exercises.
Moving from shallow water into the deeper end,
Iverson spent a few weeks doing the same exercises with
a buoyancy belt. Unlike the other recreational water jog-
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gers in the pool—one who was hunched over a pool noodle, and another who moved more with her arms than
legs—Walker pointed out that the proper form is to be
upright and move the arms and legs in the actual running
"If you're going to swim, then swim. But if you're going
to run in the water, you should do it properly."
Iverson, upright in the water with ears and hips in line,
proceeded to do running exercises. After that, he added a
pair of buoyancy ankle cuffs. These force the body weight
to go up, and simulate the force felt by the feet while running on land.
The progression back to land involved running in waist-
deep water which provides support, but still stimulates
weight bearing.
And after a two game 1998 football season, Iverson
played second-string this year, and saw his fair share of
"180 degrees," said Iverson about the difference that
Aquanetics had on his recovery.
"So that's our Aaron Iverson story," said Walker.
The clinical guideline for Aquanetics was developed by
Walker, and massage therapists Rod Cheston and
Matthew Furlot. Aquanetics was originally designed by
Andrea Bates, a kinesiologist at the Kelowna Regional
Hospital. While the program was applied in hospitals,
Walker and his collegues were the first to make the program publically available and to educate and teach a certification process. The program can be used by much of
the general population, but according to Walker, "high end
sports are our glory."
The Vancouver Grizzlies—who, if not high end are at
least highly paid—are using Aquanetics to their advantage. During their preseason training, which is dedicated
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The leading scorer on the UBC men's hockey team may be the little guy,
but nothing will get in his way of being the best hockey player that there is.
by Sara Newham
You might have seen him play hockey, or you
might have heard his name on the radio, but
until you sit down and talk with UBC hockey star
Jason Deleurme, you have no idea what he's
about. Not an inkling.
Aside from his five-foot-eight, 180pound
stature—small in hockey terms—he looks no
different from the from the next guy. But on the
ice, Deleurme is the UBC men's hockey team's
most formidable force, their greatest weapon.
For those of you who have had the opportunity to watch him, you'll know what I mean. He
creates a stir on every shift he plays. When you
see the familiar number seven climbing over the
bench, there's no telling what he might do. Will
he have a big hit, or perhaps score a goal? He'll
make an impact, regardless. He always does.
He's just that kind of player and you can't ignore
his presence.
"He's a fireball out there," said Thunderbird
captain Trevor Shoaf of his teammate.
But being such a presence doesn't come
easy for Deleurme. Opposing teams make it difficult for him to move around the ice, and his
height—or lack thereof—makes it that much
harder for him to overcome them, but Deleurme
has overcome a lot more than just six-foot-three
defensemen trying to get in his way. He's had
to overcome criticism from people who doubted
his ability to play because he wasn't as big as
your typical player. People who figured he was
too small to be tough. People who were wrong.
"People said I couldn't play in the WHL
[Western Hockey League] at sixteen. I played in
the WHL at sixteen. You have to persevere
through all the things that people say you can't
do," states Deleurme of his philosophy.
He explains that he's had skates on as soon
as he could walk. He played in the Rep division
all through minor hockey, and moved to Tacoma
to play for the Rockets in the WHL when he was
sixteen. He stayed with the Rockets organisation when it moved to Kelowna two years later
and played for another three years. Deleurme
also played for the Hampton Roads Admirals in
Norfolk, Virginia, a farm team for the NHL's
Washington Capitals, for a short time before
coming to UBC.
But the constant, as Deleurme has changed
cities, teams, and leagues, is his unyielding
work ethic. This is a man committed to working
hard, who answers criticisms of his ability by
pushing himself even harder to prove his detractors wrong. This work ethic is what makes him
the impact player that he is and strives to be.
He is not afraid to deliver a bodycheck to a player who towers over him.
Although Deleurme can easily swat away
large opponents as if they were insects, it's his
scoring touch that often brings him praise. His
incredible speed and ability to read the play
allowed Deleurme to score 50 goals in his last
season with the Kelowna Rockets—yet another
feat that people said he wouldn't accomplish—
and he is also one of the Thunderbirds' top producers with four goals and nine assists so far
this season. Deleurme's no-nonsense style of
play reminds some people of another player
who has had to overcome criticism because of
his size—NHL winger Theoren Reury of the New
York Rangers, who is a mere five-foot-six and
172 pounds. Deleurme usually even wears the
number 14 jersey in honour of Reury, his
favourite player (although not at UBC because
forward Sandy Hayer already wears that number). And Deleurme is not shy about praising
the diminutive forward, who he names as his
boyhood idol.
"My idol today, my idol yesterday and years
ago has always been Theoren Reury. He's a little guy, I'm a little guy. He plays his nuts off
every night. I want to make my game typical of
his," Deleurme says.
"He's made it. [Now] I've got to try and follow him somehow," he adds.
But Deleurme didn't come to UBC for
hockey alone. After playing in the WHL for
five  years,   he  saw  many  players  who
ALL IN A DAY'S WORK: UBC forward Jason Deleurme fends off bigger defenders but
still manages to score goals (above). Deleurme in a rare moment when he's not
working hard-after practice (left), tom peacock photo (left) tara westover photo (right)
spent their entire careers in the
minors and never made it to the next
level. He didn't want that.
"I convinced myself that education
was important. I really didn't want to be a
journeyman hockey player where ten years
down the road I didn't have [anything] but the
Deleurme started playing for UBC halfway
through last year. Off the ice, the second-year
Arts student plans to go into Commerce. He figures that if hockey doesn't work out, he'd like
to work with money, and perhaps even raise
some of it too. But whether he's in the classroom or in the arena, his results are dependent
on the effort he puts in.
"My hockey and my schoolwork are pretty
much the same. I'm a very average student if I
don't work very hard and I'm very average hockey player if I don't work very hard. I have to work
hard all day [at school] and I have to work hard
at the games."
And on the ice, Deleurme gives it his all.
"He's very intense," says teammate Ian
Lampshire. "He's amazing with the puck. He
makes the players around him better players."
This intensity has seen Deleurme break a
few sticks in frustration over missed scoring
opportunities. Head coach Mike Coflin says that
it's something they've talked about, but according to Deleurme, it's simply a case of that particular weapon not working. Another reason, it
seems, that Deleurme gets so frustrated when
things don't go the way he wants them to is that
he carries a large, self-imposed burden.,     „».
"I put pressure on myself to score and no
one else. I feel that I have to [score] and for
the team to be successful I have to go out
there and do it," says Deleurme. "I always
push myself to try to be the best I can possibly be. When I was [a kid] I wanted to be the
best hockey player in Canada for my age."
That's a lot of pressure for one man to have
riding on his shoulders, especially considering
that UBC has lost six consecutive games.
TTiose losses have to be tough for a competitor
like Deleurme to swallow. He insists that while
he strives to get better every day, he expects
his teammates to do the same.
