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Right to protest
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by Kathleen Deering
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NEWS EDITORS
Mediation
All of UBC's CUPE locals are in
mediation at the Labour Relations
Board (LRB) this week. Union representatives say it's too early to tell
when any resolutions will be made.
CUPE 2950- President natalie
Lisik said CUPE 2950 bargainers are
looking for the employer to take a
step forward in terms of reaching a
fair settlement. "We've been ready to
bargain for a long time and we want
the employer to show some good will
that they are as well," she said.
CUPE locals met with Labour
Minister Graham Bruce Sunday and
requested binding arbitration,
where the mediator would be able to
force the two parties to come to a
resolution. The unions also requested an outside person to be appointed as mediator. This would be in
lieu of a government-paid mediator,
which union representatives feel
would cause a conflict of interest
"Normally we're completely
opposed to binding arbitration,"
SILENCING THE MASSES: Friday was the last day unions could protest before UBC filed an injunction. NIC FENSOM PHOTO
said TA Union President Alex Grant.
"But this is a compromise we're willing to make because we've had our
rights legislated away."
The goverment suggested
appointing an industrial inquiry
commissioner (IIC)—Richard
Longpre, also the assistant deputy
minister—to assist in the process
and help parties talk to one another.
But CUPE union members felt
the IIC could not be unbiased and
neutral in the situation, given that
Longpre's paycheque was coming
from the government.
Grant said he feels that, should
the unions and the university not
reach an agreement by March 31—
the end of the legislated cooling-off
See"CUPE"onpage4.
aking a request
IT'S A BIG DEAL: An unknown grourj of students quietly suspended this sign in front ofthe SUB protesting back-to-
work legislation for campus"unions late last night. Imic fensom photo
Cavernous SUB basement gets a facelift
by Vanessa Ho
NEWS WRITER
Expect vast changes to the SUB basement
in the coming months. The basement will;
undergo a major facelift, resulting.in more
social space. \
"It's going to be extremely different than.
the bit of cavernous appearance to the
lower  level,"   said   Michael  Kingsmill,
designer for the Alma Mater Society (AMS).
"The new vision is to have it very spacious
and comfortable for people to use."
The first change involves moving the
SUB Arcade into the old Bank of Montreal
space, which has been vacant since
September. Angela Gieb, the manager of
the SUB Arcade, is looking forward to the
nlove.
"All of the electrical is getting old [and]
we asked if we, could be moved into [the
bank space]/ she said.
"We are really looking forward to having
a view of outside and having people able to
come into the arcade almost directly from
outside the building rather than go through
everything."
However, the SUB Arcade will lose about
See"SUB"onpage4.
Vandalism
increasingly a
problem at UBC
by Jonathan Woodward
NEWS STAFF
The charred remains of the 99 B-Line bus stop that
were recently removed axe only one example of consistent and disturbing increases of on-campus vandalism in the past five years, UBC officials say.
Cleanup of vandalism has cost the university
$134,000 since September. Last school year the university spent $145,000 cleaning up vandalism.
"It's a real attack on the beauty of campus, and on
the campus community," said John Metras, assistant
director of Plant Operations. The vandalism includes
graffiti, sign stealing, destroyed trees and 'a host of
other damage," he said.
: The number of Plant Operations incident responses
has risen from 347 lastyear to 382 this year. The total
reported incidents is showing a similar trend: 9600 in
the 2001 calendar year, rising to 11,000 in 2002,
according to Campus Security. "We're noticing
increased evidence of destruction," said Director of
Campus Security Bruce Lovell
It would cost Plant Operations around $25,000 to
replace the shelter, but plans to rebuild it are on hiatus
until the future of the bus loop has been decided. The
area is under consideration for major construction that
could see the bus loop moved underground.
"It was extremely visible damage, an extreme example ofvvandalism that brings it home to students. The
other events that fall below students' radar screens are
absorbed at considerable cost," Lovell said.
Cleaning up after vandalism takes a significant portion of Plant Operations' maintenance budget, enough
for equipment and staff to clean an entire building,
according to Metras. These funds would otherwise go
to classroom upkeep.
Graffiti has also risen in Vancouver, precipitating
the formation of the Anti-Graffiti Task Force, a
Vancouver initiative which had its first meeting last
Thursday. The task force seeks to start information-
sharing between susceptible organisations: the
Vancouver School Board spends over $150,000 per
year removing graffiti and the Business Improvement
Associations of Gastown and Commercial Drive spend
See "Vandalism"on page 4. TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2003
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WOMEN'S CENTRE ANNUAL
GENERAL MEETING: Mar 27,5pm.
Come out & participate in the women-
run, women-oriented resource group!
BIKE TO WILDWOOD? Are you
interested in participating in an earth-
friendly, social biking & camping trip?
Apr 25-27. For info, contact UBC
Student Environment Centre at
enviro@ams. ubc.ca
VEGETARIAN LUNCH/BUFFET
EVERY TUESDAY from 12:30-2:30 at
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All welcome,
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TOWARDS EQUITY IN GLOBAL
HEALTH:_ Palliative Care, HIV & Ethics
in International Health. Conference by
students from the Faculty of Medicine.
Friday, March 21, 6:3 0-10:3 Opm &
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KIM CAMPBELL: THROUGH THE
LOOKING GLASS: screening of
Gemini-nominated documentary about
Canada's first female PM. Thurs. Mar
20, 7pm, Buch Penthouse. Guest
Speaker. Dr. Johnston, Head of UBC
Poli Sci dept Presented by UBC Young
Conservatives. Info: Matt Beasley at
malexb@ihterchange.ube.ca.
To place an Ad or Classified,
call 822-1654 or visit SUB
Room 23 (Basement).
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UBC MEDICINE PRESENTS "THE
RUN FOR RURAL MEDICINE" Sun,
Mar 23. For info & registration details,
go to www.ubcmedkine.cjb.net/2005/run
WOMEN'S CENTRE ANNUAL
GENERAL MEETING: Mar 27,'5pm.
Come out & participate in the women-
run, women-oriented resource group!
BIKE TO WILDWOOD? Are you
interested in participating in an earth-
friendly, social biking & camping trip?
Apr 25-27. For info, contact UBC
Student Environment Centre at
enviro^ams. ubc.ca
VEGETARIAN LUNCH/BUFFET
EVERY TUESDAY from 12:30-2:30 at
International House (1783 West Mall).
All welcome.
FRONTIER COLLEGE, A NONPROFIT LITERACY ORG'N, NEEDS
USED BOOK DONATIONS for an
upcoming fundraiser. There are drop-off
boxes at Speakeasy (SUB ground),
Resource Groups Commons (SUB
upstairs) Sc Gage Commons. 604-713-
5848.
BIRDWALK ON CAMPUS EVERY
TUESDAY. Meet at the Flagpole (above
Rose Garden; by Chan Centre) at
12:30pm. For info or to get on mailing
list, contact Christina:
struik@interchange.ubc.ca.
TOWARDS EQUITY IN GLOBAL
HEALTH: Palliative Care, HIV & Ethics
in International Health. Conference by
students from the Faculty of Medicine.
Friday, March 21, 6:30-10:30pm 9
Chan Auditorium (28th & Oak). Wine
& cheese to follow. No fee. Contact
jraudzus^hotmail.com or
knovak@interchange.ubc.ca to register.
KIM CAMPBELL: THROUGH THE
LOOKING GLASS: screening of
Gemini-nominated documentary about
Canada's first female PM. Thurs. Mar
20, 7pm, Buch Penthouse. Guest
Speaker: Dr. Johnston, Head of UBC
Poli Sci dept. Presented by UBC Young
Conservatives. Info: Matt Beasley at
malexb@interchange.ubc.ca.
To place an Ad or Classified,
call 822-1654 or visit SUB
Rpom 23 (Basement).
Speakeasy praised
by U of Alberta
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NEWS WRITER
Speakeasy, an Alma Mater Society
(AMS) volunteer service, has
recently been acknowledged as one
of the best of its kind in Canada.
"'' On March 3, two counsellors
from the University of Alberta's (U
of A) Student Distress Center (SDC)
came to UBC to shadow Coordinator
Sigal Stein and talk with the volunteers. Both programmes are far
ahead of similar services across
Canada, and have a good deal to
learn from each other, said SDC
Director Miep Raedschelders.
'UBC has a similar mandate a3 U
of A,' said Raedschelders. 'I really
wanted to get together and discuss
[our centres] to see what we have in
common, and what we can share.
[Ideally] we would like to forge some
kind of relationship with all the centres and create some kind of optimal centre [at each university]."
UBC has one of the best-developed programmes in the country.
Speakeasy member Rhyannon
O'Heron agreed, in particular the
outreach and promotion. 'I really
believe in the service we provide,"
she said. "You don't need any prior
experience, you just need to be open
and willing to learn."
Speakeasy began in 1970 by a
group of social work students concerned about loneliness on campus.
This tradition of students looking out
for students continues through people like O'Heron. "Sometimes it's
better to talk to a peer than someone
with a position of power over you."
Beshad Darvish, former AMS
executive coordinator of student
services, also praised the programme* 'A Tot .has cqine out of
increased credibility with different
campus groups," he said.
lie added, however, that
thefe'3 still a! Jot of ijoom for
growth for the'programme, such
as working with different campus
groups and increasing outreach
and communication.
