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Tuesday, 29 March, 2005
Piper announces
her resignation
by Dan McRoberts
NEWS EDITOR
In a surprise move Thursday morning, UBC President Martha Piper
announced that she would be leaving
office at the end of the next academic
year, one year before her contract is
set to expire.
"It is time," Piper told a press conference crowded with members of
UBC's Board of Governors. "UBC has
excelled over the last nine years and I
am very proud of that. It is time for a
new leader to take it to its next stage
of development."
Piper, who became the university's eleventh president in 1997 after
serving as a vice president at the
University of Alberta, immediately
quashed rumours that she was leaving UBC in order to enter politics.
Piper had been cited as a possible
"star candidate" for Gordon
Campbell's   Liberal  party  in   the
upcoming provincial election.
"I do not know what I will do but I
do know what I will not do," she said.
"I am not running in an election,
now, or ever." The Liberal party did
discuss her potential candidacy,
Piper said. "There have been discussions, always...but I have never, ever
See "Piper goes"page 2.
Tuition increase looms
UBCs preliminary budget
approved, still waiting
on government funding
by Dan McRoberts
NEWS EDITOR
UBC is counting on a 3.6 per cent
jump in tuition revenues for
2005/2006, making it the fourth
year in a row that more money has
come out of student's pockets than
the year before.
The UBC Board of Governors
approved an interim version of
the university's general budget
Thursday, a document that included the planned tuition increase.
UBC President Martha Piper,
who presented the budget to the
board, said that she had successfully
negotiated a $10 million funding
boost from Victoria earlier that
morning. UBC had been seeking an
additional $25 million.
Although tuition is unlikely to
increase further, the budget numbers are not final because university
administrators are still lobbying the
provincial government for an additional $ 15 million in funding.
"There is an agreement to work
for a higher number," Piper said.
"We would bring that back to the
board in September."
Piper said that she felt quite sure
See "Budget"page 2.
UBC's golf course purchase
a "flawed" process: court
by Jonathan Woodward
BC BUREAU CHIEF
VANCOUVER (CUP)-A Vancouver-
area First Nations band is celebrating a British Columbia Court
of Appeal ruling this month that
quashed the sale of an $ 11-million
golf course by the provincial government to UBC.
Chief Ernie Campbell said he was
happy the court recognised the
consultation process with the
Musqueam band leading to the sale
was "insufficient" and "flawed."
"It's great news, and it gives us
the opportunity to negotiate," he
said. "That's all we asked for."
In 2003, the government
agreed to sell the University Golf
Club—a 58-hectare, 18-hole, par
72 public course immediately east
of UBC on Vancouver's Point Grey
peninsula—making the university
the first in Canada to own a golf
course.
In the deal, UBC would get a
facility to offer residents of its new
housing developments, University
Town, as well as about $500,000
per year in rent from UGCC
Holdings, the company that runs
the course.
Before the ruling, both UBC and
the government said the Musqueam
had been properly consulted on
the sale.
But a panel of three judges
ruled because a deal had been
agreed      largely      before      the
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We call them pirates out here since 1918
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Musqueam were contacted, consultation didn't meet the standard for
an "honourable Crown."
"The Crown, acting honourably,
cannot cavalierly run roughshod
over Aboriginal interests where
claims affecting these interests are
being  seriously pursued in  the
process of treaty negotiation and
proof," wrote Justice John Hall,
speaking for the 2-1 majority.
"I consider that the consultation process was flawed,
sultation   was   left   ur.
advanced  stage in  th.'
sale transaction.
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"The Musqueam should have
had the benefit of an earlier consultation process as opposed to a
series of counter-offers following
the decision by [a BC Crown corpo-
>n] to proceed with the sale."
See "Golf Course"page 2. 2 News
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UBC President departing in June 2006, won't run for office
"Piper goes" from page!.
been interested in running for office."
Piper also stated that she would
not be pursuing another university
presidency in Canada. Her name
had been mentioned as a potential
replacement for outgoing University
of Toronto President Robert
Birgeneau.
"Why would you want to be president of another university after
being the President of UBC?" Piper
asked. The outgoing President also
confirmed that she was in good
health.
With a husband, two children and
a new grandchild. Piper said that she
was hoping to spend more time with
her family. Born in Ohio and educated
in Michigan, Connecticut and Quebec,
Piper is a respected academic in the
field of infant development. She said
that she intends to remain in BC and
Canada in the future.
"I really haven't given it [my fiiture
plans] a lot of thought," she said. "It's
the first time in my life that I haven't
known what's next"
Piper, who was UBC's first female
president, signed a second six-year
contract in 2002 that was supposed to
expire in November, 2007. However,
UBC Chancellor Allan McEachern said
that Piper had informed him at that
time that she did not intend to serve
her entire term.
"This is a sad day for UBC in
one    sense,"     McEachern    said.
"Martha has become an outstanding
President."
The announcement of Piper's
impending departure will allow the
Board of Governors ample time to
choose a replacement, said board
chair John Reid.
"This has given us the time we
would like to find a president," he
"Why would you
want to be president
of another university
after being the
President of UBC?"
—Martha Piper
UBC President
said. "Given the strength and reputation of UBC we will be able to identify
and retain a worthy replacement*
The board was to begin the process
of searching for a replacement
Thursday afternoon, Reid said, adding
that it would be some time before any
candidates were announced.
"It is unlikely to be in this calendar
year," he said.
Piper is confident that she will
be succeeded by a well-qualified
individual.
"UBC is positioned to attract the
finest leader in this country." H
UBC asking province for additional $15 million by September
"Budget" from page 1.
of convincing the government to provide the additional $ 15 million.
"I'm confident that we will be successful in this...We're feeling pretty
comfortable," she explained.
The Liberal government announced a new tuition policy in its
February throne speech, pegging
tuition increases to inflation. The
provincial budget had already been
prepared without understanding of
this policy. Piper said.
Between the need to provide for
increased enrollment and inflation,
UBC faces $37 million in funding
needs for next year, Piper said.
Existing and possible government
funding will provide almost $35 million, leaving a minor tuition increase
to provide the rest.
These budget plans are all contingent on the Liberals being returned
to office after the May 17 provincial
election, Piper acknowledged. The
NDP has the reinstatement of a total
tuition freeze as a pivotal part in its
election platform.
"This is predicated on the current
Minister of Finance," she said.
Should the NDP pull off an election-day upset or the Liberals
decide not to make the additional
$15 million available by the fall,
Piper said that UBC would have to
tighten its purse strings.
"We would be looking at efficiencies and areas where we could cut
back," she said.
Even with the additional government grant, this prospective budget
merely maintains the status quo,
according to Brian Duong, an Alma
Mater Society representative on the
Board of Governors. Student to faculty ratios would not improve and
classroom improvements are unlikely, he said.
Other universities across the
province are taking a similar
approach to UBC, Piper noted. The
provincial legislation that would peg
tuition to inflation has yet to be written or passed while final government
funding has not been confirmed.
There are important details to be
worked out before the tuition peg
becomes law, Piper said. Discussions
are ongoing about whether or not
professional faculties such as Law
and Dentistry would be included in
the new policy. Professional faculties
currently have a system of differentiated tuition.
Tuition fees have almost doubled
at UBC over the past three years, following major increases in 2002,
2003 and 2004. Earlier this year, the
university was considering another
double-digit increase, running numbers on a 12 per cent boost II
Musqueam band celebrates two-year injunction on golf course sale
"Golf Course" from page 1.
The court ordered that the sale
should be suspended for two years
while the parties reach an agreement, and told the Crown to pay
court costs.
The Musqueam will keep talking
with the government, said Campbell,
but the band needs the land for economic development—using the golf
course to provide jobs for their 1,100
members and building houses for
band mombprs when there is no
space left on Lheir reserve.
Unlike other provinces, BC has
n't settled with Aboriginal Peoples
in treaties, and there wouldn't be
either the economic crunch or the
court cases if it had, the chief said.
"This has been going on for
years and years; we've been shortchanged right from the get-go," said
Campbell.
