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The Summer Ubyssey Aug 3, 1995

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Array Taking out bigger and bigger student loans since 1982
Feds, Provinces Restructure Student Loans
by Janet Winters
Students receiving financial
aid will face significant changes
to loan programs beginning this
year, and more drastic changes
are slated for 1996.
As of August 1, 1995, federal
and provincial governments
will no longer guarantee government loans to students.
Under a new "risk-sharing"
agreement, participating banks
will assume full responsibility
for loan collection and losses in
exchange for a five per cent
premium on all loans.
In British Columbia, students will be require to negotiate their 1995-96 student loans
with one of three participating
institutions. CIBC will handle
only federal loans, while the
Royal Bank and Bank of Nova
Scotia will process both federal
and provincial.
Students with existing loans at
other institutions
will be required to
transfer their debt
to one of these
banks before negotiating 1995-96
UBC Assistant
director of awards
and financial aid
Dan Worsley says the changes
are no reason for students to
worry, characterizing them as
"heading towards a direction of
improvement and clarification."
Concerned student leaders,
however, say the changes may
be leading in a decidely different direction.
"My biggest concern is the
direction the government is tak-
David Borins
ing with reagrds to education,"
said AMS Vice President
Namiko Kunimoto. "They are
leaving more and more responsibility to the private sector
while they wash their hands of
AMS Coordinator of External Affairs David Borins has
said he doesn't
forsee a cash-
crunch for students this fall,
but he does express concern
over the long-
term affects of
placing student
financial aid the
hands of banks.
"Who knows
what kind of
concessions the government
will make when they [renegotiate] this contract down the
road?" he said.
Board of Governors member
Michael Hughes worries that
the changes set a precedent for
further privatisation in the future. "In other provinces, the
privatisation [of student loans]
has gone much further and
given banks the power to de
ls this the Classroom of the Future? With the recent changes to both the provincial and federal student loan
programs, how accessible will the classrooms of the future be? Alison Hocus/Ubyssey File Photo
cide who gets loans," Hughes
Borins has also warned that
students may face long line-ups
and delays as the banks adjust
to the new system, but Worsley
says that loan-processing will
continue at its usual pace.
"The loans will not be delayed while the transfer takes
places" Worsley said. "However, there will be a delay for
students making payments on
dents are advised to immediately transfer their federal loans
to the Royal Bank or Bank of
Nova Scotia."
Legislation on Student
Bankruptcies planned
And more changes coming in 1996..,
by Janet Winters
In 1996 students may be required to complete
their studies within a fixed length of time in order to receive student loans, otherwise financial
aid could be cut off.
"We've been told [this criteria] will go into effect in 1996," said UBC Assistant Director of
Awards and Financial Aid Dan Worsely.
Some leeway will be given to students who
have existing student loans, and students with disabilities will be exempt from the requirement
AMS Coordinator of External Affairs David
Borins said students are taking longer to complete
their degrees because they can't afford tuition and
want to get higher marks. "This is obviously a
gcrvernment attempt to get people to finish their
degrees more quickly," Borins said. *I think we
should lobby against that."
Student Board of Governors rep Michael
Hughes said the change would potentially "hurt
people coming here from college or doing part
of their degree in a different province who might
have some transferability problems. And how
about the people in engineering or co-op programs who need. 5 years to complete their programs?"
Other significant changes to the loans program are also in the works. According to
Worsely, the federal government is discussing
torate degrees and for students with disabilities.
The possibility of loan remission for federal student loans is also being looked into, he said.
The federal government is
planning to make it harder for
anyone with an outstanding student loan to declare bankruptcy.
A proposal recenUy sent to the
cabinet for final approval would
amend the Bankruptcy and Solvency Act so that debtors unable
to repay their student loans would
be ineligible to declare bankruptcy for a period of 5-10 years
after finishing school.
The federal government
claims to have lost $61.3 million
dollars in defaulted student loans
last year alone. In response they
have put forward a proposal similar to legislation that currendy
exists in the United States. In the
U.S.A. student loan debt is exempt from bankruptcy discharge
for five years after a student
leaves school.
Coreen Prince-St. Amad, a
lawyer with Canada Student
Loans, believes that a bill will be
ready for first reading sometime
in the late fall. The amendments
to the act could be approved as
early as January of 1996.
Canada Student Loan Program Changes
Announced August 1 *
As we went to press, the government'officially unveiled the changes to the Canada Student Loan Pro-
fram; among these are several changes not mentioned
ere, due to time constraints.
Further details will be forthcoming in future issues of
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Risk Sharing and Student Loans
What you need to know
Changes have recently been made to the Canadian
and British Columbia Student Loans. The most
important change is that both the federal and
provincial governments will no longer guarantee student
loans. Instead, banks will assume full responsibility for
loan collection and losses. In return for accepting this
additional risk the federal and provincial governments
will pay a five per cent premium to participating banks
on all loans. This type of agreement, which is being used
by both the federal government and provincial government,
has become known as "risk sharing". Under the
agreement, for both Canadian Student Loans and British
Columbia Student Loans, it is the government who
determines eligibility, amount of the loan, and issues
certification for the loan. The new loan programs begin
on August 1,1995. The banks participating in the scheme
for British Columbia Student Loans are The Royal Bank
and the Bank of Nova Scotia. For federal student loans
The Royal Bank, the Bank of Nova Scotia, The Canadian
Imperial Bank of Commerce and the Credit Union Central
of Canada are participating.
