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Tuition freeze under review
Liberals face criticism for asking "loaded" questions in consultation process
by Sarah MacNeill Morrison
With a Liberal government now in
the provincial legislature, will
tuition fees in BC increase soon? As
the province begins a review of all
of its services—including its commitment to the tuition freeze—
many fear that the government consultation process is simply a formality before the freeze ends.
Last week, the NDP, which currently holds the only two non-government seats in the BC legislature, received a copy of a letter that
had been sent by Minister of
Advanced Education Shirley Bond
to stakeholders in the post-secondary sector.
The letter invited educators, students and administrators in
advanced education to provide
input on "the hidden costs to students and institutes of previous
tuition freezes that were not properly funded by government and that
have reduced student access and
reduced course offerings."
But according to Jenny Kwan,
NDP    MLA    for    Vancouver-Mt.
Pleasant the questions that Bond
asked prove that the Liberal government has no intentions of keeping
tuition rates frozen in BC.
Bond asked for discussion on
five key points, including: "What are
the hidden costs to institutions
besides reduction in revenue?" and
"Given fiscal constraints and public
policy goals around access, quality
and affordability for taxpayers and
students, what options should the
government consider for the future
of the tuition freeze?"
"The questions are pretty
loaded...and the questions indicate,
I think, the government's intention
to eliminate the tuition fee freeze or_
to increase [tuition], and I think this
consultation process is nothing but
a sham/ said Kwan.
But according to Bond, the consultation process is being conducted openly, and in a way that the
Liberals have said they plan to run
their government
Bond said that the letter sent to
stakeholders is only one step in a
lengthy consultation process that
will determine if the province's six-
year freeze on tuition fees will
The consultation process has
recieved criticism from more than
just the NDP.
"If you look at the questions that
they've asked, they're veiy carefully
worded to achieve a pre-deter-
mined outcome, and I consider this
to be a public relations exercise,"
said Canadian Federation of
Students (CFS) BC Chairperson
Summer McFadyen.
"It's obvious that they've already
decided to get rid of the tuition
freeze, that they don't like it, and
they're embarking on a process to
get rid of it," she said.
While Kwan said that she was
worried that there would be little
student consultation by the government McFadyen said that the CFS
had received the letter, and would
be responding in favour of maintaining the tuition freeze.
"Our submission will include
how the tuition fee freeze has
improved  accessibility, how it's
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by Julia Christensen
About 300 people gathered at the Goddess of
Democracy statue last Friday to call for a peaceful
response to the September 11 terrorist attacks in the
United States.
Organised by the newly-formed UBC Mobilisation
Against War and Racism, the rally featured a number of
student speakers, as well as Svend Robinson, NDP MP
for the Burnaby-Douglas constituency and a longtime
antiwar advocate.
The main objectives behind the rally, according to
fourth-year Arts student and antiwar activist Julia
Payson, were to show the government that many
Canadians are calling for peace.
"We're trying to...counter the media's message that
all Canadians want war. We are against war. We're
against terrorism, whether it's state-sponsored or not
We're against innocent civilians being killed because of
other innocent civilians being killed," she said.
Payson also spoke out against a "racist backlash,"
saying that people were speaking up to protest an "erosion of refugee and immigrant rights," and would not
exchange civil liberties for a sense of security.
Robinson called on Canada and the United States to
resist the urge for violent, military retaliation, stressing instead the importance of justice through international law.
"September 11th, the world witnessed in horror,
crimes against humanity...now we seek justice, but we
reject the suggestion by the President of the United
States, George W. Bush, that the choice is between
George Bush and terrorism," said Robinson. "We say
there is another way and that is a way of justice and
international law."
He added that a war on Afghanistan would only harm
innocent civilians and would accomplish nothing in the
fight against terrorism.
"If the United States is able to cobble together a coalition and proceeds to bomb
Afghanistan, we all know that this
will simply repeat the cycle of violence and create many, many more
innocent victims. And it will do nothing to deal with the terrorists in the
Taliban regime,* he said.
Mwalu Jan Peeters-Kasengeneke
of the Alma Mater Society (AMS)
Colour Connected Club, spoke on
behalf of the AMS resource groups
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UNITED: Students for a peaceful solution to
September 11 attack. juuACHRfSTENSEN photo
and agreed that war would only lead to the deaths of
innocent civilians, adding that it is important to keep in
mind the destructive histoiy of US foreign policy.
"In opposing retaliation, we are in nO way supporting
or condoning the attacks of September 11th. We strongly reject the use of deadly force against thousands of
innocent human beings. And it is by this token that we
oppose the idea of military retaliation, which will result
in thousands of more deaths, as a response.
"We feel that as horrific as the attacks on September
11th were, they need to be placed in the appropriate context Similar destructive acts have been, and continue to
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Student groups expect tuition increase
"Tuition" continued from page 1..
benefited students and families in
BC, and why students believe it
should continue—in fact why tuition
fees should be lower."
UBC's Alma Mater Society (AMS)
will also be submitting a report
Kristen Harvey, AMS vice-president,
external, said that the questions on
the letter sent by the Liberal government are similar to a survey that
was given to university administrators and forwarded to the AMS.
Harvey said that the survey basically asked the university how it
could cut costs.
"There was no way the AMS
could reply, because basically any
reply would be, 'Where can we allow
for less service or less accessibility?" she said.
She said that UBC ignored the
questions, submitted a report stating the university's goals and what
would be required to achieve them
financially. Harvey said that the
AMS would be following the university's example.
"We're still in the process of figuring out our response to it, but in
terms of a model that we were
impressed with, was how the university dealt with the survey that
they were given," she said.
The province's review of the
tuition freeze is part of the Liberal
government's Core Service Review.
A "mandate review*—the first stage
of the four-step Service Review—of
each ministry is expected to be completed by October 31.
Bond did not say whether she
would keep the freeze or not, but
said that she would listen to the
input of the stakeholders with
whom she is consulting, and that
she would balance that with the
financial situation the government
is currently facing.
Although BC Minister of Finance
Gary Collins has said that the proposed budget cuts will not target
health or education. Bond said that
her ministry will definitely be affected by the government's lack of funds.
"I will get no new money," she
said, saying that this will force an
evalutation of services.
"I think UBC faces funding challenges—as does the post-secondary
system in the province—and we
need to work with the government;
especially if we're faced with any
kind of a severe economic recession, on ways that we can sustain
and enhance the entire post-secondary system," said Neil Guppy, UBC
vice-president, academic.
Guppy said that the financial
constraints imply that universities
and the province will have to look
for new sources of funding and evaluate current programs.
"That may mean reviewing
tuition, it may mean reviewing the
provincial grant, it may mean
reviewing support for research dollars from Ottawa," he said. "There'll
be, I suspect, a range of things that
we're continually looking at to try to
ensure that we can have the revenue
that we know is required to provide
the research...and the learning that
we're mandated to do."
The provincial government is
currently facing a deficit of $ 1.5 billion—the same amount that the
Liberals made in tax cuts when first
BC currently has the second lowest tuition rates in Canada. Only in-
province students in Quebec, where
out-of-province students must pay
higher fees, pay less in tuition than
BC students.
"I don't know what the best solution is right now," said Harvey, "but
I do know that it's time for the government to start making long-term
plans, because students can't live in
limbo. It's not fair to them." ♦
Friday's bomb threat frustrates students
and faculty
"Bomb" continued from page 1.
nothing but," said Frank Unger, a UBC professor
whose 10am European history class was cancelled on
Friday morning. "Someone—a person maybe in the
crowd—enjoying his or her power or something."
Hickman sympathised with students whose classes were disrupted by the bomb threats, but stressed
the importance of responding cautiously to such
"People put a lot of time and effort into prepping
for an exam," he said, "and all of a sudden now,
they're not doing it, so it's got to be really disruptive.
and it's really dysfunctional to the university.
"When people are doing this, they do it as a joke,
but we treat all these situations very seriously."
Unger also expressed frustration over the inconvenience.
"Today I wanted to talk to my class about the
upcoming midterms and I wanted to prepare them a
bit for that," said Unger. "Now I can't do that, so this
is not good for the class."
A public safety announcement was circulated at
about 11:30am on Friday morning, reminding students and staff to report any suspicious activities, people or packages to Campus Security or the RCMP. ♦
Students call for peace, end to racism in
response to Sept. 11 terrorist attacks
"Rally" continued from page 1.
be, carried out in the name of Western interests inplaces all over the world."
