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UN puts heat on Iran to
stop persecution of
religious minority
Men's basketball
team wins two, but
loses, too
Folk singer Dan Bern
brings witty
and poetic lyrics
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Scott resigns
by Alex Bustos
Ottawa Bureau Chief
OTTAWA—After nearly two months of
intense political pressure, Solicitor
General Andy Scott bowed to prevailing
winds in Ottawa Monday and
announced his resignation as Canada's
top cop.
"The disproportionate focus on allegations regarding my role has made the
situation untenable for me as solicitor
general," Scott wrote in a letter released
to the media.
The embattled former minister, however, once again denied opposition
charges that he had tainted the APEC
"The fact is that I have never, and
never would have, prejudged the outcome of the [APEC] commission's
inquiry nor interfered with its process,"
Scott wrote.
Calls for Scott's head surfaced last
month when NDP MP Dick Proctor
told Parliament he overheard the
then-solicitor general discuss the
APEC inquiry with a seatmate on an
Oct 1 Ottawa to Fredericton flight.
According to Proctor, Scott said a
police officer called Hughie—assumed
to be RCMP Staff Sergeant Hugh
Stewart—would be found guilty of
using excessive force against student
protesters at last years APEC summit in
The opposition insisted the alleged
comments proved Scott had prejudged
the inquiry; a charge the government has
steadfastly denied for the last month and
a half.
But the Liberal line weakened last
week when Frederick Toole, Scott's seat-
mate on the infamous airborne chat,
released a court affidavit confirming
Proctor's story.
By week's end, the question buzzing
around Parliament was when, not if,
the solicitor general would step down.
When asked during Question Period
why Scott was not fired sooner, Prime
Minister Jean Chretien's reply turned
the tables on his political opponents.
"I did not fire the solicitor general,"
responded Chretien. "Because of the
constant attack from the opposition he
decided that it was too difficult for him to
do all his work and he decided to offer
me his resignation."
Opposition members used the resignation to renew their calls for the creation of an independent body to replace
the RCMP Public Complaints
Commission hearings.
Conservative Justice Critic Peter
MacKay told reporters outside the
Commons that Scott's resignation didn't
lift the cloud of suspicion hanging over
the troubled hearings.
"The (APEC) commission itself is
still being challenged by the RCMR"
said MacKay. "They're saying they don't
have confidence in the panel."
Earlier this month, allegations surfaced that Gerald Morin, the APEC
inquiry chair, had prejudged the commission this past summer by telling a
friend the police overreacted during the
meeting of 18 Pacific Rim leaders.
But on Monday, Chris Considine,
legal counsel for the Commission said
the hearings will still proceed this week
as scheduled. He said the Commission
will address the issue of whether Scott
has biased the inquiry in any way.
However, the panel is scheduled to
adjourn at week's end for a two month
winter recess. Whether these hearings
will be cut short in light of Scott's resignation is unknown.
Said Considine, "We're not going to
cross bridges until we have to."<»
wankfest since 1918
OUTTA MY WAY: Second-year guard Brandie Speers, brandishing the ball, lunges towards a
University of Calgary Dinosaurs defender on Saturday. UBC was swept for the second consecutive weekend in Canada West action, and it doesn't get any easier for the Birds—they travel to
number one-ranked Alberta next weekend with an 0-4 record, richard lam photo
Piper's vision passed unanimously—almost
by Douglas Quan
After a year's worth of discussion and revisions, the document outlining UBC's goals
and strategies for the 21st century was officially endorsed by the university's board of
governors last Thursday.
President Martha Piper expressed confidence in this vision document, also known as
Trek 2000, and said UBC will be poised to
overtake the University of Toronto as the
leading research university in Canada.
UBC has consistentiy lagged behind universities in Eastern Canada—according to
the Maclean's university rankings, for example—and has seen a growing number of its
faculty and researchers move to the United
The vision document lists several strate
gies to stem this "brain drain," and to
enhance UBC's overall learning environment. Among other things, UBC commits
itself to:
•developing an academic plan to guide
faculty renewal and retention;
•developing a learner-centred undergraduate curricula, increasing co-op programs,
and fully integrating information technology
in instruction;
•increasing funding support for
researchers from the public and private sectors, and expanding links with government,
industry and organised labour;
•collaborating with local and regional
communities to develop education and
research programs; and
•attracting more international students,
and increasing research in Asia, the Americas
and Europe.
But Board approval of Trek 2000 wasn't
unanimous. However, professor Philip
Resnick was alone in his opposition.
He questioned:
•how will UBC create a more interactive
teaching environment when student enrollment is soaring, and funding for faculty
replacements is tight?;
•will the push for interdisciplinary programs come at the expense of core disciplinary loyalties?; and
•are we moving towards a day-care model
of university whereby students are kept
happy but not intellectually challenged?
Resnick, who will be stepping down from
the board of governors in January, outlined
his points in the latest edition of the Faculty
Association   newsletter.   In   that   same
newsletter, Resnick, a political science professor, took the opportunity to make a few
more jabs against the university's administration.
Making reference to a Vancouver Sun
photo of Prime Minister Chretien wearing a
"Think About It" cap one month before the
APEC summit in Vancouver last year, Resnick
warned against university presidents interacting too intimately with government leaders. "Excessive currying to those in power can
rebound negatively on the university,"
Resnick wrote.
And in true Resnick style, he listed off
some of his own accomplishments as a board
member over the past three years. He listed
altering UBC's advertising policy, defeating a
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In "AMS budget still on table" (the Ubyssey, November 17} we incorrectly stated that the AMS budget was turned back repeatedly by AMS council. In fact, the budget was only formally turned back
once, and passed three weeks later. We regret the error.*!*
visit us at www.ams.ubc.ca
the AMS is looking for a few enthusiastic individuals
Director of the New Student Orientation
To organize day-long orientation sessions
including AMS/UBC information seminars and
walking tours of campus;
To assist with the formulation of Orientations
2000, and implement the resulting plan;
To interview applicants for available positions;
To promote the service to high school students;
To prepare prospective students in the
transition from high school UBC
1. must be able to make a 2 year commitment
2. must be an energetic, enthusiastic individual;
3. must enjoy dealing with high school students;
4. good communication, management and
marketing skills are critical;
excellent knowledge of the AMS and UBG
Salaried Position.