Speakeasy runs with only 50 volunteers. The small group of volunteers is intentional, a tactic learned
at a conference several years ago,
which Stein attended.
"It creates a better sense of community," Stein said. "If we have a
smaller group of students...the
group would be united...[it] would
be a lot stronger."
Speakeasy handles issues like
suicide, rape and depression.
O'Heron brought back suicide risk
assessment sheets from the forum
this year, in case of high-risk calls to
the service.
Speakeasy also acts as a central
database for information on almost
eveiything on campus. Students can
use the service to plug into almost
any aspect of student life.
Usage and visibility of Speakeasy
has been on the rise since its main
office was moved to the top floor of
the SUB to joiri other AMS services
in a centralised location. "Every
year Speakeasy is known to a bigger
portion of the population at UBC,"
Stein said. ♦
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Living beyond the edge
Tale of an
intentional
castaway
by John McCrank
NEWSSTAFF
When he talka about his year of self-imposed,
isolation on a desolate Chilean island, UBC
PhD candidate Bob Kull has a knack for
understatement. "This hasn't been easy. It's
not the path for somebody who is looking for
the easy way through," he says.
A former truck driver, logger and then
scuba instructor in the Caribbean, Kull
entered into academia rather late in life.
"When. I was 40, I wiped out in the
Caribbean on my motorcycle and had part of
my leg amputated and couldn't continue the
things that I had been doing, so I decided to
go to school,' says Kull about his decision to
enroll at McGill University in biology and
psychology,      ,
After completing his undergraduate
degree, Kull headed into Northern Quebec for
a few months to do a solitary retreat, a practice that he has been doing "for years and
years and years,' and while there, he experienced what he calls 'a major shift.'
"I felt myself come back alive. I realised
that I had become an empty shell at McGill. It
was all theories and hypotheses, academic ,
life had no relation to my real life/ says Kull,
who then went traveling through South
America. :    ■-,,..
When he saw the rugged Chilean coast, he
thought that he might have found the perfect"
place to conduct the year-long retreat that he
had been planning in the back of his mind.
He,wanted it to merge real experience with
academic life. After a barrage of faxes and
phone calls, the experiment was set up and
Kull found himself back in Canada at UBC,
putting together an advisory committee for
his PhD and planning his'voyage.
Kull's home base at U$C is in the Forestry
Building, but his dissertation is in interdisciplinary studies,- encompassing biology, psychology, philosophy, spirituality, education
and conservation. One ofthe members of his
committee is Carl Leggo,; a professor of language and literacy education; who calls Kull's
research 'extraordinarily fascinating and
significant* |.
."Bob's dissertation wiU,raise many intriguing questions about ecology, solitude, community, urban living, biology; spirituality and
the complex workings of the. heart/ says
Leggo, who joined Kull's supervisory committee because of his focus on narrative and
poetic writing.
Kull didn't go into the project with a specific hypothesis, but said instead that "what
I'm going to do is make a commitment to
spend a year in solitude and over and over-
just like in a meditation retreat—come back
into the present moment and experience
mindfully what's going on.'
"And one day I mentioned mindfulness [to
Leggo J and he jumped on it and said "That tradition has been around for thousands of
years,' It's an exploratory, well-recognised
methodology, mindfulness.' Together with
writing a journal, it became a big part of
Kull's project.
To fund his work, Kull applied for and
received a National Science and Engineering
Research Council (NSERC) grant as well as
several small scholarships and a grant from
UBC; he also took student loans and worked
as a teaching assistant before having the
Chilean Navy drop him off on the small
coastal island. Kull was there from February
2001 to February 2002.
"[T]he coast there is very similar to the
West Coast of BC/ says Kull, "the difference
being that there is just no one there.' It is separated from society by the natural barrier of
the Andean Mountains and thousands of
other uninhabited islands. Another difference is that it rains more (three to six metres
a year), and the wind is more fierce and
constant
"The wind was a really strong presence and
it became my enemy,',relates Kull. "I felt that
the wind was out to get me—it flipped my boat
.. and [flooded] both of my motors in salt water.
And there were times that I would be in my
* cabin and it would feel like the whole island .
was shaking.'
Eventually, Kull came to accept the wind,
and at one point, 'watching the condors and
the seagulls just grooving on the wind/ Kull
got the idea to build a kite, which he attached
to the end of his fishing rod.
"It would disappear into the cloycjg andl-.
would be controlling it with my roct aid I was';,
literally fishing for the wind...The wind was a
major teacher in surrendering.'
Another of his teachers and his only companion, was an epileptic kitten named Cat
(because there was only one) which the
Chilean Parks Board had recommended he
take to test for toxic shellfish. However, he
quickly became attached to Cat and only fed
him the same fish that he ate himself.
Kull said that what he learned from Cat
was that "[he is] just a piece of the world and
Cat is just a piece of the world.' In other
words, he couldn't control Cat and he was not
responsible for Cat being Cat-this is where
Kull delved into Buddhist philosophy.
"I spent time everyday in meditation, listening to the sounds of the water and httle by
httle, things got simpler. And I started to
recognise the basic Buddhist teachings of,
■ what causes our grief—ifs desires...wanting
things to be different than they are, and that
.  materialism gets into the spirit'
'And of course. Cat had his own agenda—*
you know, cats don't- believe that we're in
charge," he added. -
Sadly, Cat-who went home with a friend
of Kull—disappeared three weeks after the
end of Kull's isolation. A veterinarian friend
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LOOKING INSIDE: After a year on a Chilean island with only an epileptic cat for
company, Bob Kull has some interesting views on life, nic fensom photo
of Kull's said Cat probably died of natural
causes, owing to the fact that epileptic cats
don't live veiy long.
The rigours of island life took their toll on
Kull, who tore both of the rotator cuffs in his
shoulders when he slipped on some rocks
and, at another time, had to pull one of his
own teeth when it became abscessed. Still, the
opportunity for self-analysis and introspection that the experience of solitude enabled
led to periods of enlightenment and equanimity that he had never before experienced.
The next challenge for Kull was coming
back to society.
. "After I was on the island a year, my friend
Patty Kuchinsky canae, and she stayed on the
island for a month so that I could have somebody that I could reintegrate with before I
went back to society.' Kuchinsky told him two
.things upon arrival, that a close mutual friend
had died, and that the World Trade Centre
had been attacked.
Currently, Kull is working on his dissertation, and giving slide show presentations.
Anybody interested in having Kull give a slide
show presentation on his trip can contact him
at bobkull(§'exchange.ubc.ca.
Photos of his journey can be viewed at
www.forestiy.ubc.ca/portal/bobkull.
Kull said he's still not quite sure how to
put the experience he had on the island in to
words.
Tm reading [my] journals now, and I'm
in the place now where I'm questioning the
depression and the darkness and I recognise
that I need to include that into the psyche...it's
[the questioning] never that's complete—it's
the job of a lifetime." ♦
Thousands of anti-war demonstrators march
David Suzuki leads antiwar march in Vancouver
by Kevin Qroves
BRITISH COLUMBIA BUREAU
VANCOUVER (CUP)-Environmentalist David Suzuki was one
of thousands who participated in the city's latest peace
demonstrations against what looks more and more like an
imminent US-led war against Iraq. Y • 7.
. Suzuki received cheeri from the crowd Saturday as he
said the protesters were there as global citizens to show their
firm opposition to the Bush administration's "highhanded'
policies of ignoring the dissenting opinions in the UN and
NATO.
"We urge [Canada's] government to stay out of this war/
said Suzuki. ,
Vancouver's anti-war activists were busy over the weekend,
starting on Friday when protesters held an overnight tent vigil
in front of the city's -US consulate while drivers honked their
horns in support.    '
"We need to stand together and say that there are peaceful
solutions,' said BC Federation of Labour President Jim Sinclair
to about 25 people that night, adding that too many innocent
and working people will die if the, war against Iraq proceeds,.
At noon the next day, about 10,000 protesters then marched
westwards behind a 'No Blood for Oil* banner from Vancouver's
' central library along Robson Street before doubling back along
Georgia to a rally held at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Many of those who marched in the rally believed peace still
has a chance, but not all felt that way. ,
"The US will go in [to Iraq] no matter what we say/ said
Dragisva Gajic. .;•-■•'•
Vancouver Police officers on foot and bicycles were also at
the rally for traffic control and to ensure the safety of people
participating in the peaceful demonstration.
Saturday's, rally was followed by a candlelit vigil Sunday
evening,,where about 500 anti-war activists sat on the steps of
a Art* Gallery singing 'all that we're asking is give peace a
chance.' . ,;
The, Vancouvf r demonstrations were but a few of many others across Canada. In Montreal, an estimated 200,000 people
turned out to push for peace, while Toronto saw an estimated
3,000 people attend a similar rally. ;
Last night in a television address from Washington, DC, US
President George W. Bush gave Iraqi President Saddam
Hussein and his sons 48 hours to flee Iraq or face a "military
conflict' Such an action would be conducted without authorisation from the UN. ♦
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"CUPE" from page!.
period, the unions will have;no
leverage.
