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Fondled in 1918
Vancouver, B.C., Wednesday, November 13,1991
Vol 74, No 20
A fight for life in an aquarium
Every four hours at the Vancouver Aquarium, four
divers feed Bjossa's calf in a desperate life-saving
by Sharon Lindores
Bjossa, whose mate Hyak died
"   in February, gave birth to an un-
. , named female killer whale on
September 30, but she cannot
nurse it due to a milking deficiency.
So far, only one killer whale
born in captivity at Niagara Falls
* has survived in Canada. Bjossa's
. * first calf, born November 22,1988,
died of starvation after living only
22 days at the Vancouver
The 16-
year-old, 2.6 ton
mother whale
, ■» cannot produce enough milk despite injections of the milk-enhancing drug motilium. Today,
divers are sticking a tube down
the calf s throat to artificially
nurse it. The aquarium said it is
an unharmful feeding procedure
■» since killer whales, unlike humans, lack a gag reflex.
It is unknown why so many
calves die within six months of
birth. No human has seen a calf
born in the wild, where it has
about a 43 per cent mortality rate.
In North America, seven of
*'••* 13 calves born in captivity have
survived. But the statistic excludes eight still-births.
Whales have been in captivity for about 20 years and studied
in the wild for about 25 years, but
very little information has been
extracted from these studies.
Meanwhile, Bjossa's calf (to
be named November 30) swims
alone with White Wings, a Pacific
White Sided Dolphin placed in
the same pool for company (dolphins are often found near whales
in the wild). A female killer whale
usually stays with the mother its
whole life, but the aquarium is
uncertain when
the calf will be
reunited with her
mother Bjossa.
"At thi s point we are not tackling the question of why Bjossa
can't feed her calf properly," said
Lisa Mcintosh, an aquarium representative and part-time UBC
education student.
"If the aquarium had not intervened, the calf probably would
not have made it this far. Once
they get sick, it is usually a rapid
The calf—the youngest ever
to be weighed—weighs about
21.05 kilograms, just under afifth
of her mother's weight (118.18 kilograms), and is gaining weight
Calves normally nurse for a
full year and can take minimal
amounts of solid food after four
Getting a better look.
Coming up for air.
Mcintosh said Bjossa's second calf is noticeably more active
than her last one and many experts have been brought in to aid
But the life-threatening situation of Bjossa's calf has ignited a
heated debate over the captivity
of whales.
"We do know mortality rates
are much higher in captivity," said
biologist Peter Olesiuk of the
Fisheries and Oceans department
in Nanaimo. "However, figures of
every institution would be different."
A female killer whale has a
life expectancy of 50.2 years and
maximum longevity of about 80-
90 years, whereas males have 29.2
years and 50-60 years respectively. Bjossa's mate Hyak died at
age 23.
Peter Hamilton, director of
Life force (a Vancouver-based animal rights group) thinks Bjossa's
milking difficulties have stemmed
from her captivity at Vancouver
"If Bjossa was in the wild, she
would be taught by her mother,
auntandgrandmother. She would
have learned about nursing and
having babies by babysitting
young. She probably had no opportunity because she was torn
apart from her family at a young
Hamilton said the ecology of
Bjossa's captive habitat may have
altered her milking abilities.
"Her unnatural diet of dead
fish is probably not as varied as
her diet in the wild. Swimming
patterns in a small pool [in circles]
could also limit the intake and
extraction of milk.
"When they are nursed in
the wild they swim in straight
But Mcintosh said the pools
at Vancouver Aquarium simulate
their natural habitat.
"The approach here [at the
Vancouver Aquarium] is that of
understanding and value of all
animals and the environments
they live in.
"The pools built here recreate
an actual area where whales are
found in the Gulf Islands
[Campbell Bay and Main Island]."
Hamilton, however, is pushing for a plan to release all captive
whales and reunite them with
their original families.
"The attitude in aquariums is
not one of compassion and respect," he said. "It is that of
specimens, with which they can
do whatever they wish to do with
People should learn about
whales in their natural habitat,
he said.
"I don't think that someone
must see a whale first-hand to
want to protect them. Films and
It is unknown
why so many
calves die within
six months of
birth. No human
has seen a calf
born in the wild,
where it has about
a 43 per cent
mortality rate.
photos are excellent means for
But Mcintosh disagreed.
"I think the experience of actually seeing an animal cannot be
replaced," she said. "The baby is
another opportunity to talk to
people about whales and to do
more research."
She said by monitoring
Bjossa's calf from pregnancy, humans develop a greater understanding of whales whose births
have never been seen in the wild.
Previously, the aquarium had
successfully solved a problem in
the fishing industry by doing research on a whale's hearing frequency, she said.
Whales had been eating the
bait off Black Cod lines along the
Alaskan coast after hearing the
lines enter the water. The
aquarium determined how to
mask the sound and fool the
Hamilton, however, said
aquariums give people "a false
sense of security" on the whale's
"Whales are sentient, intelligent beings. We know whales suffer psychologically, physically and
die prematurely when in captivity," he said.
"I hope that if the baby survives, this group could be returned
to their home in Icelandic waters,
along with the three whales at
After the tragic killer whale
killing a human being at Victoria's
Sealand, the marina decided to
abandon whale shows.
Historically, however,
aquariums have changed public
opinion on whales.
"In the early 60s, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans
made a harpoon gun to shoot killer
whales," Mcintosh said.
"They were thought to be
dangerous to humans and a menace to fishing...a lot has changed
due to the opportunity to see the
As a result, Hamilton said
killer whales were classified as an
endangered species in 1987. There
were 261 identified off the coastal
waters of BC and Washington
According to a Fisheries and
Oceans department report, 68
killer whales were removed from
the coastal waters of British Columbia and Washington State for
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Women's Health Collective scrambles for funding
by Cheryl Niamath
A health information and resource centre that has been helping Vancouver women for 20 years
is facing financial crisis.
The Women's Health Collective is based on a model of self-
help, and presents a broad range of
information and workshops on
health-related topics.