The call for peace at the rally went hand in
hand with a strong anti-racism message.
Speakers spoke out against the recent escalation of racist violence all over the world in
response to the terrorist attacks.
"I think it's really important for us not to
paint a whole people as terrorists and I think
unfortunately in a lot of cases, that is what's
happening," said Mia Amir, third-year Arts
student and member of the Social Justice
"The US has mobilised quite well and
they've worked really hard at building this
miage of the Arab terrorist in pop culture and
I think they've constructed all that they need
to have a very racist war and bomb
Afghanistan," Payson said.
Organisers were pleased with the turn-out
on Friday and were encouraged by the speakers' words and support of the many UBC students in attendance.
"I'm really happy with how it turned out
And this isn't the end, this is just the beginning of a series of events that are going to be
happening on campus," Amir said. ♦
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Democracy statue last Friday, juua christensen photo THEUBYSSEY
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2001     3
International students question tuition fee hike
by Ai Lin Choo
Disappointed with the decision to increase
their tuition fees by 12 per cent, international
students are questioning the distribution of
international student fee revenue, and calling
for greater representation.
Last week, UBC's Board of Governors
(BoG) approved a motion to increase international undergraduate tuition fees, after figures supporting the necessity of the increase
were presented.
According to the addendum presented to
the BoG, the average cost of instruction across
faculties is $14,082 or $469 per credit But
the cost of the International Student Initiative
(ISI)—a program set up for the recruitment of
international students—adds approximately
18 per cent to domestic costs, so a figure of
$516 per credit was assessed.
International students currently pay $461
per credit
Rajiv Jhangiani, an international student at
UBC, said that while he was not very surprised
that the increase was approved, he feels that
the university needs to show a greater sense of
responsibility to international students.
"This was basically a rushed system of
democracy with regards to consulting us only
two days before the committee meeting," he
said. "I'm not opposed to the full recovery policy, but the fact that our money is going
towards graduate students is ridiculous...The
administration seems to be duping international students here."
Jhangiani cited a letter from the Office of
the Dean of Arts addressed to the Psychology
Chair of the Graduate Student Council. The letter promises top-up awards for graduate students who currently receive financial aid from
two bursary programs.
"The remaining 50 per cent of the first 11
top-ups, and the full amount of all the remaining top-ups will be paid for in Arts with
income received from international under-
graduate tuition fees," the letter reads.
jhangiani accused the university of abusing Policy 72, its full-cost recovery policy stating that international students are required to
pay for the full cost of their education.
But Neil Guppy, vice-president academic
and provost, said that while he was not aware
that funding for top-up awards would be taken
from international student fees, he said that it
was difficult for the university to ensure that
revenue collected from international students
went to programs that were used by them
"I don't know that we could provide an
itemised list to show where the money
goes...That's not money [top-up awards] that to
my knowledge is flowing to the Facully of
Graduate Studies. It's flowing to graduate students and those students are by and large in
the Facully of Arts, Science, etc., and so a student in psychology, chemistry or sociology, as
graduate students, will be contributing to the
undergraduate experience, to both ISI students and domestic students," he explained.
Guppy also emphasised that the university
does not differentiate between international
and domestic students and said that the cost
of instruction for both groups is the same.
But Anoop Shankar, a first-year international student, said that even though he
expected the decision, he is still extremely disappointed that students were not effectively
"I don't approve of it, but I guess there's
not much we can do to reverse it * he said. "In
the future, [UBC administration] must ensure
that they consult us directly, because right
now, I don't think they're addressing the issue
appropriately and I don't think they care."
On September 12, Shankar and Jhangiani
made a presentation to the Alma Mater
Society (AMS) Council meeting on behalf of the
international student body, asking for support
after having been told about the proposed
increase in tuition fees for the first time earlier that day, just two days before the matter
was put before the BoG.
jhangiani said that it was essential that the
university consider increasing international
student representation to ensure that 'something like this never happens again."
"International students need a voice on
campus, the AMS does not possess a single
international student representative on board
and it's not a very nice feeling to have to pay
$461 per credit and not have a voice at all in
some student body," he said.
Meanwhile, Erfan Kazemi, president of the
AMS, said that he was also concerned about
international student representation and said
that the AMS executive was committed to remedying the issue.
"In my mind, they're excluded from the
process and we have to find a way to bring
them in whether it's through creating positions on Council or creating a commission or
advisory body that will represent their concerns/ he said.
The 12 per cent increase in international
tuition fees will come into effect in the summer of 2002 for incoming students, and in the
summer of 2003 for current students.
Tieg Martin, a student representative to
the BoG, said that one of the concerns he
brought up at the BoG meeting was to ensure
that future students would be properly
informed that tuition fee rates were subject
to annual increase. He said that while initiatives to increase awareness for incoming
students during the recruitment process
were being carried out, no concrete proposals for informing current students have been
decided on.
"My advice to international students and to
any student is to go out and get a hold of doc-'
uments, read them, understand them, and if
they don't feel like the university is being consistent then let them know." ♦       -
International Student
Tuition Fees
Before 1997 * $241 per credit
After 1997 - $461 per credit
Summer 2002 - $518 per credit
Liquor and clothing
coming to the village
by Jon Ferguson
Hungry? Sick? Need a jacket?
Not drunk yet? Students will
have access to many more services on campus as construction
in the UBC village finishes and
new buildings prepare to open
their doors.
The new building, called the
University Marketplace, will
include a grocery store, a
Pharmasave, and a much-anticipated liquor store. There will
also be retail clothing stores,
including a Helly Hansen.
"I think students will be
greatly appreciative of the services, the choice There is employment opportunities there," said
Hani Lammam, production
director at Trilogy, the company
that oversaw the construction of
the building.
Lammam said that all spaces
have now been turned over to the
tenants, and said he expected all
stores to be open within 90 days.
Some stores, like the Pita Pit, are
already open.
Many students are excited
about the additions to the village,
hoping that it will mean better
deals for them.
"It sounds great" said second-year Science student Jaclyn
Bowers. "The grocery store will
bring competition and lower
"Sounds good to me," said
grad student Darren Williamson.
"I think it's a wonderful idea,
especially if they can drive prices
But although many of the
commercial venues are aimed at
students, Lamman said that due
to zoning issues, many features
that were originally planned to
accommodate students had to be
"The nature of the zoning was
put in place to restrict services to
students," he said. "[W]e couldn't
have one big food court...The res
idential component had area
restrictions on it For example, a
one-bedroom apartment could
not be any smaller than 650
square feet, to discourage student residences."
The building also has a second floor suited for office space,
and Trilogy has applied for a laboratory to be constructed in the
In the past, students have
raised concerns that new businesses would haye a detrimental effect on the Alma Mater
Society's (AMS) student-owned
businesses. But AMS Vice-
President, Finance, Yvette Lu
said that, while the student
society would keep its eye on
the new developments, she
thinks that AMS businesses
have strong support   .
"Anytime there's a new business, competition is a concern.
However we have a really strong
customer base in the SUB," she
said. "We'll justhave to watch the
numbers really closely, and just
see how it goes."
While many students are
excited about the new commercial spaces, others are unsure
about it
Craig Chapman, a third-year
computer science student and an
advisor in Totem Park residence,
said he worried that with the new
services in the village; students
living in residences would never
see the rest of the city.
"This building makes it truly
possible to live entirely on campus," he said. "That's nice, but
isn't isolationism not a good
thing? I could really see students
on campus not enjoying the
niceties of yancouxer,"
Student Jon Woodward didn't see the need for the new
"We don't need a grocery
store on campus," he said. "The
Safeway [at Sasamat] is close
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by Heather Fischer
What does the future hold for British Columbia's nurses?
Students from UBC's School of Nursing seem worried
about what's in store for their planned profession.
On August 9, the Liberal
government passed legislation
ending an overtime ban by the
British Columbia Nurses
Union (BCNU). The legislation
forced the nurses to accept a
previously rejected contract,
and while the deal included a
23.3 per cent wage increase, it
still caused serious tensions.
"It's not just about
money. It's about being supported in your field, and
being recognised as a valued
and important member of
society," said UBC Nursing
student Catherine Andrews.
"With the exception maybe
of the Women's and
Children's Hospital, there is
no evidence of that in BC."
BC is currently facing a
shortage of 1000 nurses. St
Paul's Hospital alone has
100 unfilled full-time registered jobs. Next spring, 72
nurses will graduate from
UBC, but only about 40 to 60
per cent of those graduates
are expected to stay in the province. From all of the
BC nursing programs combined, only 400 new nurses will graduate next year.