"We expect we'll bargain for two
weeks- [and] the _ mediatipr will
come down with a recommendation
that's pretty much exactly the same
as the final offer of the employer,"
Grant said. -
He said he feels the government
may order another cooling-off period
until the end ofthe term, leaving TAs
with no opportunity to go on strike.
But Bruce said his main intention was to have the two sides come
to an agreement and that a future
cooling-off period was only speculation at this point
"I wasn't going down the road of
mediation arbitration, I was going
down the road of cooling off, and
directing them back to the table and
start negotiating in a manner that
would be productive to both sides,"
said Bruce.
The government decided not to
appoint a mediation arbitrator. The
unions then requested the reappointment of mediator Mark
Brown, who had been mediating the
dispute before talks broke down.
Both sides maintain they are ready
to bargain and hope to reach a resolution soon.
Injunction passed
Unions on campus were served
with a BC Supreme Court injunction
on Friday preventing them from
blocking roads, making noise and
intimidating people trying to access
campus. -,   y     -.
The university filed the injunction request after unions blocked
most entrances to the university
last Thursday and Friday.
The unions are upset with the
injunction because they said it takes
away their right to collective bargaining and protest, and interferes
" with their ability to get a fair contract
'Absolutely draconian, dictatorial, undemocratic,' was Grant's
response to the injunction. "[The]
university campus is supposed to
be a place for protest, for debate.
And they are stifling our right to
strike, our right to free collective
bargaining.'
Scott Macrae, director of Public
Affairs, said that the injunction was
in response to actions by the unions
on Thursday and Friday that
blocked the entrances to the campus.
"The university saw that as
[going} against the cooling-off period part of the legislation,' Macrae
said of the blockades.
The university had problems
with activities it described as picketing: roads being blocked, noise
and barrel fires and intimidation
and coercion 6f people trying to
access campus.
"We're pleased that students
now have unimpeded access to the
campus,' Macrae said, which he
added was something that was not
happening on Thursday and Friday.
When asked if the unions were
going to protest during the talks,
Grant would only say that they are
'not just going to sit and take it' •.-
Grant also pointed out that the
president of CUPE BC said that it
would give UBC three "days to bargain, and if there was no sign of
good faith negotiations then there
would be consequences that would
involve other campuses besides
UBC. ~
The injunption is in effect until
April 14, two weeks after the cooling-off period is scheduled to end.
Protesters hit by
vehicles, agairv
Two CUPE 2950 union members
who were participating in a protest
at UBC's Gate 1 were hit by a car
Friday morning.
Only minor, injuries were
incurred by the the two women in
the accident, said RCMP Constable
Danielle Efford. "Witnesses allege
that the vehicle was speeding
through and- hit two women,* she
said.
Lisik said she had an opportunity to speak with one injured member. "Srfe's a Uttle stiff and SoreY
with bumps and bruises,' she said,
"but she's fine. I have not had an
opportunity to speak with the other
member but I am under the impression she was released from the hospital the same day."
The male suspect was arrested
over the weekend and charges are
pending. He makes his first court
appearance May 22. The investigation is ongoing. ♦ >
"Vandalism" from page 1.
tens pf thousands, said Jag
Senghera,! the ppoject co-ordinator.
' He suggests* that some of the
recent increase comes from political graffiti, a response to the World
Trade Organisation and other controversial bodies.
But Campus Security Assistant
Director Iain McLellan was reluctant to lay blame for the increase in
vandalism on issues of contention
at UBC, such as the current labour
dispute, the U-Pass, or tuition fee
increases. "I don't want to make
any links like that,' he said.
"There are things that occur on
campus that have those kinds of
overtones, but they aire not as common,' McLellan added. "The fact is,
vandalism is viewed as a minor
offence by most people, although
the consequences of that kind of
activity can be very severe,' he said,
referring to injuries people could
sustain around unmarked obstacles
or burned-out bus shelters.
Severe property daniage in the
order of the bus loop can net an1
END OF THE YEAR BURNOUT: Campus vandalism on the rise.
offender a criminal record.
Campus Security is basing its
action on a set of principles known
as CPTED, or Crime Prevention
Through Environmental Design.
Undej CPTED, patrols work in conjunction with ideas,of viability,-
defensible space, community own
ership and a controlled flow of people. Lovell is modeling his
approach on methods which have
been effective in cities such as New
York.     _■
Police! currently have no suspects in the case of the burned bus
shelter. <f
"SUB" from page I   '....,  %
lOOOsq ff inits neyjr home. This will"!
result in a reduction ih the number
of pool tables and video games.
"[It] is going to cause some
stress with some customers, especially for the lunch time,* Gieb
admitted, "but overall, in the space
we have now there are certain areas
that are wasted space because we
can't put games in those areas."
Kingsmill said lost space will
allow for rritire public washrooms
and a corridor connecting the north *
side ofthe SUB with the lower level
and with club lockers arid offices.
The SUB Arcade's current home
will be turned into social space for
students. Fixed tables downstairs
will be replaced in favour of move
able furniture ,and table seating, as
well as an Internet cafe with student terminals. v
The self-serve copy machines
will be moved to the current .Arcade
billiards room. As well, new ceiling
and floor treatments will be put in.
The'south area of the SUB will
' remain unchanged.
The  project -is   budgeted   at
$525,000. The money used for the
renovations will come from the
•Capital Projects Acquisitions Fund,
• raised by student fees and set up to
fund improvements to the SUB.
Construction is set to begin by
the end of the month and will be
done by Makam Construction Ltd.
Students should expect some
disruptions to occur during construction, such as noise and physi
cal barriers, but disruptions should
not affect businesses in the SUB.
. "We are trying fq make sure our
businesses can still operate as
much as possible. In a lot of cases,
especially with our businesses,
[like] the Moon and Snack Attack,
we. want to make sure they are
doing all right," said AMS Vice-
President, Administration, Josh
Bowinan.'^
He added students he has spoken to seem happy with the proposed changes and feels it's time
the lower level was renovated. He
said any students with concerns or
questions! should contact him.
The SUB Arcade is expected to
move by June with the rest of the
renovations scheduled to be completed by the end of July. ♦ THEUBYSSEY
NEWS
TUESDAY, MARCH 18,2003
YOUNG CONSERVATIVES
SHOW PRO-US SUPPORT
by Chris Shepherd
NEWS EDITOR
The UBC Young Conservatives (UBCYC) are not happy with the anti-
American sentiment they feel exists across Canada and here at UBC.
In response, they've organised a petition to support the US, whether or
not there is a war on Iraq.
"What we're trying to say is that you don't have to bash Americans
to get the point across that we're not warmongers,* said Ron Herbert,
president of the UBCYC.
Matt Beasley, communications director for the UBCYC, added that
the UBCYC believes that people are losing the ability to separate policies of the Bush administration with being anti-American.
lhe petition was provoked by statements made by members ofthe
federal Liberal administration, including one calling President George
W. Bush a moron and a comment referring to Americans as bastards.
Herbert believes that these kinds of comments hurt Canada-US
relations and reduce Canada in stature on the global political playing
field. '      7
The Young Conservatives also were not pleased with a motion
adopted by the Alma Mater Society (AMS) a few weeks ago. The motion
stated that the AMS, which represents all students at UBC, opposes unilateral action against Iraq by the US.
"We didn't see how it was very appropriate at the time to take a
stance one way or another," said Beasley.
AMS President Oana Chirila said that it was suitable for the AMS to
take the stance that it did because the war would affect students just as
it would affect everyone else.
The council decided that it was against unilateral action against
Iraq by the United States after much debate, Chirila said.
"I think our society has always been very political and has taken a
stance on various things. I know it's not unprecedented," she said.
Herbert says the UBCYC collected around 30-40 signatures during
the four hours they had scheduled in the SUB concourse. Beasley said
there was some opposition from people when they saw what the petition was about , .  -
"We feel there might be some sort of fear in taking any sort of
stance that goes against the very active anti-war stance," said Beasley.
"[The anti-war movement is] so well organised, and people don't want
to be seen as warmongers, obviously."
Dave Quigg, a member of the Coalition Against War on the People
of Iraq, said that the numbers for the UBCYC petition showed how "on-
the-fringe' the idea was.
"The anti-war movement is so much more mainstream," Quigg
said. "What we've seen on campus is that students are overwnelmihg-
ly opposed to this war."
Herbert says they will soon send the signed petitions to the US
Ambassador to Canada, Paul Celluci. ♦
Cross country checkup
Comparing TA compensation across Canada
by Duncan M. McHugh, Anna
King and Chris Shepherd
NEWSSTAFF
One of the most disputed aspects of
the current labour dispute between the
University of British Columbia (UBC)
and teaching assistants (TAs) is how
wages at UBC compare to those at
other universities. UBC argues that its
TAs are the third-highest paid in
Canada, while the TA3 argue they are
ranked tenth out of 14 schools. With
this in mind, Ubyssey staff contacted
several universtites to find out for ourselves how UBC TAs compare.
The following schools were chosen
because, in the case of the University
of Victoria (UVic) and Simon Fraser
University (SFU), they are in BC or," in
the case of Dalhousie University in
Halifax, McGill University in Montreal,
the University of Toronto (U of T),
Queen's University in Kingston, ON
and the University of Alberta (U of A)
in Edmonton, they (along with UBC)
are considered Canada's major
research universities and, as such, can
be considered the market that UBC is
in, in terms of wages. For example,
Robert Birgeneau, the president of U of
T, earns $375,000 a year, which was
the basis for UBC President Martha
Piper's salary increase to $350,000 a
year,   with   potential   bonuses   of
$50,000 ayear
A few things to keep in mind; These
numbers can be very confusing.