The collective lost core fund-
ingin 1983 and has relied on short-
term government grants, donations and funds earned from casi-
"Our last casino didn't do very
well and we've run out of money,"
said Shelley Hine ofthe collective's
The Women's Health Collective provides women with the opportunity to learn about their
bodies and heal th so they can make
informed decisions about their
personal care.
"We have files on articles A-Z
on women's health from medical
journals and magazines. We also
have a doctor and therapist directory with women's evaluations of
different health practitioners,"
Hine said.
"We give women the information so they can educate themselves
abouttheir health, and if they have
a problem, they can make up their
minds about the alternatives
available to them.
"Women shouldn't see their
bodies as mysteries. We're trying
to take away the image of doctor-
as-god. Of course we are not advocating taking out your own appendix. We just want women to be
informed and not blindly put
themselves in the hands of their
Hine said many students use
the services provided by the collective. "We have quite a few students coming in, including a fair
number of SFU students who come
in to do research when they are
taking health classes."
The Women's Health Collective hopes to change their status in
order to obtain government funding. "We're going to try to be classified as a women's centre, and
women's centres have been promised core funding by the government," Hine said.
"We fit a lot ofthe categories
which are used to define what a
women's centre is," she said.
Nikola Marin of the UBC
Women's Centre said she supports
the health collective's attempt to
secure funds by being classified as
a women's centre.
"I've done a lot of research on
women and health issues and I
think it's really important that
women be informed. Women get
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establishment," Marin said.
"The medical industry is
crudely sexist, even when it comes
to issues that have been quite self-
conscious, like ADDS," she said.
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govemmentfor funding, Hine said.
"We will lobby the government,
well thought-out arguments to
present, and we don't want to
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time to get organized."
Drift nets and death on the high seas
by Graham Cameron
In what could prove to have a
dramatic impact on the environmental survival ofthe North Pacific, Canada, the US, the USSR,
- ■*    and Japan have agreed to ban
salmon fishing in international
"""* waters. Coupled with this recent
convention, the international
community is also discussing two
UN resolutions to prohibit all high
seas drift-net fishing.
According to the provisions of
the International North Pacific
Fisheries Convention (signed following the Second World War),
Japan is the only country legally
permitted to fish for salmon in the
North Pacific. The other three sig-
- *    natories to the new convention—
^    Canada, the US, and the USSR-
all have extensive coastal salmon
Arron Sarna, director of Pacific Rim Trade Policy for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, said,
"•*■    "Canada and the US ganged up on
►». Japan after the war. We forced
the Japanese 'to push westward
away from North America." After
40 years of subsequent talks the
Japanese are now permitted to
fish no closer than 1,000 miles
'"    (1,600 kilometres) west of the
.,    Bering Straits.
Ten years ago Japanese ships
took upwards of 200,000 tons of
salmon annually from the North
Pacific, but by 1990 their catch
had dwindled to just over 10,000
tons, he said. According to the
latest agreement, in the spring of
1992 this last opening will also be
closed to legal salmon fishing.
As with any international
agreement, however, the signing
of an accord and its enforcement
are often two entirely different
matters. At present there exists
no internationally recogni zed body
with the powers to police treaty
compliance. Rather, each signatory nation is called upon to police
Paul Watson, co-founder of
Greenpeace and subsequently of
the militant environmental group
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, said, "That doesn't make any
sense, well have to wait and see if
the Japanese live up to them [the
provisions of the accord]. They'll
just replace the legal catch with
illegal drift-net fishing. The fish
will either be processed in Japan
or processed in Korea and then
transhipped to Japan. There's a
market demand in Japan and it;
will be filled."
However, Kathryn Aleong of
External Affairs and International
Trade Canada said, "Our legal
people said it [the convention] is
very enforceable because it has
stronger enforcement provisions
than exist in any other international fisheries convention. For
example, it permits one signatory
state to enforce against the fishing vessels of another state."
In response Watson said,
"There is no effective international
enforcement body. Look, there was
an international observation body
for the Gulf War and we saw how
effective it was. The Sea Shepherd
Society's action andresponsibility
is self-imposed."
Watson said that in two
months the Sea Shepherd Society
is sending two of its three ships
into the North Pacifi c to hunt and
ram drift-net fishers. When presented with the possibility of an
imminent UN ban on all high seas
drift-net fishing he said, "It'll be
great, then, we can sink anyone we
want to."
Commenting on Watson's position, Sarna said, "As much pressure as can be put on this industry
is helpful. The question is whether
its a legal or an extra-legal action."
According to mostobservers—
Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the
Sea Shepherd Society,
Greenpeace, and Western Canada
Wilderness Committee (WCa)—it
is this larger issue of drift-net
fishing on the high seas, rather
than just the specific international
salmon catch, which poses the real
environmental threat to the North
More than 40,000 miles of micro-filament drift nets are laid
every day in the North Pacific,
Watson said. Each net is over 320
kilometres long and eight and a
half metres deep. Though ostensibly set for squid or for tuna, the
drift nets kill indiscriminately.
US National Marine Fisheries figures estimate drift-net fishing annually kills approximately
250,000 sea mammals (mostly
dolphins), 1.5 million sea birds,
650,000 sharks, and over 100,000
sea turtles, he said.
"The by-catch [as this kill is
euphemistically called] is garbage
to the fishermen," Watson said.
"They just dump them over the
side, except for the sharks. First
they cut off the fins and then dump
them." Shark fins are considered
a delicacy in many Asian countries.
Paul George of WCa said that
the ghost nets—drift nets that
have either drifted loose or have
been cut adrift—are just as bad.
After entangling all that they can
hold, the ghost nets sink to the
bottom where the dead birds,
mammals and fish rot off, then
the nets float to the surface to kill
again. This cycle of slaughter continues until the micro-filament
composing the net eventually disintegrates.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
estimates there are currently
some 1,300 vessels from Japan,
Taiwan, South Korea and North
Korea drift-net fishing the North
Pacific, Sarna said. At present
they concentrate on squid and
tuna, but illegal salmon fishing
and the as yet uncontrolled fishing for Pollock in the Bering Sea
also represent important catches.
"The Japanese have been
over-fishing for squid in their own
waters, have destroyed their local
spawning habitat, and have pollution problems in their own zone.
They do find the high seas very
inviting. But the real problem is
Taiwan," he said.
