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The Ubyssey Sep 24, 1996

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Array Kicking
Soccer Birds host
prairie visitors
Former students' band
tours the west
Off Welfare
Opinion on the NDP's
Youth Works program
Tying up lawyers since 1918
WALK THE WALK-over 5000 people turned up at Stanley Park on Sunday to mark the tenth annual AIDS walk and take part in the carnival-like atmosphere.
The event created to foster awareness of HIV and AIDS, raises money for the BC Persons With AIDS Society (BCPWA) and partner agencies.
As well as raising money and awareness, the AIDS walk is an empowering event for many people living with the disease.
"You get a great sense of support from the community," said one man living with HIV and volunteering at this year's walk. j. clark photo illustration
Bears to test referendum legislation
by Chris Lee
The fate of BC's grizzly and black
bear population may be decided
by popular referendum.
If the Western Canada
Wilderness Committee (WCWC)
collects the signatures of at least
10 percent of the electorate in
each riding within 90 days, voters
may be asked to decide on a bear
hunting ban.
The campaign, that started ear
lier this month and ends on
December 9, is being held under
BC's new Recall Initiative Act
which allows citizens to initiate
"Most people say that it's a mission impossible...[and] there's no
case precedent to look to...all we
have is our energy and dedication," said the referendum drive's
head campaigner Anthony Marr.
The WCWC wants to ban all
bear hunting except in cases
where First Nations have hunting
rights and where bears threaten
public safety. Their proposals calls
for first-time violators to be given
a minimum fine of $25,000 with
higher fines and jail terms for
repeat offenders.
Marr, a former UBC physics
student, said he got involved in
anti-bear hunt activities after
media reports surfaced about the
species' potential extinction and
over a concern about the use of
animal parts for medicinal purposes within his own Chinese culture.
While travelling through the
province to promote his cause,
Marr said he has encountered
organised opposition from various hunting organisations.
"In Port Alberni, for example,
60 of them showed up and only
about five or six environmentalists; [the environmentalists] got so
intimidated that they escaped
after several minutes, leaving just
me," he said.
According to figures released
by the WCWC, some bear biologists argue as many as 10 percent
of each species are killed yearly
province-wide. The BC Ministry of
Environment's policy calls for a
maximum harvesting rate of eight
percent of black bears and four
percent of grizzly bears to maintain population stability.
Not everyone agrees, however,
that bear populations are threatened. The BC Ministry of the
Environment classifies grizzlies as
vulnerable and puts strict monitors
upon hunting; black bear populations are deemed to be healthy.
Ministry statistics list both populations as stable and their annual kill
figures, which take into account
both legal and illegal hunting, are
below the rate deemed sustainable.
Matt Austin, a large carnivore
specialist for the Environment
Ministry's conservation management team, said "poaching is
never, especially for grizzly bears,
really much of an issue on a population level."
According to provincial government statistics, one bear is killed
illegally for every four legally
Marr, however, said bear statistics are only estimates and that
government statistics are more
optimistic than others he has
read. He said that a ratio of one to
one for legal to illegal hunting is
"not outrageous."
The BC Wildlife Federation,
which is officially registered
against the initiative, rejects the
claim that bear populations are
in trouble and does not believe a
hunting ban will stop poaching.
"If the numbers [are] anywhere
near [those promoted] by the proponent of the initiative, you'd have
bear carcasses lined up from one
side of the province to another,"
said BCWF Executive Director
Doug Walker.
Marr said he does not know
how many signatures have been
collected so far. He is focusing
on recruiting volunteers and getting his message across to the
Here on campus, the Student
Environment Centre is making
information from the WCWC available; several students have signed
up to canvass for the campaign.
"I would say that most of our
members would support a ban [on
trophy and sport hunting]", said
Trina Hamilton, SEC Information
Coordinator, who is herself a
Efforts are being made to
actively canvass for signatures on
campus, but no definite plans are
confirmed. ♦
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by Nina Greco
The Alma Mater Society is demanding students have
a greater say in ihe university's affairs.
AMS President David Borins is asking UBC officials to follow a trend among Canadian universities
and increase statdentiBpresentation on the Board of
Governors (BoG) by giving the AMS president an
exofficio position.
'It's not so much a matter of increasing the number of students,* he said. 'It's a matter of having a
direct representative from the AMS.'
Tbe student union presidents at seven Canadian
universities, including Queen's, Waterloo and the
ttniveraiy of Alberta, currently sit on fbtax BoG.
Part of the reason for fee AMS's lohlsying efforts.
Borins said, is mat BoG information is not easily
accessible to the smdenlbody.
Borins said recent AMS attempts to access BoG
minutes for the past year highlight some of the
communications difficulties between the two
organisations. 'As the student union, we'd like to
have access to that information so we can represent students,' he told The Ubyssey.
BoG Chair Shirley Chan said she has already
asked the Board to discuss the AMS's request at their;
next meeting. Although she agreed a review of the
University Act was necessary, she was unwilling to
comment on specific changes.
Faculty BoG representative Philip Resnick told
The Ubyssey be thought the issue should go before
students in the form of a referendum.
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TGgmut&a&m on BoG, said lie supported the
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said, and could help bridge me wnanunicatloiigap
betweesBoGandtheAMS. ' .^
'We have oah/ four working days to coippmkate
BoG views to the (university] president* ^ ^j^
"We try, out it isn't always possible." ♦ 2 THE UBYSSEY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1996
Items for Sale
Tapestry Art Sale
Thanks art lovers! Those who
missed it you have one last chance
Saturday 28th  10-2pm 986-2924
N. Van (only 2 pieces left).
Come and see Ted & Mark's
Excellent Adventure called the
Kerrisdale Stock Exchange.
Vancouver's biggest and best
second hand store. Totally
awesome selection, terrific prices
and student discounts. We have 60
departments from furniture to
books to antiques, stereos, etc.
etc. Open 7 days 12-6
5429 West Blvd. @ 38th 264-7230.
Moving Sale
Student Pad: must sell all
Sat. 28th 10-2pm IM. Van 986-2924
Household + Text + Ref. Books.
Employment Opportunities
Justification for higher education
expanding your mind but for
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free long distance call Gord or
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Free computer fax & phone
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Phone 1-800-515-8844.
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in Vancouver a 1 wk. (Nov. 13-17)
eve/wknd intensive course to
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(TESOL) 1.000s of overseas jobs
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Vancouver Status of Women marks 25 years
Experienced tutor/editor (MA.
English) will help organize,
proofread and edit essays and
school applications. ESL
students welcome. Call Greg
Free Japanese tutoring
Exchange students (UBC undergraduates) from Japan are looking for Japanese-English language exchange partners. "We
help you with Japanese, you
help us with English." It's free,
fun. non-fattening and even educational! We're friendly and
eager to meet you. Call Cheri at
822-8190 to be matched up.
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PS This is not a dating service
We offer an international friendship and language exchange.
We're all living on campus so
meeting somewhere convenient
will be easy.
Typing Services
Typing of reports, essays
resumes, etc. Cerlox binding.