More Information
The AMS will provide an update on this information. Because the new Canada
Student Loans scheme was unveiled a day after this was written some of information
about federal loans was not avaible when this advertisment went to press.
If you have questions about the new "risk sharing" agreement call
Daniel Worsley, Assistant Director, Awards & Financial Aid UBC 822-6279
The Bank of Nova Scotia 668-3720
The Royal Bank, B.C. Student Loan Centre 665-4029
David Borins, AMS Coordinator of External Affairs 822-2050
Jim Vanstone, Ministry of Skills Training and Labour (604)387-3605
Tom Scribner, Ministry of
Human Resources Development Canada, (819)994-5016
How Will "Risk Sharing" Affect Me?
It is difficult to say exactly what the affects of "risk sharing" will be on students.
As said before, the governments will still decide who is eligible for a student
loan and for what amount. The governments will also continue to make interest
payments on loans while students are still in school and for a period of six
months after graduation. The best I can do here is to present the advantages
and disadvantages of the agreement for students.
•1. Banks are obliged, under the terms of the contract, to advance the loan within
seventy-two hours.
•2. Banks must treat student borrowers in at least as favourable a manner as it treats
other consumer loans and customers in comparable circumstances.
•3. Because the bank must treat student loan customers in a manner that other
consumer loan customers are treated, it is likely that students will have the
opportunity to re-negotiate terms of the loans if he or she encounters difficulty
in repayment. However, students should be aware that re-negotiation of a federal
or provincial loan will occur only if the loan is co-signed by a qualifying guarantor.
•1 Although the new agreement gives students the option of a floating interest rate
or a fixed interest rate, the floating interest rate has increased from prime plus
one per cent to prime plus two and a half per cent. The provincial government
has promised to pay the one and a half percent difference between the old rate
and the new rate, but says it will only do this for "students meeting their repayment
obligations." This leaves it unclear as to what will happen to students who are
unable to meet the demands of repaying their loans.
It is unclear at this point whether the federal government will make up the one
and a half percent difference on Canada Student Loans.
•2. Another disadvantage is that all federal loans must be held at the same bank.
This means that students will have to open an account with a participating bank,
transfer all existing student loans and, potentially, face long line-ups and slow
service as the banks try to cope with the demands of the new system. To avoid
this scenario, it is recommended that students transfer their loans as soon as
•3. Students who have commenced repayment of old federal student loans, are
applying for a new federal student loan, and are in a situation in which the old
loan must be transferred to a participating bank might be subject to delays of 4-
8 weeks in receiving their new loan. These people should get in touch with
participating banks (Royal Bank, CIBC, Scotia Bank) immediacy to avoid problems
later. Be aware that the transfer regulations only exist for federal student loans
not provincial loans.
Prepared by your Student Society Federal cuts lead to TRIUMF and NRC layoffs
by Charlie Cho
The TRIUMF laboratory and
the National Research Council
Institute for Machinery Research
(IMR) at UBC
are both laying
off staff to offset a
15% cut in federal
particle physics
laboratory at the
south end of Wes-
brook Mall, laid
off fifteen staff
members and another twenty-two
senior staff accepted early retirement. Last month the federal
government announced $166.6
million in federal funding, but
TRIUMF needed $196 million
to support its Five Year Plan presented in July 1994.
The plan involves a new radioactive beam facility (ISAC-1) on
TRIUMF construction in 1972.
to afford new facilities
Now, staff cuts are needed
Ubyssey file photo
site and a contribution to experiments at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN).
Voluntary Early Termination
(VET) was offerred to those who
have worked at least ten years at
TRIUMF and are at least fifty-
one years old. The buy-out package offerred employees either two years
salary or "the cumulative salary for half
of the number of
months until the normal retirement date,"
whichever is less, according to documents obtained by
Laid off staff receive "one month
per each year of service", according to
TRIUMF Head of Administration Division Ian Thorsen.
"[Staff] are also given counselling
and help in finding their next
The IMR on NW Marine
Drive cut staff from "around sixty
down to about forty," said the
lab's Director Jim McBeth. According to a July 18 letter by
McBeth, "NRC is facing substantial budget reductions as a consequence of the February 1995
Federal Budget. Overall, NRC's
annual funding will be reduced
$76.2 million or some 17 per cent
by 1997/98."
As a result of the cuts, "NRC
will not proceed with the Institute for Machinery Research
(IMR) as previously envisaged,
but will develop a community-
based innovation centre to be.
called the Institute for Sensor and
Control Technology (ISCT),"
said McBeth. The new facility
will be located on 16th Ave.
"If you have been with the organization for a number of years,
you may get a severance package of one week a year plus whatever your retirement benefits
are." However, McBeth admitted
that the severance policy is very
complicated. "Each individual
calculates their benefits differently," he said.
In ajune 28 letter, NRC President Arthur J. Carty stated that
"approximately 300 people will
be affected by the changes which
follow, accounting for approximately 10 per cent of NRC's
work force. ... NRC can no
longer trim at the edges and continue to be an effective, viable organization."