When asked what could be
done to save the endangered North
Pacific ecosystem, Sarna said he
believes well see a greater degree
of policing action to enforce the
recenthigh seas fishing protocols.
"Up to now we've been constrained by the prevailing international opinion that countries
can only act within a 200 mile
[territorial] limit."
That feeling is changing, he
said, because ofthe development
ofthe concept of adjacent or straddling stocks. (This notion of international law states that species of
migrating fish belong to the country of origin even if they temporarily move out that country's territorial waters.)
"Up to now the Soviets have
had the most aggressive policy,
but well also see the US putting
out their Coast Guard vessels,
Canada sending out our surveillance aircraft, and Japan putting
out its patrol boats," Sarnia said.
"I don't think we'll see much
constraint. Countries won't have
much compunction against seizure of offending vessels."
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The second annual Women in the Media
conference was held in Vancouver this weekend.
About 300 journalists from across the country-
attended. The conference is presented by The
Canadian Association of Journalists. Guest
speakers included June Callwood, Judy Rebick
and Rosemary Brown.
Province editor
under fire
by Cheryl Niamath
Vancouver Province executive
editor Neil Graham said there is
no backlash against feminism in
the newsroom, and infuriated the
majority of journalists present at
the media conference this weekend.
"This gender thing has got into
places it doesn't belong," said
Graham, who became executive
editor this year. "The problem is
those extreme femini sts who make
everything a gender issue."
Graham spoke as part of a
plenary discussion entitled "The
Feminist Mystique," which fo-
cussed on women's place in the
media. Other members of the panel
were Del Simon ofthe CBC, Moira
Farrow of the Vancouver Sun,
Simma Holt, a former Sun writer
and former MP, and Linda Hossie
ofthe Globe & Mail. The panel was
moderated by Judy Rebick, president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women.
The other members of the
panel discussed problems women
faced in the media and possible
ways to improve their situation.
Linda Hossie suggested forming a
national organization which would
do more than use "soft tactics" to
further women's aims.
"Women journalists have to
move ahead. We have negotiated
and jollied as far as we can go. We
have to do an analysis of structure
to find systemic discrimination and
launch human rights complaints,"
Hossie said.
In reference to Graham's remarks, she said the problems facing women in the media are "not
just a matter of gender awareness.
They [men] just don't get it. We do.
So we have to stop taking it and
fight in very concrete ways."
Graham's speech was poorly
received by the audience. When he
said "women try to prove their
equality by imitating the grosser
things men do," a woman in the
audience added "like rape?"
Graham seemed unaffected by
the obvious anger women felt towards his speech.
"Maybe you expected me to
tell you feminism is getting under
men's skin. Well it isn't," Graham
said at the end of his speech. "And
you can't expect me to look away
when I see a pretty face walk into
the newsroom."
His speech received no applause.
One woman in the audience,
employed by Southam (the corporation that owns The Province),
said she was ashamed to belong to
the same company as Graham. She
received a standing ovation.
Another woman said she was
disappointed Graham's comments
could "suck away" attention from
the constructive presentations of
the other members ofthe panel.
November 13,1991 WOMEN IN M8»A
Brown blasts sexism
by Sharon Lindores
Rosemary Brown, political
activist and women's advocate, said
that despite progress, women still
have a lot to do before they will be
equal with men.
"Fighting racism helped me
get ready for the women's revolution," Brown said. She became the
first black female member of a
Canadian legislature in 1972 when
she was NDP MLA for Vancouver -
Burrard. Today, Brown writes a
weekly column on political and
social issues for The Vancouver
"Not so long ago, not so far
away, reporters were assigned to
cover unusual andbizarre women's
activities or traditional women's
roles. The focus on women went to
their relationship to men or what
she wore," Brown said.
"The first waft ofthe women's
movement was ignored by the
media, just like misbehaving kids."
Women must not forget where
they are coming from, Brown said.
"Women in media have contributed to ongoing advancement of
women in society.
"Thirty to 40 years ago we
understood what we were fighting
for—our dream of equality. If the
younger generation doesn't understand where we were and where
we want to go to, we would have
wasted our time.
"Women in this country, we
are depending on you to help us get
this revolution won. We do want to
be equal in our lifetime," said
She was unhappy about Neil
Graham's comments. She said it is
essential to ask basic, fundamen
tal questions.
"What is sexism? What is its
function? What is its role? If it had
no function, it would have been
wiped out."
Women are moving into positions of power and starting to
compete with men. "Ifs not as easy
to get to the top as it used to be.
"I'll tell you who's really
hurting, it's the younger men.
Older men have daughters and
nothing to lose, younger men do.
They use tactics and techniques
which are unfair, such as harassment. We must not be deterred,"
said Brown.
"Backlash hurts, it is
painful...that's the price we have
to pay. What we really embark on
is revolution. If there is no backlash, it is not effective."
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The Press excludes women
by Sharon Lindores
The media currently reflects
male values, and the dynamics of
journalism must change to better
reflect society, according to Judy
Rebick, president of the National
Action Committee on the Status of
Women (NAC).
Rebick graduated from McGill
University, where she wrote for
the student newspaper (the McGill
Daily). In 1967, she was turned
away from a newsroom because
"men swear." Rebick told the editor, "I don't give a shit if they
Not much has changed, Rebick
said. The existence of a "glass
ceiling," where the number of
women able to rise is limited by
sexism and tokenism, indicates
that the institutions were built by
men and reflect their values.
"The fight for women's equality includes feminizing the media,"
she said. "The very definition of
news marginalizes and trivializes
women's news."
Rebick said experts—academics and lawyers—are heavily
relied on in media coverage, more
so than any other source.
"If you're a feminist your bias
advocates, but so are the experts,"
she sai d. "People want to read about
themselves. It works to talk about
people's real lives.
"Power and conflict is news,"
Rebick said. "Before Meech Lake
and Oka, aboriginals were more
invisible than women. There was
very little coverage until Elijah
Harper said 'No'."
It is not news for NAC to talk
about abortion, or for grassroots
organizations to organize around
the constitution, but the Gulf War
is news, she said.