The provincial government will
continue to hold the land; operations at the University Golf Course
won't change.
Neither Land and Water BC or
the BC attorney-general's office
would say whether they planned to
appeal the ruling. 81
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News 3
Political novice battles Premier
Green Party candidate takes on Premier Gordon Campbell in Vancouver-Point Grey
by Dan McRoberts
NEWS EDITOR
Damian Kettlewell is new at this.
The Simon Fraser graduate is dipping his feet in the tumultuous
waters of electoral politics this
spring, and he couldn't have picked
a more difficult opponent to battle
against.
Kettlewell is the Green Party candidate in the Vancouver-Point Grey
riding that includes UBC, which has
been represented in Victoria for the
past nine years by current Premier
Gordon Campbell.
Despite the name recognition
and province-wide popularity
Campbell enjoys, Kettlewell has reason to be hopeful about his chances.
The Greens finished second in the
last election held in 2001 and
Kettlewell insists that the Premier is
vulnerable in his own backyard.
"We're looking to build for the
future, but anything is possible and
sometimes a David comes along to
beat Goliath," he said.
Kettlewell is working hard to get
the UBC vote on May 17. He has
already spent several days campaigning on campus, was interviewed by CiTR and the Greens even
entered a team in last week's Storm
the Wall competition.
UBC students may hold the balance of power in the riding,
Kettlewell said.
"Over 19,000 students voted in
the UPass referendum and only
23,000 voted in the constituency in
the last election," he said. "We're
encouraging registration and focusing on absentee ballots as well."
While the Green Party may be
ahead in terms of campaign visibility at this stage, the financial
resources they can afford to pour
into the riding pale in comparison to
the sitting government. This fact is
not lost on Kettlewell.
"We spent $16,000 in 2001 com
pared to the Liberals $144,000 and
they got just twice as many votes," he
said.
Despite fhe prominent public
embarrassment suffered by
Campbell while on a Hawaiian vacation two years ago and the unpopularity of the Liberal's education policies on campus, Kettlewell said that
his campaign will avoid negativity as
much as possible.
"We have fantastic policy ideas
and we'll focus on them," he said.
"People want to talk about education,
health and anything they can do to
remove the Liberals from power."
"We're looking to
build for the future,
but anything is possible and sometimes a
David comes along
to beat Goliath."
-Damian Kettlewell
Green Party Candidate
One Green Party policy sure to
interest UBC students is the promise
to work towards the reduction and
eventual elimination of tuition fees,
Kettlewell said.
Such a change would involve a
massive increase in government
funding, which Kettlewell said would
come from "new tax sources."
Another key policy for the Greens is
the legalization of marijuana and taxing that substance could provide support for free post-secondary education, Kettlewell suggested.
Kettlewell rejects the suggestion
that he and NDP candidate Mel
Lehan will split votes in Point Grey.
"Our statistics have shown that the
Green vote comes 40 per cent from
the left, 3 0 per cent from the right and
30 per cent from people who would-
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n't vote otherwise," he said. "We're
not part of the ideological pendulum
shift that goes on in BC."
The Greens are the only choice
for voters who want a government
that supports the environment,
according to Kettlewell.
"People say that the NDP represents the environmental vote, but I
say no," he said. "They are linked to
big unions that have had some colossal environmental mismanagement."
Despite his earnest confidence,
Kettlewell knows that he his chances
of unseating the Premier are very
slim. That doesn't bother him.
Tm in no rush to become a politician/ he said. IB
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Student takes on Liberals
by Eric Szeto
NEWS STAFF
Competing in one of BC's toughest
ridings doesn't concern NDP candidate Jarrah Hodge.
This May, the 19-year-old UBC
student and recendy nominated
NDP candidate for the Vancouver-
Quilchena riding will square-off
against Liberal MLA Colin Hansen,
who in 2001, defeated his opponents
by an overwhelming 13,000 votes.
With such a discrepancy in voter
ratio, Hodge will have to depend on a
grassroots-style campaign as means
of reaching out to voters.
"We know [the Liberals] have lots
and lots of money and clearly I
don't," she explained. "My goal is to
try to go out...[shake] hands with people and that's something [people]
feel like they've really been missing
in the last four years— someone to
listen to their issues."
Hodge never intended to get into
politics; it was her outspoken views
on issues such as health care that
grabbed a high school teacher's
attention.
"I was really concerned about the
changes that Gordon Campbell was
making to health care and education
so I brought it up in class a lot [in
grade 11]/ said Hodge, "and my
teacher said 'with views like yours,
you should join the NDP' and I got
involved and it's been the best thing
I've ever done."
Now attending post-secondary
school, Hodge faces many of the
same issues that students face and
feels that there is no better way to
give a voice to students than to elect
a student to office.
"I'm a student [and] because of
doubling tuition I've had to take a
part time job, so my income is
obviously a lot less. For that reason   I   think   that   I'm   able   to
approach people more on their
level," she said.
On the top of Hodge's hst of priorities is post-secondary education.
"The NDP is committed to making education affordable by freezing
tuition at 2005/2006 levels by paying institutions to offset the costs of
inflationary pressures."
Another area she's actively trying
to change is the lack of long-term
health strategies that the Liberals
have put in place since coming into
office.
"In [Vancouver-Quilchena] what I
see as one of the major issues is the
lack of long-term health care for seniors. I've met people who are seniors
who have worked their whole hves
and have now increasing [Medical
Service Plan] premiums they can't
get long term care," she said.
"They're having to...move away from
their families where they've lived
their whole hves."
Hodge has little praise for the
Liberal party and their actions over
the past four years.
"It's safe to say that I haven't been
satisfied. It may be a little bit of an
understatement...You can sum up
the Liberal policy in three points:
they've been rewarding their
friends, punishing the vulnerable,
and dividing our province," she
explained.
Hodge recognises that voters may
be hesitant to vote for the NDP after
their last term in office, but she
hopes that the Liberal track record
will be encouragement for electing a
new party into power this May.
With less than two months left in
the campaign, it will be up to the voters, and all Hodge can do is hope for
the best.
"Polls go up and polls go down
and the only things that matter [are
votes] and ultimately it'll be up to
British Columbians to decide." II
Warring philosophies meet in election
A POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTION
by David Phillips
NEWS WRITER
British Columbians are known for
holding grudges—at least when it
comes to voting in provincial
elections.
"BC has always voted against, not
for," explained Liberal MLA Val
Anderson, referring to the longstanding BC practice of voting based
on enmity towards the incumbent
government, instead of based on
attraction towards the opposition.
The 76-year old, a MLA since
1991, pointed out that in the
upcoming election, the Liberal government won't be able to benefit
from those frustrated voters—the
Liberals must instead rely on "for"
voters, and convince the electorate
that they deserve a second term
based on their record from the last
four years.
However, other parties, such as
the NDP, disagree on the quality of
the Liberal record and on many of
the main issues in the campaign.
"I can list you about 100 broken
promises that this [Liberal] government has failed to keep," said NDP
MLA Jenny Kwan in a recent
interview.
Kwan is especially skeptical about
the timing of the commitments that
the government has made.
"Can you trust the government
when, on the eve of the election,
all of a sudden, they decide that
they found money for programs
that they took away over the last
four years?"
Another key issue,   of special
interest to students, is the increase
in tuition fees that has been seen
over the last four years.
"You're looking at an increase
in tuition fees in post-secondary
education, on average about 100
per cent increases...and as high as
300 per cent," said Kwan. At the
same time, she acknowledged that
with the previous tuition freeze,
there were "insufficient dollars
flowing into the institutions to
cover the need to fund...programs,
and so on and so forth."
Both the Liberals and the NDP
have plans to limit tuition fee
increases—the Liberals plan on
limiting increases to inflation,
while Kwan said that the NDP plan
to re-implement the tuition freeze,
but increase funding to the universities "to the tune of inflation"
using "general revenues."
Regardless, BC is "still among
the cheapest in Canada" for obtaining a university education, said
Anderson. He also stressed the economic strides the province has
taken since 2001.