Calculation for TAs' wage schedules
are different for nearly every university, leaving these figures easily manipulated. Oftentimes, TA salaries are complimented by scholarships or guaranteed funding. Tuition waivers or
tuition protection is when TA is
indexed either to inflation or to a set
level. Earlier this year, TAs at Carleton
.University received tuition protection
set to 2000 levels and, two years ago,
TAs at York had their tuition indexed
to, 1996 levels. ♦  .
TAs' hourly
wage
Hours of
Work
Annual
salary
Tuition for
grad students
Guaranteed
funding for
grad students
Medical/
dental
Tuition waivers
or protection
Recent negotiations history
UBC
Master's: $23.11
PhD: $24.01
Maximum 3S4 over 8
months. Typically
around 192-224
Maximum $9000.
Typicahy around
$5000
Master's:
$3199.93
None
No. Health rebate
check for $136; otherwise cpvered by .AMS,
For next year's
PhD students
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Contract ended
August 31, 2002
Dalhousie
TAs: $15.27,
markers: $10.72
ISO to 260 overS
months
$2748.60 to
$3970.20
PhD: $6695.00,
Master's:
$6431.o6'
None        """
None
None
Contract ends
August 31, 2003
McGill
$18.49, though
some rates are
lower
A maximum of
360 hours over 8
months
$6656.40
Master's (out of
provlnce|: $5223.84.
PhD (out of province^
$2881.64            ■ ' *J
Roughly $16,000
None
None
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TAs are currently
in negotiations
Toronto -
Master's: $29.08,
PhO: $32.2 1, plus
4 per cent vacation pay
On average 165
hours over 8
months to a maximum of 220 hours
Average, Master's:
$4990.13, PhD:
$5527.27
1
$5900
For Science students: $15,000+
fees, Arts students:
$12,000+fees ,
Some supplemental health coverage, dental coverage |hrough,
student union
Yes
Wages and guaranteed funding have
been in place for
two years
Queen's
$23-$36 depending on the course
and the duties
320 hours over 8
months
$7360-$ 11,520
$5195
PhD students:
$16,500, Master's
studenS: $0
Coverage through
the Society of
Graduate and
Professional
Students
None
Rates have remained
constant for the past S
years. TTiere is no TA
rjujon at Queen'*
Alberta
$17.19
192 hours over 8
months plus mart
ing time
$3300 :
Roughly $3500
$3000
Medical and limited dental
None
None
SFU
Maximum $26.76
Varies, up to 294
hours per semester, Typically
around 130 hour?
per semester
Varies
I
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Approximately
$2350
Yes, but already
calculated into
salary-
- -*. -%"    ■ s  ; r*»";
75 per cent of
extended benefits
covered
None
Contract expires
fall 2004
uvic
$17.49
Varies 300 per
year on average
$5247 on average
$2386 on average.
None
None
None
Their contract is &a-
ished August 31, 2003
and the union hopes -
to begin negotiations   '
soon
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Crossing some
CALEXICO
with Nicolai Dunger
at Richard's on Richards
Mar. 5
by Adam Kaufman
:   CULTURE WRITER
I'm not a terrorist or a drug dealer, but I still get
chronic sweaty palm syndrome whenever I pass
through the friendly gates of the American-
Canadian border. After obsessively checking the
length of my sideburns in the rear view mirror, I
arrived at the American customs booth this past
week with secret thoughts of another borderland
to the far south. As an American, Mexico has
always been an enticing land of mystery and
escape for me. In part, I blame gringo novelists
like Jack Kerouac and Tom Wolfe for their
drugged-out perceptions of the land.
> I was trying to see past this facade when I
strode into the Calexico show at Richard's on
Richard's, not completely sure of what I had gotten myself into* I had read some articles comparing the band to alternative country acts like
Wilco, but the similarities usually ended with the
fact that they share the same genre space on the
record store shelf. For starters, Calexico is named
after a border town in Texas and Wilco stole its
name from a gas station. Need I say more?
Calexico, as the name implies, straddles the
border between Mexico and America in all of
their tunes. During a song entitled "Across the
Wire* from their new album Feast of Wire, lead
singer/songwriter/guitarist Joey Burns sings of
two men 'dodging the shadows of the border
patrol / out in the wastelands wandering for
days." Later on Burns mixed things up with a
cover of Pavement's "Range Life," but this well-
dressed indie crowd didn't budge. I guess all the
old-school hipsters were at home, saving up their
two<iollar coins for the Stephen Malkmus gig on
Sunday March 23 at Sonar.
By the time the band broke out "Blackheart,"
another new song on Feast of Wire, the crowd
was noticeably loose. Chicks were shedding layers of clothing and looking for their boyfriends
and their beer mugs as Calexico's night-long
crescendo climaxed with a spaghetti Western
style song called "Corona." Burns explained it
was a number "we wrote as a theme song to a
movie [Committed (2000)]". The tune featured a
hot pedal steel solo by Paul Niehaus.
Apart from Niehaus's golden touch, the band
had a jazzy rhythni section consisting of the talented drummer John Convertino (who has just
recently released a solo EP entitled Sade of
Cement!} and the German bassist Volker Zander.
The latin flavour of the group arises from a tight
horn section made up of Jacob Venezuela and the
versatile Martin Wenk, who also picked up the
accordion, melodica and a variety of percussion
instruments throughout the gig to provide the
mariachi feel I'm speaking of. During the encore,
trumpet player Jacob Valenzuela rested his chops
and sang a song in Spanish, while Burns invited
Vancouver natives Destroyer and opener
Swedish singer/songwriter Nicolai Dunger and
his band back on stage for a dose of rock 'n roll.
Calexico then ended off the night with a socially
conscious song called "On the Crysta^ Frontier*
from their LP Even the Sure Things Fsfl. Through
in which Burns sings about labour conditions in
Mexico: "At tlie end of the working week / when
drunken worlds meet / both sides keeping a close
eye for a break in the line here... on the Crystal
Frontier."
By the time Calexico came crashing around to
the end of their set British Columbia was on the
verge of another spring and I was in an optimistic state of mind. Rather than the self-pity that
a Wilco set has been known to spur, Calexico's gig
put a familiar picture in my mind. The image is
from Kerouac's On the Road. In the book. Dean
Moriarty and Sal Paradise, the main protagonist^ stumble into a Mexican whorehouse for a
week-long sex party consisting of cigar-sized "tea"
joints, erotic dancing with las chicas bonitas and
Tequila boozing till sunrise. Now that's what I
call Funcouver! ♦
THE UBYSSEY
Spread the
SISTA'HOOD CELEBRATION
with Medusa and DJ Spark
at Sonar
Mar. 9
by Lisa Johnson
CULTURE WRITER
I have to admit, I'm not a big fan of women
artist showcases. If the performers are
actually good, I think to myself, why do I
only hear about them on International
Women's Day?
But that was before I met Medusa, the
Los Angeles-based MC who headlined the
Sista'Hood Celebration.
Medusa, who has been called the Angela
Davis of hip-hop, first picked up a microphone when she was 16. Now, as a role
.model in LA's underground artistic community, she feels a responsibility to put out positive female messages through her music.
"I guess I kind of direct my music towards
that because there are so many other artists
who aren't focused on it at all," Medusa told
me in an interview before the show. "Or
they're focused on it from a male perspective, on relationships that they've had that
went sour, or 'gold-diggers' that used them,"
she said.
Medusa sees this negative perspective as
delivered by mainstream rap artists, and
something that hip-hop has to work against.
"Rap, now that's a reincarnated attitude of
their pimpin' past,"
she mused. "Whereas
hip-hop is human
beings harbouring
opinions about politics
and propaganda.
There's a difference,
and it's up to us to
show them."
.Medusa, who_ leads
an all-female hip-hop
collective called Feline SRMBSiflHBk. *
Science, also said she
thinks it's a strong
move for women to
choose to work together. "It's necessary to
keep us healed and
keep us feeling empowered, and keep us
healing ourselves and each other, kind of
like cats do," she said.
Women-centred hip-hop may sound like
a hard sell, but Medusa said that it all
comes back to the music. "When [record
companies] see another positive female
MC, they're like yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever," she said. "So you've got to make the
music acceptable, so it can bump in the
trunk, too."
"A strong beat is undeniable, so regardless of whether you're positive or not, it's
going to hit 'em anyway."
And this is exactly what Medusa pulled
off later that night, to a crowd of over 300 in
Sonar's small club space. Strutting onto the
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stage, Medusa roared into her first number.
She took the chorus with a booming voice,
"so y'all can hear me way down here," like.:
an ominous minor-chord climax to a
German opera.
DJ Spark, also from LA, kicked in and out
of the song at Medusa's orders—it looked
like improvisation, but the break-beat and a
cappella effects were well planned.
Five hours into the show—but only an
hour or so into Medusa's amazing set—she
left the crowd wanting more.