For further details please contact
Neena Sonik, AMS Vice President at 822.30S2
or vicepres@ams.ubc.ca
Student Administrative Commission
Is looking for two responsible and dedicated
students to fill commissioner positions.
The Student Administrative Commission:
• is responsible for managing the Student Union
Building & allocating space in the building
• regulates all bookings and functions in SUB
• Provides building and function security for
• manages the Art Gallery
• administers and acts as the official liaison
between the AMS and the 250 clubs and
Commissioners must be available to attend weekly
Monday evening meetings and be available on
occasional Friday nights to supervise functions in
the SUB. Time commitment is approximately 10
hours a week.
Honoraria Position
Elections Committee
Duties are to conduct the annual AMS Elections as
well as any referendums that occur. Members must
be prepared to commit a significant amount of time
in January to oversee the elections process as well
you must be able to remain impartial during the
Positions available:
Chief Returning Officer— responsible for training & overseeing poll clerks as well as supervising the counting of ballots.
Deputy Returning officer—to assist the Chief
Returning officer, keep minutes of Elections
Committee meetings and maintain all committee records and files.
Members-at-Large (2)—must attend Elections
Committee meetings, participate in policy
setting, & help maintain the integrity of the elections process.
Honoraria Position
Please submit applications to SUB Room 238 c/o Nominating Committee by 4:00 pm November 26th 1998 ."* •*> A
Baha'is denied education
by Julian Dowling
Local members of the Baha'i faith are pleading for Canada and
other countries to put pressure on Iran to stop its persecution
of Baha'is and other religious minorities in that country.
Over the past two months, Iranian security officials have raided about 500 homes belonging to Baha'is, confiscating property
and arresting over 50 people, according to news reports.
"Iran is trying to come across to the West as being more
open, while these crimes are being committed at home,"
said Darin Howe, a UBC linguistics graduate student and a
Those who were arrested were faculty members of the
Baha'i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE), an underground university that formed in 1987 because Baha'is were
not allowed to attend any of Iran's universities.
The prisoners were told to sign a document outlawing
the BIHE, but they refused.
Most of the prisoners have since been released. But they
have all been prevented from resuming their teaching. And
their textbooks, lab equipment and other materials still
remain in the hands of Iranian officials.
"It's a violation of basic human rights," Howe said, citing
the 1948 UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and
the 1966 International Covenant on Economic, Social and
Cultural Rights of which Iran is a signatory.
The Baha'i faith originated in Iran in the middle of the
19th century. Today, over five million people worldwide are
members of the faith, including 300,000 in Iran. The Baha'is
support universal education, and their founding principle is
respect for all religions.
According to Maurice Copithorne, a UBC professor of
law who recently delivered a report to the UN on the plight
of Baha'is in Iran, the persecution of Baha'is escalated following the 1979 revolution.
"Iran is trying to come across to the
West as being more open, while these
crimes are being committed at home."
Darin Howe
—UBC Linguistics graduate student
and a Baha'i member
"Baha'is have always faced discrimination in Iran, but it
has become much worse under the Islamic regime,"
Copithorne said. "People are stoned to death and tortured,
there's a lot of these things going on."
The Iranian government associates Baha'is with Israel
since the Baha'i holy land is found there. Last July, a Baha'i
was hanged for allegedly being a spy for the Israeli government. It was the first execution of a Baha'i in Iran since 1992;
another seven Baha'is have been sentenced to death.
Copithorne, who has lived in Iran himself, says Iranian
President Mohammad Khatami's claims of promoting a
more tolerant society " [have] yet to be reflected in the treat
ment of minorities whether religious or ethnic."
Over 120,000 Iranians have emigrated to Canada since
1979, many of them Baha'is. Houshang Zargarpour of West
Vancouver is one of them. He fled Iran after government
officials confiscated his business.
Zargarpour says he finds it inconceivable that Baha'is in
Iran now do no"t even have the right to study in their own
homes. He suggests "it is a sign that the government position is to annihilate completely the Baha'i community without making a noise in the world."
But members of the Baha'i community around the world
have begun to step up their awareness campaign, and it
appears Western governments are listening.
The Canadian government passed a bill last month calling on Iran to stop the persecution of Baha'is. And just last
week, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution urging Iran to take steps that will lead to the emancipation of the Baha'is.
Professor Copithorne recommends that the treatment of
Baha'is "should be on the agenda for any bilateral agreement between Canada and Iran."
However, Zargarpour remains skeptical whether any of
this international pressure will have an impact. "Iran won't
heed any UN resolutions unless you go in there with airplanes and missiles, like the United States in Iraq," he said.
Thus far, at the UN level, Iran has ignored all accusations
that it is violating human rights.
The Iranian embassy in Ottawa was not returning calls last
week, and the ambassador was unavailable for comment. ♦
Vandals hit
Pride office
by Sarah Galashan
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FRAT ROW: The series of buildings along Wesbrook Mall will be relocated to a area near the RCMP detatchment.
Frat move is likely
Members of the resource group, Pride, are concerned homophobic
students are becoming more active following two acts of vandalism
to their office last week.
In the first instance, a death message with a swastika drawn
on it was posted on the Pride office door. In the second instance,
the letters D-I-E were arranged across the door, and ketchup
was smeared around the office entrance.
"Lots of people are upset about it," said Stephanie Phillips,
Pride's social coordinator. "Lots of people are feeling really angry
'cause it's supposed to be our space."