Anderson, who is retiring and
won't be running in the coming
election, cited the current business
climate to demonstrate that the
province is "in much better shape.
We haven't done all the things that
need to be done; we've built a
foundation."
As both parties search for voter
support, the polls indicate a tight
race ahead—the latest Ipsos-Reid
survey gives the Liberals a marginal 46 to 39 per cent advantage
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Drawing out the youth vote I from annexation to legalisation
by Matt Hayles
NEWS STAFF
Suggestive stickers and text messaging might be
the key to convincing young British Columbians
to vote, if the people behind Get Your Vote On
(GYVO) are to be believed.
Only 27 per cent of voters under age 25 participated in the 2001 provincial election, leading
to the formation of GYVO, a group that is supported by UBC's Alma Mater Society.
GYVO aims to increase youth voting numbers
through staging outreach and cultural activities
throughout the province. An event earlier this
month in downtown Vancouver included the first
demonstration of GYVO's innovative text messaging system, which uses technology developed at
UBC that aims to connect young voters throughout British Columbia.
"Part of the idea behind text messaging is that
it's a way to access people who might not otherwise be engaged," said GYVO spokesperson Olive
Dempsey.
GYVO launched its campaign in January,
organising concerts and discussion forums
around the province, and distributing voting
paraphernalia like "safe voting kits" and "check
my box" underwear. The group also draws on BC
artists such as the Burt Neilson Band, the Wassabi
Collective and local rock singer Matthew Good to
get their message out
"What we're trying to do is get people involved
in the democratic process again," said Dempsey.
"Get them engaged and interested and learning
about the processes and the decisions that impact
the future and their society."
But UBC political science professor Fred
Cutler expressed some skepticism about GYVO's
effectiveness.
"It might be a waste of time," he said, though
he agreed that there was very little chance the
organisation was having a negative impact on
youth turnout.
Despite any uncertainty, the campaign seems
to be spreading, with six active hubs throughout
BC and one being set up on Saltspring Island.
Former UBC student Emily Menzies rims the
GYVO hub in Smithers. While the group provides
pamphlets to its volunteers, Menzies has chosen
to develop her own material specific to Smithers,
which she feels will be more effective. She blames
the the party system for the declining youth
turnout in BC.
"None of the political parties are doing nearly
enough to engage youth," said Menzies on
Saturday. Only two parties have responded to e-
mails from GYVO.
While the organisation claims to be non-partisan, it is having difficulty distancing itself from
the party system. Outreach Coordinator Johanna
Mazur admitted that they have been accused of
being left-leaning in the past, but said the group
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tries to stay focused on the issues.
"We're not talking along lines of party politics,
we're talking along lines of issues...I think that
some people have never really had that opportunity to have those conversations," said Mazur.
Recently the group has also received accusations of right-leaning tendencies, but the GYVO
team refuses to reveal their own voting habits,
saying that that would only serve to detract from
the positive impact they're having.
GYVO events, such as their upcoming Earth
Day concert at the Commodore, the message for
which is "Vote for the Earth," may lead some to
conclude that the organisation favours certain
narties. But Coordinator Kevin MillsiD said that
the Earth is not a partisan issue.
"The message for the event on Earth Day is
think about the environment, think about the
earth when you're casting your vote. It's that simple. Every party has an environmental platform.
Check it out."
Still, Cutler doesn't believe the slogan is that
innocent. "That doesn't sound like a non-partisan
message. I doubt he believes what he's saying,
deep in his heart I doubt he believes it. We have a
Green Party for God's sake." IB
by Dan McRoberts
NEWS EDITOR
Gordon Campbell versus Carol James. Big
business against big labour. The Liberals
head to head with the New Democrats.
Suprisingly, there is more to the
upcoming provincial election than the battle between the two major parties. Smaller
political groups abound in BC, fighting for
issues as diverse as marijuana legalisation
or the annexation of the province into the
United States.
The BC Marijuana Party harbours no illusions about their chances for election.
"We're not hving in a fantasy world," said
provincial campaign manager Kirk Tousaw.
"We'd love to come to power in a cloud of
smoke, but that's not going to happen."
The party has more modest goals. After
running candidates in every riding in the
province in 2001 and earning three per
cent of the popular vote, Tousaw hopes to
repeat the wide reach of his party's legalisation message.
"We want to have a legalisation candidate
in every riding to educate about the harm
and danger of prohibition," Tousaw said. It's
not a problem if some of those candidates
are running for other parties, he added.
The Marijuana Party doesn't want to take
votes from another pro-legalisation candidate and therefore will not run candidates
in ridings where their point of view is
already represented.
"We want to avoid the Ross Perot effect,"
he said.
The party has something to offer for voters who aren't particularly concerned with
legality of cannabis, Tousaw said.
"You need to look at the overall theme of
the party," he said "We support individual
rights and social justice." The party has no
official policy towards tuition, for instance,
but Tousaw said that he feels it is too early to
tell if the lifting of tuition freeze has led to
* improvements in university education.
A large percentage of the Marijuana
Party's funding has come from prominent
activist Marc Emery. Emery will also form
the backbone of the party's campaign plans,
Tousaw said.
A province-wide speaking tour is
planned and campus stops are almost certain. "Your [student] demographic is very
supportive," Tousaw said.
Gord Broseuk might have a more difficult
time finding widespread support for his own
party on campuses across the country.
Broseuk leads the BC Annexation Party, a
movement that aims to make British
Columbia the 51st State of the Union.
"We [BC] are the bastard child of Canada,"
he said. "We don't have a voice out here—the
only reason we're part of Canada is the
railroad."
Becoming a part of the United States
makes far more sense that simply separating from Canada and attempting to go it
alone, Broseuk said.
"If we just separate, we're not Canadians
and we aren't with the US—then where are
we," he asked.
The party was registered officially just
two years ago and is unlikely to run many
candidates this spring.
"We're not honestly ready," said Broseuk.
"We have to have knowledgeable, sophisticated people to run."
Needless to say, the response to the message of annexation has been mixed.
"Some people say 'go to hell, etcetera' but
that's just a small minority," Broseuk said.
"The people who want to punch me in the
mouth at first...if they give me half an hour
then they often change their tune."
The BC Unity Party won't convince many
to throw punches at party leadership. In fact,
party president Tom Landers is more concerned about the financial difficulties that
will keep the Unity message off the radar.
In September 2004, the Unity Party
announced a merger with the BC
Conservative Party, creating what was touted by party leadership as a credible third
alternative to the Liberals and NDP.
However, philosophical differences
doomed the partnership, leaving the weakened Unity Party to fight the upcoming
election with an anaemic budget.
"We're going to run only a small number
of candidates," Landers said. "Just a handful—we have very little money because we
lost quite a bit from the merger breakup."
The Unity Party bases its policy on citizen-driven initiatives and focuses on
accountability. They advocate the initiation
of elected regional health authorities, a
provincial trust fund for resource income
and the establishment of a forgivable loan
system for post-secondary students. There
won't be very many candidates spreading
the word, however.
"We will give as much support as possible," Landers said. "But a lot of th^ mrrnmr
will be put up by the candidate themselves."
Other parties are looking to drum up support any way they can. The Emerging
Democracy Party of BC, nicknamed VoteED,
has promised an impressive bribe for student voters. The details of this electoral tease
will be made public early in April.
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students and supporters
march in Montreal
by Darren Shore
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MONTREAL (CUP)-Tens of thousands of protesters wearing red
squares marched through Montreal
March 16, condemning the Quebec
government for cutting $ 103 million
from student bursaries.
Students from major Quebec universities and CEGEPs, members of
the major student federations,
numerous professors, and representatives of major unions, organisations and various political parties
partook in the demonstration.
"I'm really happy to see how
many people we are in the street
today," said Marie-Eve Lamarre, a
language student at CEGEP de St-
Laurent. "I think it's really important
because I won't be able to keep studying if we don't do this."
The raucous trail of colourful
props, costumes and sounds worked
its way to Premier Jean Charest's
downtown office.