Panessa said that she is concerned about a possible
shift in the role of BC nurses.
"In the future, you're going to see nurses doing consulting to care aides. It is very unhealthy for all that work
to be done by care aides," he said. "If people could see
what nursing entails, even in terms of hospital stays...It's
more than just dispursing meds."
Panessa said that considerations such as a
patient's anatomy, medical history, psychology and
religion, if handled well, can lead to a shortened discharge time, and added that the knowledge that a
nurse provides is important,       % ...   «
7How does a care aide know if a medication is doing
: the1 right thing?" he said. "The service a nurse provides is
Neither Andrews nor Panessa hold much hope that the
nursing situation will improve anytime soon.
"Even if they had a billion dollars to pump into the sysr
tern," said Panessa, "the nurses just aren't there to fill the
jobs. They won't be there for at least another ten years."
The BC Ministry of Health's recent strategy, a ten-
year health and human resources plan, directs $21
million to nurse recruitment
and education.To combat the
nursing shortage, the ministry's promises include $1.5
million for the recruitment
of nurses, $643,000 for 117
new education and training
spaces, $15 million for
patient lifts and hospital
beds to decrease physical
stress on nurses, and $1.32
million in forgivable student
loans given to nursing and
medical students who work
for five years in areas of the
greatest need.
"We recognise nurses are
under stress," stated Health
Planning Minister Sindi
Hawkinsin an announcement
about the new initiatives. "We
also recognise that providing
the best wage and benefits
package of all the provinces in
Canada is only part of the solution, and that there are other
steps we need to take to
improve the working conditions of nurses in our health
system. We need to make it easier for people to enter the
nursing profession, to stay in the nursing profession
and to advance in the nursing profession."
But Andrews and Panessa are unimpressed.
"Double the intake [into nursing school]?" shrugged
Panessa. "They have added 40 more seats, but that's
just 40 more seats. It's easy to pump in $80 million to
create forty more seats, but it won't help much.
"Even if they had the money, there are not enough people to teach it," he said. "It really is a slow process to try to
improve it, and you have to just keep chipping away at it"
When she graduates this spring, Andrews will stay in
BC to work, but only because she has commitments here.
"I would [leave] if I was ten years younger and didn't have
a family to support," she said.
Panessa just shakes his head. "The way the government treated the nurses during the contract dispute...it
was very disrespectfuL They just don't acknowledge our
levels of education and the importance of the job we do.
Ifs hard not to take it personally."
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Treaty referendum sparks debate
 by Kevin Groves
the Martlet
VICTORIA (CUP)-A storm of controversy is forecasted for British
Columbia this spring as the BC government and First Nations groups
head towards a showdown over a
proposed referendum on treaty
"Aboriginal rights are recognised and confirmed by Canadian
law," said Lana Lowe, a member of
the University of Victoria's Native
Student Union (NSU). "It seems that
the sole purpose of a treaty referendum is to foster popular support for
violating the constitutionally protected rights of Aboriginal peoples
Despite a recent decision to drop
a court case challenging the Nisga'a
Treaty, BC Premier Gordon
Campbell promised to hold a
province-wide vote based on concerns that Aboriginal land-claim
treaties create a third order of government in BC—beyond provincial
and federal—and violate the Charter
of Rights and Freedoms.
The NSU said its members are
suspicious of the government
"A treaty referendum is a divide-
and-rule strategy that violates human
and constitutional rights in order to
eliminate the possibility of local control over land and resources," Lowe
said. "They can then be handed over
to big business."
Critics worry that a referendum
could fuel bitterness between
Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals, as
well as increase economic uncertainty, particularly in forest communities affected by a 19.3 per cent softwood lumber tariff.
"It's just the wrong way to go,"
said New Democrat MLA Jenny
Kwan. "If the [Liberal] concern is that
there needs to be more process, then
there needs to be further consultation, which they have decided to
Joe Foy, a member of the
Western Canada Wilderness
Committee (WCWC) warned that the
consequences of the referendum
could be severe.
"We should all remember what
happened to Japanese-Canadians in
the Second World War," Foy said.
"The Liberals seem serious about
this referendum and they should
give the public some indication
about where they're going with it*
Others worry that the BC public
may favour the government in a referendum simply out of a lack of
awareness of the issues involved,
"We don't know the degree to
which the general public has an
understanding of the land-claim
process," said Bill White, UVic's
Aboriginal liaison officer.
Currently, BC's treaty process
with First Nations is a lengthy, six-
stage affair. First Nations groups
must initially submit a statement of
intent to the BC Treaty Commission,
which is then followed by negotiations to ensure the new treaty will be
satisfactory to all parties concerned.
By April of 2000, 51 BC First
Nations groups representing more
than 70 per cent of the province's
Aboriginal population were at various stages in the treaty negotiation
To ratify the Nisga'a deal, BC's former NDP government held 450
meetings with advisory groups and
the public, while a legislative committee held 31 public hearings on the
agreement-in-principle in 27 communities around BC. The final debate
on the treaty lasted 116 hours.
Last March, the legislature debated at length a motion opposing the
use of referenda to deal with First
Nation treaty rights. Speeches from
both the NDP government and the
Liberal opposition presented widely
differing viewpoints.
"It is absolute nonsense to pretend that treaty rights aren't minority rights," said then-NDP Premier
Ujjal Dosanjh. "Of course they are.
They are fundamental to our relationship with BC's First Nations. I
would ask: why is this, of all issues,
the one where [the BC Liberals]
choose to hold a referendum?"
But Geoff Plant now attorney general with the BC Liberals, criticised
Dosanjh's speech and suggested that
the treaty process to date had denied
the public a wider say in how it should
be organised
"Those words say that it would be
wrong to use the vehicle of referen
dum to ascertain from the people of
British Columbia some input into the
guiding principles that should affect
the treaty mandates of the government," Plant said. 'I oppose that
because I believe that there is a use
for the referendum process in this
The BC Liberals are now in the
process of drawing up the questions for the referendum and members from the NDP were asked to
sit on a committee that would
decide on the questions. Both Kwan
and party leader Joy MacPhail
refused to participate.
"We felt that the decisions of the
committee would be predetermined,
so we decided^ not to participate,"
Kwan said. "Instead, we have created
an alternate committee to promote
how the province could engage in
treaty negotiations."
Government MLAs. remain quiet
about what questions will be asked.
Neither Plant nor John Les, the
Liberal MLA for Chilliwack-Sumas
who heads the referendum committee, could be reached by press
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by Ai Lin Choo and
Sarah MacNeill Morrison
Last week, the UBC Board of Governors (BoG)
gave the final seal of approval for a new
shared residence in conjunction with the
University of Korea to be built on the existing
Place Vanier residence grounds.
Joe Redman, spokesperson for UBC's
Properties Trust said that he expects surveying of the site to begin this week, and that excavating should begin soon after. Construction is
scheduled to be complete before next fall.
The two newly approved residence blocks
will contain approximately 200 beds and will be
home to both Canadian and Korean students.
"It'll probably be very much like the
Ritsumeikan model," said Assistant Director
of Housing Bob Frampton. UBC's
Ritsumeikan residence, located right beside
Totem Park residence, houses both UBC
domestic students and Japanese exchange
students from Ritsumeikan University in
"The house will be used to accommodate
UBC students and Korean students, a combination—there's all sorts of different programs
we're looking at right now," said Frampton.
But when the project was given the initial
stamp of approval last year, student representative to the BoG Tieg Martin expressed
concern that construction during the school
year would disturb students currently living
in Place Vanier residence. He said that normally students would probably be able to tolerate noise during working hours, but that the
university should ensure that students are not
bothered during exam periods.
"[They're] going to be tempted to have construction going ori full-bore," he said.
But Frampton said that even though construction of the buildings will start this month,
he is hopeful the work will not disturb Place
Vanier residents.
"We're going to try to minimise the disruption," he said, adding that students in Place
Vanier have been informed that construction
will begin soon.
The cost of the project will be shared by
UBC and the University of Korea. According
Redman, the total cost of the project will be
about $7.5 million, of which $2.5 million will
be covered by the University of Korea.
Frampton said that since the University
of Korea is a leader in post-secondary education in Korea, creating a joint program will
be beneficial to UBC students in terms of
"Having a partner like that really provides
access to the various international markets for
both UBC students [and] students coming
from the various countries," he said.