AMS Council Briefs
Equity Principles
The AMS will now "strive to
adhere to equity principles
when appointing society members to any non-elected positions." Council will seek to ensure its committees have a balance of gender, race, and other
characteristics that reflect the
diversity of UBC's student
population. Discussion over the
motion centred primarily over what
force the motion
would actually have
in practice. "Equity,"
said Graduate Studies rep Gail Edward,
"is somewhat different than affirmative
action, which sets
The motion
passed unanimously, though it is largely symbolic. It directs Councillors to
consider equity principles when
voting (normally in secret ballots) for membership on committees but does not force
Council to chose a diversity of
candidates for a particular committee. "You're not going to
vote for a complete moron just
to make your quota," joked Science rep Matt Wiggin.
Coke or Pepsi?
Council went into closed session in camerato discuss the details of an exclusive Cold Beverage Purchasing Agreement.
troduction to the 95/96 AMS
Referendum Committee
and Athletic Funding
The AMS is planning to run
a referendum in the 1995/96
school year. A motion to form
the committee was tabled until details of the referendum
questions could be finalized.
Two possible
questions were
discussed including the
start-up of a bursary fund for
child care, and
reallocating the
$7 Varsity Athletic fee paid by
students each
year to fund
AMS services
and intramurals.
"Equity is
different than
action, which
sets quotas."
Gail Edwards,
GSS Rep to
Political Science Report
A letter stating the Graduate
Student Society's (GSS) position
on the McEwen Report was circulated. The AMS will be asked
to support the GSS position (endorsing the report's findings) at
the August 2 meeting.
Coordinator of External Affairs David Borins distributed a
report on the recendy formed
Canadian Alliance of Student
Associations (CASA). CASA is
"an undergraduate lobbying
group for universities," said
Details of the agreement will be    Borins, which will lobby the fed-
negotiated and the contract will    eral government on its educa-
be made public after it is signed.
However, it "will result in significant transfers of money to
the AMS," according to the in-
tion policies. He plans to propose at the August 2 meeting
that that the AMS join CASA.
— Scott Hayward
AMS offers students bikelockers
by Chris Nuttall-Smith
The AMS wants to provide
UBC cyclists with a safer,
more convenient way to
park their bikes on campus
this fall. And they're willing to spend $4,000-$5,000
doing it.
Plans are in the works to
make ninety AMS-subsi-
dized bicycle storage
locker spaces available to
UBC students starting this
AMS Director of Administration Am Johal said
there may be more lockers
to come. "We hope this will
be a springboard for eventually having bicycle storage lockers all around the
campus," said Johal.
The lockers, if approved
by council and Campus
Planning and Develop
ment, will be located at the
North end of War Memorial
Bike security subsidized by your student
government   photo by Chris Nuttall-Smith
Gym so bicycle-commuters will
have close access to that
facility's showers.
University Athletics will
administer the fully-enclosed containers, renting
them to students for about
$15-$ 17 a month on a first-
come, first-serve basis.
The AMS will almost
certainly lose money on
the venture, Johal stated,
although Maria Klawe,
Vice President of Student
and Academic Services,
has agreed to contribute
$7,500 toward the project.
Parking and Security Services may also kick in an
additional $7,500.
Johal says the lockers
are aimed at reducing
bike-related theft and damage on campus.
Students named to advisory committee
by Tony Zuniga
Six students' names are being
forwarded to Faculty of Graduate Studies Dean John Grace for
consideration as members of a
new Advisory Committee. The
Committee's mandate is to make
recommendations regarding the
Political Science Department and
the controversy surrounding it.
At a recent meeting, the
Graduate Student Society's council named six graduate students
to a list to be presented to Grace..
The six graduate students will be
among his appointments to an
advisory committee intended to
make recommendations regarding the graduate program in the
Department of Politial Science,
which has had admissions suspended in wake of the McEwen
Report's findings of pervasive
racism and sexism.
"Dean Grace is charged with
the decision of when to reopen
admissions to the Department"
said Steve Wilson, Graduate Stu
dent Society director of student
affairs. In order to carry out this
task, Dean Grace will appoint a
committee that will "make the decision as to...how things can be
fixed, basically, so we can figure
out what the problem is and what
needs to be done," said Wilson.
Hey Newshounds!
The Ubyssey News department's
Story Assignment Meeting will be
12:30 pm Thursday August 3rd
Find out the stuff we can't print!
Thursday, August 3rd, 1995.
The Summer Ubyssey Musicolumn
Nothing in Particular
Is That Right? [Kinetic]
Is That Right? is full of competent
middle-of-the-road rock songs for the 90s.
There is nothing particularly fresh or original to grab the listener's attention and, as a
result, I find myself feeling as uninspired
writing about this album as the band must
have felt putting it together.
Post-grunge and 70s hard rock cliches
of the average loud band from Toronto variety abound. This being Canada — a land
wallowing in middle class pretension, conformity, and the resulting tedium — such a
mediocre effort will probably do well here.
One need only consider the success of 70s
retro-rockers The Tragically Hip. I'm inclined to note that Canada is a nation that,
musically at least, never quite left the 70's
behind. The Tragically Hip at least manage
to put a fresh spin on that tiresome mid-
708 sound. - Andy the grate
Hoi Polloi
Happy Ever After [Via]
if bands simmered over an open fire, Hoi
Polloi might smell like a potful of Juliana
Hatfield, seasoned with a dash of Over the
Rhine. The first helpings off of this disc,
the New Zealand band's third, are hot and
tasty, from the boisterous opener 'Tiptoe'
to the grungy ambience of 'Smile', but a
blandness of taste begins to form over the
second half of the disc.