"Students are totally in the red,"
said Marie-Pierre St-Louis from
Universite du Quebec a Montreal,
pushing her child in a carriage.
"I am absolutely against the cuts,"
said one woman in the crowd of supporters. "The more students fear
going into debt, the less they will
study, so [the cuts] effectively limit
access to education."
Many of the students demonstrating were directly affected by the cuts.
Currendy, 40 per cent of Quebec
students require financial aid, and
the average student debt exceeds
$20,000. The Liberal government's
cuts will cause Quebec student debt
to increase by 62 per cent, say
student groups.
The cuts are opposed by 75 per
cent of Quebecers, contributing to the
unpopularity of Charest, whose performance thus far has been judged
unsatisfactory by over two-thirds of
Quebecers, according to recent opinion polls.
"If all the students are angry,
there is a problem," said Mathieu
Aubien, a representative of the Parti
Quebecois youth wing. "Mr. Charest
needs to look at this and learn
something."
Despite the pubHc opposition, the
Charest government has refused to
give in to students' demands, opting
instead to replace former education
minister Pierre Reid with Fournier.
The minister argues Quebec students
still have the best tuition rates in
North America.
"It makes me really angry when
there's all these people saying
Quebec students are being selfish in
that we have the lowest tuition rates
in North America," said Leah Page, a
student at Concordia.
But the Canadian Federation of
Students says Fournier's proposal
does not make his promises clear.
"We're still analysing it," said CFS
provincial chair Tim McSorley.
The CFS maintains the proposal is
no improvement.
"They're just proposing to fix the
problems the Charest government
created in the first place," said
McSorley. II
Call for inquiry emerges after
reports of inhumane avian cull
by Patrick Szpak
THE MARTLET
VICTORIA (CUP)-The fallout from
last year's avian flu outbreak in BC's
Fraser Valley continues, with the
Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals
demanding a meeting with federal
Agriculture Minister Andy Mitchell.
The CCFA is requesting a full pub-
he inquiry into reports of inhumane
treatment of some of the 19 million
chickens and other fowl culled under
the authority of the Canadian Food
Inspection Agency during April and
May 2004.
"The humane community's worst
fears have been realised," said Debra
Probert, executive director of the
Vancouver Humane Society,
speaking on behalf of the CCFA.
"Ducks were repeatedly gassed
before they died, chickens were
clubbed to death after not succumbing to the gas and peacocks were shot
out of trees," said Probert.
Ken Falk, a partner at Fraser
Valley Duck and Goose, was present
when the CFIA culled his company's
100,000 ducks after tests suggested
the flock could have a virus similar to
the one that killed people in
Southeast Asia.
"It was gut-wrenching," said Falk,
who described how parts ofhis flock
of ducks had to be gassed three times
before they died. "The ducks raised
their heads to get above the gas.
Some would pass out and then
revive, and then they'd gas them
again."
Carbon dioxide was used to cull
the birds.
"We absolutely begged them to
stop because this is obviously inhumane, but they kept on going," said
Falk.
When Falk asked if he could use
his own slaughterhouses to spare the
ducks repeated gassings, he was
rebuffed.
"They said, in their opinion, this is
a humane way to euthanise poultry."
Probert told the CFIA the use of
carbon dioxide gas is inhumane, but
the agency ignored her concerns. She
said there are humane and more
effective alternatives to the gas,
including mixtures that include
argon and nitrogen.
According to Probert, the CCFA
wrote to the CFIA requesting that a
more humane gas be used and a
third-party veterinarian from outside
the agency be present at the culls.
Both requests were declined by the
CFIA.
When asked about the gassing at
Fraser Valley Duck and Goose, CFIA
spokesperson Cornelius Kiley said,
"I'm not aware that that occurred at
all," and added the CCFA claims were
"only allegations until proven."
Kiley denied carbon dioxide gas
was inhumane and pointed to the
CHA's adherence to guidelines laid
out by the American Veterinary
Medical Association for humane
mass culls. He said use of more
expensive mixtures as proposed by
Probert were not "the most economical or practical solution to the
problem."
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Toronto protest marks Iraq war anniversary
U.S.war resisters seeking refugee
status among speakers
by Reka Szekely
ONTARIO BUREAU CHIEF
TORONTO (CUP)-Torontonians
joined thousands of demonstrators
around the world on March 19,
marking the second anniversary of
the beginning of the war in Iraq.
The Toronto Coalition to Stop the
War estimated between 4,000 and
5,000 attended the rally, while
police would only say there were a
thousand-plus. Observers put the
numbers at least in the 3,000 range.
The protest was one of 44 in
Canada and over 900 around the
world according to the anti-war
coalition.
Protesters met at Nathan
Phillips Square and represented a
variety of groups, including students, religious organisations and
trade unions.
Speakers included Afnan Al-
Hashimi, a 14-year old student of
Iraqi descent who was visibly
nervous before talking but delivered her message in a loud and
clear voice.
"Another story is added to the
Iraqi people's big book of sorrow.
It began two years ago on this day
when the Anglo-American governments marched their armies into
Iraq with the supposed aim of liberating the Iraqi people," she said.
Al-Hashimi said 100,000 civilian lives later, the people of Iraq
have yet to taste freedom.
"Not only do the American
forces stomp and kick the pride of
the Iraqi people physically, but
spiritually as well—for where is
the democracy in reforming the
Iraqi constitution and having western values in a 97 per cent Muslim
populated land?" she asked.
Also present was a group
of American war resistors, several
accompanied by their young
children.
Darrell Anderson, a 22-year old
who served seven months with the
US army in Iraq, spoke for them.
Anderson said he was reprimanded for refusing to fire on a
car that turned out to be carrying
an Iraqi family. Shortly after, he
was wounded and received a
Purple Heart. When his leave in
the States ended, Anderson decided he wouldn't go back to Iraq and
instead headed for Canada.
The former soldier said he
joined the army for a chance at a
better life and to defend his country. Instead, Anderson said he
found himself in a corrupt and
illegal war.
"The truth is my country sent me
to die for money and oil for their own
personal gain," he said. "If I would
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have followed the army's procedures,
I would have killed innocent people,
but I refused then and I refuse now."
Anderson, along with the others, is hoping to gain refugee status in Canada. He has received
strong support from religious
groups and trade unions.
Carolyn Egan, president of the
United Steelworkers Toronto Area
Council, urged Canadians to pressure the government to grant the
resistors' requests.
"We believe that they should
give [refugeej status to the US
deserters, to the young men and
women who come up here because
they are morally opposed to the
war," Egan said.
After protesters listened to
several speakers, the march
wound out of the square on
Queens Street, heading west, then
north on University Avenue, passing the American consulate, which
was cordoned off and guarded by
Toronto police.
Though some stopped to shout
their anger at the consulate, most
didn't stay for long, knowing that
on a Saturday afternoon no one
was likely to hear them. The
march then went east on College
Street, then south on Yonge Street,
until it once again wound back to
Nathan Phillips Square.
The student contingent at the
rally saw several groups come out,
including members of the
University of Toronto's Students
for Peace in Iraq and York
University's Grassroots Anti-
Imperialist Network.
"I think it's such a dirty thing
that they are doing in Iraq, and I
think they should get the troops
out now. It's been too long and it
shouldn't have been done in the
first place," said Katherine Lei, a
student and member of the
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my first stop.
With two large bicycles on display in the window (all that remains
from her last popular exhibit called
"The Bike Show"), the gallery can't
be missed. The colourful paintings
that adorn the white walls of this
large space are a part of the current
exhibit The Obsessional Art of
Kleinsteuber that Kleinsteuber takes
full artistic credit for.
Kleinsteuber, a former childcare
worker turned Emily Carr grad, has
recently begun persuing her art full
time. Her gallery opened on Fashion
Boulevard four months ago and
Kleinsteuber says, "I love this
space...There's lots of traffic and
[there's] lots of movie people and
that's fine. I love that, I love being
accessible to the pubHc." Being within the mall allows Kleinsteuber's
gallery, as well as others in the area,
to be open to everyday people and a
broader audience. "It would be nice
to get more art clientele exposure-
people that actually buy art because
that'll help me be here."