It wasn't clear whether the ending was so
abrupt because of Sonar's hours.on a Sunday
night, or Medusa's disappointment with the
Vancouver crowd for not knowing the original artist (Volume 10, 1994) behind "Pistol
Grip Pump," covered two years ago by Rage
Against the Machine.
"Before the next time I come back here,
y'all better learn your hip-hop," Medusa said
with a smile to the jumping crowd.
Despite that old-school faux pas, Medusa.
told me that she was impressed with
Vancouver and the Sista'Hood event. "I was
surprised to see that there was such a
strong sisterhood here in Vancouver," she
said. "It's good to know that the womea are
finally coming together and recognising
their power."
The rest of the Sista'Hood Celebration, a
three-day women in hip hop conference, featured women teaching women about urban
skills like breakdancing, turntabling, guerrilla film-making and graffiti.
The event—now in its third year—was
organised by Velocity Media Arts Services
Society (V-MASS) and culminated in the
show at Sonar. The line-up featured local
hip-hop and spoken word talent opening for
Medusa and DJ Spark.
Proceeds from the show benefit
Vancouver's Downtown Eastside Women's
Centre, which offers a safe place and support
to women and children in the area called
"Canada's poorest postal code."
Last year, the Sonar show generated
$1000 for the shelter, helping it offer daily
lunch, blankets, showers and a mailing
address for women who live on the street. ♦
Norwegian mmhfootn clouds
R0YKS0PP
at the Commodore Ballroom
Mar. 9
by Ian Duncan
CULTURE STAFF
—"What's something that makes you
happy?"
—"Being surprised."   .
—"When you catch a smell that triggers a memory. Unnecessarily elaborate drawings."
. Happiness comes simply to the
Norwegian duo that call themselves
Royksopp. Torbjorn Brundtland and
Svein Berge hail from the small town
of Tromsq in northern Norway where
reindeer run free and the sun disappears for about half of the year.
Royksopp first came onto the scene in
1997, and then resurfaced in 2001 to
go platinum in the UK. Recently they
stopped in Vancouver for a show at the
Commodore Ballroom, where I had a
chance to probe some brains and snap
some photos.
The first order of business is to
identify just what the hell Royksopp
means. "It has multiple meanings,"
declares Torbjorn, "and we don't want
to be exclusive, but Norwegians can get
a better sense of [the meaning]."
Rokysopp is a made-up word compound consisting of 'royk,' the imperative 'smoke!', and 'sopp,' meaning
'mushroom.' Together the words conjure the images of two things: a small
spherical fungus that puffs when it collides with something—a fond memory
from childhood shared between the
two—and an atomic mushroom cloud.
These images ultimately reflect the
duo's musical and personal philosophies: "[A mushroom cloud] is so huge
you can't take it all in," the boys told
me, and their music carries that notion
of the sublime within its smooth execution. As fax as the "puff-ball* fungi, it
is representative of their "great love of
the useless things in nature," and one
ofthe more simple and beautiful statements  I  have  heard  in  my  life.
However, and I guess this is where
being Norwegian helps, the compound
word Royksopp cannot exist The two
boys informed me that, "you can't
name a band that You can't have it
That's why we wanted it"
Their music is only a testament to
these principals. A mix of one part
sweeping film score, one part soft-core
porn and one part Aurora Borealis,
their sound is extremely unique, flowing with a natural quality that is just
not present in Vancouver (and possibly the world?) these days. Not only
are nature and the sublime influential
in the duo's work but so also are characters like classical composer Erik
Satie and art-house porn film producer Francis Lai. "Anything with identity,
really," I'm told. "Within hip hop, or
country western, you can find gold in
every genre...but something with
identity."
These influences have helped to create the unique Royksopp identity that
■4
has carved its own facet in electronic
music. They have rebuffed recent press
coverage which tries, using extremely
long strings of hyphenated words, to
cram, them into a specific type of music.
-.. "If you can't five up to it change it"
is the: motto that has driven Royksopp
to international fame, "it" being the
expectations of a merciless music
scene. "We are not ambitious people,"
they exclaim, and to be honest they are
by far the most casual music stars I
have met
The show itself was an amazing
eyent Their album, Melody A.M., is a
relaxing and refreshing mix of down-
tempo jazz, glistening porn-funk and
well-crafted electronica, but the show
at the Commodore demonstrated that
Royksopp can not only create beautiful
musical landscapes but make 1000
people jump higher than I have ever
seen. The future for Royksopp holds
many things as they continue
to connect ♦
New forms,
new methods
ATTILA RICHARD LUKACS
at the Belkin Satellite Gallery
until Mar. 23
by John McCrank
CULTURE STAFF
Naked skinheads and masquerading
monkeys are the usual subjects portrayed on the canvases of Attila
Richard Lukacs. However, with the
exception of one modest portrait of a
primate on the wall at the entrance* to
the Belkin Satellite Galleiy, the artist -
breaks away from the themes and
genre that he used to establish himself as one of Canada's most celebrat-.
ed and controversial painters.
ELECTIONS ARE COWC. YOU HllST BE STAFF TO VOTE
Staff members
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In his current show, entitled New
Works, Lukacs abandons traditional
rnaterials and enters into the world of
the abstract, creating large sheets of
parchment out of layered paper and
tissue covered in polyurethane.
Paintings, drawings,,magazine pages
and hand-scrawled text are superimposed, upon each other, merging
images and shapes into a menagerie
of colourful material. These semi-
translucent sheets are suspended
from the ceiling, compelling the viewer to walk around them in order to
view both sides, which display very
distinctive images. After looking at
some of the works for an extended
period of time, figures seem to
appear out of layers under which they
have been trapped, with hand prints
and strange animal figures creating a
visceral soup in which the ingredients slowly reveal themselves.
On display with the parchments
are two series of oil paintings on canvases that at first glance seem
abstract and difficult to find meaning
in. One series, comprised of eight
pieces and titled Palestine Texas
2003, evokes the feeling of forward
motion, as though one were moving
very quickly past a small town in a
vehicle. This causes everything to be
blurred into a moving picture, which
the artist has captured and made
stand still on his canvases. On the
opposite wall, the other series, titled
Columbia 2003, features five dark
brown to black canvases with radiant
streaks through their centres. On
closer inspection, the streaks appear
to be images of the fireballs plummeting earthward after the space
shuttle Columbia broke apart on its
tragic final mission. After leaving the
gallery, unsure of what to make of
these paintings, I looked up the website for the town of Palestine, Texas.
There I found the announcement of
the tragedy of the Columbia, which
broke apart over the very same town.
As a world-renowned painter
known for his controversial themes
and exceptional technical abilities,
Lukacs takes a big chance in breaking
with the conventions through which
he has risen to fame. But then,
Lukacs has made a career out of
breaking conventions, so he can't be
blamed for breaking his own. ♦
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Canadian Alliance MP blasts
BC policy on safe injection sites
by Kevin Groves
BRITISH COLUMBIA BUREAU
VANCOUVER (CUP)-BCs provincial government
has been silent on Vancouver's plan to open a safe
injection site in the drug-plagued downtown
Eastside for top long and needs to say where it
stands on the issue now, said Canadian Alliance MP
John Duncan.
The comments come not a week after a 200-page
proposal to install Canada's first safe injection sites.
at two Vancouver locations was submitted to Health
Canada by the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.
That proposal was endorsed by Vancouver's city
council and police department, along with the BC
Centre for Disease Control and the BC Centre for
Excellence in HIV-AIDS. .
Sitting next to BG Premier Gordon Campbell in
the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue in downtown
Vancouver, the MP for Vancouver Island North criticised the BC government last week for not adopting
a firmer position on detox, rehabilitation, intervention, education and enforceme$t in BC's drug war.
"The silence of the province* on these issues sig-.
nals acceptance [of drug addictjo^],' said Duncan to
the packed auditorium of MPs £qji provincial MLAs.
There are about 12 5,000 intravenous drug users
in Canada, according to the BC Centre for Excellence
in HIV/AIDS. More than 2000 people have died of
drug overdoses in Canada since 1992.
The province's silence on the safe injection site
issue has a lot to do with whether Vancouver will
remain as committed to the program as the
November 16 civic election suggested, said Duncan
at a media scrum after the speech.
'Clearly, the pro-harm reduction crowd did very
well in the Vancouver elections, so the province
doesn't want to get involved until such time as the
sort of euphoria of the municipal elections is more
distant,* said Duncan. "That's what I think is
happening."
Solicitor General Rich Coleman said the province
doesn't have "a pat. response' for any part ofthe safe
injection site issue at this time."
But to Premier Campbell, Victoria's position has
been clear from the start
"We have a position. The position is they have to
be legal, there has to be a Canada-wide position,
there has to be a way that we can move forward that's
constructive, that's building on sound provincial policy," said Campbell. "We've been clear. You need a
national framework for this."
Norman Ruff, a University of Victoria political scientist, said it is not surprising that the BC government has not spoken plainly about safe injection
sites—part of the prevention, treatment, harm reduction and law enforcement approach to drug addiction imported from Switzerland by former
Vancouver mayor Phillip Owen in 2001— since it is
an issue that might cause conflict within a party sup-'
ported by a broad base of social conservatism.