"If you substituted gays with blacks or
women...this would be unacceptable...It's
proof that homophobia does exist."
by Ian Sonshine
A new rental housing facility for faculty, staff and student families could
be in UBC's future. The proposed
development, if approved, would
see an extra 200 to 300 rental units
built on campus, with construction
beginning as early as September of
next year.
The new units are a part of the
university's East Campus Project,
and would be built on a forested
stretch of land just south of fraternity row, along the east side of
Wesbrook Mall.
According to Al Poettcker, president of UBC Properties, the university's real estate division, public
response to the proposal has, so far,
been positive.
"We've done a lot of public consultation with as many groups as we
could," Poettcker said.
"The reaction has been extremely favourable. A lot of people in the
area would really like to see the land
Support, though, hasn't been
unanimous. Some people, like
Patrick Dodge, a local resident, are
concerned that the development
would lead to the clearcutting of the
treed area.
"I'd hate to see them cut [the forest]
down," Dodge said. "I go there every
weekend and after work. It's really a
beautiful place to walk around."
Melanie Waters, a day care worker
at Huckleberry Day Care which is
located just behind the stretch of
timberland, says she often takes her
classes for walks through the area.
"It's a really nice place for the kids
to experience nature," Waters said.
"It may seem like a few trees, but for
the children, it's a forest."
Poettcker agrees that vegetation is
important on campus but notes that
a survey of the site concluded that
most of the bush was young and "of
very poor quality." The small stand of
older trees, he suspects, would be
kept as "open space."
If the rental housing project is
approved it would help the universi
ty meet some of its housing goals
outlined in the Official Community
Plan (OCP). The plan, published in
July 1997, requires approximately
1,800 rental units to be built by 2021,
half of which will be non-market
units targeted at, but not necessarily
limited to staff, students and faculty.
The housing project, as part of
the East Campus Project, is still
largely contingent on the relocation
of the fraternities. If the fraternities
move to their proposed site they
would free up land for market housing in which UBC would share the
profits—profits which would be
used to help subsidise the rental
"Virtually all rental housing needs
some king of subsidy," Poettcker
said. If the market housing isn't built,
it's unlikely the university will find
the money for the development.
A public meeting will be held
sometime before February to discuss
the project before it is presented to
the Board of Governors for
Brian O'Neil
—UBC social work professor
Pride provides support and resource materials to gay, lesbian
and bi-sexual students.
Brian O'Neil, a UBC Social Work professor, urges Pride members to use last week's incidents as a teaching tool.
O'Neil says the vandalism clearly illustrates that society still
has a problem with homosexuality.
"If you substituted gays with blacks or women...this would be
unacceptable," he said. "It's proof that homophobia does exist."
Phillips said the group is discussing improving security mes-
sures around the office, but would not give any details.
The office is tucked away in the northeast corner of the
Student Union Building on the ground floor.
"We'll probably be making sure there's more of a security
presence there," said Scott Morishita, the AMS director of
administration. "Some of those wings are kind of out of the way."
Morishita said he was shocked by the acts of vandalism and
was relieved no one was in the office at the time.
He said he was not ruling out placing a hidden camera in the
hallway outside the Pride office. There are already several cameras perched in ceilings elsewhere in the SUB.
Pride has been referred to the campus RCMP.
In the meantime Phillips says the club plans to raise more
awareness about homophobia on campus. "We've discussed
measures that we could do in coordination with the Equity
Office to change the attitudes that are at the route for that kind
of shit," she said.»> If
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MAN WTH A PLAN: Michael Kingsmill is confident courtyard renovations will draw students in.
SUB courtyard to undergo facelift
by Douglas Quan
Except for a handful of people
wanting a quiet place to study or a
spot to sit and eat lunch, the second-floor, open-roof courtyard in
the Student Union Building has
remained relatively unused over
the years.
"Right now, those that use it are
repeat users," says AMS designer
Michael Kingsmill.
But all of that could change by
next fall. Kingsmill is overseeing
hundreds of thousands of dollars
in renovations to the courtyard
that will drastically transform the
area's look.
AMS councillors agreed last
week to allocate over $130,000
from the AMS Capital Projects and
Acquisitions fund over the next
two years to cover the first phase of
That phase will see the SUB's
west staircase and courtyard doors
widened. It will increase the building's occupancy, and allow the
entire courtyard to be used. Until
now only half of the courtyard has
been accessible to students.
Kingsmill hopes to get council
approval in the newyear to allocate
an additional $70,000 for another
phase of renovations. He wants to
bring in more tables and chairs, as
well as several orange trees in large
terracota planters, improve lighting, and build infrastructure that
would enable a tent roof to be
hoisted on rainy days.
The move to undertake these
renovations coincides with a
recent commitment by the university to repair and replace the SUB
courtyard floor.
The thin, rubber mats that sit
beneath the surface of the courtyard have deteriorated. Instead of
helping to drain water, the mats are
causing water to leak into rooms
below, including the SUB
Conversation Pit.
UBC has agreed to replace the
membrane and the floor tiles
above them at a cost of $344,000.
Kingsmill says he hopes the
university will also agree to pay for
the cost of a small stage on one side
of the courtyard.*:*
Theft on the rise, RCMP warn
by Sarah Galashan
A recent rash of thefts has prompted RCMP to
post signs around campus warning students
to keep a close watch on their belongings.
"It's just a matter of trying to get people to
think that they don't live in a community that
is immune to theft," said RCMP staff sergeant
Lloyd Plante. "There are thieves out here.
There's people that aren't students out here."
Three arrests late last month illustrate
Plante's point. Phone tips led campus RCMP
to three men suspected of breaking into campus buildings and stealing computers and
personal items of UBC staff. The suspects,
who are all in their 20's, were not attending
Plante told the Ubyssey the campus is being
targeted by thieves more often because of the
easy access to buildings and the ability for
them to blend in as students.