'Lucy' and 'Sun Moon and Stars' in particular seem to have run out of musical
steam. A dutiful haze of distortion covers
the music, but there is little activity within
that cloud. The swirling melodies of'Boat'
stir things up again, thankfully, just in time
for dessert in the form of the uplifting, almost tender closer 'Love Has Come'.
Jenny Gullen's passionate vocals perfectly complement her band's happy, effervescent noise. Hoi Polloi haven't yet
reached the dreamy apex suggested by the
disc's title, but give 'em time; this album
shows real promise.  - Peter T. Chattaway
The Further Adventures ofDer
Schrimpkin [Prawn Song]
Jazz funk fusion, with rap and punk elements thrown into the mix, no doubt because this is the 90s, and punk and rap just
can't be ignored. Great stuff, if you like this
sort of thing. Personally, it leaves me cold.
Ever since a friend of mine tried to interest me in Chick Corediarrhea's extremely
complex plinkety-plonk noises for piano,
jazz has struck me as basically music to
wank by. I'll give credit where it's due: some
ofthe music is at least lively and danceable.
'Blue Pepper, Far East of the Blues', with its
incorporation of Eastern melodies and
rhythms, is the disc's most enjoyable and
interesting track. - Andy the grate
by divine right [Kinetic]
Hard rock is basically the refuge of those
who lack the talent, the imagination, or the
initiative to do something more interesting.
by divine right is no exception to this
rule, as this collection of dull hard rock
songs plods along with some of the silliest
lyrics ever put together by man-nor-beast.
I mean, these guys make New Order's lyricist seem like Bill Shakespeare, for
Like every hard rock album, it contains
the obligatory soft ballady thing or two, or
three, or however many the band thought
they could get away with before someone
accused them of sounding like folkies, just
to let us know that these guys are basically
sensitive, intelligent folks after all. Black
Sabbath on heavy downers couldn't sound
worse. - Andy the grate
Independent films gang up on a potboiler
Letters touring to promote Canadian films; Kids gets people talking
Some Letters to a young Poet
at the Harbour Centre Observation Tower
August 4
at the Pacific Cinematheque August 10
by Peter T. Chattaway
The problem faced by filmmakers indigenous to
Canada (probably the only country which puts its
own movies in the Foreign Film section of the video
store) is not one of production but of distribution. Of
the scores of films produced in Canada last year,
how many did you see? How many even made it to
Vancouver? For every Double Happiness or Exotica
there are dozens of struggling films that never get a
chance to escape the festival circuit.
Rick Trus at Canadian. Film Scene hopes to give
these films an outlet on community TV, and he has
picked Richard Story's Vancouver-made film Some
Letters to a Young Poet for his series' maiden voyage in September. These two advance screenings
are part of a nation-wide tour to promote the show
in particular, and Canadian films in general.
Letters concerns a poetic stonemason named
Francis (played by co-producer Scott Belway) who
goes through an identity crisis when he loses his
job. He strips his apartment of its maps, furniture,
and other accoutrements in an attempt to lead a life
that will mirror the "elegant simplicity" of his haikus.
In one masochistic moment - quite uncharacteristic
of the film as a whole — he deliberately burns his
hand on a stove.
His life picks up when Remy (Todd Witham), a
Quebecois street vendor, pays him a visit and introduces him to the world of camera obscura photography. The bare elements of cardboard boxes and
photographic paper form a nice narrative metaphor
for the shoestring ingenuity, on Story and Belway's
part, that is the film's subtext.
Letters is not without its flaws, of course. The
opening shots of Francis's boss are awkwardly
framed, and Belway comes across like a resolute
salesman for spartan values when he pitches the virtues of poetry and surface travel. But despite these
caveats. Letters is filled with a human warmth that
places this film head-and-shoulders above more recent, klunkier Canadian fare (such as the much-
touted, wanna-be-Hollywood Johnny Mnemonic).
Just make sure you stay for the closing credits and
the wickedly subversive outtakes spliced between
them. It's like discovering your sensai was waiting
to surprise you with a whoopee cushion all along.
at the Granville 7
by Janet Winters
It is always refreshing to watch a film which does
not face the real world in a state of denial. Larry
Clark's Kids may be the most brutally honest film of
the summer.
Written by Harmony Korine, a 19-year-old high
school drop-out. Kids is an intense portrayal of a day
in the life of some troubled youths in inner-city New
York. The controversy surrounding Kids stems from
the film's explicit teenage sex scenes and its seemingly endless supply of drugs, violence, and coarse
language, but the notably well-written script is perhaps worthier of attention.
The film's dialogue is raw and realistic: "It's like
sweet, sour, and salty butter" is one bit of girl talk to
which the female audience is likely to relate. Also
familiar is trie sweet talking garbage that flows from
the mouth of Telly (Leo Fitzpatrick), the film's central
male character.
Telly is a 17-year-old skateboarder whose favorite
pastime is preying on virgins. He believes that seducing a virgin gives him a sort of power, as no one
else will ever be able to steal her virginity.
Telly also finds reassurance in his belief that virgins supposedly carry no sexually transmitted diseases. Ironically, he is
unaware that he carries the HIV virus.
Jennie (Chloe Sevigny) is one of Telly's
victims, and she tests positive for the HIV
virus. Sevigny delivers a strong performance as a nice girl who has tragically
become lost in the wrong crowd.
Although some may find Kids disturbing, it is never boring. This film will undoubtedly have people talking for a long
Little Odessa
at the Ridge August 4-10
by Peter T. Chattaway
Some first-time directors get all the luck.