"[The BC LiberalsJ are not closing off the possibility, but they're not wildly enthusiastic about it,* he
said.-"They will likely leave the issue for local communities to deal with." ;
".* Meanwhile, Duncan's claims that safe injection
sites require "police to turn "a blind eye' to drug traf-
£[ckip^ and yHJJ increase gang activity and the drug
culture are unfounded, said Vancouver Mayor Larry
Campbell.
'It's just a myth that's being used by tjiase vfho
basically don't want to.help'people get better,' said
Mayor Campbell. 'On [the safe injection site] issue at
least, there's a lot of dinosaurs in the Alliance party."
Duncan's claim that users; and dealers will flock
to safe injectiori* sites is also unfounded since the
Downtown Eastside is already saturated with them,
said William Elliot at the corner of Hastings and
Cordova, next to a woman shooting heroin into
her arm:
"I don't think you could get more dealers down
here," said Elliot ♦ •   .
PREMIER RECALL ONGOING
SFU student leads
campaign to oust
Gordon Campbell
by Kiley Domenko
THE PEAK
BURNABY, BC (CUP)-A Simon Fraser
University student has launched a campaign to recall BC Premier Gordon
Campbell in his Vancouver-Point Grey
riding.
Visual art student Eric Simons coordinates the grassroots organisation
Recall Point Grey (RPG), which formed
in October 2002 with only five members. Since then, the RPG campaign
gained several hundred more members who will volunteer to help gather
the 14,623 signatures needed to recall
the premier in his riding.
The campaign, which began officially on March 13, must collect signatures
from 40 per cent of the 36,654 voters
who were eligible to vo{e in Point Grey^
during the 12001 provincial election.
The recall" "campaign against South
Delta MLA Val Roddick recently failed
after duplicate and invalid signatures
were submitted.     ,;
Dr John Bayne* who headed the
now-defunct South Delta recall
attempt-bas offered assistance and
advice to Simon's group.
"Our canvassers will be prepared,"
said Bayhe. "They can have their voters
list of the specific area that they are
doing, and so check off who has and
has not signed.'
"I think it's great" said Jagdeep
Singh Marigat, external relations officer of the Simon Fraser Student
Society, when asked about the recall
campaign. "Ifs a blow to the government, tactically speaking, and for those
who oppose the government it's a
positive development'
Mangat said there is no one particular issue that frustrates him about
Gordon Campbell's government "The
policies that the Liberals are implementing here in British Columbia are
policies that are being implemented all
over the world. There are a million
Gordon Campbells in the world that
have that same neo-liberal ideology.'
The recall process outlined by
Elections BC is defined and strict An
individual wishing to initiate a recall
must apply to the chief electoral officer
for a petition, but only after the MLA
has been in office for 18 months. An
application must be accompanied by a
brief note explaining why the MLA
should no longer hold office.
Once the application has been
approved, the proponent has 60 days
in which to gathertfie signatures of 40
per'centfbf the residents in"the designated riding. Any volunteers who help
gather signatures* must be registered
voters and must apply to volunteer. A
successful cagjpaign prevents the
recalled MLA from holding office,
though he or she may run in the subsequent by-election.
Simons said his main motive for
launching the pampaign against the
premier was dissatisfaction with the
current government coupled with 'a
growing sense that there was no opposition in place against Campbell."
The BC Liberal office refused to
comment on the campaign. ♦
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EDITORIAL
THE UBYSSEY
THE UBYSSEY
TUESDAY, MARCH 18,2003
VOLUME 84 ISSUE 43
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t    RESEARCH/LETTERS
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The rainwater lashed; fiercely against the windows as Raj
Mathur came out of the secure darkness of his closet He had
been in there for 4 hours; waiting for Dave Gaertner and Laura
Blye to find him. It had been a long time and he wondered if
Sara Young, Hywel Tuscano and Vanessa Ho had been found. It
wasn't until S minutes ago, when he could't resist the urge to go
relieve himself that he came out He tip-toed around the house,
cautiously keeping an eye out for bis seekers, when he overheard a strange, squeaky voice, 'And today is the day we take
over the worldl* With this a chorus of 'army* n"1* agreed, "Had
Adam Kauflmani* 'Talking Micel?' thought Raj. Just as the horrific thought appeared, he felt a tap on hifl shoulder. It was
Megan Thomas, Jonathan Woodward, Lisa Johnson and Nic
Fensom - the rat-tastic four! Struck by awe, he froze. (He was a.
huge fan) They were soon joined by Michael Schwandt Can
Duncan, John McCrank, Chris Majewslq and Parminder Nizher,
The Power Rat-gersl (The excitement almost kiQed Raj.} Now
this is a force that will eliminate the clan of micel Just as they
were about to pounce on the mice, they found themselves surrounded. "Hands up you followers of the rat-jesty Jeff
McKenzie," Surrounding them was a group of mice, led by generals Johnny Hua, Chris Shepherd and Duncan M. McHugh.
-"Freeze! Or we'll let out our Leah McKenzie-Brown monster on
yout* they squeaked. Unwilling to take the risk, the Heroes
froze-Just then, the house cats Kathleen Deering and Anna King
appeared. "Catsl* cried two mousekeepers Iva Cheung and
Celine AsriL in unison. But the warning was too late-Jesse
Marchand's cats had usurped the throne.
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Respect
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ease:
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UBC's foremost conflict has been driven underground as of Friday, when a BC Supreme Court
injunction ordered teaching assistants (TAs)
and members of CUPE to stop obstructing university entrances. Combined with the back-to-
work order handed down days earlier, union
members now have no visible way to make their
dissatisfaction with labour negotiations heard.
We agree that striking union members
should not be "intimidating or coercing persons
seeking access to or exit from the UBC campus,"
to use the words of the injunction, but the
injunction is a more severe crackdown than just
outlawing intimidation. Union members are
prevented from "creating a nuisance on; or near
the UBC campus, or so attempting," which effectively bars any form of protest on or near campus whatsoever. This is a shameful suppression
of free speech. If the university's goal is to prohibit 'nuisances' on campus, will they have tha
same line when the anti-war protesters walk out
of class, likely.making a bit. of noise, when war
on Iraq is declared?^ - -- ...•._, ,„ _ . .
The injunction also holds, until April 14, twp
weeks after the cooling-off period ends, and a
week after classes are over. It.appears that the
university is-, anticipating that mediation isn't
going to generate viable results, and is staving
off unions' ability to picket effectively. By April
14, as classes will be done and few students will
be on campus to see the workers' acts of dissent
As a grad student we spoke with recently
said, the unresolved labour dispute is about
respect When the university told the TA Union
it wanted to meet, then proceeded to deliver its
latest wage offer through the mediator instead
of in person, it was about respect. When the university spent (and continues to spend) huge
sums of money ori advertising in daily newspapers and on legal fees instead of paying TAs a
wage on par with their work level, it's about
respect. When the university went to the
province to shut down the strike instead of
negotiating with the unions themselves, it was
about respect. And the latest stranglehold on
protesting...you got it That R word.
Just like Aretha, unions want it but they are
not getting it from UBC ♦ .
For anyone who caught US President George W.
Bush's television address last night, it should be
clear that a new war will be starting very soon.
For anyone who missed the broadcast, the
transcript of the speech is available online at
www.whitehouse.gov, under the inflammatory
banner "Iraq; Denial and Deception.' This banner is more apt; than White House staff may have
realised; the US administration is very much
engaging in denial and deception with regard to
the current situation in Iraq.
Simply put, every single piece of 'evidence'
that the US has presented in favour of the
impending invasion has been rebuffed. Not by
Iraq, but by the very United Nations weapons^
inspectors who have actually been working, very
hard, to find a single substantive item for the US
and its (few remaining) allies to hold up. Chief
Inspector Hans Blix, a veteran of such operations, has made his team's findings clear: Iraq
does not pose a serious threat.
Meanwhile, information gathered by the US
and presented to the world and the mass media
include such 'intelligence' as photos of seed-processing trucks and pharmacological labs, incoi?
rectly identified as sites of biological., weapons
manufacture. Great Britain, whose Prime
Minister Tony Blair has become increasing
unpopular over his unquestioning support for
the US agenda, has produced and publicised an
entire "intelligence dossier' which was quickly
shown to be plagiarised from a student's thesis.
Undeterred, if not unembarrassed by the blatant
failure, to find anything resembling a smoking
LETTERS
it'll" be''murder 7
gun, the US has declared that a war on Iraq is
still necessary.
Not only is there no compelling reason for
this war to take place, but there are many compelling reasons for it not to, specifically the people of Iraq. The sheer human damage that is
inevitable when bombs start to fall is completely
unjustified. The weapons and strategies that will
be employed in this war will as in the last Gulf
War, do very little to discriminate between combatants and civilians. Even prominent American
military leaders, who waged the 1990-91 conflict
with Iraq later expressed regret over tie damage
done to hospitals and schools. The tally of civilian deaths, of course, will be filed as 'collateral
damage' by those who inflict the suffering- It is
widely accepted that l.S million Iraqi civilians
have died as a result of economic sanctions in
the last decade; whatever can be said of Saddam
Hussein's governance, Iraq's innocents have
already shouldered the burden of unconscionable collateral damage.