With hopes that the art scene
within Tinseltown will catch on
more with artistic circles,
Kleinsteuber says, "We're hoping to
get a reputation established here so
that people will come here, and
come here for the art—and then
maybe go see a movie." Kleinsteuber
says that, "All the places where
artists used to be—the old neighbourhoods—are all gentrified now.
That's where everyone wants to be
cause it's so cool and hip and
nobody's in the malls anymore so
artists are going back into the malls
because the rent is cheap, and
there's lots of space, and they can
afford it." Judging by the many open
spaces waiting to be leased, there is
definitely space for more art on the
boulevard.
Within her own gallery, Kleinsteuber is happy to showcase art
from local artists. "People come in
off the streets, and you know we're
on the edge of the Downtown
Eastside, so there are a few people
that are artists that come in and are
from the neighbourhood and want
to talk to me and that's fine. I
believe art is part of just being creative."
With hopes that artistic creativity
will be recognised at Tinseltown,
Kleinsteuber adds, "I don't know if
it's like 'cool' to be here yet, but it's
kind of fun to [feel] on the cutting
edge.'" Be sure to check out the
Jennifer Kleinsteuber Gallery as well
as the other galleries at Fashion
Boulevard in Tinseltown the next
time you're there for a movie. 6B
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Rebirth
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by Ania Mafi
CULTURE EDITOR
Jennifer Lopez is one of those female
entertainers that do it all: acting,
singing, dancing, and looking amazing.
Of course, there's a catch—she doesn't
do them all very well. With the release
of her latest album Rebirth, Lopez
proves she can make a fairly decent
album as long as she keeps her name
out of the writing credits.
Rebirth will make non-Lopez fans
a little more accepting and even enjoy
the album. It's extremely catchy, and
although at times Jlo doesn't have
the vocal power to hit some of the
high notes, that is overlooked. On a
whole, the album rocks. Who said you
need an excellent voice to be a singer
anyway?
With writing credits on two of the
twelve songs, Lopez should stick to
singing pre-packaged songs because
those two songs were the worst tracks
on this album ("Can't Believe This Is
Me" and "Cherry Pie"). Again, this can
be overlooked. The album redeems
itself with its fresh dash of funk and
lyrics that you can relate to. Yes you.
The first single "Get Right" is incredible. The saxophone that rings throughout the song may seem distracting at
first, but after a couple listens it grows
on you. I was disappointed to see the
album doesn't feature one of the really
good remixes of this song that are out
now. Although there is one remix of
"Get Right" on the album, the beat and
lyrics remain the same and a verse by
Fabulous is simply tossed in the middle. The second video made for this
song, which features Fabulous, is actually remixed to a slower sexier beat with
a lot more bass. I would have liked seeing that track on this album.
Lopez hasn't completely reinvented
her   sound   like    the   album   name,
Rebirth, may suggest. The songs follow
much the same pattern as her previous
albums—some slow, some fast, some
danceable, and a couple cheesy tracks.
But there are definite new elements,
such as better beats and a touch of old
school funk. For those that refuse to
give into the musical styles of Jenny-
from-the-block, this may be one Lopez
album you'll enjoy. ?
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From the 19th century till now, photos that document the everyday
REAL PICTURES
at the Vancouver Art Gallery
until May 26
by Chantaie Allick
CULTUREWRITER
To call it just an art exhibition is to inadequately describe the Real Pictures show
currently on display at the Vancouver Art
gallery until May 26. The exhibition consists of photographs from the impressive
collection of Claudia Beck and Andrew
Gruft. The show is varied and engaging,
consuming a viewer with its nuances.
The exhibition itself transports you
over the course of history through a collection of photographs that spans centuries. Walking into the vast and mazelike   show  room,   the  first thing  one
notices is the history of photography
from the 19th century to the present on
one of the walls before he or she actually
gets to the first pieces, which perfectly
sets up the subtle theme of the show.
Working your way through the
rooms is like moving through history as
the photography becomes more
advanced as the subjects, themes and
concepts develop. The show carries you
back to a time when photography was a
new and exciting field and brings with
it an understanding of the power of the
medium. These simple and fleeting
moments in time become tangible
through photographs.
The show itself is complex, such that
it has much to offer to any viewer. It is a
catalogue of history depicted though the
presentation   of  stark   depictions   of
places, people, and events. The exhibit is
aptly named Real Pictures—there are
many pieces in the collection that not
only represent reality, but are reality.
For example, a portrait of an old woman
from the 19th century stood out. The
woman was shrouded in darkness
except for key points of light that produced a striking effect if you stopped to
look carefully.
The show is real pictures, with real
people, in real life—past or present,
doing real things and the power of photography in its abiHty to hold onto a
moment in time forever, is perfectly
depicted in many of the pieces. Bottom
line: this exhibit is well worth the fifteen
dollar admission charge and well worth
the trip if you're at all interested in
(aspects of) real life. 38
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THE UPSIDE OF ANGER
Now playing
by Kian Mintz-Woo
CULTUREWRITER
There is one thing in movies that
continues to baffle me. You see a
woman who is extremely angry or
upset, and then after a pause, she
suddenly breaks into laughter. In
The Upside of Anger there are several of those moments. The main
character, Terry Wolfmeyer (Joan
Allen) will be standing silently with
one of her four daughters, when
one of them will suddenly and inexplicably burst into laughter. It
makes me wonder if I am a guy in
a woman's world.
This film certainly is a woman's
world. The story follows Terry who
is a lonely, angry drinker. She has
four daughters, who all variously
fear and detest her. After Terry's
husband suddenly leaves her, she
finds herself in an emotional stasis. When Denny, a neighbour,
works himself into her household,
she acts ambivalent. After one of
her daughters asks if they are
together, Terry observes that "he's
a drunk" and her daughter Hadley
(AHcia Witt) helpfully offers under
her breath, "you'd make a great
couple."
In terms of performances,
Allen's performance overall carried grace and subtlety. Director
Mike Binder has coaxed Allen to
her fullest in Terry. This lead role
provides her with a range of emotions to inhabit and she shines.
Allen helps us to relate to Terry,
and this is no mean feat.
Complementing Allen, Kevin
Costner manages to make his character Denny Davies interesting and
personable. Costner has said his
performance is based upon the
idea of a stray dog looking for a
home and it's this unflagging optimism that is endearing. He knows
what he wants. Though Davies
could be regarded as a loser on the
surface, there is an underlying
depth; depth is a testament to
Costner's acting.
Each of Terry's daughters has
their own story. In an amusing
scene, Popeye (Evan Rachel Wood),
the youngest daughter, eyes a mysterious shy boy, Gorden Reiner
(Dane Christensen in his first
movie role). Unfortunately for the
audience, the script only presents
the boy shallowly, and so it turns
out he has very Httie personality
besides being shy and mysterious.
As well, Christensen fails to add
dimension to his role. This was
representative of all the daughters'
stories. For example, one of the
daughters, Emily (Keri Russell), is
hinted as being anorexic. However,
when she is rushed to the hospital,
no clear explanation is given to the
audience. In the movie's current
form, her story appears to be
tacked on, and it could have been
much more interesting. If the
director had tried to show fewer
subplots, he could have examined
the details of some of the daughters with the attention they
deserved.
Furthermore, the script, while
amusing overall, has a structural
element that bookends the movie
that is straight out of a beginners
scriptwriting seminar. It tries to
give the movie a slightly deeper
meaning, but ultimately only
embarrasses Binder. Overall, the
film, failed to provide many lucid
moments. However, in the end, the
film is aided by its strong performances and they raise it above its
weaknesses. II
Nazemi's photos document Iran's political turmoil
Unsent Dispatches from the Iran Revolution
1978-1979
by Akbar Nazemi
at Presentation House Gallery
until April 17
by Paige Millar
CULTUREWRITER
This month, the Presentation House Gallery
in North Vancouver will be premiering
Iranian photographer Akbar Nazemi's Unsent
Dispatches from the Iranian Revolution,
1978-1979, a collection of photographs that
Nazemi risked his life to produce and make
pubHc.