According to Frampton, UBC's joint residence with the University of Korea is similar
to a project the university is finalising with
the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios
Superfores de Monterrey (ITESM) in
Monterrey, Mexico. Both projects were given
initial approval by the BoG in November last
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by Laura Blue
Several dejected UBC men's soccer players stayed on the
pitch for a moment or two after Saturday's game. It seemed
as if they couldn't quite believe that the game they had dominated so thoroughly had actually ended in a 1-0 loss.
Quietly, the thin crowd that had turned up to watch the
team play against Saskatchwan filed out of Thunderbird
Stadium. Someone mumbled something under his breath
about hating soccer. Only the Saskatchewan women's team
players, who had stuck around after their own game earlier
in the day, were yelling and cheering.
"Sometimes the game's not fair,* said Thunderbirds
coach Mike Mosher.
Sure, UBC had some sloppy plays. The defenders occasionally scrambled to get back in time when Saskatchewan
made one of its rare counterattacks, and the chances UBC
squandered up front made the spectators at Saturday's
game cringe. In the end though, few people could deny that
UBC had controlled the game. There were long periods of the
first half that UBC had every player except goalkeeper Julian
Phillips up in the Saskatchewan half.
But opportunities don't win the game, and on Saturday,
UBC just couldn't finish any of its many, many chances.
"We can't score to save our lives right now," said fourth-
year UBC defender Rob Hall. "I don't know if we're snake-bitten, or what it is right now, but we can't score. We produce a
lot of good opportunites, but no one really has the killer
instinct to put it in the net"
It's sort of the story of the season so far for the Birds. The
2-2-2 team has excellent players—even excellent offensive
players—but they can't get the goals. No UBC forward has
scored a goal yet this season.
"We're moving about the field very well, but—just the finish at the very end. We just need to get a bit more hungry in
[the 18-yard box],* said co-captain Aaron Richer.
Saskatchewan had its strengths on Saturday. The Huskies'
defence was solid, shutting down several scoring opportunities. With just under three minutes of regulation time
remaining, Saskatchewan capitalised on one of its own few
offensive chances. Phillips, somewhat surprisingly, missed
the save, and Saskatchwan came away with the only goal of
the game.
"I think they played to their strengths. They
played defensive, and they kept it fairly tight at
the back," said Mosher.
"They didn't create a lot, but you have to
give them credit," said Richer. "Whatever they
did, they scored. And so, one shot, they scored,
that's a pretty good percentage."
It was clear that the Thunderbirds were disappointed with the loss.
"We should have had six points this weekend, We should have had six points last weekend," said Hall
"The guys were extremely angry," said
But things went better for UBC on Sunday afternoon,
when the T-Birds faced the Canada West conference leaders,
undefeated University of Alberta Golden Bears.
Alberta had most of the play in the first half. The Birds
struggled to keep up with an impressive Alberta midfield,
led by fifth-year Kurt Bosch, and they fought hard to get the
ball up the field against the fierce wind that ripped through
Thunderbird Stadium.
But just as UBC the day before, the stronger team in the first
half didn't get itself on the scoreboard. UBC came out after the
half-time break with renewed intensity and cleaner technique.
The Thunderbirds looked more confident on the field.
Just two minutes into the second half Thunderbirds co-captain Shawn Bobb fired a shot off from the midfield, catching
Alberta goalkeeper Jarret Young off-guard, and bringing UBC
up to a 1-0 lead.
Alberta struck back quickly. Kurt Bosch equalised just a
few minutes later after a good break from midfield. But UBC
still looked very much in the game, creating
good chances and enjoying more possession of
the ball against the conference leaders.
"We definitely match up well against
them," said Bobb.
"We were in with a chance to win the game
today. We had some chances. So did they,"
said Mosher after the game. "The guys proved
to themselves today that they can beat any
team in this league."
The team, now 2-2-2 for the season, has
great potential for the year. According to coach
Mike   Mosher   and   to   the   players,   the
Thunderbirds just need to clean up their play,
and finish their scoring opportunities.
"Right now, we're making too many mistakes, too many
needless, silly mistakes, and that's hurting us," said Mosher.
"We just have to play smarter,"
Before playing Trinity Western on October 10, the Birds
will then take a much-needed break for the Thanksgiving
"I think a lot of guys are burnt out right now," Hall said.
"When you have that overload and burnout you look at a soccer ball and you want to puke." ♦
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by Scott Bardsiey
The UBC women's soccer team had
two solid games this weekend, controlling the play in their 1-0 win
against the Saskatchwan Huskies
on Saturday, and putting in maximum effort in a 1-1 tie against the
University of Alberta, Pandas on
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The Birds were
expecting a tough
game on Saturday,
but on the field the
Huskies were no
match for the
Thunderbirds. UBC
controlled the game
from the start The
Birds were the
ones taking the
.shots on net, with
Saskatchewan only
able to muster a few
weak shots, saved easily by the
Birds' star goalie, Sian Bagshawe.
Then, towards the end of the
first half, midfielder Kristine Jack
kicked the ball ten yards from the
centre of the field to the far side of
the net, and past the goalie, bringing UBC up 1-0.
"I got in the middle and I beat a
girl [to the ball],'Jack said after the
game. "They always tell us to go
hard far post and low, so that's
what I did."
UBC continued to put pressure
on Saskatchewan in the first half,
with captain Lyanne Westie taking a
shot in the last minutes of the half,
forcing a save from the
Saskatchwan goalie. The Birds
played much more defensively in
the second half, but they held on to
their lead, and when the refs whistle signalled the end of the game,
UBC had the all-important win.
"By the second half, we just
wanted to keep our lead," Jack said.
"When we played UVic, they were
down 2-0 and then they came back
in the second half to tie it 2-2, and
[Saturday] we were just preventing
that at all costs.
"In this league it's really iffy,
and most of the teams are pretty
good, so once you get that lead it's
the best to try to keep it," she added.
"We still had a couple of decent
chances to put [Saskatchewan]
away," said UBC coach Dick
Mosher. "Nevertheless, this is the
kind of game [where] we shouldn't
give up a goal, and we didn't, and I
credit the whole
team's defence for
On Sunday, the
team returned to
Thunderbird Stadium
to challenge Alberta.
Right away, it was
clear that the Birds'
second game of the
weekend was going to
be tougher—and
more aggressive—
than the first
Once again, UBC was taking
most of the shots on net in the first
half, but with no success. In the second half, however, things changed;
the Pandas started taking serious
shots on net and keeping the ball in
UBC's half for long stretches.
"The first half was pretty good.
The second half a lot of things just
broke down. Alberta came out really hard...I don't know if we weren't
expecting it as much as we weren't
really ready for it A lot of the time
the ball was in our end and we had
a hard time getting it out," said UBC
defender Paisley Edmonds.
"They put two players up front
that did not play up front in the first
half...That caught us off guard a little bit," she said. "They were crowding our box and they were really
getting in there."
But according to Dick Mosher,
Sunday's strong wind also affected
the players' performance.
"[It was] the wind. Pure and sim-
When you get a fairly good-
sized wind like this, you'll always
see it—no team will dominate. It's
just tough, you lose ten metres, ten
yards, on every ball," he said.
Despite Alberta's improved play,
it was UBC that scored fir st on a lucky
shot UBC midfielder Anjali Nayar
beat a Panda to a pass in the Alberta
18-yard box and gave the ball a fair
whack towards the goal The ball
rolled slowly into the right comer of
the net with the Panda's goalie failing to pick it up somewhere along the
way. UBC was up 1-0.
But 20 minutes later. Alberta
had its revenge. As two players
twisted in front of the UBC net a
defender's shirt-tugging brought a
penalty call from the referee.
Bagshawe couldn't stop the shot
that flew to the far right The score
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was even at 1-1.
Both teams tried hard for the
winning goal in the last 20 minutes, but it didn't come and the
game ended, tied 1-1.
Despite the tie, the Birds were
pleased with their efforts.
"We came out of the weekend
with a few points that we're proud
of and we're still up at the top of the
league," Nayar said after the game.
. "It was tough, it was physical, but it
was a good game.*
'The team defence was solid all
weekend against two pretty decent
teams," said Mosher. "Certainly we
would have liked the three
points...but four out of six, we'll
take it"
The results put the 3-1-2 UBC in
second place in Canada West with
11 points.