"The Iraqi regime has used diplomacy as a
ploy to gain time and advantage,' said Bush. It
. seems- to.us that as of late, Iraq has used diplomacy as it should be—as France, Canada and
dozens of other states are using it—to avoid
armed conflict The US, by ignoring the overwhelming opposition from other states, the
United Nations, and the "people of the world, is
about to set an extremely frightening precedent.
If war will not be averted, we hope that you
will join us in fighting for the least murderous
resolution possible.♦
Ubyssey editorial too
leftist, inconsistent
In between complaining about rising tuition and the lack of money
going directly to our education, the
editorial staff at the Ubyssey has
managed to squeeze in their support for a settlement with the
Teaching Assistants (TAs), while
additionally calling for UBC granting the CUPE 2950 a raise oh the
basis of 'stamping out sexism'
("Injuhctthis, Marthar [March 11]).
So let me get this straight. You
find the idea of rising tuition
abhorrent, yet you feel that a selective group of students should have
their tuition subsidised (or completely paid for) by the rest of UBCs
students?
You also want more money
going directly to the classrooms, yet
you also feel that UBC should funnel their money towards the noble
cause of 'counter discrimination?"
Seeing that we certainly cannot
count on the government to supply
the necessary1 funding to support
waived tuition and raises, where
exactly does the Ubyssey think this
money will come from? You can't
have it both wayst "
So please, for the sake; ofthe consistency and continuity of your positions, please clarify what you feel is
more important ensuring that stu
dents at UBC get a good education at
an affordable price, or capitulating
to the demands of every union, on
campus. Or could it be that the
Ubyssey's editorial staff, with their
uncanny ability to side with every
left-wing cause imaginable, is too
narrow-minded to see the obvious
contradictions in their innumerable
criticisms? I for one could never
fathom such a possibility!
—Dale Christian
Arts 2
War on Iraq is immoral
How absurd our world is when
politicians can convince people
that we should bomb Iraq for moral
reasons. ;  ;
This war is immoral because it
isn't necessary. The inspection and
weapons-destruction program was
working. , ;
This war is immoral because
the same countries clairnjng to be
shocked by Mr Hussein's crimes
(US and England) supported him
when he committed those "crimes—
when he was useful against fundamentalist Iran.
This war is immoral because the
US and England have focused on
military plans—ignoring aid workers pleas for the time and money
needed to prevent further deaths in
a poor country where half the population is under 14 years old-.
Finally, this, war is immoral
because it sets a precedent that
tears down the UN Charter, the
Geneva Convention and the rest of
modern international law that only
came about because of the horrendous wars ofthe 20th Century.
When politicians and hawks
feed us their line about the supposed morality in this mess, jeer
loud and long. They are playing, us
for fools.
—Jeannine Mitchell
Arts 4
UBC: institution of learning or a corporation?
While students pointed fingers at
their teaching assistants (TAs) on
the picket line, it became apparent
that nobody has taken, the time, to
explain to them what it means to be
a graduate student. This lack of
communication didn't seem to
exist unnl the strike erupted on the
campus of UBC.
Graduate students take part in
an apprenticeship in which skills
and knowledge are acquired by
.engaging, in.Mtthne research. In
return, the university provides TA-
ships such that graduate students
can sustain a living by being qualified instructors. Graduate students
are required to pay tuition every
year, even though they only attend
classes during the firstyear of the
graduate program. ,
This tuition money is used by
the university to provide an environment suitable for performing
research. The nature of an apprenticeship does not allow the time to
earn income from other sources,
and graduate students must allocate money for tuition and living
expenses from their TA-ships.     ■
The university is an institution
where higher learning takes place;
it is not a corporation where undergraduate students serve as clients
and graduate students serve' as
employees. Graduate students are
instructors and researchers, and
undergraduate students are our
future graduate students. v
Bom groups deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.
Perhaps it wasn't wrong for Martha
Piper to say that being a TA does
not lead ta^a career path. But someone heeds to remind her what it
means to be a graduate student.
She has obviously, elevated her
salary to a point where she can't
comprehend the idea of sustaining
a living.
—Jacqueline Woo
Graduate student-chemistry THE UBYSSEY
CULTURE
TUESDAY, MARCH18, 2003
11
UBC prof tickles
ivories, campus
audience
EUGENE SKOVORODNIKOV
at the UBC Music Recital Hall
Mar. 12
by Raj Mathur
CULTURE WRITER
Last Wednesday, an enchanting program
was presented by UBC Music Professor
Eugene Skovorodnikov. This pianist has
been acclaimed by the audiences for his
stylistic interpretation and his technical
brilliance in Canada, the US, Europe, Asia
and Russia, where he acquired his music
education training.
During his ongoing assignments, he
has performed as a solo pianist, chamber
performer and also.with Symphony
orchestras in the concert format.
The program consisted of Andante &
Variations by J. Haydn and Sonata
Number Three in F Minor (inclusive of
Allegro) by J. Brahms. Andante dictates a
movement in moderately slow tempo,
whereas the definition of Allegro lies in a
movement with a fast tempo—especially
the first movement in Sonata form.
The Andante was highlighted by being
expressive and quite varied. Although
Sonata Number Three was presented as
being moderate, it was nonetheless
majestic and energetic in performance,
demonstrating character or mood
through the tempo.
Skovorodnikov's presentation as a
soloist as well as in a chamber ensemble
format was exemplary. Appreciation of
the performance was reflected by the
applause the audience delivered. It sure
was a delightful performance. ♦
Documenting discussion
DOC W TALK
at the UBC Museum of Anthropology
Mar. 18and25, Apr. land3
by Michael Schwandt
CULTURE EDITOR
While attending the Gulf Islands Film and
Television School on Gabriola Island last fall UBC
history student Chris Fraser made the acquaintance of many of Vancouver's documentary filmmakers. She also became acquainted with the difficulty these artists have in bringing
their craft to audiences, and decided
to do something about it
"Vancouver has this wealth of
incredible talent in documentary
filmmaking, but the real kicker was
that tljese films were not being
seen;' she says.. "They were ending
up on library shelves, at best and
certainly weren't finding a place in
classrooms and theatres and so on I
wanted to create a venue for them.'
This venue emerged as Doc 'N
Talk, a series of on-campus documentary screenings. Fraser applied
for a grant from the AMS's
Innovative Projects Fund, which provides financial support to students'
projects that will enrich campus life. Not long
thereafter, she was working to select the films for
the series.
'It was really hard. We watched a lot of films,'
she recalls, describing her efforts to curate a varied series. "We picked ones that were pretty different from each other—they're all on very different themes. I thought they were all quite innovative and interesting in their own way.'
After each film. Doc 'N Talk will feature discussions, which may involve audience members,
filmmakers and experts in the topics. Fraser feels
that these periods will be useful for all partici
pants, and is pleased to make them an integral
part ofthe series.
"I think it's really important to have that kind
of feedback session, especially when you can
have the filmmaker here. It's a pretty special
thing to be able to host that for the filmmakers'
sake, and for the audience's.'
One of those filmmakers will be Michelle
Mason, a UBC English literature grad. After going
on to complete a Master's Degree in international journalism at London's City University in
England, Mason worked in Washington, DC with
the CBC. Although she chose not
to pursue a career in television
production, her time in the news
media would inform her new
undertakings.
"I became quite depressed at
the content of news,' says Mason,
who wrote her Master's thesis on
the decline of investigative journalism in Britain. 'Always negative, and always the exception to
the rule. I would meet all these
amazing activists who were
doing really great things, but you
never heard their story on the
evening news.'
With the goal of bringing exposure these very stories, Mason
decided to become a documentary filmmaker.
The Friendship Village, her first film, follows a
group of Vietnam War veterans who are establishing a community and treatment centre for
children affected by Agent Orange. Agent Orange,
used during the war by the US Air Force to defoliate forests and expose enemy combatants, contained dioxins which may have contributed to
various birth defects. Those involved in the project—founded by American veteran George Mizo—
are former wartime enemies: the group includes
veterans from North and South Korea, the US and
other countries.
The product of four years of work, The
Friendship Village carries an anti-war message
that has proven to be timely in the current context However, it also contains a clear feeling of
hope. "I wanted to remind people that while
human beings are capable of war and horrible
atrocities, we're also capable of finding the
means to resolve conflict peacefully,' Mason
says. "The Friendship Village is an example of
that...working to heal the wounds of war and create friendships, and in so doing create this living
symbol of peace.'
Mason, whose award-winning debut film has
screened at festivals around the world, is very
pleased with Fraser and the Doc 'N Talk series,
especially in light of a climate that is increasingly hard on independent filmmakers. "The
documentary industiy in Canada is under siege
right now,' she states, citing deep provincial
and federal government cuts to organisations
such as BC Film.
"Because of these pressures, broadcasters
are turning to more popular content for documentary programming: stuff that creates ratings rather than changes our concept of the
world we live in. It's a really difficult time. Doc
'N Talk is an example of the way in which local
filmmakers are trying tg.sort of take matters
- into their own hands,"
For UBC and Vancouver, the Doc 'N Talk
series will provide an all-too-rare opportunity to
view and discuss films that reach a deeper level
of investigation and analysis. "Series like Doc 'N
Talk are really vital for local audiences, to get in
touch with a more complex treatrnent of the
issues at hand than we're going to- get in a
minute and a half of news.'