"Hill and Thomas got attention because it was the perfect news
story with sex, race and power."
Rebick said people who are
not in power affect the world
through social movements and
socio-political issues. "[Women] are
52 per cent of the population, it is
time we stop apologizing for wanting an equal piece of the pie."
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November 14   Romero
The Official Story
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The Man Who Knew Too Much
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THE UBYSSEY/5 Upcoming Films:
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7:00 Kevin Costner in
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Soccer 'Birds earn
third national title
by Gerry Johnson
The UBC Thunderbirds
brought home their third straight
national title Sunday by beating
the McMaster University Marauders 3-1 in the final ofthe 1991 CIAU
Men's Soccer Championships at
Queen's University in Kingston,
For Gary Kern, Colin
Pettingale, Jamie Gurniak, Mike
Mosher, Rob Reed, Ric Celebrini,
Randy Celebrini and Marcello
Pavan, the victory was particularly
All will retire from university
soccer this year, and for them, this
sixth championship since 1984 will
be their last.
"It was a very satisfying victory especially for those players who
are playing their last year," said
UBC coach Dick Mosher.
UBC's battered squad, with
iiyjuries to Colin Pettingale, Jamie
Gurniak, Paolo Bordignon, and a
suspension to Mark Watson, had to
play the first half against a 20-mile
an hour wind.
"We needed to have Randy
Celebrini tie it up [in the 35th
minute] so that in the second half
we could go after them with the
wind at our backs," Mosher said.
"So we told goalie Pat [Onstad] to
kick balls into [the McMaster penalty area] for Randy [Celebrini] and
Rob Reed to chase down."
In one such play, Randy
Celebrini was dragged down in the
box by a McMaster defender, allowing Neil Wilkinson to convert the
winning penalty in the 74th minute.
Five minutes later, Reed scored an
insurance goal by outrunning the
defence and beating the McMaster
goalie to the corner.
The Thunderbirds were very
unlucky not to have scored another
goal when a debatable offside call
prevented Willie Cromack from
scoring a beautiful long range
angled drive.
•UBCs winning lineup*
Onstad: Gurniak, Ric Celebrini,
Kern, Cannon: Cromack (Doug
Schultz), Mosher, Wilkinson,
Pettingale, Reed, Randy Celebrini.
Despite having dominated this
year's CIAU Canada West division
with an 8-0-2 record and going into
the National Championships with
a 42 game unbeaten streak, the
road to the title was anything but
To get to the final, UBC had to
overcome Ontario East champions
Laurentian University Voyageurs
and Quebec champions McGill
University Redmen in a preliminary round robin.
In their first game on Friday,
UBC put in their best performance
of the tournament against their
toughest opposition: Laurentian.
Colin Pettingale scored two
goals from Rob Reed crosses in the
fifth and 65th minutes to set the
Thunderbirds on course for a 2-0
victory — until the last ten minutes.
"We were playing well, we had
them 2-0, should've been three, four
or even five," Mosher said. ""Dieir
goalkeeper kept them in the game
and then zingo, a couple of breaks
and it was tied."
Both Laurentian goals came
from counterattacks against the run
of play. The 2-2 result was not disastrous for UBC though, as
Laurentian had tied McGill 1-1 the
day before, meaning that UBC only
had to tie McGill 2-2 or better to
advance to the final.
The next day McGill's CIAU
all-star goalkeeper Bertrand Lee
nearly squashed UBC's chances of
advancing by stopping everything
theTliimderbirdsthrewathim until
the 85th minute.
According to UBC Assistant
Coach Ken More, "We knew a 0-0
tie wouldn't be enough so as the
game drew closer to the final whistle
it became really stressful. We were
minutes from being out ofthe whole
thing. As a result we began to throw
everyone forward and even had the
centrebacks on the wings."
Indeed, it was Gary Kern, nor- ►-
mally a centreback, who found
himself out on right wing with only ' "*
five minutes remaining. His cross
to the far post was met with a
downward header by Ric Celebrini
to score the stress-relieving only
goal. ^
"It was tremendous concentration by Ric," Mosher sai d. "He knew -^ra
he had to score on that header, he
wouldn't get another chance. He
could have easily put it over the
McMaster beat host Queen's
University Golden Gaels 3-1 and    *"L
Maritimes champions Dalhousie     ^
University Tigers 2-0 to reach the
Over the tournament, Dick
Mosher could not pick a most valuable player for UBC.
Everybody on the team did «k
their job. I could not honestly pick
an MVP. It was truly a team effort * *""
and in fact the tournament MVP
went to McMaster's David Peeples.
Usually the MVP goes to the winning team," he said.
However, Rob Reed, Neil    <m
Wilkinson, Mark Watson, and Ric
Celebrini were named to the tour- -«.—.
nament all-star team.
Reed had a brilliant season.
Not only was he the leading goal
scorer in the Canada West with 13
goals, but he won the newly-created Joe Johnson Trophy as the * "
CIAU Most Valuable Player. m _
For the UBC Thunderbirds and
Dick Mosher, next year will be a
rebuilding year. "Well be losing
many key players, but we still have
Colin Elmes (striker), Neil
Wilkinson, Doug Schultz (midfield),
Eddie Cannon, Paolo Bordignon,
MarkWatson(defence),PatOnstad *-"
(goal) coming back, plus any new ^
talent," he said. "I have the fullest
confidence in their ability."
by Mark Nielsen
X-runners third
at Nationals
UBC runner Lori Durward
led the UBC women's crosscountry team to third place at
the CIAU National Championships in Victoria on Saturday.
Durward, the top UBC entry
in the field of 49 competitors,
finished fourth overall as she
covered the hilly five-kilometre
course in 17 minutes 44 seconds.
Although none of the University of Toronto runners finished in the medals, they came
first as a team and their five best
finished in the top 21.
The University of Victoria
was second, led by Anna
Gunasekera, who finished first
overall in a time of 17:24. Teammate Cathy Dargie was third in
Although UBC was unable
to equal the second place finish it
earned at the Nationals last year,
the outcome was an improvement
on the sixth place ranking going
into the race.
After Durward, Meghan
O'Brian was the next best UBC
runner, finishing ninth in a time
of 18:21.