These high expectations, and the leader
ship that Deleurme has demonstrated both on
and off the ice, are probably all reasons why
Coflin and the coaching staff picked him to be
an assistant captain this season.
Deleurme is obviously committed to, and
passionate about, the game. This makes it
even more exciting to watch him play and to
cheer for him—because you know he cares.
These positive traits have made him a role
model for all the young T-Bird fans who wait outside the dressing room after each game, pens
in hand, for the local starto sign their programs.
He is also a role model for the Vancouver hockey team he helps coach. Considering the obstacles he's had to face in his own hockey career,
he'll definitely be able to teach those kids a
thing or two about perseverance.
But there's more to Deleurme than just
hockey and school. Like any well-trained athlete, he loves golf and plays a lot of it during the
summer months. After much prying, Deleurme
sheepishly admits that he has another pastime
besides working on his handicap.
"I always rent sappy movies. I don't cry,
but the movies that I've seen this [past] summer are Message in a Bottle, Notting Hill, and
Runaway Bride." The movie buff also does a
mean impression of Eddie Murphy from the
film Bowfinger.
"[Deleurme's] very personable, laid-back,
[and] well-liked. He's just a great guy," says
teammate Ian Lampshire.
While Deleurme isn't planning a move to
Hollywood anytime soon, he would like to
keep playing hockey, and he says that he is
..considering coaching once his playing days
are over.
Just how long that will be is the question.
Deleurme has not been drafted by an NHL
team, but he would obviously like to pursue
his hockey career as far as it will take him. He
just doesn't know how far that will be yet.
"I can't see a month down the road, I can't
see a year, I can't see four years. I just want
to play."
But Deleurme gives you the feeling that if
someone gives him a chance, either now or
in the future, then he may just fly with it. In
which case, keep your autographs, kids,
because they may one day be worth some-
to endurance, the team works a
lot in the pool. With a generally
high risk of ankle and knee injuries
in basketball and with potentially
groater repercussions for the regular season, the Grizzlies opted to
prevent any injuries resulting from
training. Training in water allows
the team to keep up their strength
and endurance while taking away
the injury facjor.
"There's no point in pounding
ankles out [on land]...when water is
a safer environment," said Walker.
Wearing   a   wetsuit,   Walker
surverys the pool deck. He admits
that Aquanetics is not a miracle
cure, but he's seen vast improvements and accomplishments in a
lot of cases.
With tho constant force and
hydrostatic pressure of water, the
body will respond to training in the
water, he said. "Everyone is successful in water."
Taking a problem, adapting the
program to suit the individual needs
and teaching the bodv what to do is
what Aquanetics is all about.
And although Iverson was a little rusty with some of the exercis
es—he had successfully rehabilitated his injury and had not been
in the water since August—Walker
was not too concerned.
"I want to get people in the
water," said Walker. "But the
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by Miriam Torchinsky — -      ^^^
Alma Mater Society (AMS) President Ryan Marshall and Graduate
Students Society (GSS) President Roger Miller flew to Scotland yesterday to attend a student conference. But the circumstances surrounding
the trip have left some members of AMS council wondering if the trip
constitutes a conflict of interest, and why they weren't consulted first.
UBC is a member of Universitas 21, an international group of university groups dedicated to the discussion of student politics which is
hosting a conference at the University of Glasgow this week.
Marshall found out about the group in March, and decided that he
should represent the AMS on behalf of UBC. He then asked UBC for
funding. Brian Sullivan, UBC's vice-president, students, said that
Marshall will be "representing the students on behalf of the university."
The expenses are partly subsidised by the Universitas 21 budget, but
UBC arranged the travel funding, at a total value of almost $2000. But
the fact that UBC—and not the AMS—is paying the two students' way
has some councillors wondering if the trip is appropriate.
A source close to the AMS said that "Marshall shouldn't be going on
this trip if there's a perception of conflict of interest." Marshall himself
agrees that this perception exists, even though he denies that there is
a true conflict of interest.
The issue is complicated by the question of whether the funding constitutes a gift, which councillors are not supposed to accept, according
to the AMS Code of Procedure, which was revised by council last
The revised policy states that a "gift is anything given to a director
including a fee, personal benefit, or hospitality, except compensation
authorised by council, that is offered or tendered by virtue of his or her
position as Director of the AMS."
"Under the new Code, anything received by a Director, from the university or anywhere else, would be defined as a gift," said AMS Policy
Analyst Desmond Rodenbour, who agreed that under this definition, the
tickets Marshall and Miller received are, in fact, gifts. AMS Code states
that a Director who contravenes the Conflict of Interest section of the  UNDER ATTACK AMS President
Code can be punished "by a direction of Council" in one of four ways.   Ryan Marshall and GSS
While the first three fail to apply in this case, Council could vote that a   President Roger Miller face
Director who contravenes the Conflict of Interest section be removed   claims of conflict of interest,
from office according to AMS bylaws.        | Miller did not want to be pho-
AMS External Comissioner Erin Kaiser is worried about the image tographed. tara westover photos
this case projects.
"Right now, the appearance is that Ryan Marshall is accepting a gift from the university [and] his capacity as president makes this a conflict of interest," she said.
Marshall, however, disagrees.
"A gift is something you receive without asking, and that was the definition I was going on."
The previous version of the Code includes a Statement of Office signed by all councillors, which reads
that "to the best of [their] ability, [councillors] shall not accept any costly gift of hospitality of material value
offered or tendered by virtue of [their] position."
But Rodenbour says that it doesn't always happen that way.
"The members of the Executive receive gifts all the time, just not usually as large [as this one]," said
"It can be difficult to refuse a gift, [and] the Code of Procedure isn't very clear on what constitutes 'costly', or even constitutes a gift," he said, adding that the policy lacks guidance in these cases. Marshall suggested that his own case may have prompted a review of the existing code.
Meanwhile, Marshall has also come under question for the route he followed to secure funding.
"It struck me as odd that the plans for going on this conference [were] in the works and that it hasn't
gone through council," said councillor and Board of Governors representative Jesse Guscott.
"If Ryan is planning to represent the AMS at this conference, his plans should go through council officially."
By November 17, the trip had been arranged,, but the AMS executive had not heard anything about
Universitas 21. AMS Coordinator of External Affairs Nathan Allen said that day that he had no knowledge
of the conference or of Marshall's plans to attend, and that it was "unnecessary that...Marshall go to a
conference of a group that no one knows anything about."
Marshall informed the executive of his trip the,' next day. After the meeting, Allen declined to comment
further. Marshall denied that he had directed the executive not to speak, but admitted that he was concerned about what would appear in the Ubyssey.
Marshall then informed council of his trip in the council meeting on Wednesday, the day before he and
Miller left for Glasgow.
He explained that he bypassed council and went directly to UBC to save the AMS money. Marshall had
already spent most of his annual conference budget of $1500.