The Birds play Trinity Western
University—the only team to have
defeated the Thunderbirds so
far this season—tonight at
Thunderbird Stadium. Kick-off is
at 6pm. ♦
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by Scott Bardsfey
Friday night was not a good night for the UBC football team. The Thunderbirds knew they had a hard
game ahead of them playing the Manitoba
Bisons—ranked number two in the Canada West—
but no one expected that the Birds
wouldn't be able to score at all. Friday's crushing
0-23 loss was the first shut-out UBC has suffered in
more than 25 years and leaves the now 1-4
Thunderbirds fighting a losing battle for the last
spot in the Canada West playoffs.
For UBC, Friday's game was a tale of two lines.
While Manitoba's unusally low score is a testament to the solid performance of UBC's defensive
line, the Thunderbirds' failure to score a single
point is also a testament to the offensive line's
poor showing.
The Birds racked up a pitiful 147 yards to
Manitoba's 402. UBC tried to focus on rushing in
the first half, with starting quarterback Zack
Silverman making a scant eight pass attempts in
the first half, of which he completed only one. In
the second half the Birds switched gears, focusing
on passing and sending Rob Kenney out as QB.
Kenney attempted 17 passes and completed only
five. In the end, neither offensive strategy got the
team on the scoreboard.
The Birds, to their credit, did have some
chances early on. In the first seven minutes of the
game UBC had some strong rushes by tailback
Nathan Funk, but he was sidelined for a few minutes with a twisted knee and, by the time he came
back in, the Bisons had adjusted to his play.
Just two minutes later, Silverman fumbled the
ball on Manitoba's 25-yard line, handing the ball
to Manitoba and wasting one of UBC's best
chances of the game to score.
"It was a critical turnover early in the game
when Zack Silverman rolled out and obviously
fumbled. We could have capitalised there and got
up on a good team," said UBC coach Jay
Prepchuck. "Obviously that was a key turning
And the game never really turned back in
UBC's favour. Manitoba turned it up a notch as the
Bisons charged up the field, but failed an attempt
for a field goal.
With two minutes remaining in the first quarter, Manitoba made a long pass that took the team
all the way up to the UBC 14-yard line. On the next
down. Bisons quarterback Shane Munson saw an
opening in the UBC line and dashed through it for
the first touchdown of the game. James Boreham
made his first conversion of the night, bringing the
score to 7-0 for the Bisons. A 43-yard field goal by
Boreham 28 seconds before the end of the second
quarter increased Manitoba's lead to ten.
With Manitoba up only ten points at the start
of third quarter, UBC still looked very much in
the game, especially considering that the Bisons
had scored over 45 points in each of their three
previous games. But things only got worse for
the Birds.
After a tough, deadlocked start, Manitoba took
control again towards the end of the third quarter.
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Birds In rushing with 62 yards. But Manitoba's Kenneth Vermette lead overall rushing with 78 yards, mic fensom photo
Bradley Sarna, who took over as the Bisons' QB
after Munson was sidelined with an apparent leg
injury, made a swift pass to Joe Orel in UBC's end
zone for the Bisons' second touchdown of the
evening. With a conversion by Boreham, UBC was
down 0-17, and still struggling.
The Bisons solidified their score
in the first few minutes of the last
quarter when Boreham made his
second field goal of the night and a
third ten minutes later.
The Birds had one last chance to
get some points in the final three
minutes of the game. Kenny threw
two passes from Manitoba's 26-yard
line to Dan Lazzari in the end zone, but both were
When all was said and done, UBC walked out of
Thunderbird Stadium on Friday night with a 0-23
loss. It's the first time the Birds have been shut out
in the Canada West play since 1974, and it's not a
comfortable situation for the players.
"The whole team feels terrible," .Silverman
said. "We're 1-4. Me personally, I've never been in
a situation where I've been 1-4 in my whole life, so
it's really hard to come to grips with."
Although Silverman replaced Kenney as UBC's
starting quarterback early in the season,
Silverman's uninspired performance in the first half of Friday's
game showed that bom men are
still vying for the starting position.
Though Kenney couldn't deliver
any more points in the second half,
he seemed to be more confident as
a quarterback.
"Obviously it's not fun to lose.
But for myself I felt a lot more comfortable and
[I'm] starting to settle down in there and I felt pretty good," he said.
Since Calgary had a win on Friday night against
the previously undefeated Regina Rams, the
Thunderbirds now see their chances for a playoff
spot shrinking. In the Canada West conference.
Regina, Manitoba and Saskatchewan have a commanding lead in the standings over the other
teams, and have all but sewn up the top three playoff spots. That leaves UBC trying to beat out
Calgary and Alberta for the last spot
UBC trails Calgaiy's four points by only one
point in the standings, but with three league games
left in the season the Birds still have a chance-
however slim given their current 1-4 record—to
make it to the playoffs. The Birds face the Golden
Bears, the Huskies and the Dinos—all beatable
teams—in the comings weeks. With enough wins,
the Birds can still sneak into the playoffs.
This week, the Birds will step out of CIS play to
take on the SFU Clansmen in the the Shrum Bowl,
the annual grudge match between the cross-town
rivals. Last year UBC hosted the match and sent
the Clansmen home packing, defeating them 41-
28. But while last year, UBC hosted SFU and made
the Clansmen play CIAU rules, this year's game is
at at SFU's Swangard Stadium, and the UBC team
will need to adjust to American rules. ♦
by Scott Battfstey
Every October, there's a football gams that's
- alittle different from aH the rest Technically,
it's only an exhibition game, but for amy,
it's the most important game of tha year. Tite
game is the Shrum Bowl, the annual grudge-
match, between UBG and SFU-and it's so,
-  entertaining &ow of cress-town rivalry.
' While most of UBC may not care about
- SFU under normal circumstances, the uni-
. versityon top ofBurnaby Mountain becomes
> - the antagonist for tyis «a£ special day. Last
- ^ear,. tBe, game was. played at home al
Thunderbird Stadium and UBC creamed
SFU 41-28.'
The game also featured amusing
sideshow entertainment from some {seemingly drank) SFU fans. One naked fan
streaked the sidelines only to stop for cover hi
- aa outhouse. He didn't tiy to jump the stadium's fence, and was subsequently escorted
off the field by authorities.
Ons girl ran around the field from SFU's
makeshift stapd^to UBC's side,' only to jump
o'tir mascot tighmlsg, froia behind and
punch Mm m the head She was also escorted off the aeki
, But ihe main Shrum Bowl attraction is
stilL of course, the football. The match's overall record is in neither team's favour at
The home team gets to play by their owa
rules—a challenge for UBC, since SFU plays
by American rules and UBC abides by
Canadian football law/ This year the match
will be played at SFU's Swangard Stadium,
so UBC will have to adapt to soath-ofihe-
border game rales {four downs instead of
- three), but switching up hasn't been much
of a problem for either team in the past few
years. But with SHI moving its football pro
gram into the CIS next year, this is the last
time the Shram Eovi will be played under
American rule3.
With a 14 record the Birds are a bit preoccupied with making the playoffs and aren't
so'worried about winning an exhibition
game, but they're still excited about the
Shrum Bo'A.
"It's a really good match-up. Simon
Fraser's got 3 really good football team. It's
ahvays an emotional game," UBC coach Jay
Prepchuck said '   '       -   '
"It should be a good game," back-up qusi1-
teiftack Rob Kenney said. '[SFU's] got a pret
ty good team this year...[andj I think we're
going to get a bunch of ihe j^unger guys in
there and gh'e them a chance to play."
Starting quarterback Zack Silverman,
who came to UBC this summer, is not so
"Most of the tesm is more concerned
about making the playoffs than winning ari
exhibition game, especially playing
American rules...[But] it's going to be interesting because we're going to have to learn a
bunch of new staff;"
The game starts at 7pm at Swangard
Stadium on Thursday. ♦
Following one such episode, Robinson pulled the team
from the game early out of concern for the players' safety.
The game ended 29-0 for the Mudhens.
Women's Rugby
The UBC women's rugby team played a rough game filled
with controversial calls as they faced the Emerald City
Mudhens on Saturday. According to UBC coach Spencer
Robinson, the referee had his own "bogus* interpretation
of the rules whith allowed the US team to score four tries.
Robinson also said that the referee wasn't able to Control
the game's tense environment and that there were a "few
episodes of wanton violence" not properly dealt with.