Rounding out the top five for
UBC were Susan Chalmers, 16th
at 18:36, Anne Drewa, 24th in
18:59 and Kathy Martin, 29th in
Finishing out of the points
were Marcie Good, 32nd at 19:20
and Karen Reader, 48th at 20:29.
Delcourt breaks record
Fifth-year UBC Thunderbird
Grant Delcourt broke the CIAU
hockey career scoring record with
a two-point effort against the
Lethbridge University Pronghorns
on Sunday.
Delcourt got a goal and an
assist in a 6-5 loss to Lethbridge to
break the old mark of 220 points,
which he tied in a contest last
The Thunderbirds also fell to
the Pronghorns on Saturday, losing 7-3 and dropping to a record of
3-4-1 in Canada West play.
UBC returns home to face the
5-1-1 University of Alberta Golden
Bears this Friday and Saturday
nights. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
both evenings.
UBC takes bronze
The UBC Thunderbirds defeated Kelowna KVC 3-0 (15-10,
15-11, 15-9) to win the bronze
medal game at the Thunderball
men's volleyball tournament at
War Memorial Gym on Sunday.
The University of Calgary
Dinosaurs defeated the University
of Hawaii Rainbows 3-1 (11-15,
15-11, 16-14, 15-5) to take the
gold medal.
UBC's Bob Smith was
named to the tournament all-
star team.
The Canada West season
gets underway this Friday and
Saturday when both the men's
and women's teams host the
University of Saskatchewan
Thunderbirds at War Memorial
Gym. Game times are 6pm for
the women and 7:45pm for the
men on both nights.
Pack edges Basketbirds
The University of
SaskatchewanHuskies edged the
UBC Thunderbirds 96-95 to win
the Golden Bear Invitational
men's basketball tournament in
Edmonton on Sunday.
Tournament MVP Dean
Wiebe led the Huskies with 29
points, while J.D. Jackson was
the top UBC scorer with 26
The Thunderbirds will meet
the Huskies again this weekend
when both the men's and the
women's teams travel to Saskatoon to start the Canada West
November 13,1991 PAGE WEDNESDAY
R & J's tragic romance
by Xarlyn "Kph
( I'stL much read and well-worn story
1~ ofthe. tragic lovers %pmeo and Juliet is
trans formed into an audiovisual feast under
trie direction of tyd freeman.
Romeo and Juliet
Frederic Wood Theatre
until November 23
At the start, the Chorus (TroySkpg)
paints the scenario for us end the five
characters -who would meet their deaths in
the cou-rse ofthe play falldramatically onto
the stage.
The use of dramatic symbolism is part of
the overall attempt by freeman, the cast and
production creiu to solve the problems they
must face in putting this play up—namely,
how to makg- un old story come alive and how
to hold the attention ofthe audience for the
four-hour duration of the play.
'There is much to be commended about
the set and the stage-managing of this
production. The changing of scenes— and
there were many—was smooth and well-
thought out. The actors moved the props,
accompanied by often humourous antics and
the beautiful music of Canadian composer
tMarjan Mozetich.
The crew relied on one main set which
revolved to reveal different facades. Their use
of this limited set to depict various settings
was very innovative, for example, with just
a change in lighting, the addition of a cross
to the background and the sound of monies
singing, the inside of a monastery was
The casting was generally good too. The
title roles were sensitively acted by Tom
Scholte and Lara Sadiq, who gave Believable
Their love scenes were rendered all the
more poignant by the artistic tension between
the two of them. The other actors also shone;
one worth mentioning is 'Kurt 'Eby, who
playedMercutio with panache and confidence.
There was a lot of humour injected into
the play to counter its underlying tragic
quality, and the supporting actors playing the
servants and musicians were important in
kgzping this strand alive. To them goes much
Another variance on the original play is
the changing ofthe character of'Benvolio
(Tania (DargeQ, %pmco s male cousin, to a
female. 'While one is not quite sure of
freeman's intentions here (is he trying to be
more progressive, or is he just creating a role
for a competent female actor within the
play?}, this gives added interest to the play by
tunsting an old plot.
One ofthe strands ivhich runs throughout the play is the idea of the senseless loss of
five young lives. (Details such as Juliet's rag
doll, the revelries attended by 'Rgmeo,
Mercutio and'Benvolio, and the light-hearted
bantering sprinkled throughout the play
emphasize their youth. Sadiq as Juliet
successfully embodies both the fragility and
passion of youth.
The clinuvc_of the play in the Capulet
vault combines the directing, stage and acting
excellence into a coherent end.
In the tragedy we are shown hope, and
so in our terror and pity at the deaths, we
rejoice in the redeeming power of love. This
production certainly does justice to
Shakespeare's play.
Bernhard strips white America
by 'Jonathan Wong
AI.OXK on stage. America's most versatile female artist is placed btefore
the suffocating silence of an indifferent crowd.
She chooses to indulge in the dead air. "''
As she bares her soul, she bares illuminations of America's deelirxp irt
culture epitoniizedby a degenerative strip act.
FILM . i .
Without You I'm Nothing
Within a two-minute span, Sandra Bernhard parodies a;handful of
character* you have seen, switching flawlessly from one to another like a
holograph, to provide you with an etching of white America.
A superb story-teller with acrid adjectives, she paints detailed pictuies of
white America "Norman Rockwell forgot to paint" for a sedentary Black
I lei- elliptical statements—done in either jazz vocals, poetry or
narratives—mesmerize you with their double meanings and underlying
irony and paradox.
I ler face, by far the most expressive Hollywood has ever seen, articulates
Iter jeremiad-, with chilling precision.
Veiled within her costume, her angst-ridden voice, the cutting of heii hair
and the shedding of her clothes, is a relentless reverence for personal
integrity within the tyediocre roles of women she portrays.
I ler swift emotional shifts are unparalleled in film and render a
psychological dynamic.
Stare into the maddening eyes Bernhard and you will be bewitched. She
is like a helix with a core of truth.
of love
en ing eves
I ler innovat ive conceptual documentary on America shatter
American dream created by male bastions and patriarchal pers
She will slartle conservatives with a grossly enlarged staten
America wants a whore to feed its fanes'.