Director of Finance Karen Sonik agrees that it is unusual not to look for AMS funding, but admits that
executives look for funding from various sources.
Guscott pointed out, however, that a student representative cannot always represent university interests. He explained that on certain issues—such as the tuition freeze—students and the university share
similar concerns. But he suggested that on other issues, the AMS and UBC will be irreconcilably opposed.
"I will be promoting AMS policies because I follow AMS policies to a tee, unlike some other executives,"
answered Marshall.
This isn't the first allegation of conflict of interest that the AMS has seen this year. Last May, the executive attended a large student conference in Montreal, where they were treated to an expensive dinner by
Student Care Networks (SCN), one of two companies then vying for the AMS student health plan contract.
SCN was awarded the AMS contract in August.
Allen described the dinner as "excessive," and said that he "drank an entire $80 bottle of sake that
[he] didn't pay for."
The same source close to the AMS said that this incident "raises serious concerns about executives
using their power of office improperly to obtain perks from outside organisations."
And Rodenbour said that if council had wanted the executive to attend this sort of dinner, then they
would have budgeted for it.
But Marshall explained that he told the executive before the dinner that it "would not affect who we
were going to pick or anything like that." He added that the final decision about which provider to choose
was made by the GSS because he "thought there would be a perception [of conflict of interest]."*
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AP meets with resistance
by Nicholas Bradley
ide Awareness Project (GAP) has finally made its appear-
mpus. Roughly six weeks after an American anti-abortion
atened to mount its controversial display, a group of stu-
ght GAP to UBC themselves Tuesday.
>e pro-choice advocates quickly and aggressively demon-
ir opposition to the display, and to GAP's tactics.
ser—the founder of Students for Choice, a group formed
on to GAP—Jon Chandler, and Lesley Washington tore
display and overturned tables upon which anti-abortion
ted. The display was re-mounted later in the day, and was
' pro-choice demonstrators.
/IP quickly arrived on the scene and asked for statements
students for Life and Kaiser, who, along with her lawyer,
ler, said that she would cooperate fully with police.
iubsequently filed a complaint with the UBC Equity Office
i organisers of the display on grounds of discrimination.
er complaints were filed. The Equity Office will investigate
-lay did have permission from UBC to be on campus after
tempts to show GAP were denied. A handful of students
nselves Students for Life organised and set up the graph-
tion display in front of the Goddess of Democracy.
his year, the AMS pro-life club Lifeline had attempted to
alifornia-based Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR) 's GAP
JBC. It featured large photographs comparing abortion to
ocide such as the Holocaust and slavery in the US.
ninistration had previously blocked GAP's appearance on
rt according to Students for Life representative Stephanie
allowed Students for Life to stage a one-day display, pro-
the students followed certain conditions, such as sizing
laller versions of the posters used by the CBR.
10 is also the president of Lifeline, said that despite her
happiness with the size limits imposed on the posters,
:ation with UBC had been successful, and that all the
Dcedures had been followed.
dent also involved AMS President Ryan Marshall, who
ned in a defamation suit for comments he made shortly
udents tore down the display.
ys are no better than Nazis," Marshall yelled to AMS
■ of External Affairs Nathan Allen, in reference to Kaiser,
md Allen. Allen's grandmother spent time in a Nazi work
land during the Second World War. ,
ivho is Jewish, was predictably upset at Marshall's com-
icking that the AMS president could be so cavalier as to
nment such as this," said Nader,
imphasised that she does not object to debate on the
oftion, but maintained that the GAP display constitutes
jre. As reasons for her actions, she cited the fact that
s location was hard to avoid, that she is Jewish, and that
abortion last month.
ages portrayed not only implicitly suggest that women
bortions are Nazis, but they also exploit the real suffer-
ple. They exploit the Holocaust, the black slaves in the
dia, Wounded Knee. The list goes on," said Kaiser.
> firmly asserted that the display in no way constitutes
jre but is only trying to raise awareness to the pro-life
against what happened to Jewish people and we're
at happened to Black people as well as we're against
pening in our society today to the unborn, and in no way.,
women," said Gray.
Members of Students for Life recorded the entire incident on video, which was shown to AMS council during
their Wednesday meeting. Marshall drew considerable
criticism from fellow councillors for his apparent cooperation with the anti-abortion students.
Gray told AMS council that her group did not approach
students, and had warning signs posted near the display
"We did not call out to anybody," she said.
"The AMS must make it clear to the student body and
to the world that this sort of behaviour is unacceptable,"
added Gray.
Students for Life appeared before council to seek
some form of reprimand for Kaiser, Chandler, and
Washington, who are all affiliated with the AMS. Kaiser
and Chandler serve on the External Commission, and
Washington is the representative to council for the School
of Social Work.
Although Gray called for disciplinary measures against
the students involved, council does not have jurisdiction
over the actions of private individuals, since Chandler and
Kaiser were not acting as AMS representatives. A motion
to refer the case to student court was defeated.
"This has absolutely nothing to do with the AMS," said
Jesse Guscott, councillor and student representative to
the Board of Governors.
"I got into a fight once in a basketball game in intra-
murals. Do you want me to resign my seat?"
Allen and Director of Finance Karen Sonik both objected vocally that the matter was even brought before council, and insisted that Kaiser and Chandler were acting
Allen called the GAP display "direct harassment of
women, of people of Jewish heritage," and criticised
Marshall for his willingness to have Students for Life
make a presentation to council.
"I am ashamed of you, Ryan, for standing by them and
helping them with this crap," he said. "It's a slap in the
face to our membership."
Marshall, however, answered that he had no choice
but to allow the presentation to council, and noted that
he couldn't have blocked the display since the space outside the SUB is not within AMS jurisdiction.
"I am pro-choice...and I disagree with their message,"
said Marshall. But he added that "the fact that [the
posters] were ripped down was just wrong."
Other councillors agreed with Marshall that the display
should not have been torn down.
Keri Gammon, a Science representative to council,
said she was "horrified" by the destruction of the display.
"Students' work was assaulted here and there was no
call for that," said Gammon.
The AMS previously passed a motion opposing the
presence of GAP in the SUB, and worked to prevent it from
coming to UBC at all.
Gray cited the university's academic policy in her condemnation of Kaiser, Chandler, and Washington's actions.
The university's policy on academic freedom states that
"behaviour which obstructs free and full discussion, not only
of ideas which are safe and accepted but of those which may be unpopular or even abhorrent, vitally threatens the integrity of the University's
forum. Such behaviour cannot be tolerated."