Fax/copy service. Student rates
CallUte 261-7773.
by Melanie Nagy
After 2 5 years of hard work, the Vancouver Status of
Women is taking some time to celebrate.
The Vancouver Status of Women (VSW) formed in
1971 to lobby governments for improvements in
women's social, political and economic status. On
November 2, the organisation's 200 members plan
to mark its growth and success at its 25th anniversary gala—an event expected to be sold-out.
VSW Administrator Audrey Johnson has been
preparing for the event. "The celebration will be
called VSW 25 and Alive," she said. "It will honor our
longevity, dynamic character and the fact that we are
still vitally needed."
Johnson said the theme of this year's reception
will be the promotion of "cross-cultural, cross-generation dialogue." Those who attend the gala at the
Vancouver Public Library will hear a variety of
speeches from VSW's pioneers and local women's
rights activists.
In addition, VSW 25 and Alive organisers hope the
event will draw attention to three central issue related to women in Canada. "Poverty, racism and violence against women are pressing issues that
demand a change in government policy," Johnson
told The Ubyssey.
Although Johnson cited the importance of public
education, she also stressed the need for proactive
approaches that create change at institutional levels.
"Change comes from an organisational level, where
we have to set a standard, where poverty, racism and
violence are no longer excepted," she said.
While the VSW is affiliated with various national
women's rights coalitions, Johnson insisted this feminist organisation for and by women is "separate and
The 2 5th anniversary of the VSW will not only celebrate success, it will also set new goals for the
organisation's future.
"The organisation has come a long way," Johnson
said, "but still has not corrie far enough. This celebration will give us the strength to carry on with our
Dream group for lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgendered people.
Eight Tuesdays. 7-8:30pm Oct.1-
Nov.19 in Kitsilano. Sliding scale
$140-200. Call Eve Abrams (MS
Counselling Psychology) 222-0276.
The Ubyssey Staff Meetings
Wednesday 12:30pm @ SUB 241K
1. Chair and minute-taker 6. Treasurer
2. T-shirts 7. Caucus meetings
3. Work study positions 8. Ombuddies
4. Letters coordinator 9. WRCUP Regional Conference
5. CUP Liaison 10. Other business
Tuesday department meetings @ SUB 241K
12:30pm ~ News 1:30 - Culture 2:30 -- Sports
Everyone Welcome! We've also got T-shirts, baseball caps,
posters, and free passes to give away for the Sept. 25 preview of
2 Days in the Valley. First come, first serve.
brought «*- to you by your student union
Great Opportunities in AMS !
Get involved in your student society - the Alma Mater
Society (AMS)! There are a number of ways to
participate to gain invaluable work experience, make
great contacts and meet lots of interesting people!
Vice-Chair: Vice Chairs assist the Executive that chairs
the respective commission and handle the
administrative details of the commission, including
taking minutes, planning meetings, handling
correspondence, and co-ordinating the activities of
the commissioners. Applicants for Vice-Chair
positions should have excellent leadership skills and
organizational abilities. Time commitment is
approximately fifteen (15) hours per week, including
holding regular office hours.
Commissioner: Commissioners are required to hold
five (5) office hours per week, attend regular
commission meetings, and perform duties specific to
their portfolio for a total time commitment of
approximately ten (10) hours per week, though this
varies significandy depending on portfolio.
Student Administrative Commission: chaired by the
Director of Aclministration, this non-political body is
responsible for managing the Student Union Building,
including regulating all bookings and functions,
Lobby B.C. Transit!
The External Commission is busy asking
transit users regarding the quality of
B.C. Transit services. If you'd like your
voice heard on this issue or would like
to help gather more information from
other users, please contact Allison
Dunnet, Coordinator of External Affairs,
at 822-2050, email at
external@ams.ubc.ca or drop by SUB
providing security, managing the AMS Art Gallery, and
adrninistering the two hundred AMS Clubs and Constituencies.
Positions available: Vice Chair (SAC Secretary), Clubs
Commissioner, Constituency Commissioner, Special Projects
Commissioner, 1 at-large Commissioner
Finance Commission: chaired by the Director of Finance, the
commission oversees the financial activities of the AMS
Subsidiary Organizations, provides fundraising opportunities
for clubs, allocates travel and conference grants, and performs
other duties related to the finances of the Society.
Position available: 1 at-large Commissioner
University Commission: chaired by the Vice President, the
commission discusses and analyzes the impact of University
policies on students and lobbies the University on issues such
as safety, daycare, equity, academics, University policies,
transportation, campus planning, and student housing, working
with the Student Senators and Board of Governors
Representatives and ensuring representation on various
University Committees.
Positions available: Vice Chair, 3 Commissioners
External Commission: chaired by the Co-Ordinator of External
Affairs, the commission communicates with other student
groups and national organizations, discusses and analyzes the
impact of Provincial and Federal Government educational
policy, and lobbies the government on issues of interest to
students such as post-secondary education funding and
student loans.
Positions available: 3 Commissioners
Officers of Council:
Elections Administrator: responsible for conducting the
annual AMS Executive Elections in January and chairing the
Elections Committee. Requires an intensive time commitment
during January (up to 30 hours per week), but little during
the rest of the year. Note: due to the political nature of
elections, the EA cannot hold any elected or appointed
position in the AMS or Constituencies.
Detailed descriptions of all above posiuons are posted
on the main concourse of SUB and available, along with
application forms, from AMS Volunteer Sen-ices and
the AMS Executive Offices, SUB 238.
The deadline for all applications is Friday,
September 27th, 1996 at 4:00 p.m.
Please direct all inquires and applications to:
Jason Hickman
Chair, Nominating Committee
Room 238, Student Union Building
Phone: 822-6342 or 221-0532
Email: jhickman@unixg.ubc.ca
Student Senators Also Needed!
Student Senators serve on the UBC Senate, the body
withinthe University that aclrninisters all academic matters.
Each faculty has its own senator, in addition to five
senator-at-large. Duties include attending Senate and
Student Senate Caucus meetings. Applicants must be
registered in a minimum of 24 credits to be eligible.
Student Senate has the following positions open for
September 96 - March 97:
Student rep. to the Senate for the Faculty of Education
Student rep. to the Senate for the Faculty of Forestry
Please send your resumes for the above senate positions
to Sam Arnold, Chair, Student Senate Caucus c/o SUB
Room 238, 6138 SUB Boulevard, UBC.
All nominations for student senate positions close on
Friday, September 27th, 1996 at 4:00 pm.
Be on the lookout for Volunteer Fair '961 Organizations
will be looking for students who want to develop valuable
skills, gain career-related experience, build their self-
confidence and make new friendsl
Volunteer Fair '96 - Mon., Sept. 30 to Wed. Oct. 2nd from
10:00 am to 3:00 pm in the SUB Concourse.
For more information, please call 822-9268. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1996
Conference on
by Samer Muscati
OTTAWA (CUP)-Student groups are outraged
they weren't invited to a federal conference on
youth while corporations were welcomed with
open arms.