In centrast. she weaves a stinging commentarv on the trans
e man who s;
and recognized
Wrapped in an American flag. Bern hard's bittersweet acoustic of Prince's
Little Ked Corvette will tap the well of your tears as she reflects on the
plasticity of the post Reaganomic era. ,
The ironic epitaph for her ode to unrequited love may as1 well have bjeen:
This one's for vou asshole.
..       ©
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Ed jseh
November 13,1991
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AMS hires "professional regurgitator"
Sushi anyone?
by Raul Peschiera
Stevie Starr, "professional regurgitator," performed in front of 70 students in the SUB Auditorium
last Thursday.
Starr, who is currently on a North American tour,
was paid $1,000 by the AMS to do his act which
consisted of swallowing such things as snooker balls,
light bulbs and coins and bringing them back up
unbroken and in the order he swallowed them.
Pamela Tagle, AMS programmes director, said,
"His fee was $2,000, and that was too much, but
Whistler wanted him and so we shared the costs. We
got him for the day and they got him for the night."
She added most professional performers and
speakers charge between $1,000-2,000 for each appearance. The main problem, she said, was attendance.
"Seventy students is disappointing, he's used to
performing in front of not less than 200 students. I'm
not responsible for how many students turn out. In
Europe or Australia he'd sell out 400-600 seat auditoriums," she said.
According to Tagle, many universities, including
a Toronto university and the University of Alberta,
had Starr perform at full price.
"Many, in fact all, of the universities had him
performing in their cafeteria duringlunchhour,"Tagle
George Morfitt, FCA, Auditor General of British Columbia
Watchdog of the public purse. The man our
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His clients are B.C.'s taxpayers. His job is to make
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The responsibility is enormous. But George excels
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He has worked in many areas of business finance,
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M-TH 8-9 FRI 8-6
SAT-SUN 11-6
November 13,1991 OPS
Get lit!
Fm writing to dispel an illusion. The illusion that I would like
to deal with is that the University
Blvd bicycle path is safe at night. I
am a daily bicycle commuter from
my home near UBC to downtown
and I ride the path early in the
morning and usually between 5
and 5:30 in the evening. With the
time change at the end of October,
both of these trips are in the dark.
Since the time change, I've noticed
that fewer than 50% have any sort
oflightingorreflective clothing. In
the morning, this is not much of a
problem because I am outbound,
with the car traffic, and oncoming
cyclists are illuminated by the car
headlights. At night however, it's
frightening. ComingtowardsUBC,
going into the automobile lights,
I'm generally riding blind and it's
very difficult to pick out an unlit
bicyclist or pedestrian (yes, there
are a few runners and lost souls
who don't seem to grasp that there
areonlybicycleson the path). Even
riders with reflective clothing or
reflectors are nearly impossible to
see until they are just in front of
you. The bike path is at best little
more than 1.5 metres wide. That
does not leave much room to
manoeuver at the speeds that most
cyclists travel on the path.
My main message is to get
illuminated, cyclists. A good light,
besides making you visible, allows
you to see the many tree branches
that litter the bike path after a
rainy/windy day/night. Considering the value of a healthy life, an
investment in a quality lighting
system is well worth it. There are
enough careless and/or uncaring
members of the automobile community to make cycling hazardous
on the streets. Let's not make the
bike paths as dangerous.
Donald C. Murphy
Home is where
the heart is
Dear Eli Martin & Ron Klopfer,
As an exchange student from
HEC business school (Paris,
France) I felt concerned by your
position against the new housing
policy. You argue thafUBC should
serve BC and Canadians." This
kind of demagoguery sounds to me
very familiar with the xenophobic
arguments of the extreme right-
wing french politicians...
Anywaythe housing privileges
granted to the foreign students are
in most ofthe cases just reciprocal
procedures. In our school for instance, Canadians or BC students
from UBC are guaranteed to have
a private room even if it implies
that some first year french students
will have to share a room or live
off-campus. WhentheygotoLuiggi
Bocconi University (Milano, Italy),
foreign students are charged half
of the regular price for accommodation.
UBC should serve all its students wherever they come from.
However, giving housing priorities
in reasonable proportions to foreign students is probably a matter
of pride for most BC and Canadian
students. It definitely honours the
great hospitality we exchange
students have enjoyed so far in your
Alexandre Tilmant
If you weren't able to buy a copy of this
authoritative, useful guide to Canadian
universities, Maclean's has some great
news — it's back.
This recent special issue has a lot of
people talking about the quality of our
post-secondary education system —
and it includes an exclusive ranking of
46 universities, on a wide range of
mportant criteria.
We've reprinted the entire report
in a special edition that's
available now!
This semester, make it your
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re giving away
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November 13,1991
THE UBYSSEY/ 9 Parton spews
On the same day that 300 women journalists from
across Canada were meeting to learn how we can fight
systemic sexism and racism in the media, the Vancouver
Sun printed a column by Nicole Parton entreating women
to "blow feminism" and "find Mr. Right and smother him
with love."
How much of a coincidence was it that her column
appeared in Saturday's paper, which was distributed free
at the Women in the Media conference? .
The fact that Nicole Parton calls herself a feminist
is a joke. The fact that the Vancouver Sun would publish
her antifeminist rant under the heading of "reverse sexism"
is even more laughable.
In her column, Parton systematically trivializes
the issues facing women: sexism in the workplace, sexual
harassment and violence against women.
"The cover story in the latest issue of Maclean's is
headed Women in Pear' with all the usual statistics,"
writ* s Parton. While she may find it easy to brush off the
"usu. ■\" frightening statistics, other women, especially those
who are the statistics, take the numbers much more seriously.
"December 6, we will again dwell on the memory of
Marc Lepine and the 1989 horror at the Ecole Polytechnique.
We won't think much about the women he killed," she
writes. Perhaps she missed last year's candlelight memorial at the art gallery, where the names of the murdered
Montreal women were read, along with the names of so
many other women who have died at the hands of men.
She suggests that we "sacrificed our femininity"
by "declaring ourselves staunchly feminist." She doesn't
stop to think that "femininity" is a concept developed and
perpetuated by people whose interests are furthered by
keeping women unequal.