However, it is also UBC policy that the university is committed to
maintaining an environment "free from harassment and discrimina-
PRO-CHOICE Erin Kaiser reacts to the messages put forth by the posters supplied by the Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform. The Students for Choice organiser
objects to what she understands to be the equation of women who have had
abortions with Nazis. The display, organised by anti-abortion students, was put
back up in the afternoon, tara westover photo
tion." Ironically, both Students for Life and their opponents have
cited harassment and discrimination when making their respective
Students for Life has raised the possibility of legal action against
Kaiser and Chandler, as well as academic discipline and student
C anniversary brings relaunch of lawsuit
by Daliah Merzaban
> years after the 18 APEC leaders visit-
upus—in a day that was marked by vio-
con&oversy—-a group of protesters is
ir lawsuit with the BC Supreme Court,
jary 1998, 26 members of Democracy
roup that came together in the wake of
protests, filed a lawsuit against the
suit, which yesterday was relaunched
imerous RCMP and government offi-
5es that police used excessive force
pepper-sprayed, arrested and strip
some protesters during APEC. It also
ie possible involvement of the Prime
Office (PMO) in the security arrange
ments at the economic conference.
Since last October, the RCMP Public
Complaints Commission (PCC), an internal RCMP
investigation, has been examining these complaints. But members of Democracy Street don't
believe the PCC is the proper forum for this case.
"We live in a society ruled by law, when I break
the law 1 can expect to get arrested. When the
government or police break the law, they can
expect to get sued, and we are suing them over
the events of November 25, 1997," said Tracy
Park, one of the plaintiffs.
One common complaint about the PCC is its
inability to enforce any recommendations due to
the fact that its rulings are not binding on the
RCMP. Some complainants claim that this lawsuit
is meant to compensate for this deficiency.
Complainant Annette Muttray was also critical
of the PCC. She cited the inability of complainants
or their lawyers to independently call witnesses to
the PCC. Only 1be commission counsel of the
inquiry has this authority.
"We feel that these procedural hurdles in the
public complaints commission will not allow us to
fully present our case," said Muttray, who added
that the court system would allow components'
lawyers to call their own witnesses.
Complainants are particularly interested in
calling Prime Minister Jean Chretien to the stand.
Chretien has come under scrutiny for allegedly
making efforts to prevent leaders, including former Indonesian President Suharto and Chinese
President Jiang Zemin , from facing protests while
at APEC.
Another objective of the lawsuit is to set a legal
precedent under the Canadian Charter of Rights
and Freedoms to define what constitutes a peaceful protest. The plaintiffs believe their constitutional rights were infringed upon during the
"(We want to] make sure that the right to
peaceful protest and to be seen and to be heard
and involved in peaceful protest are in fact what
is included in the [Charter] when it talks about the
right to assembly," commented plaintiff Frank
Tester, a UBC professor of social work who was
pepper-sprayed at the APEC protest.
The case will not likely reach the BC Supreme
Court until after the PCC hearings and all of the
pretrial work is complete, which could take up to
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Nominations for ail of the following positions will be opening
November 29 & closing January 7,2000 at 4:00 pm.
General   Duties   of   the   AMS   Executive:
Executives are elected by the student body and
are responsible for ensuring that the goals and
obligations of the AMS are carried out. Each
Executive officer has specific duties and roles,
that fall under their specific portfolio.
is responsible for over-seeing the AMS and
its activities. Consequently the President
has a broad mandate to deal with any
issues or business.
Vice President:
formally responsible for Student Council.
The VP looks after all matters concerning
academic and campus issues.
Director of Administration:
is responsible for looking after matters,
which deal with the Student Union Building
(SUB), and with AMS sub-groups.
Director of Finance:
is   responsible   for   all   monetary
budgetary matters of the AMS.
Coordinator of External Affairs:
this is a very broad portfolio; the coord, is
responsible for affairs with organizations
outside the AMS.
Senate & Board of Governors Nominations
are also open
Nomination forms and further information
regarding only UBC Board of Govenors and
Senate Elections are available from the
Registrar's Office in Brock Hall.
Student Legal Fund Society Nominations
are open
6 Directors Responsible for: the overall
operations of the society which
administers the AMS Student Legal Fund.
Nomination forms & candidate information are available in SUB room 238.
It is only after the close of nominations that campaigning may begin. For more information, please
^contact, the Elections Administrator, Sukhwinder S. Sangha, SUB Room 224 or call 822.0109.
WOULD YOU KISS THIS MAN? Evgeny Kissin did some
finger-smashing at the Orpheum.
at the Orpheum
Nov. 21
by Regina Yung
I suppose some may have had ulterior motives when attending Sunday's
Evgeny Kissin performance. He's
young. He's photogenic. But with
musical depth wedded to preternatural piano skills and genius to bum,
Evgeny Kissin is much more than just
a pretty face.
Sunday night he came out ready
to play, his wildly curling hair the only
uncontrolled thing about him. What
compelled so many people to see
Evgeny Kissin play was evident within
seconds as he poured every ounce of
gut-deep feeling and finger-smashing
technique he had into the first of
many of Rachmaninov's horrendous-
ly difficult compositions.
Kissin's passion and discipline
gave him some serious charisma and
he had the entire Orpheum focused
and breathless; it was impossible to
look away. I sat there thinking dazedly that he wasn't going to make it to
the intermission. No, he was going to
at the Blinding Lightll
Nov. 22
by Andrea Winkler
Around this time of' parrwith
papers and exams ping up, most
of us feel like traveling to some far
away land. Well, Rick Rowley, Ben
Eichart and Stale Sandberg, ere
ators of Zapatista, made their daydreams a reality with digital camcorders.
Zapatista is a documentary on
the war in Chiapas between the
indigenous people and the Mexican
government. It was made by three
university students who dropped
out of school and headed to
Chiapas. Mexico. There, they picked
up camcorders for the first time and
put together an inspirational film.
Rve years later, the completed
film has voice-overs by Daryl
Hannah, activist Mumia Abu-Jamal
(from prison) and Zack de la Rocha,
lead singer for Rage Against the
Machine, just to name a few. I have
seen quite a few documentaries on
the struggle in Chiapas but this one
was exceptionally inspirational and
spontaneously combust, the piano
would explode, and we'd have to
evacuate the theatre. Who could sustain such burning intensity through
eight more songs? But he did, resting
only briefly after each one.
After intermission, Kissin walked
in with a complete lack of fanfare
and, as before, headed straight to
the piano. He immediately began to
pull near-impossibilities out of it. His
eerily profound musicalrty would be
exceptional in someone twice
Kissin's 28 years, and it's uncanny to
hear the sureness directing each
phrase. It's scarier when he just lets
'er rip.
It's not often one gets to watch
genius at work, but I saw it Sunday
night. And so did everyone else at the
Orpheum: after he was done, there
was a brief stunned silence, then raucous whistles, adoring cheers, and
so many standing ovations that I lost
count. So attention to all those who
think classical music is boring: you
should've been there. Evgeny
Kissin's performance was glorious
and amazing. But you'll have to get
the albums and find superlatives of
your own. I'm fresh out. ♦
interesting. The style is unaffected
and refreshingly experimental—
every scene is wrought with meaning, thanks to creative editing.