"The most common crime, not only on the
campus but for the entire community out
here, is property crime," Plante said.
He urged faculty and students to keep an
eye out for suspicious behaviour, and take preventive measures.
"After [a theft has] happened to them then,
frankly, it's too late [to do anything]," Plante
At least one university employee can attest
to that. In the past three weeks, she's been the
victim of theft in two separate incidents. The
employee, who did not wish to have her name
published, had her wallet stolen from a coun-
tertop in Trekkers restaurant, then had her
clothes stolen from a
locker        in        the
Computer     Science
"I had to spend
the rest of the day at
work in my t-shirt
and shorts," she said.
Bob   Frampton,
UBC's        assistant
housing    director,
hopes       students
won't have to learn
from   their   mistakes. He says residence directors are
warning students
of the potential for
these    types    of
"Most  of the
thefts that occur
in      residences
happen to students who have
left their doors
open,"        said
Frampton. "The
best  measure  to   protect
against theft is to keep your doors locked."*!*
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Men take two. lose another
by Vincent Lam
The only way this weekend could have ended any better for
the men's varsity basketball team was if Fox had offered
them a multi-million dollar contract to turn their two weekend games into a made for TV movie.
The weekend events seemed to be taken straight from a
Hollywood script as the Birds swept two games in dramatic
fashion from the University of Calgary Dinos. With their two
wins, the Birds are now 2-2 for the season. On Friday, the 71-
52 win over the Dinos was an interesting plot twist. With the
absence of two of their starters, coupled with two straight
losses last weekend to Victoria, the outlook coming into this
weekend was grim.
"I watched Calgary on videotape all week long. I thought
going into Friday that they'd could beat us by twenty points
without [Jason] Bristow and Nino [Sose]," said UBC head
coach Brace Enns. "This was a huge, huge weekend for us."
Sose is sidelined with a bulging disc in his back that will
require surgery, while Bristow is out with a stress fracture in
his left leg that will keep him out until at least January.
The T-Birds lost a few feathers off their heads when new
Thunderbird guard Stanleigh Mitchell suffered a nasty spill
midway in second half on a spectacular dunk attempt.
Mitchell still finished as top scorer in the game with 17 points.
But on Saturday, things turned for the worse. T-Bird fans
discovered that Mitchell would not be playing that night due
an injury to his right hand as a result of the fall he suffered
last game.
"It's just a strained ligament," said Mitchell while cradling
his hand, "The doctor said I should rest it for at least a week."
With the absence of the T-Birds starting back-
court, it seemed as though their wings would be
clipped. But brand new Birds John Fast and
Sherlan John, along with strong returning players Dominic Zimmerman and Beau Mitchell,
ensured that that would not happen.
"Everybody stepped up their game. They
came to play and they battled for forty minutes
allowing them to pull off the win," said Mitchell
of the Birds' 64-61 win.
John also had nothing but praise for the
team's impressive performance on Saturday.
"With the absence of Stanleigh, I thought we
played really well. We picked it up, the intensity
was there. We pulled through with hard work.
That's our team," said John, who netted 18 points
for the Thunderbirds.
Fast brought the crowd to its feet and his
team to within two points when he drained a
critical three-point basket with 3:17 to go in the
game. He continued his stellar play down the
stretch, scoring 7 of his 19 points in the last four
minutes of regulation play, along with several
key offensive boards. This was more than
enough to earn him player of the game honours.
No one was more pleased with Fast's and the
rest of the T-Birds' play than Enns.
"It was just plain heart tonight," said an emotional Enns. "This team has yet made another
public statement as to the nature of our team." ♦
Sinking Birds suffer
second straight sweep
UP: Amy Jonker led UBC with 18
points Saturday, richard lam photo
by Vincent Lam
If the women's basketball team's season were
an Alaskan cruise,
there would be pirates
coming, it would be
raining nonstop, and
another iceberg would
be on the horizon.
The Birds dropped
two games to the
University of Calgary
Dinosaurs this weekend and are now 0-4—
last in the Canada
West. On Friday, the
thunder seemed to be
lacking in the Birds.
They failed to score 50
points for the second
time in their 59-48 loss
against the Dinos.
"I  don't think we
really competed. We sort of slept through the first
half and before we knew it, the game was half
over," said frustrated head coach Deb Huband.
The Birds did not get the game they needed
from several of their key players, most notably
leading scorer Jessica Mills. After leading UBC in
scoring in every game this year, Mills was limited
to a mere four points on Friday. Fellow forwards Kimberly
Meilleur and Jennifer Macleod scored over half of the T-
Birds' points, with 14 and 12 points respectively.
On Saturday, the Birds fared much better better against
the division-leading Dinos. And despite coming away with a
62-51 loss, the Birds played seemed to be revived from the
dead and played with much more intensity.
"We worked really hard. We had good, tough defence—it
was that their shots were falling and ours weren't," said Amy
Jonker, who led the Birds with 18 points. "It just all came
down to who had the heart and who didn't. They [Dinos] just
finished really well."
UBC did show more signs of life Saturday, as they battled
to within four points midway through the second half, but a
quick change in defensive strategy by the Dinos led to a
widening of the scoring margin.
"They went into a zone and we didn't handle it very well,"
OH MY COD, THE RIM! Birds captain Dominic Zimmerman (24) takes
the leather to the rack with wild eyes Saturday night as Calgary Dino
Chris Harris (22) looks on in horror, richard lam photo
said Huband. "We were having lots of success man-to-man
against them, but then they went into their zone and we
struggled for about five or six possessions. We didn't get a
shot, we turned the ball over. This is part of our inexperience—we were still in the man-to-man mentality and that
cost us a number of possessions."