In addition to The Friendship Village (March
18, at the MOA), the Doc 'N Talk series will present Bones of the Forest (March 25, MOA),
Culturejam, Hijacking Commercial Culture
(April 1, MOA), and Ji* The Story of an Addicted
City (April 3, at the Chan Centre). ♦
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David Frum at the Norm Theatre
events
The former presidential spee'chwriter for the Bush administration, best known for
having coined the phrase'Axis of Evil" and dubbed as"one of the leading political
commentators of his generation* by the Wall Street Journal.is coming to the SUB.
Monday, March 24*af 7pm in the NormTheatre,Tickets available at theSUB box
office; $10 for students, $ 15 for non-students.
Spring Shopping Spree
March 24th-28th ,
9:0Qam-5:00pm ,
In the main concourse ofthe SUB
Find all the usual goodies like;Home wares,aafts,jewefry,a'ccessories and clothing.
Special feature: please be sure to visit our'Travel Show* booth and ask about the
many opportunities to work^and travel abroad this summer.
Festiva 2003
The Annual Multicultural event on campus
Organized by International House & Co-hosted by the Graduate Student Society
Festiva 2003 will be held on Wednesday, March 26th, from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
FESTIVA is a celebration ofthe cultural diversity at UBC and includes performances,
demonstrations, educational workshops,displays and food samples from around the
world.This event provides1 a great opportunity for cultural groups to entertain and
educate an audience of 400 students, faculty and community members.
Programme:
5-7 pm: Food festival, displays & workshops at I. House
7-9 pm: Cultural performances in the GSS Ballroom
9-11 pm: Dance party - GSS Ballroom'
If you would like to volunteer (there are great volunteer benefits like T-Shirts, free
entry to the program, free food & drink coupons, certificates and more!) please
contact Veronica Fyhn,at fynh@interchanqe.ubc.ca immediately.
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Come and meet your newly electedAMS executives:
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nformation about the new space, check out www.sus.ubc.ca.
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TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2003
S PORTS
THE UBYSSEY
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by Sarah Conchie
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HALIFAX-Kyle Russell and Mike
Ayanbadejo, two of the finest basketball players in Canada, stood
amiably together on Thursday night
just before Russell, UBC's fifth-year
guard, accepted the Mike Moser
Player of the Year trophy at the
swank awards banquet. The next
day, only one of them was smiling.
Ayanbadejo was literally glowing as
he celebrated with his teammates
in one end of the Halifax Metro
Centre, but at the other end of the
arena, Russell was struggling to put
the 90-76 UBC defeat into words. 'I
felt fine out there,' he said curtly to
one reporter before ending the
interview with a single sentence.
"We were shitty.'
Kevin Hanson, UBC's head
coach, was a little more verbose in
the aftermath, but just as disappointed that the best UBC team in
six years was on the losing side. 'It
. certainly Wasn't our goal to end this
way, * he said. "We couldn't break
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that nine-point barrier no matter
what..every time something good
happened, they'd come down and
hit a shot that they had to. It
definitely takes the wind out of
your sails.'
It was the start of a rough weekend for the Thunderbird squad,
who arrived in Halifax seeded number two in the championship tournament, and were favourites to
advance to the semi-finals in the
three-day, eight-team event.
Coming off a 15-5 season, and a
thrilling Canada West title series in
Vancouver, the Birds were expecting to better their 1996 appearance
at the tournament, and were hoping
for a shot at their first national title
in 21 seasons.
While the daily newspapers
promptly labeled the victorious
Guelph team as 'giant-killers/ the
smallest guy on the court didn't
think the game was an upset. "Eight
teams out of all of Canada are here,
so give [Guelph] credit,' said 5"3
UBC dynamo Karlo Villanueva.
"They played well, and they won.'
After letting the Giyphons. build
a 35-18 lead, the Birds seemed to
finally catch their breath towards
the end ofthe first half. Russell, who
made only three of eight free throw
points, sunk a long-range three-
point shot right at the buzzer, signaling what most UBC fans hoped
would be a comeback.
But the other Kyle—Gryphon
front man Kyle Julius—grabbed the
scoring spotlight in the second half,
nailing several key shots in the closing minutes to put an elated Guelph
team ahead 77-70. And while top
Guelph players Ayanbadejo and
Radhi Knapp watched from the sidelines after fouling out, UBC still
couldn't  close  the  scoring  gap,
instead sending the Gryphons to the
free-throw line in the closing
seconds.
The dejected UBC players still
had to suit up for the consolation
final the following day, but it was
clear that the loss weighed heavily
on their minds.
"I'm going to go lie down on a
bed and contemplate things,' said
Villanueva, who notched 14 points
and dished out seven assists in the
match. 'And try to prepare for the
next game as best I can. But like Kev
[Hanson] said, I'm a total elitist as
well, and second, third, fourth, fifth,
whatever behind first—to me it does
not matter.'
It clearly mattered to the hometown team, the Saint Mary's
Huskies,  as  they faced UBC on
Saturday morning. The Huskies battered Russell, and although he out-
muscled former Richmond teammate Atnas Maeko, both players
fouled out in the final seconds. With
1:15 remaining on the clock. Saint
Mary's was up by a mere two
points, but UBC was forced to foul
after missing several shots, and
Saint Mary's effectively ended the
Bird's season with a 78-74 victory.'
The numbness that affected UBC
on the court was a carry-over from
the previous day's disappointment.
"No one wants to play now,' agreed
teammate Ryder McKeown, 'and we
have two more games. Like Kev
said, no one gives a crap about winning a bronze medal. We lost, and
we came" here to win, and so the
trip's  a big  disappointment for
us already.'.
Whajt Hanson actually said at the
subdued UBC reception on that first
night was a> httle more poetic. "The
bad news is, nobody will remember
this game but us.' He smiled at the
assembled, parents and players.
'And that's also a very good thing,
because next year, nobody will
remember either."
For the younger UBC players, a
return to Halifax is already on their
minds. "I'm going to sulk for a bit,'
said second-year point guard
Villanueva following Saturday's
loss. "It sounds stupid, but I'm
already thinking about next year.
The season starts tomorrow. Today
I can relax and do my own
thing, but tomorrow we start all
over again." ♦
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Final eight: the numbers behind the
weekend
Cost of a pint in Halifax: $2
Folks under four feet tall on the coaching staff: 1
(Saint Mary's University)
Times UBC players used the word "shitty' to describe
their games: 3
Number of UBC players to win a Moser trophy. 2 (JD
Jackson was the first in 1990 and 1992)
Number of appearances UBC has made at meets: 12
(2 titles and 3 finalist appearances)
Easterners   who   asked   about   the   flight   from
Vancouver: 23
Easterners who actually understood how long it took
to fly out from Vancouver: 1
Number of times the CIS announcer mispronounced
Guelph superstar Mike Ayanbadejo's name: 6
Number of years the announcer has worked at the
tournament: 7
UBC fans in the stands; 23
from the Maritimes
Total attendance over three days at the Metro Centre:
approximately 28,000
UBC's average three-point shooting percentage this
season: .365
UBC's average shooting percentage at the tournament: .265
Words heard at the Championships
Guelph Gryphon John-Scott Esposito on guarding 5'3'
, point guard Karlo Villanueva: "He's so httle and I've
got to- chase him all over the place and it's hard to
keep up to him/
Alberta Golden Bears Head Coach Don Horwood
on last-minute injuries: "What dd I do? I go back to the
room and I pray. The trainers are the ones who have
to work it out, and that's why we pay them big bucks.'
Villanueva on why the Halifax crowds loved him so
much:"That's because Tin 5"3, man.'
UBC forward Ryder McKeown on the hype and
gloiy of the weekend: "It started feeling a lot less nice
and magical when we were down by ten points.' ♦
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University Boulevard Neighbourhood Plan
Tell us what you think
In keeping with UBC's evolving University Town, a draft neighbourhood plan is being
developed for the University Boulevard local area.
A campus and community consultation process is being conducted to gather feedback on
the draft plan prior to its finalization and presentation to the UBC Board of Governors in
May, 2003'. You can participate in this consultation in a number of ways:
1. Internet: You can learn more about the draft University Boulevard Neighbourhood plan
by reading the Discussion Guide at www.universitytown.ubc.ca and give your opinion via
the online feedback form.
2. Open Houses
March 20, 4 pm to 8 pm in Room 212a of SUB
March 24, 9:30 am to 3 pm in the UBC Bookstore
March 25, 3 pm to 8 pm in Room 214 of SUB
3. Small Group Meetings (February 10-March 31)
Your group can request a presentation by contacting the University Town inquiry line
at 604.822.5400 or e-mail info.universitytown@ulx.ca
4. Campus and Community Public Meeting
Tuesday, April 1, 7 pm
Room 214 - Student Union Building
How Campus & Community Feedback Will Be Used
Feedback gathered through this consultation via the web, fax, campus publications, open
houses, small-group meetings and public meetings will be recorded and summarized in a
Consultation Summary Report, which will be presented with a Technical report and revised
neighbourhood plan to the UBC Board of Governors. The Consultation Summary Report will
also be posted on the web.
For further information contact:
Linda Moore
Tel: 604.822.6400
Fax: 604.822.8102
E-mail: info.universitytown@ubc.ca
Web: www.universitytown.ubc.ca
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