The federal government conference brought
together over 100 hand-picked participants
from corporations, governments and youth to
develop action plans on youth issues. But no
national students groups and only one provincial group was invited to the three day conference held in Ottawa on September 17-19.
'It's a farce and nothing more than a photo
opportunity," said Canadian Federation of
Students chairperson Brad Levigne. "It's outrageous that student groups weren't invited."
Beth Owen, one of the facilitators said that
the issues addressed at this year's conference
are dramatically different to previous ones
she's attended.
"(Youth conferences] are becoming much
more business oriented. In some ways it seems
mat there is now a lack of representation that
never used to happen before. They're missing a
lot of points of view here," said Owen.
"The strange tiring is that even the youth that
are here are sponsored by business. They're
not the ones that need help, they're not the
ones having problems."
But conference organiser Danielle Labonte
said they picked the youth delegates from every
part of the country and from every walk of life.
"Youth are definitely represented," said
Labonte who is also Chief of Youth and
Learning Policy for the federal government.
"It's a conference for youth and by youth. We
wanted to give an opportunity for youth who
don't have a voice, who have less access to government. We wanted youth to come on their
own merit and not attached to any lobby
However Lavigne said there is a strong business lobby presence at the conference. He is
especially alarmed that groups such as the
Canadian Youth Business Foundation, which is
funded by the Royal Bank and other corporations, were representing youth at the conference.
Lavigne said he didn't understand why
more than 25 business lobby groups such as
Shell Limited and Air Canada were embraced
while student voices were ignored.
CFS researcher Denise Doherty said the federation wasn't invited because the federal government wanted to avoid having any critical
voices at the conference. ♦
Med students can't cover education costs
by Michael Connors
ST. JOHN'S (CUP)-A doubling in tuition fees
with no corrresponding rise in student aid is
making it difficult for some of Newfoundland's medical students to cover all of their
Tuition fees at Newfoundland's Memorial
University medical school more than doubled
to $6250 this summer, the highest rate in
But the maximum amount that a student can
receive from student aid remains roughly
$4000 a semester.
The total amount of aida student can receive
is $ 12,000 per year, leaving medical students
with less than $6000 to cover all living expenses for a full year.
"Students are finding they're short of cash,"
said Sindhu Johnson, medical school representatives with Memorial University's student
council. "The money they are receiving is
enough to cover tuition, but it's not enough for
living expenses."
When the tuition increase was first
announced, the Medical Students Society at
Memorial did a study which concluded that some
students would need almost another $ 17,000 to
meet all expenses over a four-year period.
Representatives of the society met with
Frank Marsh, associate deputy minister of
advanced studies, to bring the problem to the
provincial government's attention.
"It was an initial meeting with him just to
explain what the actual costs are," Paul Dancey,
president ofthe Medical Students Society, said.
"There's the $6250 tuition, but there's a lot of
hidden costs...in the first year alone there may
be as high as $2000 in hidden costs."
Marsh recognised that alternate sources for
loans might be necessary to help students cover
costs, but he indicated there is Utile that can be
done to help those students who are unable to
cover their costs now. ♦
Housing "messes"
around with Fairview
unfair view: garbage spoils life for new residents, richard lam photo
by James Rowley
Some Fairview Crescent residents had a
memorable but unpleasant welcome to
UBC this year—thanks to other students.
"It smelled like rotting garbage
with animal product in it," PhD candidate Shelley Reuter said of her room
when she arrived from Saskatchewan
at the end of August.
"There was a woman in the living
room with her stuff everywhere.
There was bags of garbage in the
kitchen...the floor was covered in food
and dirt...the toilet upstairs was
brown—almost black," Reuter said.
"We did have quite a few complaints about the state ofthe common
areas," Building Services Manager
Rosemary Simpson said Friday.
According to Simpson, there was a
"bottleneck" in the final days of
August when students were vacating
and occupying units often within a
few hours of each other. It was an
especially bad year for tenants, she
said. "We had quite a number of people that just didn't want to move."
Associate-Director of Residence
Admissions Bob Frampton attributed
the increased number of complaints
to this summer's higher-than-normal
occupancy rate.
"Fairview houses 774 students
and, during the summer, the students
who live in our traditional residences
like Gage, Totem Park, Place Vanier
and Ritsumeikan are invited to live in
Fairview for the summer," he said.
"However, the last few days in August
we notify students they have a certain
amount of time to move from
Fairview Crescent to their winter session residence area.
"Well, because Fairview was so
heavily occupied we had several students who didn't comply...It was very
difficult for the staff to cope with the
large numbers of students who
refused to co-operate."
Frampton, however, said he didn't
expect any major changes to next
year's system. "We could say that
Fairview Crescent should not be used
for student residence for the month of
August so we could prepare for incoming [students] but we'd have to deny
those stay-through students... Where
would they go? The only major
changes I'd like to make is that we
have 100 percent co-operation from
students who are moving."
One group of students who especially encountered problems this year
were international students, who are
often allowed to move in early to take
advantage of orientation events in the
last week of August. Joshua Conroy, a
BA student in Anthropology, fell into
this category.
"It's the student's choice to come
early," said Frampton, "They're
advised that this is before the start of
the residence term and they're welcome to come but they have to accept
some sort of conditions they may not
find acceptable."
To students moving into dirty
suites, however, this is not good
enough. "Why should I not be paid for
the two days I had to clean this place?"
Conroy asked.
"When they tell us two months in
advance we can be there on that day,
they've got those two months to make
sure the place is clean for us—doesn't
matter who's in there."
UBC Residence Contract states the
Department of Housing and
Conferences will, among other tilings,
"provide a secure and clean environment, as much as is reasonably possible" and "strive to provide an environment conducive to academic pursuits,
personal and community development."
"This was my welcome to UBC."
said Reuter, "This is how much UBC
gives a shit about me. It must be awful
to come from another country." ♦
Serbian Club
The inaugural meeting ofthe
UBC Serbian Club
will be held:
Thursday, September 26,1996
at 1:30 pm in Hillel House
(By Brock Hall)
Everyone Welcome!
Anyone considering medicine should
not miss this 4 hour jam packed seminar!
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York may drop Jewish holidays
TORONTO (CUP)-Jewish students at York University
are upset with a proposal that would see the school
stop celebrating Jewish holidays.
For the last 2 7 years, the university has cancelled
class during the two most important holidays of the
Jewish calendar, Rosh Hashariah and Yom Kippur.
The university senate is considering ending that
tradition because it creates problems with class
Pearl Cropper, president of York's Jewish
Students Federation, said York's tradition of celebrating the holiday is one of the reasons over 5000
Jews attend the university.
"York has always been considered a very Jewish-
friendly place to study, but that could change," she
Zena Haberman, a first-year English major, said
it's only fair to continue celebrating the holidays.
"On major Christian holidays, classes are cancelled
[but] no other major group will be [recognised]."
Gropper pointed out Jews are forbidden from performing school work during the two holidays. Many
Jewish students feel they will not be able to practice
their religious observances without having their studies adversely affected, she said.