The passion the filmmakers
have towards the Zapitista cause is
evident in the emotional shots of
displaced villagers, mass demonstrations and confrontations wtth
the military. This documentary also
proves the importance of a good
soundtrack. Clashes between the
Mexican army and Zapatistas are
accompanied by a very effective
musical build-up by Rage Against
the Machine.
However, this film is not just
about the Zapatista movement. It
connects the struggle of a people,
armed with "sticks and words," with
any group suffering oppression. The
enthusiasm, love and respect of the
filmmakers was overwhelmingly
apparent when they spoke of their
awe that the Zapatistas "are winning
the war without having fired a single
gun shot since 1994. instead, their
weapon is their words."
This is a film that inspires, not
just because of the story it tells
about the Zapatistas, but of the
story of three young, men who followed their heats. ♦ Black sheep
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Nov. 28
by Maureen Evans
"I'm sitting in a beat up old chair
In Black Sheep Books,
Feeling the energy of ghosts
That UntrTtS rustic walls." '
—from In Praise of Black Sheep Books, by
Marc Creamore
Hard hit by corporate competition, independent
bookstore Black Sheep Books will host a major
survival benefit at 8pm this Sunday. The night
of poetry and music promises to boast Black
Sheep's usual literary genius, with 28 writers
lined up for readings.
Business has been thin since the corporate
giant Chapters came to town, with sales plummeting 50 per cent over the last two years.
And Black Sheep has not been the only
small store to suffer since Chapters' arrival—
Duthie's on Georgia closed down this year after
suffering heavy losses. Black Sheep co-owners
Julie Turner and George Koller hope that the
benefit will bring customers back to save their
"All black clouds are tinged with a little bit
of silver lining. Things have picked up since we
started fully publicising the benefit. So hopefully people here will—after the mega-store
experience—realise that they prefer the small,
intimate bookstore experience," says Koller.
Black Sheep is more than a small bookstore. Going beyond Chapters' plush chairs
and discounted bestsellers, Black Sheep beckons "readers and independent thinkers." It is
the sanctuary of philosophers, the retreat of
book lovers, and the haunting ground of poets
both contemporary and beat.
"The building was built in 1926, so there is
a feeling of history, and because there has
been a bookstore here for over 12 and a half
years, the walls are permeated with the spirit
of books and authors," says Koller.
"Allen Ginsberg is sitting up in one corner
and Jack Kerouac is sitting up in the other.
Diane Diprimj^isboking down from the ceiling—figuratively speaking, but these spirits are
definitely there. The spirit of literature is alive
and well at Black Sheep Books."
Still, regardless of whether or not
Vancouverites believe in shop spirits, the little
places are still feeling the heat of big time competition. Proprietors like Koller are the victims
of a dwindling crop of literary outlets across
Canada. Koller fears that customers of independent bookshops, attracted by corporate discounts, will just continue to herd to mega-
stores such as Chapters.
Koller also says Chapters' distributor
Pegasus threatens to effectively monopolise
the book industry in Canada, exercising what
he calls the "unfair trading practice" of vertical
integration—in which a company controls all
the aspects of production and distribution.
"Historically, the distribution and retailing
of books have been in different hands,
they've been owned by different people, but
Chapters is trying to put them in the same
hands, and that's unfair. Obviously, Pegasus,
as a distributor, is going to give priority to
Chapters' orders."
The Chapters empire already encompasses many Canadian publishers. Koller says the
mega-chain has the market power to potentially demand 50 per cent sale cuts from publishers. Retail outlets historically receive a
maximum of 40 per cent, but because of the
increasing market
power of Chapters,
opting out of a contract could cost
publishers even
"It puts too much
control    into    their
hands. In other lines
of    endeavour,     like
motion   pictures,  things
like that are not allowed.   :
The  Canadian   Booksellers
Association   is   calling   upon
Ottawa to stop this—to investigate the monopolistic tendencies of
Chapters—and to nip it in the bud, and
agree with their call to arms."
In the meantime, Koller urges
Vancouverites to shop responsibly, and to
choose their bookstores with something more
than just discounts in mind.
"Sure people can run to the big stores for
the discounts. But as soon as the big stores
drive the little guys like us out of business,
those discounts will disappear faster than you
can say exchange rate," Koller said.
"Not only will their discounts disappear,
but they'll be stuck with the messages that
the corporate mega-stores will want them to
hear. They're not going to have the alternative
messages that we have here at Black
Renee Rodin, one of the authors who will
be reading at the benefit, agrees.
"I think people need to take a political
stance not only by supporting Black Sheep
and other independent bookstores, but by
being active politically.
"Call your MLAs and your MPs and complain," she urged.
STOCKIN' THE SHELVES: A member of the
Black Sheep family unpacks some new volumes for the well-worn shelves of the West
Side's favourite independent book shop.
Koller says Black Sheep offers an exciting
range of contemporary fiction, language, poetry, screenplays, philosophy, conspiracies,
chapbooks, and 'zines. But the shop specialises in "authors who have once been
black sheep."
"People like Anai's Nin or Henry Miller who
have been banned for many years and only
now are being recognised as some of the
greatest writers of the 20th century."
Black Sheep also hosts in-house readings
every Friday night.
As Koller says, "it's either independents
like us, or the mega-stores. The choice is
yours. "Tickets for the Black Sheep survival
benefit are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
The event will be held at Performance Works,
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There's nothing like shooting yourself in the foot
by Alana McFarlane
The UBC Lifeline group set up a downsized version of the
Genocide Awareness Project's (GAP) usual display in front of
the Goddess of Democracy Tuesday. This was a political error
on their part for two reasons: they have effectively lost any
potential for "good-faith bargaining" with the university or the
Alma Mater Society (AMS) in the future; and, more importantly, they have alienated those people who were sympathetic to
their organisation because of the censorship they faced on
The university placed rigorous demands on GAP when they
first tried to come on campus. They were permitted to set up
their demonstration on Mclnnes Field only, and their security
costs were in the area of $35,000 for a three-day event. Their
presence on university campuses in the United States has a
record of inciting violence, so obviously the extra security was
a necessary precaution to ensure the safety of students at
large. And according to Paula Martin of the UBC Public Affairs
office, GAP even requested extra security themselves.
Judging by their threat of a lawsuit against the university,
GAP was obviously dissatisfied with the restrictions placed on
their visit. They did not come to campus with their customary
pomp and vigour. So what made the Lifeline group and GAP
decide to put up their display earlier this week without ensuring the presence of any campus security? It would seem that
their primary motivation was frustration towards the obstacles
that have been placed in their path along the way.
The AMS outright refused GAP any space in the Student
Union Building. This coming from a body that is routinely marginalised in just such a manner for their "unpopular" views.
While I do not support GAP's position, I do support the freedom of anyone, be it an organisation or individual, to express
their beliefs provided they are not promoting hatred. In short,
the AMS wrongly censored GAP.
So GAP had good reason to be upset, but that does not justify what they and the Lifeline group did.