The cross-country team also saw some controversy this
weekend when the lead pack in the men's 5000m was
directed the wrong way at the Big Cross Invitational in
Pasco, Washington on Saturday. The team posted some
good results, however. Star runner Heather MacDonald
won the women's 5000m race and David Milne finished
second in the men's 5000m, despite losing 400m after
the accidental rerouting of the runners. The women's
team finished seventh out of 11 teams, with Celia Ambery
placing 36th and Megan Doheriy 52nd. The men finished
second overall with Byron Wood finishing seventh,
Morgan Titus 12th, David Roulston 16th and Kevin
MacDonald 20tL ♦ 8      TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2001
at the Blinding Light!!
Sept 25
Stoner comedy and indie film festival favourite Rock Opera
wafted through Vancouver on Tuesday night in its only
Canadian screening. This ain't no freakin' musical, as
advance publicity cautions Instead writer-director Bob Ray's
film takes us into the life of punk-rock wannabes, and the
underground music scene of Austin, Texas.
The film chronicles the adventures of Toe (Jerry Don
Clark), guitarist for the terminally terrible punk band PigPdke
and master of the two-chord tune. His quest to play for an
audience larger than four or five people sees him embark on
an ambitious pot-selling campaign to fund a tour. Of course, it
by Natalie Bask
all goes horribly wrong and what begins as a light-hearted
romp through the lounge rooms of various Austin bars and
clubs spirals into chaotic violence through backwater—or is
that bongwater?—Texas. Toe becomes enmeshed in a complex
web of dangerous deals, made worse by the fact that he is usu
ally so loaded that he can barely function. Combine that wiliTj & Its marijuana-filled (!it.,-os
Austin musicians, js often btuted but Say makes the most of
what he has datable. lie even, manages to Depper the film
with some gier.t and :&jribly cheesy rock-.ideo effects that fit
in perfectly will the s^ily spirit of Lho film." Rock,Opera even
ages to f-vr k<p so.ne gc-:>air.*" suspense as the'tSkX comes
a pack of trigger-happy dealers, some potheads who confuse
Sigmund Freud with magicians Siegfried & Roy, the world's
most unreliable getaway vehicle, and a frenetic indie-rock-
filled soundtrack featuring Nashville Pussy, Butthole Surfers
and a vast array of Austin punk bands, and it's obvious that
this ain't "Oklahoma."
Rock Opera is a fun and even endearing homage to Ray's
hometown music scene. The film was shot with virtually no
budget and it definitely shows. The acting, by various local
Tuesday irj;lit*s spreeriag v.is introduced by the director
himself, with lead actor p.*rk :dso in attendance. The duo are
travelling along the wifst cQ4?t in Clark's old mobile-home, a
1978 Toyota RV.'.fm'sJ^Tr attitude pWades the film and
makes Rock Opera such a stand-out in its gtenre. If you've ever
woken up the next morning by the side of tberoad with chicken feathers in your mouth and no idea howyow'got there, or
even if you haven't, check out Rock Opera next time Clark's RV
rolls into town. ♦
bir Narfa Bash@vski
at the Blinding Light!!
Sept 24
Two bodies without heads, two heads without bodies, and a tongue are just some of
the body parts featured in Disclosures, a
sequence of 12 performative video works at
the Blinding Light!! created by artists from
Canada and the US.
As the lights dim, Ramirez-Figueroa's
Importing Aunt Jemima sets the strange
tone of the evening. His transgendered Aunt
Jemima, whose head we never see, dances
wildly to loud salsa music, while preparing
a large batch of pancakes and feeding it to
two dolls in a high chair.
David Grenier's Kicking is more■serio_$y'
playing with shadow and !irhythmiTO ciWtf
an interesting sequence in. whichS headle§s\
female body does a series of a^roofo gioves.
of increasing difficulty. SJ&rply c&atmtl&g-
Kicking is Irene Loughlia's €s$3 Study ot
Woman Typical ofHysteria.'a. somewhat dW^
turbing view of a woman stitcki vo. a tr^, -
whose legs move strangely a»'f light wind"
blows. 7!     -">--„ .,.
The first few seconds of Emily Vey D"oke
and Cooper Battersby's The Fine Arts lead
to incredulity and confusion. We  see a
naked woman speaking broken French,
slowly discussing her aversion to the fine
"'arts, She ar/swers our questions by admitting t&a't she do&S-it'I know why she is not
wearpig clojjbijtg and speaking French; but
aekja^wledgOSf that "it's not a good idea*
'g&l i^gf£9 getUng dressed.
''"''^The Inbuswa l&idpersonal space is a
s thesis |n a nstzfifefp of works in the collec-
- *p-0&- The %\ip€ririg of a woman in
^$pp$^hb$r iZ 2001 and a teenage girl's
,__3>Misuj#8 jjbout her house in Excerpts are so
ptiyMfc-that they seem unnatural when put
', ott film.
Rachel Echenburg's untitled piece, on
the other hand, works in the opposite way,
by thrusting a situation into the public eye.
Echenburg stands with her eyes closed on a
street corner in Montreal for twelve hours,
while traffic and people jostle the standing
Disclosures presents a number of
innately private situations to the public. The
works in this show function well as a
sequence, using a number of common
threads to bind the disparate pieces together. Using both humour and gravity.
Disclosures offers a fascinating look into
our often strange innermost secrets and
behaviours. ♦
Part-time work available with the Student Administrative Commission (SAC)
We need a SAC Resource Group Commissioner.
You will be responsible for:
• Implementing the policies of the Commission and Council with respect to Resource Groups.
• Assisting Resource Groups in any matter regarding the Society or University's policy and
procedures; including, but not limited to, planning of social events and obtaining liquor licenses.
' Updating files on Resource Groups and maintaining the database.
' Acting as a liaison between the Commission and all Resource Groups.
The position is not open to the Executives of Resource Groups.
Time Commitment:
Approximately ten hours per week, including five office hours.
You must be able to attend SAC meetings every Monday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Term starts on October 8, 2001 and finishes on April 30, 2002.
Honorarium of: $250 to $400.
If you are interested in joining this dynamic student commission, please submit an application to
Mark Fraser, Vice-President Administration at: vpadmin@ams.ubc.ca no later than Wednesday,
October 3, 2001.
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know     r
The AMS has created a Health and
Dental Assistance Fund to reimburse part
of the Health and Dental Plan fee.
The fund is available on a need-basis
from the AMS and GSS*. To apply, visit us
online at www.gss.ubc.ca by October
15th, 2001.
*The application for reimbursement
requires detailed financial information.
Is lie luBlen'e Is eeiting to town
Member of Parliament Richard Marceau will be hosting a
forum on the topic of:
Date: Wednesday, October 3
Time: From 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Place: Liu Centre
Topic: The West Wants in, Quebec Wants Out
The forum is free and open to all students.
We want your input!
The AMS, your Student Society, wants to know what we can do for you. We are in the process of creating a
multi-year plan to optimize the programs, services, events, businesses and advocacy that we offer you. Our
first step will be to create a closer bond between the students and the student government.
Please give us your input on the following questions:
• Where should the AMS be headed in the next few years?
• What should our strategic goals be?
• How can we best fulfill our mandate?
• How can we provide continuity to students and yet be flexible enough to make changes?
• How can we provide direction yet not be restrictive in our focus?
We are also looking for volunteers to get the game plan rolling - so get involved!
Please e-mail your comments or suggestions to Krissy Price, Assistant to the President, at:
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Border compromise too steep
The events of September 11 changed everything.
Amidst American fear and suspicion that
Canada is becoming a dangerous back door for
terrorists wanting to enter the US, calls for 'border harmonisation' between the two states have
are gaining support in the United States.
What is more surprising is that the proposal is being embraced just as strongly north of
the border as it is to the south. A few months
ago, the thought of giving control of our borders to the US would have been tough to swallow for any Canadian. It would have been considered a reduction of our sovereign rights, an
erosion of Canadian identity, and generally
just a bad idea.
But a recent poll conducted by The Globe and
Mail, CTV and Ipsos-Reid found that approximately 70 per cent of Canadians support border
crossings staffed by both Canadian and
American officials. Even more staggering is that
some 81 per cent of those polled felt we should
adopt 'common entry controls," effectively
matching our immigration, refugee claims and
other entry protocols with the United States.
Decisions about entry to the country are not
to be taken lightly, either by our government or
by the Canadian people. Ceding control of our
shores and ports of entry to the US means that
elected Canadian officials would lose control
over immigration, refugee and border policies.
It means that we would lose the right to chose
whom we let into our country. It means that our
borders, and the policies related to them, would
no longer serve Canadians, but the "security" of
the United States.