Student council Vice-PresidentJayson Chizick said
the policy should be passed, but students who miss
class should have some recourse to review class
material missed.
Ellen Morris, a third-year Kinesiology student,
agreed with Chizick. "If holidays are going to be cancelled, then there should some kind of compensation."
Chizick's proposal would benefit Jewish students,
and those of other faiths who never had their holidays off.
"It's going to benefit the school. It's not regressive,
but progressive. It gives everybody the opportunity,"
said George Vlahores, a political science major of
Greek Orthodox faith.
He added that York's traditional policy has negatively impacted the academic studies of these students. "You can't expect a good quality assignment
after a religious celebration." ♦
Hanger knows no season
by Desiree Adib
It's not Thanksgiving or Christmas,
but the Arts Undergraduate Society
is having a food drive axgway.
"Student government most be
responsive to the needs of the
community at large as well as
those in our immediate backyard/ said AUS representative
Jeff Meyers. "If every single student donates a can of soup they
will very positively and deeply
affect the scourge of hunger and
malnutrition in the city of
While 1996 has been a better
year for donations to the
Vancouver food bank, with contributions up 30 percent from the
same period hist year, September
and October are usually especially slow donation periods.
'Christmas is the only time of
the year that we have to be reactive rather than proactive," said
Larina Dyck, the director of com-
munications at the Vancouver
Food Bank. "We have a Christmas
injury campaign to get us through
August and September but again
at the end of September we have
pretty hard times and any donations are especially welcome."
The AUS hopes UBC students
will donate and make a difference in these particularly "dry
months" for the food bank.
"People starve all year long,
not just at Christmas or
Thanksgiving,' said Meyers, "and
as the food bank motto goes:
Hunger knows no season." ...
Boxes for food donations are in
all Buchanan A lecture haHs and in
the Arts Undergraduate Office. ♦
Life's a party. But only if you get the
message that you're invited. Which
is exactly why you need Call Answer
from BC TEL. It takes messages when
you're away from home. Or on the
line. And when you sign up for new
60 Days Free
telephone service,you get two months
free. That's a dollar value of $11.90.
Think of it as the equivalent of a half
decent two-four.
Offer    applies    to    new    telephone    service    subscribers    only.     Some    restrictions    apply. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1996
She-Birds win home opener
by Simon Rogers
The She-Birds extended their season streak without a
loss this weekend.
The T-Birds defeated Saskatchewan 2-0 and tied
Alberta 1-1 this weekend to remain unbeaten three
games into the Canada West season. UBC opened the
season with 1-0 away victory over Victoria.
In Saturday's 2-0 victory over the Saskatchewan,
UBC got off to a quick start as Jessica Mann's powerful low shot found the back of the net barely five
minutes into the game.
The Birds dominated throughout the game and
had plenty scoring opportunities. But it was not until
the 67th minute that the victory was sealed as Zoe
Adrian tapped a loss ball into the net from close-in
after the Saskatchewan goalie failed to collect Brandy
Hetherington's shot from ten yards out.
While the Birds took control against Saskatchewan
early on, Sunday's game against Alberta got off to a
different start. Facing a more competitive opponent,
UBC felt the pressure early and fell behind 1-0 five
minutes before halftime as Shannon Page's shot
trickled off UBC goalie Lisa Archer's hands into the
And the Birds could have easily trailed by more—
but Archer redeemed herself making two brilliant
back-to-back saves to keep UBC in the game.
The T-Birds came out of the intermission pressing for the tying goal and had several great
With under 20 minutes left, Zoe Adrian capitalized upon a perfect cross from Kim Spencer. Her
jumping header placed in the top right corner of the
net proved too much for the Alhertan goalie and
brought UBC to a draw.
"The games didn't go badly," said Head Coach
Dick Mosher, "although we are going to have to work
on crossing and fMshing. It's going to take playing a
top team to bring out a top effort in us." ♦
ROBYN DUNN kicks a cross in the Birds' 2-0 win over the Saskatchewan
Huskies Saturday, richard lam photo
split weekend home series
T-bird Troy Wood (16) is in the thick of things in front of the Alberta Golden
Bears' net Sunday afternoon, richard lam photo
 by Simon Rogers
The Men's soccer team split their two weekend
matches, beating the Saskatchewan Huskies 1-0
on Saturday before losing by the same score to
the defending Canada West Champions Alberta
Golden Bears Sunday.
But while the scoring was low, there was no
shortage of opportunities in either contest.
UBC's first big scoring chances against the
Huskies came early in the game when striker Troy
Wood's header sailed just wide ofthe net. Striker
Mark Rogers also had a glorious chance, but could
not convert his breakaway near half time.
But 20 minutes into the second half, Rogers
outleaped the Husky defence to head in a beautifully placed corner for the game's only goal.
Sunday's game against Alberta was an even-
matched, well-played contest that featured end-to-
action. The game's golden goal came early in the
second half when Alberta midfielder Mike
Radmanouch squeezed the ball past UBC goalie
Mike Franks who had been solid up to that point.
Rogers had a chance to tie the game up in the
sixth minute, but his header sailed over the
"We had our chances to score. There were
plenty of easy opportunities, it was just a matter
of cashing in on them and putting the ball in the
back of the net," said UBC head coach Mike
Mosher. "We played well against Saskatchewan.
Had we not waited until we were down by one to
start playing hard against Alberta, the outcome
would have been different."
The Birds, 2-1 after three games, will travel to
Lethbridge to face the Pronghorns next week. ♦
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The Birds losl :>7-liS lo tht- defending Vanier Cup
Champions Calvary Dinosaurs this pasl weekend to
fall to I 2 in Canada West action.
Tin; Dinos scorn] curly and often and led UT> M
al hiilflimt1. The onslaught continued in Ihe second
half as Calgary backup quarterback Harry] Leason
throw for three long touchdown passes (60, ii'?., and
•I1 yards respectively). Calgary's air-attack was
complemented by Dinn running hack Chris Lewis
who ran for 15)7 yards and two touchdowns on 31
T Hird pivotJasnn Day. meanwhile, completed H
of !i(i passes for 207 yards and one touchdown. Day
also ran for another major score.
l/BC's Brad Coults led all receivers with 100
yards on seven receptions. The Birds hope to got
back on Ihe winning track this weekend when they
play host to tin; Oi, Manitoba Bisons in what is a
must win situation for UBC.
Tin- Thunderbirds finished 0 U in the Golden Boar
Invitational Tournament held last weekend.
UBC opened the exhibition tournament with con
secutive f.-2 losses to hnsl Alberta Golden Hears and
tbe Calgary Dinosaurs. They ended the tournament
with a close \ '.) loss lo the Saskatchewan Huskies.
Brad Kdgiugtun and Corey Stuck each scored
twice over the weekend while Troy Dalton, Cal
Benazic, and Gunnar Uonric.hsnn scored once.