24-year-old James Gray not only finished
his film degree with the backing necessary to write and direct his own feature-
length film, he managed to summon a stellar cast that includes the likes of Tim Roth,
Vanessa Redgrave, and Maximillian Schell.
If only he hadn't given them such a sopho-
moric script.
Roth, in particular, has demonstrated a
keen ability to weave his way through the
moral complexities of his past characters,
but as the leather-clad hit-man Joshua
Shapira, caught between his immigrant
family and the Russian mafia that wants
him dead, he operates in two basic modes:
speaking through a somnolent, nasal drone just a few
octaves above comedian Steven Wright's, or lashing out
like a rabid pugilist on uppers.
Roth's ability to keep these two modes in volatile tension nearly keeps things unpredictable, even interesting. In the presence of certain characters, he looks ready
to explode with nary a second's notice; even when he
doesn't, the absence of such an outburst is notably conspicuous. But there's a tragic arc flying over these
Brighton Beach buildings, and anyone with a basic grasp
of tragedy knows where this trajectory will land. Roth's
incidental outbursts are but stylistic wreaths decorating
the etched-in-tombstone inevitability ofthe final scenes.
The women in Little Odessa are little more than passive accessories to the male protagonists. Joshua hates
his father (Schell) and loves his brother Reuben (T2's
Edward Furlong), and these three characters are given
some depth. But Redgrave, as Joshua's mother, is saddled
with the sort of peripheral deathbed role she's had to
work with before (e.g. Howards tnd). Joshua's girlfriend
Alia (Moira Kelly) seems to exist for no better purpose
than a gratuitous sex scene or two.
Gray redeems Little Odessa to some degree with
moody dirges and snowy vistas that cast a sombre ambience over the film as a whole. These qualities may
give Little Odessa a superficial continuity with Russian
films of the past, but Gray — at least in this first effort —
doesn't come up with anything profound to say that even
remotely compares with those old masters.
opens August 4 at the Granville 7
by Sam Arnold
Excuse me while I roll my eyes. Ten to fifteen years
ago, I would have loved this movie. Bushwhacked was
created by marketing executives who know that their
pre-adolescent male audience (with dutiful parents in
tow) has yet to develop any taste.
Mistaken identity and unlikely timing are the towers
from which the story hangs: an incompetent urban
schmuck (Daniel Stern) gets mistaken for a disciplinarian scout leader.
As Max, a harmless creep. Stern resembles a slightly
taller and much thinner Rodney Dangerfield. Few lofty
cinematic demands are made by such a role, but Stern
does it well and with enough gusto, charm, and arm-
flapping to warrant a comparison to Jim Carrey.
The remaining actors, mostly children, fill their equally
undemanding and stereotypical roles, which can be broken down into the Leader, the Hypochondriac Coward,
the Chubby Kid with an absent personality, the Small
Kid who proves his worth, a couple of Unnoteworthies,
and the Token Girl that all the little boys can strut in
front of (and then get blown out of the poverbial
bathwater as she displays a wit and ability designed to
reflect the gender awareness of the moral correctness
squad). These are not actors, but name-tag wearers; at
least none of the labels fall off in an embarassing way.
It is a fun movie: the wilderness setting is designed
with story, and not reality, in mind. Sheer cliffs to dangle
over, rope bridges to cut down, computer-enhanced rapids to fall into, perfectly stacked firewood (no creepy-
crawleys) to hide behind, and helicopter landing pads
beside a mountaintop cabin — the villains' lair — all mix
together in a story that cuts out all the ho-hum hours
normally squandered in traffic and on neverending
mountain trails.
This is a good movie for minds that would enjoy Police Academy. There should be a 14 Years limited admittance rating for this movie — namely that you must
be younger than 14 years of age to gain admittance. It
would save the minds of many a beleagured parent.
Andy Warhol: Images
at the Vancouver Art Gallery until October 1
by Charlie Cho
Four UBC Theatre students are performing in Vancouver Art Gallery's
Andy Warhol: Images exhibition.
They act in one of the two gallery spaces, dominated either by the
bright, beautiful portraits of Queen Elizabeth II or the multicoloured
icons of Marilyn Monroe's face.
Sarah Redmond describes her playful interpretation of Queen Elizabeth as "the people's queen that people can relate to". Wearing an orange garbage bag, yellow rubber gloves, a tin foil tiara, a long gold train
and black galoshes, the queen "that everyone can be" carries a short
plunger as a sceptre and a microphone.
Opening with 'God Save The Queen', she begins by acting self-consciously. She then startles her onlookers by declaring them to be different sorts of queens — "Queen of the really cool hair," for example.
Redmond's colourful, energetic act works well with Warhol's art.
"That was [Warhol's] effort. Here's mine, 'cause it's my turn. And I
want everybody else to have their turn, which is why I queen them as
well.... I want the crowd not to just look at me and just look at the art
but to look at each other too."
Tina Biellow's "Italian queen", dressed in black and dazzling red with
sunglasses, contrasts the Italian Old Masters with Warhol. Tongue in cheek,
she bemoans the lack of Italian subjects in Warhol's work, which she says
is more apt to focus on "the queen of England [and] the king of Canadian
hockey," referring to Wayne Gretzky.
At one point, Biellow's character calls herself "Andy's real queen". In
the same way that Warhol made up stories about himself, she has cre
ated her own "Italian queen".
Biellow says she loves to challenge people who have an "almost
churchlike" impression of art galleries.