By setting up displays that have a history of encouraging
strong emotional response and violence, GAP/Lifeline have
demonstrated a complete disregard for public safety. But then,
maybe that was the point.
Either the GAP/Lifeline group was ethically irresponsible in
their actions or they intentionally tried to create a disturbance
which had the potential for an adverse outcome. If any of us
have seen GAP'S graphic displays, which equate the images of
aborted fetuses with scenes of genocide, the latter supposition is not without footing. These displays shock and repulse
spectators—that is their purpose.
As a libertarian, I was sympathetic to the difficulties GAP
faced in trying to express their views on the UBC campus. But
as a humanist, I am perturbed by their reckless and irrational
actions Tuesday. There's nothing like shooting yourself in the
—Alana McFarlane Is the secretary of the UBC
Humanists' Society
GAP "crossed" fine line between hate and free speech
is a fine line which must be respected in order to ensure that
free speech does not become abuse and contempt for individuals. GAP has crossed that line.
In Canada, women have the legal right to choose for themselves if they wish to have an abortion. GAP tries to exploit the
Holocaust, the sufferings of blacks murdered by the KKK, the
massacre of Wounded Knee and other acts of genocide in an
attempt to make the statement that women who exercise their
legal choice are to be condemned to the same definition of evil
that we surely ascribe to these atrocities. Through these tactics, GAP is proliferating contempt and hatred, and it ought not
to be tolerated.
Yet who should have the right to make these broad and
sweeping judgments about GAP and their message? And in
Rodonbotir" from page 3   what manner should the issue be deliberated? As I stated
above, these issues must be handled with the utmost care.
Furthermore, the process must be democratic and follow a procedure through which all the perspectives can be aired. Within
the AMS there is no better process than that of AMS Council
for this deliberation. The Council, of well over 40 elected students, is comprised of a wide cross-section of representatives
who are accountable to their constituencies. They follow rules
of procedure that ensure that the opinions and sentiments
expressed are those of the majority, while at the same time
respecting the rights of the minority to raise concerns and
issues for debate. For those who have had the pleasure of
attending the past few Council meetings, I think it's safe to say
that Council has deliberated this issue at length, and all the
various perspectives have been brought to the table.
AMS Council has resolved by a two-thirds majority to condemn the tactics of GAP and not to endorse their presence
on campus. This was a difficult and challenging position to
take, but I unconditionally support it. Because in a democracy, we make decisions this way—and those who believe that
such important decisions should be made in some other way
are a threat to everything I believe in.
—Desmond Rodenbour Is the AMS Policy Analyst
Rhyme is right
Jessica-Ann Dozois' review of Le Misanthrope
had me rolling in the aisles with laughter. For
nearly half the review, she complains that the
adaptation is in rhyme. How could a theatri
cal reviewer not know that Moliere wrote the
play in rhyming couplets? The original French
is exactly that! Many, if not all, translations
preserve the rhyming format.
Perhaps thc Capilano College production
suffers from an inadequate translation, I
don't know. Perhaps, in the hands of an inexperienced cast, the sense of the text is get
ting lost. I haven't seen the show. But to give
readers the sense that she doesn't know the
original is in rhyme is a crime!
I know it is because my BA in is drama.
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by Melanie Streich
Police may have a lead in the case of
missing UBC engineering student
Trevor Coleman, who has not been
seen since early October.
In a police briefing yesterday,
Vancouver 'Police Department (VPD)
Constable Anne Drennan announced
that a woman has come forward with
information that
could possibly be
linked to the disappearance of
Coleman, aged
26, was last seen in
his math class on
October 1—the day
before his birthday.
The'*t3iittJentified'*™e~^ •***».-
woman claims that
while lying on the
shore of English Bay on October 2,
she saw a man wade waist deep into
the water at around 11:00am. She
said that the man, after stopping
momentarily, continued to walk into
the water up to his shoulders, then
Coleman's backpack contained,
among other things, an uncashed
birthday cheque, was found floating in
English Bay later that day.
Although police have yet to find
Coleman, Drennan said that "there is
a strong possibility that the man who
walked into the water that morning
was Coleman."
"[Vancouver Police] feel that the
strongest likelihood is that Mr.
Coleman did walk into the water that
morning," she added.
But Coleman's parents, who live in
Alberta, are sceptical of the woman's
claims. His father, Richard Coleman
called   her   evidence   "absolutely
father wonders
what kind of person would He on
the beach and
watch a person
wade into the
water without
doing anything.
Ha^said that
after talking with
the woman she
seemed uncertain about the exact
day she witnessed the man walking
into the water. She also said the man
in the water was wearing shorts but,
according to the elder Coleman,
Trevor Coleman never wore shorts.
Kim Garland, Trevor's aunt, who
has been coordinating search efforts
since his disappearance, is disappointed with the lack of results.
"They've found nothing, absolutely
nothing...it's amazing actually. He's
vanished, it's not like him," she
"There is a strong pos-
sibilty that the man
who walked into the
water that morning was
[Trevor] Coleman."
-Anne Drennan
VPD Constable
UVic: CUPE takes action
by Patti Edgar
The Martlet
VICTORIA (CUP)—As a prelude to
what could soon happen at UBC,
support staff at the University of
Victoria (UVic) stood in the rain for
three hours on Wednesday morning, marking the first strike in the
university's history.
Members of the Canadian Union
of Public Employees (CUPE) Locals
951 and 917—which together represent 1000 UVic employees,
including janitorial, food services,
office and child care workers—picketed the roads leading up to campus and asked students and university employees not to cross the
Doug Sprenger, chair of the
CUPE co-ordinated bargaining committee and president of Local 951,
said the strike was meant to send a
strong message to thf^rwersity
and the provincial government.
After months of calling on the
government to negotiate with the
support staff from BC universities
as a collective group, CUPE locals
had their first two meeting with the
government Accord Office and the
University Employer's Association
this month.
"We want the provincial accord
talks to pick up and be over by
Christmas," said Sprenger.
On the picket lines, student Eric
Lescarbeau said he was supporting
CUPE since the workers supported
a UVic student walkout in 1995 that
protested funding cuts.
"There aren't a lot of students
crossing and a lot of cars are turning around," said Lescarbeau.
Students who crossed the picket
lines said they either didn't support
CUPE workers or felt pressured to
be in class.
"All my profs will still be there
and will still be giving classes, so I
feel like I would be missing out,"
said Dustin Caere, a fourth-year
Education student.
Members of the Professional
Employees Association and CUPE
Local 4163, which represents
teachers' assistants and sessional
lecturers, either respected the picket lines or joined the striking workers.
Faculty Association President
Thomas Cleary, said faculty members had to make the personal
choice of whether or not to cross
the picket line.
Meanwhile at UBC, essential
services negotiations drag on.
Originally expected to be completed
by Tuesday, CUPE officials now predict the hearings for the campus'
three locals will last until next week.