In other puck news, UBC forward Matt Sharrers
has boon selected lo play fur the Canadian .National
Hockey Team lor llie l!J..f> !l7 season. In his throe
yours at UBC, Sharrers scored 3S goals, 3*. assist*
and collected 19'! penally minutes in S)!. games
Ex-Bird Doug Ast has boon assigned tu the
Vancouver Canucks' farm team, The Syracuse
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Tlie She-Birds finished second in the first Canada
West tournament, of the season with u 2 1 1 record.
UBC defeated tin1 Calgary Dinosaurs 2 1 and the
Manitoba Bisons (i-0 before losing to the Alberta
Pandas 2 1.
UBC's final game ended in 11 tie with the UVic
Vikes. Julie Murrisson led all I'BC scorers with four
♦ ♦ ♦
The Men's Volleyball won a weekend exhibition
series against the Victoria Vikings 2 1.
The Women's team, moanwhil.,, lost two games
lo a Japanese Professional learn currently on tour
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Pluto is out of this world
by Andrea Gin
Sep 28 at the CBC Plaza
Over the phone from a hotel in Calgary, Rolf
Hetherington, a guitarist with the Vancouver-based
band Pluto, pauses to think about why, out of all the
four-piece pop-rock bands in the nation, his is getting so much attention.
"I don't think we're that special, really," he says.
"I don't know."
Kind of a modest note to start out on, but over
tlie course of the interview Rolf pulls through and
is able to come up with a few things that make
Pluto stand out (in no particular order):
1. Two of me band members used to attend
John Ounpuu, their bass player and singer,
majored in English and Justin Leigh, their drummer, majored in Commerce. What's more, both of
them worked at UBC's campus radio station, CiTR,
the former as librarian and the latter as the station's program director.
2. they are living proof that Georgia. Straight
classifieds work
Singer and guitarist Ian Jones met Rolf through
an ad for musicians in the Straight about five years
ago, and started playing together.
"Ian and I were in a band for a year or so," he
recalls. "At the time, Justin and John were in a band
called Movieland...and then they broke up and put
an ad in The Georgia Straight, looking for the other
half of the band, and Ian and I responded.
"So Pluto basically was formed as the result of
two Georgia Straight ads."
The combination clicked right away; they had
written two songs by the time the first practice was
over. A mere 21 days later, they went into
Greenhouse Studios and recorded those two songs,
releasing Pretty Little Jacket, their first 7" single, on
their own Popgun Records.
"The first two songs that were put on the 7" we
wrote in the first practice, on the first day we met,
basically. Most of the songs we really like playing
have come together in the course of a practice."
signed to a major label
Local label Mint Records, home to some of
Vancouver's best known homegrown talent (including Cub and The Smugglers), put out Pluto's second
7" single Death Star and released Pluto's first full-
length album Cool Way To Feel in the spring of '95.
Their stay at Mint was a brief but important
stage in their careers; they were spotlighted in the
label's showcase at Vancouver's annual Music West
conference, where they caught the eye of Virgin
Music Canada's A&R director; he signed them later
MAIDEN VOYAGE for Virgin artists Pluto (I to r): Rolf Hetherington, John Ounpuu, Ian Jones, Justin Leigh.
that year. Being on a major label, however, hasn't
meant a loss of control over their careers.
"There are a lot more things to do. It's busier
and it's harder to keep track of things, but everything basically still goes through us," Rolf says. "We
still make all the important decisions...there's just
a lot more of them to be made. We control what
goes on the albums and what we play. The press
thing is the only thing that's changed. [Now] we do
a lot more interviews."
Another bonus is that they are getting a huge
push from Virgin in the US, where an EP called Cut
and Paste was released last June to introduce them
to college and alternative stations, along with a
video for 'Paste.' The EP was also, along with various other Pluto paraphernalia, sent to more than
900 skate and surf shops across the land.
It's different, yet the same, as their old one. The
self-titled debut for Virgin is an update of Cool Way
To Feel. They weeded out some of the old songs and
added six new ones, which has resulted in an
album that is consistently strong throughout. The
singles 'Paste' and 'When She Was Happy' have
already garnered them significant radio and television exposure in Canada.
"The new stuff is basically just an extension of
what we were doing before, and the old songs were
remixed," Rolf says. "One of them was re-recorded,
but it basically came out the same way. They sound
a little clearer, I guess that's the biggest difference.
"There's good things to both. The new mixes
sound clearer and are more rock [sounding]. The
other one has more quirky things, though. The guy
who mixed it sort of threw in weird things and
echoey bits so maybe it's a little more interesting
that way."
The remix is nice, however, because the lyrics
came out sounding a lot more intelligible—it used
to be easier to hear what they were singing about at
one of their live shows. Not that their lyrics are all
that complex—part of Pluto's charm is that they
write songs about the same things everyone else
does, but they keep it original by wording them in
funny or insouciant ways.
Belore embarkmg on tlie next phase of their
tour, the quartet will fly out Toronto to record an
episode of the Rita and Friends early next October.
There's more reasons, of course, but you'll just
have to go find them yourself, because:
8. They're having a free show!
The band will make one appearance only in
Vancouver on Saturday night to perform live at the
CBC Plaza for half an hour on the radio program
Realtime (105.7 FM) at 7:30 pm. So there it is.
Listen to Pluto, read your classifieds, and support
CBC Radio. ♦
Losin' it to Sheryl Crow      fears for Tears
by Daniel Ariaratnam
Sheryl Crow
Sep 15 at the Vogue Theatre
I am pleased to announce that I am
no longer a virgin, and I lost it to
Sheryl Crow.
The more intimate you can get
with Sheryl Crow the better. But
lack of intimacy was definitely a
problem as the band often consisted of as many as five members.
Her classic rock-based sound
would have been better suited to a
three-piece band playing in a small
smoke-filled club with a good bar.
However, the main problem
with the whole show was the loser
audience. First, it was a sit-down
show. Second, there were too many
males with beards. The crowd
offered Sheryl no energy or enthusiasm and I think this helped contribute to her seeming lack of
Despite this, however, her banter between songs came across
amazingly well. After she played
'Happy' she said, "That one was for
all you people still stuck in the '80s.
You know, I really liked the '80s.
That was the decade that I discov
ered boys." After a brief pause she
added, "And girls."
After 'Strong Enough,' the first
song of the two song encore, she
started talking about hockey. "You
know, I was going to say something
about the hockey game, but, you
know." The crowd briefly booed.
"Anyways, I don't really like hockey. But I did sleep with Brett Hull."
That definitely took us all by surprise.
Ironically, Sheryl Crow consistently ends up on the worst-dressed
celebrity lists. However, on
Wednesday night she looked very
lovely indeed. Tight black rubber
pants. A small black V-necked shirt
with buttons down the front. Black
nails. Blue eye make-up. From the
time I saw her on stage until the
time she left, she had my complete
undivided attention.