At a time when photography in Iran was
forbidden, Nazemi began documenting the
revolution with a wind-up 16mm Bolex and
out-of-date film. The fact that these photos
have even survived is somewhat of a miracle—Nazemi took photographs risking both
safety and arrest. Smuggled out of Tehran in
the 1980s, many of Nazemi's negatives are
today decomposing as a result of the imperfect conditions in which they were stored.
In 1978, millions of people took to the
streets of Tehran restless and waiting for the
onset of revolution. The exhibit consists of a
series of chronologically ordered photographs
that depict the violent end to the Shah's ,25
year rule and the raw progression towards a
militant Islam through the collective effort of
the Iranian people.
Taken from towering roof tops or against
backdrops of warfare and flames, Nazemi's
gritty street photography captures scenes of a
nation on the brink of poHtical upheaval; people moving together through emotions of
anger, determination, sadness and joy.
Nazemi's photographs offer a candid
glimpse into the reaHties of the Iranian revolution. History can become distorted by rhetoric, re-written or doctored to suit the interests
of people in power. People with diverse poHtical stances become categorised as simply the
good guys or the bad guys and the roles they
play become over-simplified or forgotten.
A concrete image has the power to deconstruct romanticised versions of historical
events and make the fabrication and denial
of history harder to maintain. Nazemi's
Unsent Dispatches from the Iranian
Revolution is not simply a series of scary pictures. Taken together, these pictures become
one thought-provoking work of art They are
rough and reaHstic proof of a nation in the
midst of poHtical turmoil and they are worth
taking a look at.
Admission is by donation. 81
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Chi: A New Era in Acrobatics
Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe
March 23
by Harmony Ho
CULTUREWRITER
What is it about the circus that draws
us? The precision of the balancing
acts? The ability to contort the human
body into impossible shapes? The
artistry of the music, costumes, sets,
and choreography? The daring
manoeuvres that send acrobats soaring through the air, only to be caught a
split second before hitting the floor?
Last Wednesday night the Hailing
display of acrobatics by the Shanghai
Acrobatic Troupe was certainly no disappointment It offered one spectacular performance after another. The
young acrobats drew continuous gasps
of surprise and non-stop clapping from
the audience.
Chi explores the Chinese philosophy of tai chi, balancing and contrasting the yin and the yang as light and
dark sequences are juxtaposed against
one another. The range of this performance is immense—from the traditional to the modern in costumes (military-style warrior costumes to green
tutus), in music (both traditional
Chinese music as well as techno pop
tunes) and in tone (haunting to light
and playful).
The theme of courage and sacrifice
in the midst of hardship is explored
with military sequences that demonstrate the art of wushu. In one memorable act warriors leap and flip over
benches. The scene climaxes when the
general balances over a dozen benches
weighing 133 pounds on his head.
Other military sequences include a
routine in which performers dive, flip.
and jump through rotating hoops, contorting the body at just the right
moment
To balance the darker side of
sequences such as the Sword Dance, a
pair of clowns—one playful and one
serious—provide comic relief. In one
appearance, the clowns juggle up to ten
rings and baskets at a time. In a second
appearance, they keep a series of
plates spinning, all the while engaging
the audience with their comic antics.
The clowns reveal the lighter side of
Chi.
Perhaps the centrepiece of Chi is
the Grand Springboard routine. This
routine has already won gold in the
National Acrobatic Contest It involves
a giant springboard that vaults performers high into the air. This act symbolizes the resiliency and the courage
with which humans respond in the
face of great challenges. The highflying
aerial stunts dazzled, eliciting non-stop
dapping. Most remarkably; some of
the later stunts include vaulting off the
springboard and landing on an elevated chair, and vaulting off the springboard and landing on a pogo stick or
stilts.
Wednesday's performance did not
go without a few wobbles as the
women's balancing act resulted in a
fefl. (There are safety wires to hold the
acrobats in the case of such falls.)
However, the performers repeated the
act and on the second try, stunned the
audience with a precarious and complex structure involving seven women
performing handstands on a series of
chairs stacked one on top of another.
This year's run is over, but because
of its great blend of lyricism, artistry,
and energy, I look forward to seeing
what this young and talented troupe
will offer next time around. II
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Empire Pool
strikes back
Delays have stunted construction
of new pool until early summer
Sports 11
by Eric Szeto
NEWS STAFF
Escalating costs and budgetary concerns have delayed the construction of the new Empire Pool until
early this summer, said Joe
Redmond, vice-president UBC
properties trust.
"Everything out of the university
is costing more/ Redmond said.
"There's been a fairly substantial
increase, particularly in concrete
work over the past couple of years,
so that's part of it."
The new pool, slated to start con-
"HAVING MORE TIME TO
MAKE IT RIGHT, YOU
CAN DO IT MORE COST
EFFICIENTLY...IT'S NOT
ROCKET SCIENCE."
-Bob Philip
Director of UBC athletics
struction in early January, was put
off after cost assessments came out
substantially higher than originally
planned. The budget for the pool
was estimated to cost about $7.5
million while other amenities like a
larger change room, diving tower
and even a waterslide, would add
another $ 1 million to the total.
If all goes according to the new
plans, the pool would be completed
by next spring, in time for the 2006
Pan Pacific Championships which
start in mid-august.
The latest start date for the construction of the pool would be
September 2005, otherwise UBC
won't be able to hold the games,
according to Bob Philip, director of
UBC athletics.
"They need to make a decision
at some point in time. They can't
hold the swim meet here if that
pool is not ready," said Philip. "The
university has made a commitment
to do it."
The pool will take about eight
months to finish, so for now, there
is no sense of urgency, said Philip.
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"Having more time to make it
right, you can do it more cost efficiently if you're not rushing into it
and I'm happy with that decision,"
he said. "It's not rocket science. I
think they know what they want to
build; it's a matter of getting someone to build it in a more affordable
way. I think people were surprised
by how much over it was going
to be."
Redmond contends that it's
these finer details that are also
adding to the delay.
"One of the discussions...[that]
will be finalised in the next while is
how the university community, not
just the  student community,  the
residential community [will use]
the pool," he said. "It's like everything at the university, you're trying to satisfy the maximum amount
of people and with the pool you
have some very distinct groups."
"It's trying to get all the balls in
the air and trying to catch them
all," he said. II
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Sports 13
Competition begins for track and field
by Megan Smyth
SPORTS STAFF
As most UBC students are beginning to think
about final exams, the UBC Thunderbirds Track
and Field team is just beginning their competitive season. This past weekend marked the first
meet of the season, as the track team travelled to
Edmonds, Washington to compete at the NAIA
Spring Break Open.
Head coach Marek Jedrzejek explained that
Edmonds is a "warm-up meet" for the athletes to
get back into the groove of competition.
David Roulston, a civil-engineering student,
will be competing for the first time since October
due to a previous injury. Roulston, running in the
5000m, was "not too worried" about his time at
the first competition of the season, and wanted to
get his "overall fitness level back* before concerning himself too much with his race times.
Similarly, Lauren Welch said that the Spring
Break Open is "just a training run" where she
can gain experience for the 400m hurdle event.
"Last year was my first year competing in the
hurdles event, so this year should allow me to
become more comfortable in the event and
improve my time," she said.
The competitive season for Track and Field
begins in late March and continues through all
of the April final exam period. "The biggest challenge is getting enough sleep," said third-year
Pharmacy student and 400m runner Lauren
Seibel. Many students would feel daunted by
having so much on their plate, but Seibel thinks
"balancing sports and school makes you more
productive, when you only have two hours
before practice you have to settle down and
focus on your school work."
The balancing act will only become more
challenging as the Track and Field team attends
more serious and competitive meets each weekend until the NAIA Championships in Louisville,
Kentucky at the end of May.
"April 15-17 at Mt Sac will be our biggest
competition before the NAIA Outdoor Track and
Field Championships," said Jedrzejek.