She proposes that the correct role for women in
society is that of "loving cook" and cleaner who stays at
home, an unpaid servant.
Parton writes that the woman of the future will
"pamper and value her husband—yes, "husband" rather
than "partner". Has she completely forgotten the fact that
many women would much prefer the company of other
women to that of men? That many women find perfect
happiness with their female partners—yes, "partners"
rather than "husbands"? She has insulted the lesbian
community by utterly ignoring its existence.
Replace "women" and "feminists" in Parton's article with "Blacks" and the column would immediately be
labelled racist and probably not be printed.
There is a disturbing trend towards antifeminism
making itself known. Women are being counselled to stop
fighting for equality. We are being told we have enough
now, when we know we have very little more than we did
when the women's movement started 20 years ago.
Nicole Parton might be just fine where she is, but
there are a lot of women in this world who have much
farther to go.
Thanks for the advice, Ms. Parton, but we won't be
taking it.
November 13,1991
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Yggy Jo King and his friend Sydney went on a trip to the land of
no. Paul Night Daughter Dayson painted white houses white,
white, white, while Mushroom Mike Coury thought it was a
creepy, little dream. Cheryl Surely Niamath took great pride in
mastering the spaces between her fingers. In comes Graham
Crumbs Cameron late for work. Unbelievable as it may seem Raul
A. Fishpond Peschiera was at a total loss for words. Rat King
Chung Wong flew on rainbow wings of change, while Doe snt Need
A Niko Name Fleming met the man on the moon. Karlyn Karaoke
Koh marched through the tunnnel of mirrors, scaring Mark
Gregorion Nielsen so much that he got the heebie geebies. Merry
Gerry Johnson thought "the mind is a terrible thing," looking at
Captain Midnite Paul Gordon. Master ofthe Silver Highlight Don
Mah experienced a foot. Carla Mafia-Chuk lectured on mortality
and other humiliations. Dianne Wonder Buns Rudolf read from
the encyclopedia of unimaginable customs. No I Dont like Green
Eggs and Ham Sam I Am went swimming in the turf. Aunt Lucho
van Isschot Jemima returned to THE forbidden planet Effie Red
Beard Pow saw life as it is lived. Howlin' Hoa Ii added music to the
festivities. Que Sharon Sera Sera lindores twirled and whirled
and schmirled quite gleefully.
Paul Dayson  • Sharon Undores  • Carla Maftechuk
Raul Peschiera  •  Effle Pow
Photo editor • Paul Gordon
- d {■ -y\ y ■   ,   v-.-o---j-*-
School of
Finance, day 2
Gary Probek's letter
against the concept that
Canada's debt belongs to the
rich indicates that I need to
explain this better.
A few centuries ago,
relatively wealthy French
and British merchants colonized Canada. They used
market power, disease, and
gunpowder to rob Canada
from the Natives. They built
mansions in Mount Royal,
York, and Shaughnessy.
They "fathered" confederation. They set up Canada's
corporations. They have the
money to run for political
office. They founded the Liberal and Progressive? Conservative parties. They
ruled. They were later joined
by other wealthy immigrants.
As Canada filled with
immigrants, the rulers gave
away Native land to win
voter support.
After they had given
away the valuable land and
alternatives like the NDP
formed, they brought in social programs to placate the
lower & middle
classes and prevent them
from tryingto equalize power
in society.
Allowing corporations
and advertisers free rein,
they create an ignorant consumer society dependent on
the continuation of capitalism for self-esteem. They
this passive mentality in
their election promises.
They warn that, should a
non-capitalist party get in,
Canadians might lose their
second TV.
The promises have to be
paid for. However, instead
of sufficiently taxing the rich
and powerful who create the
market conditions under
which people need social
programs, they borrow.
They borrow mainly from the
rich and pay them(selves)
high interest. This interest
now constitutes most ofthe
DEBT. They borrow and
raise interest rates rather
than tax so that they can
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scare voters with this thing
called the DEBT to justify
austerity measures, while
they continue to live in mansions, drive nice cars and
Gary calls holding the
rich accountable for the
DEBT "theft". The real
thievery is:
1. the robbing of Native land
2. the rich controlling our
political system (see my letter Jan 8,91)
3. rich capitalists hiring
workers on uneven terms
and then selling the produce
back to them in far greater
qualities & quantities than
they need because they suffer from not being able to
empower themselves.
You can call it theft or
Lipscomb School of Finance
if you like but you won't stop
me from speaking out.
Gary rants against the
nationalization of wealth.
Gary, our government nationalized Native wealth.
We're living off it. Please
apply your letter to yourself.
John Lipscomb
PM needs man
on moon
Last Tuesday in Ottawa, Industry Minister
Michael Wilson released a
well-crafted package which
basically outlined the conservative government's
strategy for determininghow
our economy can become
more competitive. This 15
million dollar proposal represents a last ditch attempt
by senior Tory strategists to
revive the failed leadership
of Brian Mulroney. What is
clear to everyone except the
Mulroney government is
that the real key to Canada's
economic shortcomings begin with a lack of national
focus and direction for the
people of Canada.
Since 1984, Canadians
from all regions of the
country have been pitted
against one another in zero
sum games involving government contracts and constitutional accords. What is
needed in our country is a
government and a leader
who by speaking for all re
gions of the country can focus the efforts and enthusiasm of Canadians on competing against the Japanese
and Europeans rather than
British Columbians competing against citizens from
Ontario. This must begin
with the setting of national
goals behind which all Canadians can unite and strive
together to obtain.
In much the same way
that President Kennedy focused the American people
in the 1960's on putting a
man on the moon; so too must
the next Prime Minister,
with this spirit in mind focus the determination of
Canadians on leading the
world in the things that
matter. A prime area where
we can begin is in the environmental technology industry, which will certainly
be the key area of sustainable
growth in the next century.
Only when the current
void in leadership in Ottawa
is filled, and the country is
once again focused on its vast
potential for greatness, will
we as a nation begin to address our economic failures.
Mr. Wilson's 15 million dollar proposal i s designed more
to lift his government out of
the basement of public
opinion than it is to make
Canada a global competitor.
It seems his package is destined to failure on both accounts.