So there you have it. That's how
I lost it to Sheryl Crow. You see, I've
never written for a newspaper
before, so I guess I was a virgin
writer. Sheryl Crow is a great talent, and she has a great voice with
an edgy blues quality that comes
across even better live than on her
recordings. Did I mention she has
a great personality? ♦
SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT: Sheryl Crow gets intimate, paul kamon photo
The Tear Garden - To Be an Angel
Blind, The Crippled Soul Divide
This is stuff to butcher your cocker
spaniel to. Typical lyrics include, from
'Crying From Ouside':
Take your sacrificial knife and out
This lamb was born to slaughter but
I'm lying on your altar
still I stare at you with big brown
sheepy eyes.
And 'Cyberspider' ends with the
Hitchcockian sound of a woman panting heavily, then screaming over the
roar of her attacker.
Not that the music is bad—it's actually quite brilliant. The Tear Garden
blends clean guitar, dark industrial
beats and feedback effects with mellow
British accented vocals to create a
sound that's at once both dour and compelling.
And if there is a break in the record's
dreariness, 'New Eden' is almost cheery
and 'Malice Through the Looking Glass'
is just plain cool: imagine what would
happen if Depeche Mode and Pink
Floyd got together over a table of
The Tear Garden is not a place for
the suicidal or psychotic.
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(Bette Midler).
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The First Wives Club
at the Capitol 6 theatre
Revenge is the theme of The First Wives Club, a self-
help group for women who have been callously
pushed aside by their husbands in favour of younger
lovers. This familiar social phenomenon could spark
some fairly strong opinions among movie-goers of
both sexes. Instead, this comedy presents a story of
loss and betrayal while diffusing the anger that
accompanies it, with plenty of glamour to sweeten
the bitterness beneath.
The club's founders are Brenda (Bette Midler),
the former wife of a discount electronics retailer;
Annie (Diane Keaton), the sad-sack estranged wife of
an advertising executive; and Elise (Goldie Hawn),
an actress in the twilight of her career. These former
college friends reunite after many years and discover their shared desire to avenge their betrayal by
their ex-husbands. They once enjoyed lives of affluence, to which they largely contributed, only to be
cast aside during their husbands' self-indulgent midlife crises. They don't appear to be facing the harsh
blow of post-divorce poverty, but they are not
immune to the emotional pain of being rejected by
the men they loved.
Betrayed and alone, Brenda, Annie and Elise
decide to fight back. With the help of Elise's film-star
by Maura Maclnnis income and social connections, they devise a plot
aimed at restoring their dignity while subjecting
their husbands to the humiliation they so richly
deserve. There's no grey area here; these husbands
are so self-absorbed and devoid of compassion that
it's hard to envision what their wives ever saw in
them to begin with.
Midler, Hawn and Keaton all possess an oft-
demonstrated talent for comedy, and several
strong supporting performances—notably Stockard
Channing as a tragic "first wife", Eileen Heckart as
Annie's old-fashioned mother and Maggie Smith as a
Manhattan society matriarch—lend this film a number of fine comedic moments. The dialogue is often
witty and sharply barbed, and the action is for the
most part fast and funny, despite the overlong buildup to the final revenge.
The film is less successful in coaxing a larger
meaning out of all these individually laudable performances. The "First Wives" spend a great deal of
time bemoaning the loss ofthe love, social st; r >s and
wealth their youth assured them. But Elise, »vho has
made a career exploiting her looks as well as her talent, has nothing but contempt for the baby-faced protege (Elizabeth Berkley) that replaced her. The second wives, all social-climbing bimbos, will presumably get their comeuppance when they reach middle
age. If all good comedies deserve a sequel, how many
times must the joke go round before someone
decides to impart some insight beneath the farce? ♦
Guess who's dying for dinner
 by Peter T. Chattaway
Death on the Rocks
Sep 26-28 at Pacific Theatre
A senator and former UBC political science professor calls up
three of his former students and
summons them to a lighthouse on
Vancouver Island. He's acting
very mysteriously, very erratically, like a holy fool who knows
something unique and terrifying
and he's afraid he might be
locked away in an asylum before
he can save the world. He bolts
from the keepers quarters one
last time, his students split off to
go look for him, and the next
thing you know, somebody's
Who, exacfly, is left for you to
guess, as is the killer, during the
dessert buffet that comes as an
interlude in Pacific Theatre's latest fundraiser, with prizes for the
correct guess—and some not-so-
correct guesses—afterwards. Since
this is, in a sense, more of a charity drive for local theatre than it is
an artistic production, it may be
unfair to critique the show as theatre, but hey, let's try.
The students—Amanda (Lisa
Benner), Eric (Kerry Vander
Griend) and Tom (Studio 58 grad
Robert Moloney)—who visit Senator
Hubert McLeery (Tim Dixon) are a
mixed bag. As usual, the girl gets
to be the politically correct one
with a taste for tofu; Eric uncovers, then re-enacts, the tale of a 70-
year-old serviceman with a dark
secret to keep; and Tom is the
let's-be-sane type who has an
unfortunate tendency to describe
McLeery with an endless stream
of metaphors of the "a few croutons short of a salad," "a few cans
short of a sixpack," "a few flakes
short of a cereal box" variety.
Towering above them all, as
well he should, is Dixon as the
prone-to-snap McLeery. He's just
off-centre enough to make his
character possibly insane, possibly not, and if he were taller, thinner and lost the beard, some of his
double-takes might bear an uncanny resemblance to John Cleese. He
also, when explaining the accident
of McLeery's appointment to the
Senate, turns in a spot-on parody
of Jean Chretien.
Unfortunately, the characters
as built up in the first three acts
are more or less reversed in the
final, expository act where the
mystery is made plain. Perhaps
this is necessary—if we could see
who these people really are,
there'd be no mystery, right?—but
I can't help thinking the characters
change awful suddenly. And try to
get a seat on the north side of the
theatre if you can—Dixon performs
a few scenes set on top of the lighthouse on a perch at the back ofthe
south side's seating area; if you're
sitting in that section, you may
have to twist your neck somewhat
tight to see him.
For those who've always
thought the back stage of a theatre
was a bigger mystery than whatever happens in front of the audience, Pacific Theatre uses this
opportunity to strut its stuff. When
the students split up, the audience
is divided into three groups that
tour the dressing rooms and back
stairways, where the actors pursue their individual plot threads
and toss out a few extra clues.
And while the premise behind the
mystery—one of those grand
affairs that's been kept hidden for
decades—may stretch belief, it is
pretty cool. ♦ A Guarantee For Youth
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A Guarantee For Youth. 10   THE UBYSSEY, SEPTEMBER 24
September  24, 1996 • volume 78 issue 6
Editorial Board
Coordinating Editor
Scott Hayward
Ian Gunn and Sarah O'Donnell
Peter T. Chattaway
Wolf Depner
Federico Araya Barahona
Richard Lam
Joe Clark
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Joe "Hydro* Clark won the election. Nina Greco
was happy about it. Chris Lee was not. He
wanted Melanie Nagy of the Mongolian Party to
master the polls. Other candidates included
James Rowley of the Loggers Party, Desiree Adib
of the Adib Independent Party and Michael
Stanger of the Monty Python's Silly Party. Mark
'the analyst* Martincic figured that Andy
Barham would be premier; however, a better
analyst by the name of Chris "Vulcan* Nuttall-
Smith thought that Andrea "excuse the pun" Gin
would win because she proposed a zero tax on
alcohol. Maura Maclnnis, an anarchist, thought
that every citizen from Simon Rogers to Ben Koh
and from Christine Price and Charlie Cho should
be able to be directly involved in governmental
procedures. Nevertheless, Nick Bouton of the
FUNK administration thought anarchy would
provoke terrorists from the likes of Afshin
Mehin, Paul "look outjordan" Kamon and Daniel
"Hollander* Ariaratnam. As everyone should
know, however, it is not the government or the
AMS that run UBC, but it is The Ubyssey
underground members. They are as follows:
Scott "financial secrets" Hayward, Sarah
"internationalist" O'Donnell, Ian "the terrible*
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animal" Depner. These members make all their
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Get your hands off my arts!