Roulston stresses that the "amazing atmosphere and great competition" help to make Mt
Sac one of the most fun and beneficial track
meets of the season.
"The distance races happen at night, so
you're running under the fights and there are
thousands of people cheering," said Roulston of
his experience in California last season.
Shannon Elmer plans to focus on the 1500m
race this year, and looks forward to the NAIA
championsJaips even though she described the
event as 'really nerve racking." The athletes
competing in Kentucky are the top Track and
Field athletes in all of North America, so understandably the competition is tough. In order to
deal with the pressure Elmer looks to her teammates, "we've formed a really close bond together this year, we push each other."
Although the team becomes very close due to
the long periods of time they spend together on
the road, all teammates agree that a track facility
at UBC would further improve team spirit. "If we
had a track here at UBC we would all see each
other more often," said Seibel. Right now the
Track and Field team holds practices at St. Georges School and
Minoru Park in Richmond, but
usually the different events do not
train together.
Proper track facilities would not
only improve team spirit, but also "help
to bring more developed athletes to UBC,
said Jedrzejek.
Even without at track at UBC, the compet
itive season must go on, and that means planning new goals for the team. Last year the
Thunderbirds ended the season with
fourth place standing for the men's
team and a eleventh place stand
ing for the women's team at the
NAIA championships. This season will pose a difficult challenge for the men's team as
many of their top athletes
have graduated. Not ones
to shy away from a challenge, coach Jedrzejek has
high hopes for his team.
"Our goal this year is
top ten for the men's
team and top six for
the   women's   team"   he
said. Jedrzejek also mentioned that the future of "the
women's  team is looking
very promising because we
are not losing anyone due to
graduation   for   another   two
years." II
Championship out of reach for women's rugby
The UBC women's rugby team will have to
wait until next year to win a championship.
Last weekend marked the beginning of the
West Coast Women's Rugby Champion-ships
in Victoria, but after a disappointing 10-8
loss, the Junior Varsity women will now play
for third place this weekend in division two.
The Birds were outplayed in the opening half, as Victoria's Velox Valhallians
were  too  overbearing.  Velox  scored  an
early ten points but the resilient Birds
came back and dominated the rest of the
way scoring a try and a penalty late in the
first. This made for an exciting finish but
there wasn't enough time for the Birds to
stage a full comeback.
"[It was] the old ferry legs [that caused the
slow start]," said women's rugby coach Steve
Tong. "[The team is] disappointed...they're
playing some good rugby right now and they
gave up ten points early and then come back
and dominate but just run of out time. The
usual feeling is probably 'shit, we should of,
could of, would of,' kind of thing."
In the premiere division, UBC narrowly
missed the cut as they lost their only
match to finish in fifth place. The top four
teams advanced to the semi-finals. II
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Tuesday, 29 March, 2005   THEUBYSSEY
Tuesday, 29 March, 2005
Vol.LXXXVI  N°46
Editorial Board
coordinating editor Jesse Marchand
coordinating@ubyssey.bc. ca
news editors Sarah Bourdon
Dan McRoberts
news@ubyssey.bc.ca
culture editor Ania Mafi
culture@ubyssey.bc. ca
sports editor Eric Szeto
sports@ubyssey.bc.ca
features/national editor Alex Leslie
features@ubyssey.bc.ca
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photos@ubyssey.bc.ca
production manager Michelle Mayne
production@ubyssey.bc.ca
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volunteers Carrie Robinson
volunteers@ubyssey.bc.ca
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feedback@ubyssey.bc.ca
The Ubyssey is the official student newspaper of the University
of British Columbia. It is published every Tuesday and Friday
by The Ubyssey Publications Society. We are an autonomous,
democratically run student organisation, and all students are
encouraged to participate.
Editorials are chosen and written by the Ubyssey staff. They
are the expressed opinion of the staff, and do not necessarily
reflect the views of The Ubyssey Publications Society or the
University of British Columbia. All editorial content appearing in
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Stories, opinions, photographs and artwork contained herein
cannot be reproduced without the expressed, written permission
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ID will be checked when submissions are dropped off at the
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under 750 words and are run according to space. "Freestyles" are
opinion pieces written by Ubyssey staff members. Priority will be
given to letters and perspectives over freestyles unless the latter is
time sensitive. Opinion pieces will not be run until the identity of
the writer has been verified. The Ubyssey reserves the right to edit
submissions for length and clarity.
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that if the Ubyssey Publications Society fails to publish an
advertisement or if an error in the ad occurs the liability of the
UPS will not be greater than the price paid for the ad. The UPS
shall not be responsible for slight changes or typographical errors
that do not lessen the value or the impact of the ad.
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The Easter Bunny came into the office to the excitement of Dan
McRoberts. Michelle Mayne was vastly disappointed when she
discovered it was Claudia Li in a suit. Jesse Marchand pointed her
in the face and called her a fraud and Dan McRoberts started to
cry. Eric Szeto was caught gorging on a 5-pound bag nf Mini Eggs
when Sarah Bourdon and Alex Leslie dragged him by the hair onto
Maclnnis Field and chased after him with tazers/'lt's for your own
good/'they said.Nic Fensom showed up on the field in an ATVand
started chasing him towards Ania Mafi Mall where Carrie
Robinson was riding a horse named Paul Evans. Jesse Ferreras and
Iva Cheng drove past and ambushed this bizarre foray, letting Sara
Norman out of their trunk, who wore a ski mask and duct-taped
Eric, threw him in the trunk, and closed it down on the thumbs of
Liz Green. She had a debt she didn't pay to Dan Burritt. The gangsters drove off and took Eric to the middle of a field where
Shannon Wang and Simon Underwood were waiting for him.They
put him in a bunny suit and sent him into the office.
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THE INJUSTICE OF IT ALL: IT'S MY U-TOWN TOO!
(FAILtO PROPOSALS)
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U can choose your U-Town
Students at UBC are a hard crowd to
motivate when it comes to voting.
In the yearly student society elections, less than ten per cent of students bother to vote, indicating a
staggering level of apathy. But at the
risk of sounding overly preachy or
parental we'd like to once again call
on students to raise their voices.
From April 1 to 10, UBC is offering students the opportunity to
share their views on the future
of University Boulevard. The
University is running a poll, open to
members of the UBC community,
through which people can choose
one of three designs for the area
and can submit comments on the
designs and the project in general.
The poll will collect feedback to
be presented to the architectural
juiy making the ultimate decision
on the future look of University
Boulevard. Though the poll results
are not binding, meaning that the
juiy has no obligation to use them,
this exercise could send a powerful
message to the university and to the
jury. Imagine if even 5,000 students
managed to make it to polls to voice
their concerns. It's easy to ignore
the opinion of a few. It's a lot harder
to ignore the views of thousands.
The upcoming U-town design
contest may at first seem like a
moot point. The poll is going forward without the previously promised "none of the above* option. The
developments are going forward,
having been approved by the Board
of Governors months ago. U-Town
officials have made it clear that this
project will not be halted by any student opposition. The fact that U-
town's 2008 completion will see
very few of the same students still
at UBC also doesn't make matters
any better.
But we at the Ubyssey feel that
this opportunity should be recognised for its merits.
UBC's consultation efforts have
often been weak in the past and
those that are not weak are generally not taken advantage of by students. However, in the case of the
University Boulevard poll, UBC is
putting large amounts of money
and time into bringing the designs
to the conununity, even if it's just to
get "information" for the jury. A
large student turnout would let the
jury know that students have cares
and concerns.
From a student perspective, it is
unfortunate that the "none of the
above" option was removed. The
idea for such an option came from
students and would have allowed
an opportunity for official dissent.
At last week's AMS Council meeting, U-Town staff received significant negative feedback on the
removal of the option from students who were concerned that
there would be no outlet for opposition to the entire development. This
option was evidently something students wanted to see.
Still, it is important for students
to know that though the official
"none of the above" option has
been taken off the poll, poll-takers
do not have to choose one of the
three options. It is possible to
bypass the selection options and
move on the comments section of
the poll where people are free to
express any views they have on the
project or the designs. Whether or
not students choose a design, we
encourage them to take part in the
poll and demonstrate to UBC that
students have a stance on campus
development.