Bruce Young.
Arts 4
Having attended the
Reform Party's presentation
in the SUB on October 29,1
cannot help beingimpressed
by the vocal prowess of the
protesters. However, I am
disturbed by the way a
gentleman from the audience chose to make a point
(one that is still unknown to
me) presumably about what
he feels is a racist immigration policy put forth by the
Reform Party of Canada.
Instead of asking
Preston Manning, the leader
of the party and featured
speaker, to elaborate on the
merits or faults of his party's
immigration policy, this
gentlement chose to address
the Reform Party representative from the riding of
Vancouver-Quadra. Why did
this gentleman go out of his
way to ask Mr. Manning to
step aside, albeit politely, in
order to ask the representative if she perceived her
party's immigration policy
as racist?
Would she have been
more capable than the leader
of her party in providing an
Quite doubtful.
Would the representative have criticized her own
party's policies, particularly
in the presence ofthe party
Again, quite doubtful.
Did the representative
answer the question by
simply reciting the immigration policies printed in
the Reform Party's brochure?
So why did this guy address the horse's tail instead
of getting the story from the
horse's mouth, so to speak?
Could the reason be the fact
that the representative from
Vancouver-Quadra is a
member of a visible
Quite likely.
If given the benefit of
the doubt, this person is
guilty of asking an ill-conceived question that, by necessity, led to a predictable
answer. But if my suspicions
are correct, this gentleman
from the audience wasn't
interested in the answer. He
was merely interested in
making some vague point
with his question... at the
expense of another person's
skin colour. This, in my
humble opinion, smacks of
In all likelihood, this
gentleman is genuinely opposed to racism, but the point
is that we are all susceptible
to ethnocentric thinking. As
a result, we must be vigilant
in rejecting the racist tendencies that can appear in
our thoughts, words, and
deeds. Harmony and peaceful coexistence demands it.
Byron Jung
November 13,1991 Lest we forget
Why the sight of the poppy—
it's red face pressed against the
empty bus seat—should cause me
such feelings of sadness, is worthy
of wonder. It was some time before
I noticed it. With the coming and
going of the rain dampened passengers, it is likely that it was
frequently hidden from view beneath the weight of one person or
Its pin was gone, and quite
likely its green felt centre. Was my
surge of pity the result of a subconscious parallel drawn between
it and that of a dying soldier, blood
drenched and cold lyingin the mud
of Flanders?
Could it have been representative ofthe sorrow I feel for those
who gave their lives—whose sacrifice is often forgotten by many or
simply not known or understood
by the younger population?
This symbol of rememberence,
with its beauty and fragility is so
clearly representative of life. The
words, "Lest we not forget..." ring
strong when one calls to mind the
field of poppies that sprang forth
and covered the carnage of
Flanders. It is difficult to recall
that so many ofthe soldiers lost in
our m any wars had not ye t reache d
the age of twenty. I sincerely hope
that the flattened overlooked
poppy that I saw is not an indication that we have become apathetic to the past and to the sacrifices of so many.
Vanessa Turnbull
Arts 4
God is the judge
Dear Miss Foran,
Miss Foran, be warned: I am
a man, an engineer, and a Christian. You can therefore discount
my views because of the actions of
my peers and predecessors.
Futhermore, my grasp of logic and
rhetoric cannot be nearly as honed
as that of a Ubyssey staffer. Tome,
capital letters are no substitute for
a supporting argument. However,
it is apparently legit to claim
something as a "fundamental Right
of Man" without stating why. I
woul d have thought that you woul d
claim such a right on the basis of
some unfounded, altruistic desire
for an equitable society. But your
ethic is clearly "live and let live," so
you cannot claim such a basis. Fd
suggest a basis for rights, but it's
already been cleverly dismantled.
I know that the suggestion that,
God's incarnation was not to redeem mankind, but to prove His
Studliness, has shaken my faith to
its very roots.
Enough sarcasm. Miss Foran,
judging from your letter, you do not
understand my position. I cannot
claim to truly know or love any of
the women seeking abortions,
much less a single fetus. God,
however, does. He loves each of
them to the same unmerited degree that He loves me. My love is
no basis for assigning rights; it is
from God's love that I derive my
rights, and from this love that a
woman and fetus derive theirs.
You seem to espouse the view-
that everyone has absolute authority over matters affecting no
one but themselves. I would agree
with such a view. Fortunately, if
the God I know exists, and I have
good reason to believe he does, no
one is so alone as to ever have to
worry about such a situation.
Bradley Heinrichs
Stop being
selfish (SBS)
In response to the front-page
article titled "Students Debate New
Residence Proposal" on Nov.5's
edition of The Ubyssey, I find it
sad to believe how selfish some
British Columbians have become.
Executive member from the
Gage Community Council (GCC)
and the Totem Park Residents'
Association (TPRA) objected to the
recent recommendation made by
the UBC Residence Administration that allows guaranteed housing spaces for newly-admitted international undergraduate stu-
dents to UBC. They reasoned that
the several thousands of residence
spaces should be reserved for BC
and Canadian students, since UBC
is an institution funded by the
Canadian government. My advice
to them is "SMARTEN UP, STOP
most ofthe international students
(IS), coming to study at UBCmeans
leaving their families and countries for the first time. According to
a chemistry IS, "We (IS) don't have
friends here, and it's really hard
for us to start in a new environ
ment." Statistics from the Housing Department every year shows
that finding a place to stay has
always been a challenge to the IS.
As for the argument about
"fairness to BC/Canadian students," for every $2000 we, BC
residents , pay for tuition fees, the
IS already needs to pay $5000 for
the same education. Furthermore,
the proposal only guarantees
housi ng spaces for newly-admi tte d
undergraduate IS's. Their firs';
year at a foreign country must be
the hardest to overcome, and to
live on-campus is very helpful to
them. After their first year, they
may choose to rent off-campus
apartment!* as they will be more
familiar with the community by
that time. Therefore, giving the
international students a place on-
campus to live in (by the way, they
still have to pay for it) in their first
year in Canada is just one of the
easiest things that UBC can offer,
and is wha.t BC resident:? should
be proud of.
Simon Leung
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