As we all know, Canadian and US policies
often differ widely. Trade with Cuba—something
that Canada has no qualms about—would be
threatened by a harmonised US-Canadian border. Our refugee and immigration systems
would have to be tightened to fall in line with
more stringent American ones. Would
Canadians get to decide limits on tobacco, alcohol, fire arms and even drugs, or would we also
have to fall in line with the United States over
these issues as well?
Imagine what would've happened if, 50 years
ago, Canadian law enforcement officials had had
the right to blacklist suspected leftists during the
McCarthy trials or if Vietnam War draft-dodgers
had been arrested at the Canadian border.
US lawmakers are currently debating bills
that would give more power to the FBI and
police forces to search, detain and arrest suspected, terrorists or those suspected of having
links to terrorist groups. With an American-controlled border, Canadian customs officials and
Canadian police officers may be forced to take
part in a future US witch hunt for whatever is
fashionably undesirable.
The garrison mentality plaguing the US is an
understandable by-product of a devastating
attack, but this doesn't mean that we have to
subscribe to it Harmonising our borders with
the US to ensure security from an invisible
enemy is a short-sighted solution. Doing so will
tie us irrevocably to the United States and its
policies. We, as an independent country, should
not want this.»>
No genocide in
Last week's letters ("The West: certainly more civilised" and "Shame
on the Ubyssey," Opinion {Sept
28]) show that many people still
like to deny the genocide of First
Nations in Canada or the participation of certain agencies (such as
churches) therein. It is time we
face the facts.   .
Genocide is the destruction of a
nation or a people. This destruction can be accomplished through
killings and through other actions
aimed at the destruction of the
essential foundations of the life of
a nation or people, with the aim of
annihilating the group.
Genocide has two phases: one,
the destruction of the national pattern of the oppressed group; the
other, the imposition of the national pattern of the oppressor. Both
phases of genocide can be
observed in tne treatment of First
Nations in Canada: Abuses include
issues of land disputes, self-government, treaty rights, taxation,
duty-free imports, fishing and
hunting rights, harassment and
murder by police, and up until
recently, residential schools. The
effects'of these abuses can be seen
in population statistics that reveal
Aboriginal people remaining disproportionately under-represented in the workforce and over-represented on welfare rolls and in
prison, populations. First Nations
people are more susceptible to sui
cide and poverty than other population groups and their life
expectancy and other measures of
health are far below the average
for other populations in Canada.
Genocidal treatment is acutely
evident in the excessive police and
military force used against First
Nations people in 1995 at
Gustafsen 'Lake and Ipperwash,
and 1990 in Oka. Canada's infamous "Green Paper," outlining the
federal strategy to deal with the
First Nations peoples through
assimilation, can also be seen as a
national policy of cultural genocide. Almost half of the people
killed by the RCMP throughout its
history have been Aboriginal.
It is time to stop comparing
atrocities committed in other
countries to those in Canada.
Canada should not be the standard for what we consider
civilised. Nor should any comparisons be used to justify a war
against other countries.
Instead, we should work to end
all injustices—those committed in
Canada (and the above only
addresses some of these) and
abroad—and take responsibility
for the many injustices at home
and worldwide that are caused
through Canadian political, and
economic decisions.
—Katja Cronauer
Graduate student-
interdisciplinary studies
I'm fired of all this
hippie crap
There has been much hypocrisy in
the last two weeks relating to the
September 11 attack. Much has
been on the part of the millions in
America and the Western nations,
who cried for the twin towers, but
not for other cities under similar
siege in war-torn places like Kosovo
or Baghdad. And on the part of the
majority of US citizens who support
military action and their president,
but would not themselves, be willing to risk dying in that war.
But to counter that hypocrisy,
there is also a great deal of misinformation, misunderstanding and
misconception in those who protest
for peace, in those who protest the
States and in those who have covered this campus with their views.
To them, I would like to direct the
following points, in counter to their
statements in the printed media
and flyers on campus:
1) Please stop insisting that GW
[US President George W. Bush] said
you are either with us or against us.
He didn't He said that either countries are ASSISTING in removing
nests of terrorists from their territory or they are SUPPORTING, or
HARBOURING, the terrorists. He
did NOT mean to say that "you're
either supporting our actions of
war or against the US and on the
side of the terrorists'—which
seems to be how many of you out
there interpreted the statement
2) I will be the first to criticise
George W. Bush. I just came back
from four years in the USA as a US
citizen born in Canada, and I lived
with him as governor in Texas for
two of those. One of the reasons I
left the States and returned to UBC
was because I said I would leave if
he was elected, and I did. (That and
I wanted to come home; I like BC.) I
know his policies, his history and I
also know that HE isn't the one
making most of the decisions
regarding the military. It's Colin
Powell, who is an excellent individual to have during times of war.
Before referring to GW as 'the village idiot' or 'trigger happy/
please pick up some back episodes
of Time, or do some research on
the web. Because he IS the best
president to have at this time,
based on the choices we had at the
primaries last year, even if his
stance on more important long-
term issues—women's rights and
education—are lacking.
3) The US is not going to start a
nuclear war, nor drop bombs on
innocent Afghan citizens. If you
want to help the people of
Afghanistan, instead of spending an
hour at a rally for peace, why don't
you write letters to your MP, to the
US government and to the UN, or
start petitions demanding aid for
the fleeing Afghan refugees? Or you
can even do what I did, which was
write to my congresspeople from
Seattle...that's pretty close to here.
See "hippie"page 11 THE UBYSSEY
"Hippie" from page 10
4) The US was not only hit because
they were reaping what they have
sown. Part of the motive may have
been (if it WAS Bin Laden) to protest
US involvement in oil-producing
nations, but part of the motive was
also to strike back at a country which
greatly supports Israel. As a Canadian
of Americanjewish descent this is
greatly disturbing.
5) The West does have a place in
this war.' The West was involved
during the 1980s to stop the
Soviets and the rise of the Taliban
undoubtedly springs from this
involvement. And the Taliban
itself..I'm willing to bet that most
of the attendees at peace rallies
also signed the petitions for liberation of Afghani women, who have
gone from Western-style equality in
1996 to a kind of Handmaid's Tale
existence under strict Muslim rule.
You have also likely seen news clips
of the Taliban destroying Afghan
heritage. I ask you to remember the
atrocities of the Taliban, and compare them to other regimes that
should have been stopped long
before the US finally stepped in—,
and support military action which
removes this illegitimate regime
and helps the people of
Please be sure you know what you
were protesting on Friday the 28th.
When you cry for peace, be sure your
cries, if they are heard, will do more
good, not allow more harm.
-Jillian Tate
Arts 3
Annett responds to
Adam Weathermon should have
done his homework before making
false accusations against me, in his
response ("Shame on the Ubyssey,'
Opinion [Sept. 28]) to my
Perspective column concerning
genocide by Canada's churches
against Aboriginal people
By basing his arguments on so
discredited a source as the United
Church, Adam is not only failing to
address the issue of genocide, but
coming across as a mouthpiece for
the church.
If he, and others, want to see the
proof of murder, they need only to
walk over to Koerner Library, right
here on campus, and peruse the RG-
10 microfilm series on Indian resi
dential schools. For it was these files
which were used.by a UN-sponsored
Tribunal injune 1998 to confirm the
oral testimonies of the 158 Native
eyewitnesses who described to them
the murder, sterilisation and torture
of innocent children in church-run
residential schools in BC.
It behooves Adam, and others who
would join in on the church's smear-
campaign against me, to examine this
evidence before parroting the church's
■ lies and misinformation. For one
thing, the feet mat many hundreds of
Native people have shared with me
their personal stories of horror in the
residential schools disproves the
United Church's claim (reiterated by
Adam) that I have -'no standing"
among Native groups. On the contraiy;
it has been Ihe depth of such support
which   has   allowed   our   Truth
Commission to reveal the hidden history of ethnic cleansing in Canada.
It is high time for the full truth of
church- and state-sponsored genocide to be exposed and publicly
debated in our country. Only then
can we as the culture that killed so
many innocent people begin to overcome our blood-stained legacy, and
our collective guilt Sadly, this
process of healing cannot begin until
people like Adam, and his soulmates
in the United Church, stop maligning
whistle-blowers like myself with red-
herring arguments, and address the
central issue: the irrefutable fact of
our annihilation of Aboriginal people through murder, sterilisation
and deliberate genocide.
-Kevin D. Annett
Burnaby, BC
etoyQ ■ What was your reaction to last week's
bomb threats at UBC?