"When people came [soon after the opening] they'd whisper. If you
laughed in the space, everyone would look at you. So to have someone
come in and 'LADALA!' just go off, it's just kinda shaking ground, which
is what Andy Warhol was doing and wanted to do. So it's great that they
have this for this exhibit."
Rebecca Harker begins her piece wrapped from head to toe in a gold
fabric. A tape recording berates Warhol for being a "sissy" and a
"momma's boy" as Camille Sullivan's Edie Sedgwick looks on. Slowly
Harker unravels herself, revealing a brightly coloured, grinning face. She
then flies through the audience, dancing vigourously.
Initially, the five-minute performances were unadvertised, and they
shocked some of the visitors. A startled onlooker even alerted a security
guard. Since then, hosts have been announcing the acts in advance and
answering questions afterwards.
Audience reactions have been quite unpredictable. Sometimes spectators stand up against the wall, forming a semicircle. At other times, the
crowd may be scattered around the room, some of them sitting down.
Occassionally, some people even get in on the act.
Once, during one of Biellow's performances, "one guy started speaking to me in Italian. It was great! So we sort of talked for a while and
then I went on." Loose, spontaneous interactions like these are a fitting
homage to Andy Warhol, and characteristic of the exhibition as a whole.
Inspector Sly picks up lots of exciting clues but he discovers a stiff
YaKira Peguero and Leo Fitzpatrick in Kids: authentic
portrayal of modern teen sexual habits or kiddie porn
gone mainstream? You be the judge.
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3 Are students being left to the
In the oast, if vou defaulted on vour loan, the    possibilities. The pessimi
of bankers?
In the past, if you defaulted on your loan, the
banks recovered your debt through the government.
As of a couple of days ago, the government no longer
guarantees the repayment of federal and provincial
student loans. That means when it comes to collection of student debt, it's just you and the bank. Nervous yet?
Under a new agreement called "risk sharing" a
select group of banks has taken responsibility for
collecting student loan debts, assuming all risks of
losses through default, and being compensated by
the government for this risk with a five percent premium on all loans. This five percent premium is in
line with the historical average rate of default on
student loans and in line with the average default
rate on other consumer loans.
As far as how this changes your relationship with
your lending institution, there is a wide range of
possibilities. The pessimistic view is that the increasing privatization of student loans will give the banks
a lot of leverage in dealings with the government.
Student leaders worry that the savings that risk sharing represents for governments will lead to huge
concessions in future negotiations and students being hung out to dry.
Under the risk sharing agreement, participating
banks have new motivation to adjust repayment
terms to discourage default Now that the government will no longer be covering defaulted loans, it
is up to the banks to shave as much off the default
rate as possible and protect their profits from the
five percent premium.
There are increasingly more alternatives to government administered student loans. Some banks
that are no longer participating in government loan
programs are producing new or revamped student
loan programs of their own, such as the Bank of
Montreal's student line of credit These programs
do have their drawbacks - the bank decides on your
need and your ability to repay and in most cases,
students will likely require a co-signer. In addition,
these loans accumulate interest and in most cases
require payment on interest while you are still a
student Still, the potential competition from private student loans may help prevent radical, negative changes to government issued loans.
It would also serve the banks well to consider
that today's student is tomorrow's consumer of mortgages, car loans and investment instruments. Unless students are treated with respect and compassion under limited choices in financial institutions
available to them in negotiating loans under this
new system, the banks may face a backlash when
graduates consider their options for their future
banking needs.
August 3, 1995.
volume IJ issue 4
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It wjs a dark and stormy night James Reman and Janet
Winters stood under a lone oak tree lo shelter themselves from die
pelting rain. In the distance, a church bell tolled. Suddenly Chi is
Nutlall Smith appeared fioni behind the tree, brandishm:: a bloody
knife.Joe Vales screamed m terror as the maniacal lunatic approached the soggy students. "Run," ciied Darin Dishy, as Charlie
Cho bashed him over the head with a whiffle-but Tient Kmst
collapsed bleeding into die arms or Andy Ferris. "It w;ib...it was Peter
T. Chattaway who did it," he whispered with his dying breath. Diana
Stein wept over his body.
A group of zombies staggered over Uie crest of ihe lull.
"Isn't that Christine Price.'" exclaimed Tony Zuiiiga as he .-aw rhe
rotting corpses. "And over diere, it's Deserie Harrison!"
"Shin up, and start shooting'" tried Scull Hayward as he
fired his Smith & Wesson at the .stumbling, decaying creatine that
om.e was Malt Thompson. Paula Bach grabbed Andy Uarhani by the
arm and dragged him away into ihe dark folds of unfuigivuig night
"Oh stop it" Siobhan Roantree said to Sam Arnold as he rnweied in
terror. ult's onlv a movie."
Acting Coordinating Editor: Peter T. Chattaway
News Editor: Matt Thompson
Sports Editor: Scott Hayward
Photo Editor: Chris Nuttall-Smith
Cutting satire
I am shocked and appalled by
the lack of consideration the
Ministry of Transportation and
Highways has shown with their
decision to cut down the 186
trees lining University Blvd.