All of this adds up to trouble for the young and struggling
Birds. UBC opened the Canada West season by losing both
games at the defending national champions Victoria Vikes
last weekend, and next week travel to Edmonton to visit the
4-0 University of Alberta Golden Bears, who are ranked
number one in Canada. The T-Birds need to figure out how
to chalk up some points in the win column—and some
points on the court: they have yet to score above 52 points in
a game this season. UBC is quickly sinking to the bottom of
the Canada West division—and unfortunately in basketball,
there are no life jackets. ♦
It was wet and it was wild, but in the end it was just too
much for the UBC men's rugby team in Victoria this weekend. Playing in rain and on a soaking mudpit of a field, the
Birds fought the Vikes to the last but fell short and lost by a
final score of 37-13. With the loss, the Thunderbirds finished
second at the Canadian university men's rugby championships. The Birds will now continue their Vancouver Rugby
Union league play.
The men's ice hockey team played a superb weekend in
Edmonton this weekend against the Canada West-leading
University of Alberta Golden Bears. UBC fell 5 3 Friday
night, as Nils Anton, Steve Howitt, and Troy Dalton tallied for
the Birds. But UBC responded with a terrific effort Saturday,
coming back from a 3-1 first period-deficit to hand Alberta
their first loss of the season 5-4. UBC goals came from
Dalton, Rob Teleske, Chris Kerr, and David Penner with his
first two as a Thunderbird. UBC moved to 5-5-2 on the year,
tied for third in the tight Canada West with thoUniversity of
Calgary Dinosaurs. Dalton leads the T-Birds with 17 points
on the season, 10 of which have come in his current six-
game points streak. UBC faces off against Calgary next
Friday and Saturday night at the Thunderbird Winter Sports
The women's ice hockey team also stayed at the .500 mark
(6-6-2) as they creamed the Burnaby Freeze at the Winter
Sports Centre Friday night before getting shut out 2-0 by the
Killarney Knights at the Killarney Community Centre
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A wonderfully heart-wrenching opera with a tragic
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by Monique Stevenson
For most
other bands a drummer is just a drummer, but
REM was known for once saying that if any
one member of the band left, well, that would
be the end of it. Of course, that was said before
they went and signed a multi-trillion dollar,
five-album deal with Warner, which just
proves that in the corporate music business,
contracts involving money normally prevail
over all others.
Up is a strong departure from their previous album, New Adventures in Hi-Fi. The
songs range from heavily studio-laden tracks
to their more traditional guitar and string
cheap synthesisers, old fuzzy-sounding bits of
retro electronica and tacky drum machines all
come out for this one. It works on a few tracks,
like "Hope," but overall it's as if the band is just
mucking about, trying to find a new sound.
Michael Stipe's vocals are more clear than his
usual murky warblings, and feature more prominently in the songs. He's his usual moody self, but on
songs like "The Apologist" his vocals degenerate into
an intolerable whine.
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His songs, ranging from folk to spoken word to
storytelling, have a quality that you can't put your finger on, but that make
you listen to every single word.
I knew when Bern's percussionist/guitarist started drumming on a cardboard box that I was in for an interesting experience. From the moment Bern
went onstage, the audience went completely silent—as if under a spell—listening, eyes unblinking, to his musings on life, love, art and pop culture.
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voice again in their next album; otherwise maybe
they should just retire alongside their ex-drummer. ♦>
Dale Lum
[Work/Sony Music]
It's the rare soundtrack that can transcend the
temptation to be a grab-bag for either a) a mix
of golden oldies (therefore hoping for Forrest
Gump-ish sales numbers) or b) a mix of
catchy, radio-friendly popular tunes (therefore hoping for Romeo and Juliet-ish cool
cachet). It's just so easy to make money. Sure,
nobody's going to be listening to the Rush
Hour soundtrack in a couple of years, but it
pays the bills.
The Pleasantville soundtrack actually
manages to straddle the line between golden
oldies and popular artist, and comes off
classy, which is quite the rare feat. The popular, cool-cachet value comes from Fiona
Apple, who supplies two sublime covers, one
a Beades number, "Across the Universe," and
the other, "Please Send Me Someone to Love,"
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Even though Dan only
played three songs from his two
previous albums, no one seemed
to notice, let alone mind. The
emphasis was on the lyrics, not
on how catchy the songs were.
During a song about the shootings at an American public
school, Bern even stepped away
from the mike and sang "unam-
plified" to drive home the message about loving your kids and
treating them with respect.
So how does one describe
Dan Bern? Well, you could say
he's like Bob Dylan. But he's not.
You could say he's a generic folk singer. But he's not. He is a talented, outspoken, sarcastic, lovable singer-songwriter. He writes songs about life, about
things that we all have in common, and in a way that people can relate to.
I've never laughed so much at a concert and been so in awe of someone's
perspective on life's little things. But in Dan Bern's world, they make life that
much better.*;*
[Mercury Records]
For those unfamiliar with the Mighty Mightyl
Bosstones' roots, the title of their new album, Live\
from the Middle East, might be a bit misleading. I
Rather than being live From Saudi Arabia, they're I
actually performing in the Middle East club inl
Cambridge, Massachusetts, where they started I
out. Each holiday season, the popular ska band I
hosts their "Hometown Throwdown," playing a I
five-night string of shows to packed Boston [
The album, a 22-track compilation of theirl
greatest hits, makes it obvious that this band is I
meant to play live. The Bosstones' frontman, Dicky I
Barrett, easily plays the crowd with his deep!
throaty roars, getting them clapping and chanting|
along to fun songs like "Where'd You Go?"
But old school tunes from their first album,!
Devil's Night Out, display the band's erratic shifts j
between thrashy hard rock riffs and bobbing ska I
rhythms which often seem awkward and startling. I
Not being a fan of hard rock, I much prefer the
purely ska tracks off the most recent album, Let's Face It. Songs like "Noise Brigade," "The Rascal King,"
and the smash hit "The Impression That I Get," (aka the "Knock on Wood" song) show off the funky
incorporation of horns which launched their success.