Undergraduate university education here in
Canada is apparently up for re-examination.
We should be careful, however, who ends up
setting the agenda.
The federal government held a conference on youth in Ottawa last week to which
student groups were not invited—Shell
Canada, Air Canada and the Royal Bank, however, had strong and enthusiastic participation.
You can't really blame them; if they are
going to fund post-secondary education into
the next century, you can understand their
wanting a little say as to what youth are up to.
But beyond the injured pride of the
Canadian Federation of Students who dismissed the Ottawa event as a "farce and nothing more than a photo opportunity" lies, perhaps, a cause for some genuine concern.
Here in BC last week, both the premier
and the minister of education trumpeted
their government's ambition to make
increased relevance one of the broad themes
of their mandate on post-secondary education.
"There has to be," Education Minister
Moe Sihota told UBC students this month, "a
strong correlation between the outcome—
what employers expect—and the skills students are taught."
Which is true. So long as what employers
expect is the result of a rich curriculum
heavy on independent thought.
A study out of York University last week
suggests that Canadian students—and presumably employers—are not getting out of
undergraduate education the degree (if you'll
excuse the pun) of intellectual independence
that one might expect.
Which is neatly timed to coincide with a
conference of tlie Association of Universities
and Colleges who meet next week to discuss
overhauling undergraduate education in an
era of smaller budgets and larger classes.
So, the interest and concern about the
development of our minds is clearly there.
What conclusions will be drawn from the
ensuing discussions and whose greasy fingers will end up writing the curriculum are
another question entirely.
If business and government are truly concerned about the minds of employees, political hacks and taxpayers into the next century,
they will leave the curriculum decisions to
the academics.
If they really want to help the youth of the
country, can we humbly suggest that secure,
independent, no-strings-attached funding for
liberal arts programmes would be an intelligent place to start.
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Don't blame the
Budget Committee
Budget Committee had the difficult task of reviewing all budget
submissions this summer and
would like to answer your speculations. As is usual, demand far
outstripped supply. The Committee had to allocate for many
items: the current portion of
deficit repayment ($50,000), the
previous Council's deficit repayment ($50,000) as well as last
year's leftover "odd accounting
goof ($100,000). The funding
requests which were not inclusive of every program totaled
$1.25 million, while the actual
available funds were not expected to exceed $1.0 million. How
is one to reconcile a shortfall of
In the course of deliberations
and difficult choices, it was
decided that a budgeted $85,000
would be saved this fiscal year to
bring the AMS' retained earnings (an accounting term if you
are unsure) closer to zero. At the
moment,   the   AMS'   retained
earnings are negative. With the
budget cuts, the Committee
implicity pressed the AMS
Services to outperform themselves. This is evident with the
successes of for example,
Joblink, Rentsline and Volunteer
Services. All Student Service
Directors have taken their budgetary allotments and made
their services healthy, strong,
lean, and above all, successful.
There is no shame in doing more
with less.
Yet you still ask, why hurry to
pay yourself back? The reasons
are simple: aside from the general principle that you should
pay back your oldest expenses
first; the AMS funds its Services
and Programs from the interest
income on investments, surplus
from our business operations
and from student fees. We have
the lowest student fee of $39.50
across the nation for this reason.
If our fees were say, $65, then
perhaps we would not rely on
investment income to fund student services and programs.
Once one delves into the princi-
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pie amount, interest income
decreases and we may enter a
situation where banks with "usurious loan rates [are] banging on
the door."
Lica Chui
Chair, Budget Committee
AMS Vice-President
Ryan Davies
AMS Director of Finance
Campus Fest
is not a
Consumption Feast
Who were the idiots who put
up those signs around Campus
Fest? The ones that read: "You
are not a student, you are a consumer. This is not a university,
this is a product." Don't you kids
have better things to do? I mean,
lighten up! Campus Fest is fun.
It's like going to the circus. Look
at all these great reasons to love
Campus Fest:
° it's educational (the Edge gel
trivia zone)
° it's recreational (the Mermen
Speed Stick Speed Blast)
°  it's     rebellious     (RC     Cola
samples in the Coke Zone)
°  it's nutritious (free Crispers)
°  it's absorbent (free Tampax)
° it's communicative (free junk
mail for the rest of your life)
°  it's   religious   (smiling   ACC
Long Distance cult members
distribute their literature and
try to get you to join)
So why don't those culture
jammers learn to have a bit of
fun? And if they really wanted to
make their opinions known they
should have gone to t@p's "Tell
us what you think" booth, and
not put up pathetic posters. In
the booth they could have filled
out the 1996 Campus Fest
National Opinion Poll. Then they
could have answered provoking
questions such as "Do you think
Quebec should separate from
Canada? (Yes/No)", "Within the
next couple of years, do you plan
to buy or lease a VCR?", and
"What kind of vehicles are you
most likely to purchase? (sub-
compact, sedan, sports car, rnini-
Johnny Loaf Boy A Guarantee For Youth
That Covers the ABC's
of Student Aid.
Guaranteeing post-secondary education means providing financial assistance to those
who need it most. The Government of B.C. is working to ensure that the
British Columbia Student Assistance Program works for students and their families.
MA lilt if    There will be a $25 increase to
VMlli   tne weekly maximum - as much
as $850 more per school year. This will
benefit as many as 22,000 students, many
of them with children, who are currently
t   receiving financial assistance.
An additional 3,000
students will receive
Student Financial Assistance this year. This
means more students than ever before will
receive help with the cost of their education.
Qualified students with dependent children are also eligible
for the BC Family Bonus, and the Healthy Kids
program for vision and dental care.
The Government of B.C. wants young people to know they have a
bright future here. And we're doing what it takes to make it happen.
For more information about our Guarantee for Youth, call 1-800-637-5455.
Investing In Our Future.
A Guarantee For Youth. 1 2   TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1996
NDP's welfare reforms invite a host of social ills
I'd like to protest the severity of the provincial government's recent welfare reforms. The NDP has gone so far
overboard in its effort to appease the right that it is inviting
a whole host of social ills in its wake as welfare recipients
scramble to keep up with their amazingly demanding job-
search requirements within the confines of their pitiful living allowances.