Criticism of this delay has come
from Frans Van de Ven, business
agent for Local 2950 which together with Local 116, represents
UBC's over 3000 support staff.
"When it comes to balancing
public interest against the right to
wage a strike, the process has really become an awesome tool for the
employer to hold up our ability to
Although Local 2950 has been
progressing more rapidly than Local
116, it cannot declare a strike until
essential services are determined
for all campus locals.
Support staff from UBC, Simon
Fraser University (SFU) and the
University of Northern British
Columbia (UNBC) sent representatives to the strike at UVic.
While UNBC support staff are
still in mediation with their employers, SFU workers are wrapping up
mediation preparing for a strike
—with files from Daliah Merzaban
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Consumerism is an issue that
affects every one of us. Each and every
day we're faced with the opportunity to
buy. There's an overwhelming array of
goods and services out there. .And
whether we like it or not, the purchases
we make have far-reaching consequences: economic, social, and environmental.
November 26, the eighth annual Buy
Nothing Day, is a global effort to
make consumers stop and think about
what they're buying. It is held every year
on the day after American Thanksgiving,
historically one of the busiest shopping
days of the year. The event itself is self-
explanatory; for one day a year, participants around the world join together in
buying nothing all day long—not a car,
not a shirt, not even a slice of pizza. The
day isn't necessarily important purely
because of its overall economic
impact—most people will just do their
shopping the day before or the day
after—ifs important because it provides
an opportunity to reflect on how much
we buy, and what that consumerism
Average North Americans consume
more than they need just because they
can. Not only that—advertising's constant pressure encourages the purchase
of unnecessary goods and services. How
often do we walk into a store looking for
one thing and walk out with a whole bag
full of purchases? Impulse buying strikes
almost everyone from time to time. Buy Nothing Day is a chance to stop and notice.
Consumption leads to the depletion of non-renewable natural resources such as fossil
fuels and minerals. It spurs urbanisation and the destruction of wilderness for human development, and
creates waste products—lots and lots of them—that float around in the air, sit in landfills and by roadsides, or rot in the oceans. Buy Nothing Day is a time to realise the environmental impact of what we're
buying and the lifestyle we're buying into.
It's also an opportunity to reflect on the fact that we're consuming way, way more than our fair share.
The United Nations Development Program tells us that 86 per cent of all purchases for personal consumption are made by just 20 per cent of the world's population.
.And for those who maintain that OVerconsumption is necessary for economic strength: contrary to
popular belief, wasting resources does not help the economy. Buying everything in sight may help
stimulate production, but essentially we are using valuable resources that could be employed usefully
somewhere else or at a later date, to make our production and consumption patterns more sustainable.
Buy Nothing Day is a chance to think consciously, if only for one day of the year, about the vast amount
of crap that we buy constantly; it won't kill you to avoid purchases for a single day. Of course, for most of
us, it would be impossible to avoid shopping ever again—if only because being self-sufficient is hard, as
well as not being a whole lot of fun. But if in deferring your essential shopping until tomorrow, you stop
yourself at some point today from impulsively buying that new deluxe digitally-operated self-cleaning
shock-absorbing scented candle holder that you would never use, then you have achieved something. And
even if you never think about your consumption levels on any other day, at least you will have saved yourself $7.99 worth of pure crap today.
But to make Buy Nothing Day a success we all have to think about our purchases every day of the year.
Do we really need everything we're buying? What effect does our buying have on our society and on the
environment? If Buy Nothing Day makes you think—really consider—what you buy and why you buy it,
then you've made the first step. aAjid if you can translate those thoughts into action, then you've already
made a difference.
Think about these things on Buy Nothing Day, or in the next month as you do your Christmas shopping, or if possible, on every day of the year.
And if you read this on a day after November 26, there's still no excuse to ignore your consumption.
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Browse the Web.
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Everyone has to get from point 'A' to point 'B,' and
UBC just so happens to be the second most trav-
elled-to 'B' in BC. This makes the mode of transportation that people choose a major consumption
decision. And Buy Nothing Day provides an opportunity to reflectx>n these decisions and determine
just how responsible they really are. Is driving to
UBC environmentally or socially responsible? Many
would argue it's not.
Cars are expensive; according to the Vancouver-
based Better Environmental Sustainability
Transportation (BEST), car owners spend an average
of $7800 per year on their car. But cars have a significant social cost as well; BEST also claims that each
year 493 British Columbians die in motor vehicle
accidents and 47,472 are injured. It's little surprise
that car companies don't mention these figures in
their commercials. Instead, they encourage consumerism, telling you their latest greatest metal box
on wheels will get you a promotion, free your soul,
and save your love life. Of course, independent
research has thus far failed to prove any of this.
Driving also has a clear environmental impact. In
BC, more fossil fuels are consumed to run automobiles than for any other purpose. BEST states that
automobiles are also responsible for 75 per cent of
the Greater Vancouver Regional District's (GVRD) air
pollution. In addition to this, many petroleum companies also have less than perfect environmental
records. Consumers can try to fill up only at stations
that have programs to limit their negative environmental effects, but it's hard to find companies that
do this successfully. Many still remember Exxon
Valdez's huge oil spill off the Alaskan coast in the late
1980s. Shell has also come under scrutiny in recent
years over allegations that they solicited government
military aid in repressing protest against them from
native Nigerians. And these are just two examples.
In the last year, various groups on campus have
been working on ways to decrease the number of
students who drive to school. No plans have been
finalised yet, but many possibilities are being looked
into. For instance, a referendum is tentatively scheduled for January 2000 on the U-Pass, a mandatory
bus pass that would allow students to pay a reduced
price for travel anywhere in the Lower Mainland.
The U-Pass is part of the larger U-Trek program,
which is also attempting to encourage students to
consider alternative transportation options.
"[U-Trek] is called universal because it talks about
campus shuttles...getting students in carpools, van-
pools, getting them onto bicycles, getting them
walking—basically any type of transportation for
students at UBC," said Gord Lovegrove, UBC director
of transportation planning.
A good deal of all this vehicular consumption is
largely unnecessary. Trek UBC, a campus group
advocating alternative modes of transportation, estimates an average of 46,000 single occupancy vehicle
(SOV) roundtrips heading to and from UBC every
This Buy Nothing Day, take a moment to think
about how much of your consumption is really necessary. There are also many alternatives to driving to
UBC alone. Carpooling is one. Or join the many who
take the bus; we all know that the most interesting
people are the ones you meet on the bus. If you're
feeling athletic, try biking to school and squeeze in a
little off-roading through the Endowment Lands'
spiderweb of trails.*
—with files from Cynthia Lee CORPORATE KOERNER: The Walter C. Koerner Library has come under fire si ice its 1996 opening for the wide range of
corporate sponsorship in a publicly funded institution. In 1997, the library wjs vandalised with graffiti reading, "sold to
the highest bidder" and "sell out." melanie streich photo
most of the funding for UBC's Chan
Centre was provided by private citizens' donation, two major corporations also have a clear presence in
the building, melanie streich photo
Buy Nothing
Day events
Buy Nothing Day Street Party/Bike Ride:
Sponsored by UBC's campus radio station, CiTR. Meet at
the UBC Art Gallery at 4pm for festivities beginning at
5pm. Feel free to come in costume.