With platinum sales in the US, the Bosstones have helped bring ska to the mainstream, and their
unique genre of music lends them a special appeal. For mighty mighty fans, this album is a must-have,
with two new tracks to complete your collection. For the adventurous, it is definitely worth a try. The
band's wild energy—escalating to frenzy at times— makes you wish you were there, immersed in the
crowd at the Middle East.*;*
song makes John Lennon seem frantic, as
she slowly unravels the words while drum
machines crash in the background. The
Mayfleld cover is even more drawn-out, as
Apple casually, languorously, pleads with
God to do as the title indicates.
The rest of the album is a softly flowing
mix of fifties charmers and rockers and jazz
classics. Gene Vincent, Larry Williams, Billy
Ward and the Dominoes, Buddy Holly and
Elvis Presley fan the nostalgic fifties rockabilly flame, while the Dave Brubeck Quartet
and Miles Davis keep it cool. And when
Randy Newman's "Suite from Pleasantville"
finally finishes off the album with a flourish,
it keeps everything on a nice, even keel. The
Pleasantville soundtrack may not be the
most exciting or catchy of soundtracks—
Trainspottingit ain't—but it certainly makes
for a soothing, pleasing listen.
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by John Zaozirny
Sometimes it's nice to see a Big
Movie. Big Budget, Big Stars, Big
Explosions. Now, they don't
necessarily have to be good,
they just have to contain a lot of
Big Bangs. And Enemy of the
State is quite a good choice for a
Big Movie. Both star Will Smith
and director Tony Scott have
made careers out of Big Bangs:
Smith with films like Bad Boys,
Independence Day and Men in
Black, and Scott with, among
THE FUGITIVE(S): Will Smith is on the man on the run from the men in
black this time.
others, the proto-typical Big Movie Top Gun. And then
there's co-star Gene Hackman, the French Connection
man, thrown in as an appetiser for the older crowd. So
guess what? Enemy of the State ends up being a Big
Movie, but the surprise is that there
aren't many Big Bangs, just lots of nicely CrroonJnrl  .«/,».
engineered little ones. JUflf.ri.ng  TOOm
Ostensibly a fable about the intrusion of the government into our lives (surprisingly, there aren't any
Ken Starr references), Enemy of the State casts Will
Smith as a Robert Clayton Dean who accidentally
stumbles onto an incriminating video that the
National Security Agency wouldn't like him to posess.
So these NSA boys do a quick job of turning Dean's life
into virtual swiss cheese, and pretty soon he's looking
at life without a job, a credit card and—temporarily—a
wife. Why the NSA doesn't j ust break into his house and
take that miraculous videotape
from him is never quite explained,
except for the fact that the movie
would then only be about 45 minutes long. Oh well.
But, still—it's quite a nice flick.
Hackman, as an ex-NSAer who's
gone underground, puts in a nicely unbalanced performance and
it's a shame he's only onscreen for
about a third of the film. Jon
Voight, continuing his string of bad
guys in big budget movies—who'd
have thought Mission Impossible
would start a trend?—is actually
pretty boring but he's got an entire
cadre of loopy, quirky underlings
to keep things upbeat. Local boy
Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan)
and Jack Black (Bob Roberts) co-star
as young hotshot NSA boys who get a kick out of fucking up other people's lives and end up being among
the most interesting parts of the movie. And Will
Smith? Well, he jettisons his usual carefree humour for
most of the movie, but then again he's
a man on the run. Unfortunately,
Smith doesn't bring anything to the
role that any other "hot" young actor
couldn't (Johnny Depp did about the same schtick in
the really forgettable Nick of Time). But, hey, it's still a
fun watch.
And Enemy of the State even teaches you a thing or
two. Apparentiy, computer hackers have moved on
since the days of The Net, when they used Macs to
break into high-security government agencies.
Nowadays, the tool of choice for cracking codes is
Windows 98. Who'd have thought it?*>
Masterplan not
so masterful
It was a bit surpising when newspaper and radio
ads started announcing that a new Oasis album
would be in stores soon. Usually, this is the sort of
thing fans know about weeks, month, or even
years ahead. But when The Masterplan finally
arrived, it was quite obvious why there hadn't
been much buildup before its release. This was
due to the fact tiiat it'd already been released.
Well, not exactiy. This particular collection of
Oasis songs has never been assembled together,
save for a mix tape or two. But every one of the
songs on The Masterplan has been previously
released as a b-side on one or another Oasis single. And this is all discounting the fact that Oasis
already released all their singles—along with
most of these b-sides—in silver and gold "cigarette" cases about two years ago. ■ ■
Some of these songs are now being IVI US IC
released for the third time. So much
for die old belief in waiting until bands broke up
to cash in with b-sides, singles, greatest hits and
live compilations. So far Oasis have three of those
But, onto the songs. Well, they're not bad. In
fact, most of them are quite good and worthy of
being on any Oasis album. Some of the songs, in
particular "The Swamp Song," "I am the Walrus
(Live)," and "Stay Young," should have stayed b-
sides, while there are couple songs that deserved
to make the album but aren't here. But any Oasis
fan who hasn't heard "Acquiesce"  or "Talk
Tonight" will find themselves a much happier fan
with The Masterplan (There's a
Iflinded     peculiar thrill to be had hearing
the Fox announce "brand spanking new Oasis!," then play the three year-old
"Acquiesce." Yeah, new.) Should serve to fill in
some listening space until the eventual new Oasis
album, and that's an album that certainly won't
lack for any build-up.♦
-John Zaozirny 8%ij%
Romancing the
by Vince Yim
A mystery to some, an enigma to others, and mostiy
just something to get high off for
most, marijuana is one of the most   »«/■       .,
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stances today—or so I'm told.
Touted as the possiblely being the definitive marijuana bible, Romancing Mary.