Under the "BC Benefits" program which has been introduced in stages since last November, "employable" people
requiring social assistance have had their benefits cut to a
maximum of $500 per month: $325 of it earmarked for
shelter, and a mere $ 175 for everything else. They are also
now being expected to apply for about a hundred jobs a
month in order to retain those "benefits." But for at least the
first seven months, they don't receive any assistance in
their job searches in the way of transportation allowances
or office support; after that they only get help with their
resumes and job goals for a scant few weeks in job clubs.
Just think about it: after rent, they have less than $6 per
day to both live on and search for employment with. Six dollars a day: for three meals? Maybe, just barely. But for three
meals, plus all the expenses to apply to five jobs per day: the
cost of the phone calls, the stationery, the postage, possibly
the computer time rentals to work on the customized cover
letters, and the faxes? Forget it; the faxes alone run $3 or $4
per application, and increasingly, they're the only way to
get in touch with employers running ads. And if they are
lucky enough to land an interview somewhere away from
the impoverished neighbourhoods they have to reside in,
the recipients must literally spend their food money on
transportation to get there. And forget about the money for
some decent clothing or even a good haircut—it's just not
there. So I ask you, how are these people supposed to find
decent jobs if they don't have enough resources to both conduct a thorough job search and get sufficient nourishment
to keep their strength up enough to make a good impression?
They can't, of course, and that's what's really insidious
about the NDP's new "Youth Works" and "Welfare to Work"
programs: they're not geared towards getting people decent
jobs, but just any job at all. Hence, the new requirement
that recipients cannot turn down
any job offer, again, on
pain of losing their benefits for at least a
month—no matter
how reprehensible
the employer, how
demeaning the
work, or how alien
A world that could be if you try
Imagine it, a city where you can
walk down almost any street and
take deep gulps of clean, life-
giving air; where an efficient
comfortable public transit system
whisks you between neighbourhood centres, free of traffic jams;
where a lively street life with spontaneous theatre and music fills
pedestrian streets lined with outdoor cafes, markets and restaurants that run through every
neighbourhood; where all your
neighbours are close friends
because you see each other walking down your street every day. A
place where you are truly proud to
say, "This is my home."
Now imagine a campus where
you don't have to fight traffic to
walk from the SUB to the bookstore. A campus where there are
no line-ups to get into B-Lot
because   all   the   students   and
including air
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faculty who are not riding their
bikes are taking one of the frequent buses or light-rail trains
speeding onto campus. They are
taking transit because they choose
to, not because they have to, since
it is faster than driving and
because student cards are accepted as bus passes.
The areas of campus once
devoted to cars are now new sport
fields, open space, wildlife areas
and beautiful gardens full of edible plants and fruit. All new construction happens near existing
buildings so students spend little
time walking between classes...
Again, the air is fresh and clean
and the noise and smell of motor
vehicles is nowhere to be seen.
These are dreams. But dreams
can very easily become reality
when we begin to make them happen. That is why Wednesday,
September 25 is UBC's official
Clean Air Day. Clean Air Day is a
small but significant and real step
toward making our campus and
our city a more liveable place. On
this day we ask that you take transit, carpool, cycle or walk to
If you drive to UBC every day,
try leaving your car at home just
this once. Make it the day you try
that epic bike trip from your
home—just to see that you can.
Stop saying to yourself, "I wonder
transit is
and give
it  a  try.
ber     to
p a t i e
buses will be
than usual on
Clean Air Day. There is a lot of
pressure from the AMS, UBC, the
City and the GVRD to improve bus
service to UBC, so the situation is
bound to get better.)
If you drive but have experienced thoughts of switching, make
this the day that you make a
solemn pledge to yourself—and
stick to it: "I will only drive 	
days a week" or "I will stay in
shape by cycling days a week"
for example.
"I can't" is not an applicable
phrase and if you say it, the only
person you are fooling is yourself.
If you already bike or bus some
or all of the time, go all the way
and buy a bus pass next month
and stop insuring your car. You
will save hundreds and hundreds
of dollars before school finishes in
April. On the other hand why not
give up the bus pass and make
your bike your sole transportation.
to their values. Thus, rather than protecting our most disadvantaged and vulnerable citizens from exploitation and
abuse, our government is now actively driving them into
the clutches of unscrupulous employers such as mid-level
marketers and boiler-room telemarketing managers who
encourage them to victimize their friends, families, and our
elderly and more gullible citizens with overpriced or
unwanted merchandise (such as vacuums or other home
cleaning services, or deleted cassettes, or promotional
sports or entertainment tickets, etc.) Barring that, many are
going to become ill from the stress, and end up costing us
more in medical bills, and many others are already resorting to property crimes to provide for their needs, instead.
In the long run, we're all going to suffer from this attempt
by the NDP to outflank the "Free Enterprise" parties—all
except for the most shameless employers who can have our
sons and daughters and brothers and sisters
for the asking.
Warren Dow is a philosopher
who was a formely enrolled
in sessional and extra-sessional    courses    in     the
Department of
be reducing their
emissions as part of the
Clean .Air Day Challenge.
This is an interdepartmental challenge where
the department that gets
the highest proportion of
its staff to bike, bus, van
or carpool will win prizes.
Clean Air Day is truly a
day to get excited about.
Besides the great prizes for people
who bus and bike, it is also a day
to reconnect with friends by
sharing rides, reconnect with the
life of the city by taking the bus or
reconnect with yourself by taking
a meditative bike ride.
Be a part of Clean Air Day '96
and make what you have done a
habit that stays with you always.
The elderly who are afraid to
cross the street, parents who
afraid to let their kids walk to
school, farmers who see yields are
reduced by air pollution and
children who suffer from smog-
related asthma will all thank you
from the bottom of their hearts.
But most importantly do it for
yourself. It is an exciting and
beautiful world on the other side
of the windshield.
If you have any questions about
Clean Air Day or if you would like
to help, call the Student Environment Centre at 822-8676.
It's free, you will never be stuck in
traffic again and you arrive to your
morning class invigorated and
wide awake—a rare privilege as
any student knows.
To thank you for your part in
leaving your car at home, the
Student Environment Centre is
providing Clean Air Day prizes
and festivities. For anyone who
brings a transfer, bus pass or bike
helmet, there will be free coffee
and goodies near the bus loop,
and the chance to win one of two
bus passes for the month of
October donated by the AMS.
There will be displays and
information from various groups
working to clear the air, and the
Greater Vancouver Regional
District's Mobile Air Monitoring
Unit—a vehicle that measures the
level of pollution in the air—will be
on hand. Everyone is welcome.
UBC faculty and staff will also
Jeremy   Forst   is   the   Student
Environment Centre Secretary.
It's the new CONNECTOR™ Student Phone Card. A prepaid card that
lets you make long distance calls from any phone. All for a flat
rate of 35 cents a minute within B.C., anytime of day. So now
you don't need to mooch off your parents. Though you might want
to hit them up for money to "buy the card  in the first place.
Look  for  it  on  Campus.
*tow flat rates also available to destinations outside of B.C.


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