Obviously, the powers-that-be
have abandoned all sensitivity
and reasoning and, with reckless
abandon, rubber-stamped the
decision to chop 'em down. I'm
sure they never even bothered
to consult a silviculturalist at any
stage of the decision-making
process. I mean, those blue suits
at the top probably have some
kind of personal vendetta against
trees. And only three times have
I seen transit buses held up by
fallen trees. These problems,
however are miniscule compared to the rampant razing proposed by the ignorant "fat cats"
at the top. I understand from an
expert opinion on television that
sick trees can be cured by caressing and stroking the bark and
singing to them in soothing tones.
We must all unite to stop this
clearcutting! Come, join together
brothers and sisters, as we lobby
the government to consider
pruning as an alternative. It
would only take weekly crews of
a few dozen union workers to
keep those trees in shape. The
alternative—cutting and replant-
ing-is unthinkable.
Josh Bender
4th Year Commerce
Kurt's back
President Strangway's critics
are wrong. The way he responded to McEwen's report was
Granted, the report is flawed.
It describers mostly trivial gripes
and raw emotions which occur
wherever human beings interact.
It is blind to the conflict between
vagus harassment policies and
academic freedom. And it interprets the replies of accused faculty as further evidence of guilt.
But McEwen's bias and the limits of her competence were well-
known from her previous worklike her report on Kamloops psychology professor Al MacKinnon. So anyone who assumes
that she was hired without a carefully calculated purpose must
think that senior UBC administrators are stupid.
Was there perhaps a golden
opportunity to let the surging
forces of political correctness discredit themselves? By giving
McEwen essentially free reign on
an unlimited budget, UBC leaders could predict that her work
would erode sympathies for the
"equity" establishment on campus.
Implementing a few toothless
recommendations—like temporarily halting graduate student
intake into Political Science-was
necessary to spark widespread
reaction to the report. It also
made administrators look re
sponsive to student concerns
without, in the end, forcing more
than cosmetic changes.
On the basis of talking to many
UBC graduate students I think
that student allegations of racism
and sexism are partly symptomatic of another problem: relatively low priority given to graduate students by busy faculty
whose promotions hinge almost
totally on publications. Accusing
faculty of harassment and discrimination gets attention while
voicing frustration about the general quality of graduate mentoring never does.
The only surprise to President
Strangway in this whole affair
must have been the ferocious
intensity of the Canada-wide
backlash against the McEwen
report His new reputation as a
strong anti-sexist crusader and
weak defender of academic freedom is truly ironic.
When one plays games of strategy one rarely controls the specific outcome.
Kurt Preinsperg
PhD. '92 (Philosophy)
Pharmacy Dean
The Article on Pharm.D tuition
increases (July 27,1995) is somewhat misleading and contains
factual errors.
The increase in tuition was arrived at after careful considera
tion of the costs of the program,
which was the first of its kind in
Canada, and a comparison ofthe
UBC tuition with the tuition
charged by other schools in the
US and at the University of Toronto. Even with the increase the
UBC tuition ranks at the low end
of the scale, the University of
Toronto now charges over
$16,000 for its Pharm D. program.
We have attempted to offset the
tuition by vigorously seeking
support for students from pharmaceutical companies and have
been successful in raising funds
that should provide scholarships
of $12,500/year for students.
There is no "profit" to the Faculty or to the University from the
program. In fact, it is still not full
cost recovery. Seventy percent of
the tuition will go direcdy to the
Faculty to assist in covering the
costs of the program and 30%
will go to UBC to cover infrastructure costs. Without the increase the viability of the program was in serious question.
The concluding remarks ofthe
article that professional undergraduate programs are being
considered for increases in tuition reflecting full cost recovery
ar not based on any discussions
or facts of which I am aware.
John H. McNeill, Ph.D.
Dean of Pharmaceutical
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The Summer Ubyssey
Thursday, August 3,1995. sports
Student Recreation Centre to be ready for fall
by Scott Hayward
Having survived a referendum
to kill it and major budget cuts,
the Student Recreation Centre
(Rec Fac) will open to students in
September. Students will continue to pay for the facility for
another two years.
Construction started on June
30, 1994 according to Building
Superintendent Ron Simpson.
The facility "should be ready
when students get back in September," he said. With the exterior completed, workers are completing "final items for occupancy
permits," said Project Manager
Carlo Bordignon.
The facility is located on the
north side of Maclnnes Field by
the north-east corner of SUB. It
will include three full size gymnasiums, a weight room/fitness
centre, martial arts studio, dance
studio, playcare facilities and offices for administration. Most of
the Intramurals department will
move to the new building, but "it
is terribly important to have a
presence within SUB," said
Intramurals and Recreation Coordinator Nestor Korchinsky.
Intramurals will continue to publish The Point newspaper and run
The Athletics Department will
also have some access to the facility. "The Varsity program is
going to use the facility for two
hours Monday to Friday," said
Korchinsky. In return,
Intramurals will supplement its
current 9:30-11:30 pm use of War
Memorial Gym with 8:30-9:30
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1,1 mi. ft *"3
P]" **"-*/,
each weekday. ""'ht
"The trade-off is really
quite a beneficial one for us because it makes our own use of
War Memorial Gym more viable," said Korchinsky.
Intramurals will be increasing
its popular "drop-in" times,
where students can come out to
play basketball, volleyball, table
tennis, badminton, or wheelchair
basketball. In addition, "Friday
nights, Saturdays, and Sundays
students will be able to book facility times, and for this year it is
going to be free of charge. There
are some limitations, we'll have
to come up with a policy," said
However the new facility does
not come without a cost. Last
January the University Board of
Governors voted to extend the
$40 per year fee charged to students to pay for the facility. The
fee is refundable if students do not
wish to pay it. "It has been extended for two years because
there have been people who have
not been contributing, so they
need more money," said student
Board of Governors representative Michael Hughes.