Jane: A Year in the Life of a Failed
Marijuana Grower is exactiy what the
title states. Michael Poole gives an honest
memoir, telling it as he sees it.
The book came out of a minor career
change for the author. Fighting off near
burnout after a successful career in documentary filmmaking for CBC, Michael
Poole decided to do what a lot of people
won't do: go off and smoke some pot.
In an industry striving for acceptance
by politicians and lawmakers, books like
Romancing Mary Jane are welcome. It
tells an honest account of the paranoia
that an average Joe goes through while
planting his crop, hiding it, and avoiding
arrest. Within the span of a year, author
Michael Poole sees it all as a marijuana
grower—thieves, uncooperative weather,
the law breathing down his neck, and
hard work. His account is honest, realistic
and open. Poole tells the story from all
sides, from initial excitement to eventual
disillusionment and, eventually, to abandonment; hence, a "failed" marijuana
In his honesty, Michael Poole attempts to dispel
the myths surrounding the plant. He lists some of the
more common ones and then counters them with
his own facts. There's also a handy guide for what
people should do if they are arrested for possessing
or using marijuana, eloquentiy tided, "What to do if
you are BUSTED".
While it may not be for everyone —its painful
attention to detail will be a turnoff for many—
Romancing Mary Jane is a well-written
account of a year in the life of something most people won't ever dream of
becoming—a marijuana grower.♦
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The new SUB—
to serve you "better
roller coaster!
TV-courting a courtyard
Hold on to your hats! Better sit down!
They're renovating the courtyard!
The what, you ask? Exactly. There is, at the
centre of the second floor of the Student Union
Building, a picturesque sort of courtyard: benches, table and chairs, rocks, that sort of thing.
Well, since nobody really uses the open-air
space—in Vancouver? In winter? Funny thing,
that—your beloved AMS has decided to renovate the space to better serve you. The plans
are pretty grandiose, too—among- other
things, the rock collection will be moved to the
corner, more tables and chairs, better lighting,
a tent roof, and orange trees, all for about
$200,000. You're planning to study there
already, aren't you?
Of course you're not.
If the AMS wants to renovate the courtyard
to better serve students, there are far, far better ways. It's a lot of space, that courtyard of
ours, and there's a lot that could be done with
it. We've got some ideas.
Not just any hot tub. A big hot tub. It's
stressful being a student, and a 500-person
Jacuzzi would help. Sure, some inebriated
patrons would drown, but the rest of us would
be really relaxed about it.
A 600-foot tower of terror, a spire of spiralling student spirit—that would really
relieve tension. Watching your classmates
plummet screaming to the ground would be a
nice complement to the scramble for their
tumbling pocket change.
Now we're cooking with gas. Let's get us a
24-hour nonstop supercoaster, traveling from
the SUB to the clock tower and back again.
Patrons of the Pit and the Gallery could stumble up, pay their dollar, and cover the campus
in varying degrees of vomit. There could even
be prizes involved!
That's just a few of the ideas that could
make the courtyard great. Think About It,
AMS: for just a few dollars more, the SUB
could become a Disneyland of student satisfaction. Besides, all those relaxed, dizzy, weaving, and vomiting students would be easy to
hit up for a couple more dollars—Lord knows
the AMS could find a way spend that money.
We could even keep the orange trees.<«
Acadia cares
about UBC
Who Knows? Who Cares? [Re:
Ubyssey, Nov 13 "Students
Disinterested in Governance
The students and residents of
Acadia park made a stronger
showing than zero. We actually had
more than 10 people come to the
governance study forum on
Wednesday the November 11
(scheduled on a holiday no less.)
UBC Housing, which controls
the "official community (somewhat oxymoronic, no?) newsletter"
for Acadia Park/University
Apartments, has been not only lax
in communicating diis important
issue to us, but downright negligent. In the past three months of
biweekly publication of the
Resident there has been no mention of governance whatsoever.
How then did we get the attendance we did? Through a totally
unsupported publication by the
elected volunteers of the Acadia
Park residence association (a.k.a.
the Acadia Tenants Association or
ATA). This true community
newsletter, which prints opinion
pieces (unlike the Resident), is produced monthly by volunteers and
is so despised by UBC Housing
that submissions for it are not even
accepted through the Acadia
This is only one reality which
highlights the importance of a governance change. UBC (which
might as well stand for Ubiquitous
Bullying Cadre) is involved in
absolutely every facet of our lives
and effectively controls what we
think about when we "Think About
It." How? It is well known that
human beings have only so much
attention that they must dole out
over all the information that they
are bombarded with daily. This is
why marketers have focused on a
thing called mindshare. The more
you can get your company's logo in
peoples' faces the more likely they
will look to you at a pinch and
select your product for consumption. Guess whose logo is plastered
from here to the horizon? So when
people have to make a choice of
which newsletter to read or which
newspaper to pick up, often they
are drawn into the more familiar
and in our case "official" channels.
Enough, already, of the neofas-
cist chilling effect caused by UBC
being both landlord, community
service provider, lawmaker and
media baron. There are many student families that are afraid to
stand up against the poor treatment they receive from UBC
Housing because of the initials
UBC. They fear for their academic
safety if they should rattle the powers that be. We have community
service needs that go unfilled
because UBC Housing is unable to
deal with real world neighborhood
issues—and nowhere to go to
effect change.
Obviously democracy and free
speech are fast becoming dirty
words in our society but a last
effort is warranted to try to turn
things around, to have a truly people-based community, to create a
sense of belonging and love (not
simply appreciation) for the place
we call home and will call our
Alma Mater.
(The residents in faculty and
staff housing have even less democratic recourse and input. They
actually must sign away the right
to dissent with the University and
don't have any residence association or community communications vehicle.)
In your article and letter on the
subject of governance, you paint a
picture of apathy and give some
possible reasons for it. We would
echo your sentiments that few care
because few really know what is
going on. All of the official channels are closed and opaque until
they spring forth a date for a public forum/rubber-stamping party
(most likely during the summer or
during holidays or midterms or
finals or on very short notice.)