U-Town officials are encouraging campus conununity members
not only to vote online, but also to
drop by the Morris and Helen
Belkin Art Gallery to view the full-
scale models. Though the models
can be viewed online, seeing the 3D
versions will give voters a clearer
picture of each design.
Voting can be done from April 1
to 10 online at www.university-
town.ubc.ca, or at the Belkin Art
Gallery. H
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located at 1825 Main Mall
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April 2 to 10—Monday to Friday 10:00am to 7:00pm,
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online, you might still want to take a look at the actual models.
With this map and the list of Belkin polling hours, you no longer
have an excuse not to have a look.
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—Baz is the new Phiz, si nee 1918 THEUBYSSEY  Tuesday, 29 March, 2005
Opinion 15
Perspective Opinion
Let the courts decide
who's guilty or innocent
by Kirk Zembal
THE GATEWAY (UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA)
EDMONTON (CUP)-Whatever happened to being innocent before being
proven guilty? In our media-rich
community, this has gone by the wayside, and we evidently know who's
guilty before the verdict is read, if not
even before the trial is started. We get
some Wacko Jacko or OJ trial circuses, with justice taking a back seat to
spectacle and speculation.
For example, we now all know
that Mark McGwire used anabolic
steroids, but our evidence is suspect
at best We "know* he did it because
some equally juiced-up ball player
said so, and because McGwire evaded the question when asked. It was all
over the sports pages—didn't you
see? And now he's being harassed
and derided from all directions, all
because of speculation.
Any lawyer will tell you that refus
ing to answer questions—or going so
far as to plead the Fifth Amendment,
as it's called in the States—is not an
admission of guilt Refusing to
incriminate yourself has never been,
and will never be, used to convict
someone of a crime, which is as it
should be. But the media is not
bound by the rules of habeas corpus;
it is protected by other rights, and it's
free to libel and convict someone at
its will.
Just look at the result of the Air
India trial, where two men,
Ripudaman Singh Malik and Ajaib
Singh Bagri, were acquitted of all
charges. All we heard from almost
any media source was how this was a
"shocking" verdict with some going
so as far as suggesting that it was a
"travesty of justice."
There are calls for a public
inquiry, and questions of whether
Canada can prosecute terrorists.
There is no mention of how our justice system has worked exactly as it
should, or the suggestion that it
might be better for a thousand guilty
people to go free than one innocent
person to go to prison.
No matter how damning the evidence is, every defendant is to be
afforded due process, and it is inexcusable that the media can circumvent this process at will. Already, the
two former defendants are being subject to harassment at their homes
and workplaces, and will likely be
persecuted for many years to come.
The fact that I, personally, now
know where they work and live is
shocking in itself, considering that
these are two innocent men who, in
the eyes of the law, are equal
Canadian citizens to you and I.
Now, I'm willing to accept that, by
all rights, they are guilty, but maybe
I shouldn't be able to pass judgment from my soapbox in print.
And, if by some small chance they
are innocent, then they've spent
almost five years in prison for a
crime they didn't commit, and as
such, should probably be given
some David Milgaard-esque compensation and compassion.
Perhaps being informed does do
harm sometimes at least when it
comes to submitting those who
should be considered innocent to
judgment before the eyes of society,
with no way of proving their innocence anyway. I believe in our
courts, including judgment at the
highest one of all, and if I find
Ripudaman Singh Malik and Ajaib
Singh Bagri at the Pearly Gates, I
certainly won't refuse to accept
their innocence just because the
newspapers told me to.
—Kirk Zembal
University of Alberta
Letters
The Centre Cannot Hold
True, I did not submit my own entry
to the Ubyssey literary supplement
[RANT, Mar 23] because I had two
essays due. Hence, today, I picked it
up, wishing to see what interesting
submissions you have received. To
my utter horror I have realised that
all three poetry entries that you printed, and especially the first prize "winner" poem are total and utter crap.
Granted, as a poet I realise how
increasingly difficult it is to write
something original, while drawing
on a literary tradition on the one
hand and creating a new one on the
other, but these...these were tales full
of sound and fury signifying nothing.
I just don't understand—have the
standards around here slipped so far
down that just about anything that
has a non-prose visual arrangement
passes for poetry these days? I don't
want to judge something by how I feel
about it, but OK, so you're resorting to
cliche, so your rhythm is off—but
where do we draw the line?
I'm starting to suspect the problem is not with UBC; every year I submit my poetry to the CBC poetry contest, to other contests and every year
the winner is some inane tale of an
immigrant coming to terms with his
brand spankin' new life in Canada,
the beaver, the flag and the Canadian
prairies. God, where is the substance
here? Where is the poetry? Hey, I'm
an immigrant—twice; and I don't feel
the need to babble about God, the flag
and everything. Shape up, Ubyssey,
next year, whether you want it or not,
I am submitting my poetry.
—Michael G. Khmelnitsky
Third-year Arts
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Tuesday, 29 March, 2005   THE UBYSSEY
Sweeping past the
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T-Birds 13-0, best start since joining NAIA
by Sara Norman
SPORTS STAFF
UBC Thunderbirds baseball defended their perfect record, defeating the
Eastern Oregon Mountaineers in a
three-game sweep last week.
Records were set, relief pitchers
were given a chance to shine and
there were many struggles, but the
Thunderbirds came out victorious.
In their opening game against
Eastern Oregon last Wednesday,
the Thunderbirds defeated the
Mountaineers with an astonishing
19-7 score. Junior T-Bird Adam
Campbell hit a record two home-
runs out of Nat Bailey Stadium-
something no one has ever done
in one game before. UBC relief
pitcher Tim Henderson threw for
three innings and allowed only
two hits. In the bottom of the
fourth, the Thunderbirds scored
eight runs, which put them in the
lead with a score of 13-7 after trailing the Mountaineers 7-5.
Game two was a true testament
to team effort as Thunderbirds
defeated the Mountaineers 7-4. Six
Thunderbird hitters had RBIs and
the Mountaineers got only two hits
off UBC pitcher Doug Grant's sixth
innings of work.
However, the last game on
March 24 proved to be more of a
struggle. Although the Birds started the game off strong scoring
three runs early, the Mountainers
managed to storm back to cut the
score to one. In the fifth inning,
the Mountaineers scored two RBIs
off UBC pitcher Jonathan Forest.
In the top of the sixth, the
Mountaineers scored two more
runs and took a hold of their first
lead of the game. But this was
short lived as the Thunderbirds
scored two runs in the sixth inning
and another in the seventh to hold
on for the 6-4 victory.
UBC relief pitchers Jeff Tobin
and Dave Pasquali replaced Forest
in the last three innings, shutting
out the Mountaineer's from scoring any additional runs. "Jeff
Tobin and Dave Pasquali would be
the players of the game. They
came in and did exactly what we
needed them to do," coach Terry
McKaig stated.
Pasquali      was
satisfied  with  the
win,    although   he
believes  they could
have   played  better.
"As  a  team we were
good enough to win but
not as good as we could
be," he said.
Tyler Wilson and Richard
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for the rest of the game.
"[The Mountaineers] swung the
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of our better guys on the mounds,
[Forest]," said McKaig.
Forest wasn't as forgiving. "I
lost a little bit of my velocity and
was not as good [in the fifth and
sixth innings] as the first four
innings, but [we] pulled through it
and [were] all right. It wasn't my
best overall."
At the bat for UBC, Mark Cappone
made some impressive hits, as did Brett
Murray and Tyler Wilson, allowing
UBC to score runs in the sixth and
seventh innings. "Mark Cappone...is
always going to help us offensively,
he's probably the best hitter right
now," said Forest
"It was a tough game, but I was
really happy with our guys. We got
some key hits when we needed to.
Every day we step on the field we
try to win, and that's what we did,
so a coach has got to be happy,"
said McKaig.
On Sunday the Birds maintained their perfect record with a
single-day three game sweep over
the Mountaineers. The Birds now
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