Extra money raised from the
additional fees will also "permit
the construction of a tennis bubble," according to minutes of the
January BoG meeting. Any funds
raised over and above building
costs will be used to equip the two
From the beginning, Rec Fac
has been cloaked in controversy.
Initial plans to include a 4,000
seat indoor arena and lighting for
Maclnnes field were scrapped to
reduce its cost.
Students supported the project
by passing a referendum calling
for a $30 annual fee in November 1988. However when the
University Board of Governors
raised tuition by 10% later that
year, students started a petition
which forced the Alma Mater Society to run a second referendum
to repeal that fee.
In the second referendum in
September 1989, students voted
to withdraw the fee by a margin
of 2,612-1,766, 38 votes below
quorum. The result was challenged in the AMS' Student
Court, and quorum was deter
mined to be 2,576
students.       The
AMS then decided
to     return     the
$800,000 thus far
This opened the
door to a proposal from
the Athletics Department in September 1990
which called for a refundable $40 per year fee levy.
The provincial government had already committed matching funds to pay
one half the cost of the
project, so the University took
over its development. "Because of the matching funds,
the university didn't want to lose
the project so they just passed
[the levy] through the Board [of
Governors]," said Hughes.
Final details of how the facility is going to be run are still being worked out. AMS Director of
Administration Am Johal will be
meeting with Intramurals to discuss its management. "I'm certainly hoping that it will be similar to either the University Athletic Council or the Aquatic Centre," said Johal.
"The Aquatic Centre is set up
with two student reps, currently
the AMS President and Director
of Administration, and a member
from the [student] community
chosen by the AMS. Athletics has
one person, there's the manager
of the pool, another representative from the university, and a
person from the [outside] community chosen by the university,"
he said.
Women's field hockey team trains down under
by Joe Vales
The UBC Women's Field
Hockey team is travelling
throughout Australia in August to
compete against eleven high calibre collegiate and university
T-birds' coach Hash Kanjee is
in his third season as head coach
after replacing long-time coach
Gail Wilson. Slated to leave for
Australia August 3, Kanjee is excited about the challenge ahead.
In past years trips represented a
reward for a job well done and
generally took place in April or
However Kanjee believes this
trip "prior to the season, gives
[him] an opportunity to work with
the kids in a highly competitive
environment; a training camp.
International competition gives
students a better idea of student
life elsewhere, student-athletes
can gauge their own performance
[against] players who are very
good and equally pressed at
Kanjee is proud ofthe fact that
"the kids raised much of the travelling funds themselves through
car washes, chocolate sales," and
other fund raising projects. Successfully raising the finances re-
Hash Kanjee—bringing tactical skills to UBC
Chris Nuttall-Smith photo
vealed the players "bought into
the program, and me," said
Kanjee. However a large portion
of this trip (at least $700) also
comes out of the students' pockets. His goal is to hold an international "training camp" every
two years, finances permitting.
Despite losing seven players
from last season's second place
finish in the Canada West and a
bronze medal in the CIAU Nationals, Kanjee is optimistic about
this year. With no one
left from the "Wilson
era" Kanjee is anxious
to stamp "his own label" on this team. During his two years he
has seen dramatic improvement in the
team's play. "Three
years ago a game with
powerhouse University of Victoria would
result in a 7-0 loss." In
the 1995 season the
T-Birds were 0-2-2 versus UVic, dropping the
Canada West final 2-1
after UVic scored with
less than fifteen seconds remaining in the
Already challenging
UVic for field hockey
supremacy in the West,
Kanjee sees great promise for his
team. Despite difficulty scoring
goals and not finishing opportunities, their strengths lie in "a
strong goals-against-average, the
team concept with everyone contributing, and [they] don't depend
on one or two stars." He uses
technological tools such as video
to point out the strategies of field
hockey, and compares the game
of grass hockey to the strategies
and set plays of soccer.
The T-birds' success this season depends upon the performance of a group of talented and
hard-working women. "Kanjee's
Kids" include captain Heather
Andrews, Sarah Franks, the
Morrisonn twins — Juhli and
Jacqollyne, national team member Naomi Harding, and the
future of the UBC program,
sophomore Ayra Davy.
Kanjee speaks highly of his
captain's leadership; "most important to our success is Heather
Andrews. She has improved so
Kanjee plans to mold the
T-Birds distinctly with "his flavour", building around solid play
ers. His forward line consists of
the Morrisonn twins and Davy
who is "the focal point of the attack" and the future nucleus of
the program. The defensive
squad centres around set play
quarterback and corner striker
Naomi Harding, whose shot has
been clocked at over 100 mph.
Kanjee brings experience and
current tactical and technical
skills to women's hockey. He
wants them to be "the best players they can be. Australia can
show what players can aspire to.
There are no role models here in
Canada, and there are many parallels between Canada and Australia."
A World of Student Travel
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• World Wide Student Flights
• Camping and Adventure Holidays
• Youth & Student Travel Discount Cards
• Eurail Passes & Hostel Cards
• Student Work Abroad Programme
Visit the Student Travel • Overseas Language Courses
Experts for full details: • Many other Student Travel Opportunities
. Student Union Building, Lower Level, 822-6980 (Next to The Pendulum Restaurant)
Thursday, August 3, 1995.
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