Buy Nothing Day Hits Robson Street:
"Subversive yet peaceful" Buy Nothing Day observance.
Plans for raising awareness include flyer distribution and
spontaneous streetside performances.
Across Canada:
Waterloo, ON
Workshops on free software, advertising and global economics. Other events include free food from Food Not
Bombs and theatre by Action Theatre.
Toronto, ON
Evening of storytelling, song and a "no-money swap."
Sponsored by Ten Days for Global Justice and OXFAM.
Montreal, PQ
Activities include street theatre, pamphleting and "subversive Christmas carolling."
In the USA:
Lexington, KY
Bike ride through the city's most congested streets to the
city's busiest mall on the busiest shopping day of the
year. Cyclists wear costumes to draw attention to themselves.
Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; Denver, CO; &
Seattle, WA
"Santa's sleigh" visits four major cities across the US.
Santa speaks against the commercialism of Christmas
and offers alternative gift ideas.'
Around the World:
Creation of alternative gift guide
(www.barkingowl.com/cc) Other activities for Buy
Nothing Day include street theatre and postering.
The Netherlands
Stalls are being set up in several cities across the country
for people to exchange old but unused gifts so they can
avoid wasting their old presents and having to buy new
New Zealand
Packages for use in schools have been put together to
raise awareness for Buy Nothing Day.
Buy Nothing Day is also being celebrated in Austria,
Belgium, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France,
Great Britain, Hungary and Panama.*
steal something day issue:
The Buy Nothing Day slogan of
"Partcipate by not participating" isn't enough, according to
activists in Montreal. As an
alternative, they suggest celebrating Steal Something Day, a
more active form of dissent.
Touted by the Steal Something
Day manifesto as something we
can celebrate every day, everywhere in the world, the Day is
an attempt to seize power from
those "primarily responsible for
misery and exploitation in the
world," such as politicians,
capitalists, yuppies, and the
police. The Montreal activists
suggest activities such as
shoplifting sprees, skipping out
on rent, and using credit cards
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border you will need personal identification: a birth
certificate and a driver's
license or other identification with your signature
and/or photo showing your
residence status. Non-
Canadian and non-
American residents will
need a passport. People
with criminal records will
need a miracle.
What is the WTO?
•. ■:
List of Permitted Demonstrations
• Monday, November 29, 12:00pm
Sierra Club "Boston W-Tea-O" March
• Monday, November 29, 6:30pm
Washington     Association     of     Churches
• Monday, November 29, 6:00pm
Steelworkers March
• Tuesday, November 30
Student Marches
• Tuesday, November 30, 9:30am
A student march will begin on the University of
Washington campus at 9:45am
Another student march will begin on the Seattle
Central Community College at 10:30am
Sierra Club March
• Tuesday, November 30, 12:00pm
Tibetan Rights Group
• Tuesday, November 30, 12:30pm
November 30 is the International Day of Action
against the WTO.
The gathering areas the Seattle Police
Department has set up for protestors and demonstration groups during the week of the WTO
Conference are on 7th Avenue between Pike and
Pine streets, along the north side of Pike, and on
8th Avenue between Pike and Pine streets, along
the west side of 8th Avenue.
in Seattle
f.*\". The WTO's main function is to aid trade flows
&%*! between its 135 member countries by enforc-
pSfp 'n9 ^e lowering of trade barriers under the
J§§fcj General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade
|§§i (GAIT) and the Uruguay Round. The WTO is
Vi£;..- well-known for its dispute settlement mechanism that makes binding rulings on trade dis-
"3^ Putes between countries, and has never ruled
frlMl against a corporation in favour of environmental, social, or human rights.
The WTO Ministerial Conference will run
from November 29 to December 3. More
than 6000 people are expected to attend this,
the biggest trade meeting. Delegations from
more than 135 member countries, plus 30
observer nations, and approximately 3000
media, as well as members of various nongovernmental organisations will be there.
to get there
Buses organised by the Canadian Federation of
Students (CFS) leave Vancouver for Seattle early
Tuesday morning. To get on the bus, contact the CFS
at 733-1880. The Sierra Youth Club's Trade Train
arrives in Vancouver this morning, carrying more
than 60 people. The train, which began in Halifax,
is carrying travellers to Seattle to protest the WTO,
specifically the effects of genetically-modified foods.
"This is an exciting time for Seattle! For several months
now, preparations have been underway for the third
World Trade Organisation Ministerial, a major event
which will focus worldwide attention on our great city.
"The city is very well-prepared for the WTO. This
event is a momentous, exciting affair for Seattle. It
speaks to the growing stature of Seattle's place on the
world stage, and shows impressive confidence in our
ability to serve as gracious and competent hosts for
international dialogues,
"As the host city for the WTO, I believe it is not the
city of Seattle's role to stake out positions on the very
complex trade issues that are likely to be discussed
during the Seattle Round of negotiations. Our role as
host is to provide a welcoming, safe, and organised
venue for dialogue to take place. I hope you will greet
our guests with interest and openness during their stay
—Paul Schell, mayor of Seattle
"I am proud to say that I will be one of the fifty thousand voices raised against the WTO and their pro-
capitalist, anti-democracy policies...Folks, the World
Trade Organisation is not meeting for our benefit.'
Calvin Johnson, head of K records
and alkjround rock 'n' roll hero
More info
World Trade Organisation:
Seattle Citizens' Committee:
Ruckus Society:
Direct Action Network:
Seattle Metro Transit:
A better map of Seattle:
ble/accessmap-699.pdf (requires
Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.0)
8 Ways you can
resist the WTO.
1. Educate yourself and others about the
2. Write or call the Prime Minister, your
MP, and your MLA. Urge your elected officials to oppose WTO expansion and demand that the WTO be
3. Write a letter to your local newspapers—including this one—about the
4. Call your local radio stations and ask
them to broadcast the free World
Trade Watch Radio that will be hosted
live from Seattle on November 29 to
December 3, 1999.
5. Participate in protests against WTO
expansion in a community near you.
6. Help organise a teach-in, town hall
meeting, or debate on the WTO and
its impacts on the global environment.
If you can, time it so it coincides with
the November 30 International Day
of Action.
7. Lobby your municipal government, community association or organisation to
pass a resolution against the WTO (and
similar) agreements. In Canada, Prince
Albert, Saskatchewan and Toronto have
both passed resolutions against corporate controlled trade agreements. In the
US, Seattle, San Francisco, Berkeley
and Boulder, Colorado have passed
similar resolutions.
8. Go   to   Seattle   for  the   Ministeria


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