There is no input from the community even on this small issue of
when to discuss things.
This is a call to all people of
conscience from faculty to students, from administration to
maintenance. Stand and be counted.
Allison Wells
Fourth Year Anthropology
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Canada Post Publication* Sales Agreement Number 0732141 THE UBYSSEY . TUESDAY. NOVEMBER 24. 1998 1 1
Washington's policy of untruth
by Robert Faulkner
If faces were books, you could read both of
these in the can: Dick and Jane, Chretien and
Gore—cheap, easy, and insulting to any
informed observer of world affairs. Large and
in colour, Friday's front-page photo in The
National Post showed the two leaders leaving
this year's APEC summit. The two had played
rebels abroad. They called for freedom,
democracy, and the American way while in
Malaysia. No surprise that Kuala Lumpur now
hosts an Anti-Gore Hotline.
Sequels have a notorious habit of being
flops. After last year's APEC "embarrassment" on the UBC campus where economic
targets were set to cut $1.5 trillion in tariffs,
the Malaysian summit had much to live up
Perhaps Al Gore felt sorry for Anwar
Ibrahim. Malaysia's affable Deputy Prime
Minister sincerely believed that IMF-
imposed austerity and neo-liberal economics would cure his nation's economic turmoil. He wanted to atone for his sins by
shouldering the blame for the Asian flu—an
affliction of the worst kind. He would admit
responsibility for the plummeting ringitt
and mimic the aid-generating dogma of
South Korea's Kim Dae lung.
"We now know why and how the crisis
came," Kim said. "It was because of the collusive ties between politics and businesses,
government-controlled financing and widespread corruption." Oh, the injustice when a
friend of free trade is imprisoned on false
charges of sodomy and corruption. Didn't
anyone notice the greater injustice underlying the economic degradation of unrestrained capitalism and American coercion
to maintain this status quo?
They're serving bark for breakfast in
Sumatra! When Gore (and Chretien) spoke
out against the travesty in Malaysian politics, they followed a well-worn path. A
salient feature of the American mission
abroad, a near truism, is that the ends justify the means when installing pro-American
leaders abroad. In what George Bush termed
the "New World Order" this includes the
inculcation of free-market values aiding in
the creation of American wealth.
Secondly, Gore's blatant support for the
tive human rights accusations can provide a
convenient pretext for trade liberalisation.
Looking back on the Malaysian Prime
Minister's history reveals his attempts to avoid
American imperialism, create a buffer
between his people and the global market,
and foster Asian unity through organisations
like ASEAN. While I'm wary of painting him as
a saint—he's not—I do want to put the human
rights question into perspective.
Hypocrisy    exists    everywhere,    but
anti-government "Reformasi" movement in
Malaysia falls into line with Clinton's commitment to American leadership "in a way that is
consistent with our values." Yes, these are the
warm and fuzzy "Global Village" values that
give leverage to American multinationals
skilled in labour exploitation, equipped with
unequalled technological advantage, and
schooled in ruthless economic efficiency.
This is the much lauded "Washington
Consensus," which upholds the mission civi-
latrice—the White Man's Burden—to tame
the world through the rule of the market, free
trade, open borders, capital mobility, and
instantaneous communications. As long as
numbers matter more than human dignity,
we will be sold the images of a homogeneous
world sharing Coca-Cola smiles and
"American blue jeans" from Moscow to
Mozambique. A hard sell in nations where
the sweatshops hover around $2 a day.
Finally, what we can glean from Gore's
attack on Mahathir Mohammed is that selec-
nowhere greater than in .America's selective
commitment to human rights. For this reason, condemnations like Gore's (and
Chretien's) must be seen for what they are:
political rhetoric. The United States is
among the world's worst human rights violators and Canada a party to this crime.
Domestically and internationally, both
countries have a lot to account for. This "justice selectivity applied" has seen the support
for Pol Pot in Cambodia and Suharto in
Indonesia; unscrupulous arms trades worldwide; and a litany of "little wars" when they
served a purpose of anti-Communism. The
result, no doubt, has been the creation of the
world according to Uncle Sam.
What we have witnessed in the past year
and a half has been a global financial crisis
that has thrown 20 million Asians into
abject poverty, made Russians drool when
they see boot leather, and expanded the
income gap between rich and poor worldwide. The "Washington Consensus" is grad
ually coming under attack as Japan, once
the bedrock of Asian prosperity, kisses its
yen goodbye and the Asian Tigers—South
Korea, Malaysia and Indonesia—tremble
under the weight of globalisation and social
change. In this light, the band wagoning of
China, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia
on the Asian side of Japan-US trade disputes should not be surprising. In Asia and
in Europe, many nations are realising that
America's elite have no right to control an
under-regulated world economy, force austerity pleasures on suffering nations
through the IMF, and prohibit common
sense policies in nations bearing the brunt
of global crisis. As far as meddling in the
internal affairs of sovereign nations—displeasure abroad need hardly be mentioned.
It is a given.
We all remember the scene at last year's
APEC. In Malaysia, nothing has changed but
the batik T-shirts. Two leaders defending the
free world from the forces of national self-
determination, while fostering a media
image to placate believers in the American
myth. Anwar Ibrahim was unjustly imprisoned, but he has the world to speak for him.
Malaysia's three million unprotected
migrant workers are subject to repressive
legislation that keeps their wages low and
trade unionism undeveloped. This is done
in order to foster foreign investment, the gift
we give to friendly regimes. Small comfort
when they wake up to realise that the
"Washington Consensus" never made room
for charity—it was always about numbers,
not people. If there is any truth in the depiction of trade as war, be assured that in war,
the first casualty is truth.*>
Robert Faulkner is a student at the Sing
Tao School of Journalism
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