Megham Anderssen, Arts 2
"It's just so surprising to see that
everything is all happening at once-
like the States, and now this. I mean
that triggered something here in
Canada. I don't know if it should
Joyce Chen, Human Kinetics 2
"1 think they have been really irresponsible because what does it
mean anyway to be bombing a
school? Why do they want to do that?
I don't understand."
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Steve Hasbrouck, Arts 5
'Personally, I think that if that
kind of thing is going on, it's a
warning that we shouldn't be very
complacent. In times like this,
there's a lot of danger and people
are trying to cause panic..We
shouldn't just sit back and take a
passive stance or be overly critical
of what's going on, but we need to
somehow find a way to take constructive stances and stop this
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"I'm a little bit disturbed that all
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at the VIFF
Sept 29
It's easy to have some pretty high
expectations for The Art of Woo,
given its list of contributors. Adam
Beach, Alberta Watson and other
great Canadian actors co-star; Don
McKellar and Edwin (yes, that
Edwin) have cameos; Ron Sexsmith
did the score; and Michael Snow
(and numerous other artists) contributed artwork. Top this off with
Sook-Yin Lee, MuchMusic's least
grating VJ, as the star, and you have
what should be a fantastic film.
Unfortunately, things never really
come together.
Lee plays Alessa Woo, a curator
at a small gslieiy «i Tomato and a
socialite extraordinaire. She's
falling for her ntxt-door neighbour,
Ben Crewchild {Beach}* a struggling
N ;Y\e -ir'ist, bat also trying to
-Tirry 2'iso raoney. At the same
*i~ie, *h»'s reconciling her subur
ban roots with her new-found cosmopolitan sophistication.
The film does a good job of looking at class and culture dynamics
but still staying true to its romantic-
comedy roots. Unfortunately, the
film is hampered by bad performances and awkward writing. Lee
doesn't adequately portray the vulnerability and complexity of Alessa
and she struggles especially with
dramatic material. Beach, as Ben,
fares better, but could have been
pushed a bit by better writing.
McKellar, as Nathan, a hapless suitor pursuing Alessa, is good, but
gone much too quickly.
The film looks fantastic for a digitally shot n'm with a budget under
$500,000. Still, The Art of Woo, the
feature-length debut for writer-
director Helen Lee, suffers from
mediocre dialogue and performance that even this fantastic list of
contributors can't overcome. ♦
-Duncan M. McHugh
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at the VIFF
Oct $, 9 and 12
As they grow older, many people discover how
little they really know about their family histoid For Iinda Ohama, what began 33 a simple
tribute to mark the centennial birthday of her
Obaachan (grandmother) blossomed into a
fbH-length film that took five years to complete. -
The film examines the journey of Asayo
M'arakami, who came to Steveston, then a
Jajs&ese cqmmuaity, as a 'picture bride' from
Hsi^shiraaln 1323. A. her research continued,
Linda made a re.ra.s.rkaH$ dlscoveiy: although
Asayo's life was repeatedly touched by history—
the 1923 Tokyo earthquake*. World War II and
arguably 3C's most shame M chapter, the
internment and disenfrancMsmeizt of Japanese
Canadians—there was a painful secret that challenged her grandmother's indomitable spirit
This revelation takes Ohama and her film in an
unexpected direction.
Ohama had a difficult task before %er,
Given th* satos of Ihe subject matter, she
had to balances casSuBy ail the elements to
avoid the melodrama typical of the genre,
while taHng care not to minimise the emotionality of the events,, - _, *" ;
Ohama does a $ood job blending archival
footage and re-enactments sea m essIy^'The
project also turned into a family affair; family
members <*t& featured throughout and
Linda's sisMpNatsuko Ghama/an established
. actress in h?r own right portrays *2k& yoang
Asayo. Ker portrayal captures a resilience and
defiance uncharacteristic ofwoE^sa from her
grandmother's culfesre and generation.
Ohaackan s Garden is a beautiful film that
reminds us So always lock deeper if we ir.uy
expect to understand sozoeoiie. The Ji.'ia was
deeply moving; as evidenced by the fdarap
eyes and sniffling amor„g the audience. *}*
—Grag Ursic
Siiiill!/, tm&^^t odd fa&fsij
at me VIFF
Sept 27
Imagine you're 30-sonsc
'r 'ggilBg dead-
.nc-rous shared
eople. This
beat writer, and have ^ve.l La n1
households with ev'--e:,-.«,Iy '.*z.=rre
describes the life of ^"'.'cvl ■o.l desperate
Danny (Noah Taylor). A Oea-Xir in Sc arch for both
sanity and purpose, he questions the importance
of life, love and sobriety.
Danny lives in three of Australia's diverse
cities—Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney. He thus
leads an empty, nomadic life, with no roots, no
close friends and no family ties. Danny embodies
the wanderer; he is emotionally disturbed to the
point of deconstruction.
As a writer, he is also a failure, with writer's
block continually plaguing his wry and critical
mind. His one hope for salvation is a woman, the
beautiful and sweet Sam (Emily Hamilton), a constant comfort to ifcs suffering Daoiy. But here he
must also make 3w $ge-o!d decision between
friendship sad sex.
Throughout Dsa^v/s adventures Ihere is a
sense of awareness. Danny is a contemporary Jack
Kerouac (who is referred to many times) and lives
through the bizarre antics of others while quietfy
repealing a «fe unfulfilled, His life is ours to laugh
at and not to live.
He Died with a Felafel in his Hand is a dark
comedic film that hints at life's possibilities and
awakenings. The title seems deceivingly trite but
its significance becomes clear in the film. Director
Richard Lowenstein has created a visually inventive film, filled with wistful and strong characters.
The end result is a two-hour escape into someone
else's uncertain, and much more painful, life. ♦
—Catherine Denton
in affair with a dictate]
at the VIFF
Sept 30
Though Wilfried Huismann's Dear Ficfel:
Marita's Story is dubbed a 'political documentary,' it plays as an unusual blend of
personal Hstory, soap opera, conspiracy
theory and political drama.
Marita Lorenz is a 61-year-old German-
American woman who, in her youth, fell in
love with Cuban president Fidel Castro in
1959. Their brief affair led her to a forced
abortion and a life tied to the FBI and CIA.
Huismann approaches Lorenz's story in a
non-linear fashion, beginning in the present and taking frequent jumps back and
forth in time. Using stock footage and
recreating scenes from Lorenz's life, the
director brings a sense of authenticity to
the film.
The story that Huismann and Lorenz
brings us is almost unfathomable. As a
child, Lorenz survives the Bergen-Belsen
concentration camp. She goes on to have
an eight-month affair with Fidel Castro.
Following an abortion in her sixth month
of pregnancy, she works with the CIA to kill
Castro, but instead saves his life. After participating in a brutal FBI training camp,
she is indirectly involved in the Kennedy
assassination and shunned from US intelligence circles. Meanwhile, she has two
children and continues to write to Castro,
whom she still loves.
Though her life is extremely difficult,
Lorenz herself is a remarkably light-hearted woman who jokes about Castro's declining physical appearance and her many
other relationships. Her conversational
and genuine style of stoiytelling adds to the
documentary's impact. Huismann also
does a great job in procuring relevant documents and using archival footage to add
to his story.
In Dear Fidel: Marita's Story,
Huismann has produced a captivating and
enlightening documentary about a part of
history whose details are often shielded
from the public eye. ♦
—Marta Bashovski
John F McCreary Lecture
Dr. Soma Ganesan, MD, FRCPC
Thursday, October 11, 2001
12:00 -1:00, Woodward IRC #8
The health and welfare of refugees arriving in British Columbia and
Canada are matters of continuing concern though rarely addressed
in public debate. In particular the need to rethink refugee mental
health services is a critically important question. In the context of a
review of current provincial and federal refugee intake policies and
services, and drawing on recent research, Dr Ganesan will address
this topic and propose a system redesign partnership model for
Dr Ganesan's pioneering and extensive work in implementing and
advocating for cross-cultural approaches in the design and delivery
of mental health services in British Columbia is widely recognised. The
field of cross-cultural psychiatry has been enormously enriched by his
research and practice as has the development of culturally sensitive
community mental health and human services. His vision, ideas and
commitments hold significant implications for understanding and
. advancing the need for inter-professional education and practice in
the health'and human services.
Dr. Ganesan is Clinical Professor (UBC) and Medical Director of the
Clinical Practice Unit of Psychiatry at the Vancouver Hospital.
For further information pEease call the Office of the Coordinator of
Health Sciences (822-5571)-
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