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Tuesday, February 10, 2004
Volume 85 Issue 36
East coast diseases since 1918
Thousands converge to protest tuition
BC government bears brunt of criticism
by Paul Evans
Students outraged by tuition fee
hikes rallied all across Canada last
week as part of a "Day of Action,"
and the message in BC was clear:
'Gordon Campbell must reduce
tuition: fees."
In Vancouver, about 2000 post-
secondary students descended
upon the Art Gallery downtown to
protest against the _C government
and recent tuition increases. They
were joined by unions, high school
students, parents and other concerned citizens.
UBC students were fueled up for
the rally by a free pancake breakfast held outside the SUB before
they boarded chartered buses destined for the Art Gallery. There,
they met with students from colleges and universities across the
Lower Mainland.
"Students are turned back
because they don't have big enough
chequebooks," shouted Summer
McFadden; BC chairperson for the
Canadian Federation- of Students
(CFS)—the group behind the rally-
to a rowdy crowd of placard waving
Hand-painted signs with slogans
like "Public Education is NOT for
Sale," mingled with a menacing
looking paper-mache head of BC
Premier Gordon Campbell and CFS
placards that read "Reduce Tuition
McFadden reminded the crowd
that when Campbell took office he
promised a five per cent reduction
in tuition fees but instead fees have
increased as much as 113 per cent
since 2001. She also said students
are now in overcrowded schools
with fewer services.
"We1 know through polling that
90 per cent of British Columbians
oppose tuition fee increases and
believe they should be frozen or
reduced," said McFadden. She
added that.75 per cent would be
willing to give back recent provincial tax cuts if they knew it would
make education more accessible.
Helesia Luke, a parent with a son
entering university next year, also
expressed her frustration with the
financial burden being placed on
"I'm outraged that the government expects our children to mort-
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CANINE X-ING: Pet wants word with Gordon, peter klesken photo
gage their futures for their education," she said.
While Liberal officials did not
attend the rally, Karen McDonald, a
spokesperson for the BC Ministry
of Advanced Education, said the
decision lo raise tuition lies with
individual universities, not the
"The government does not
decide to increase tuition fees,"
she said. "Government funding has
been maintained for all of our post-
secondary institutions."
But UBC officials announced
last month that they are expecting
a $10 million reduction in core
government education funding
next year and are expecting to
increase tuition by up to 30 per
cent. Simon Fraser University has
already committed to a 35 per
cent hike.
McDonald also said even with
the, tuition hikes, BC students are
4st_l heavily subsidised. "Tuition
rnakes up between 20 and 30 per
cent of the actual real cost of a seat
for. a university student."
Following the speeches, the
crowd, escorted by a watchful
police detail,, began marching
through the streets of downtown
shouting "No More Hikes," and
"Hey ho, hey ho, Gordon Campbell
has got to go."
The resulting downtown traffic
jam left some drivers frustrated.
"They should pay less," said one
. cjriver as he inched along behind
the rambunctious crowd, but blocking traffic is the wrong way to go
about it, he added.
Students interviewed had
mixed motives for attending the
rally, but agreed high tuition was
making post-secondary education
more difficult.
"[The Liberals] are making it
harder and harder for us to get
anywhere in life," said Vancouver
Community College student Scott
UBC student Mike Bruce said he
would like to see a return to pre-
2001 tuition levels.
Amina Rai, Alma Mater Society
(AMS) president-elect, was in attendance and pointed out the significance of multi-campus lobbying.
"I think it needs to be such that
we can strengthen the relationship
between all student unions and
apply pressure to the government
so that they can look at more core
funding for education," she said.
AMS VP External Sam Saini,
See "Protest"on page 4.
Student society calling
on UBG to "come clean"
by Megan Thomas
In the wake of a week of damaging
press for UBC, the Alma Mater
Society (AMS) is calling for full and
public investigation into the alleged
manipulation of course enrolments
to improve the university's standing
in the annual Maclean's rankings.
Through a freedom of information request The Vancouver Sun and
The National Post reported on a
series of internal UBC senior administrator memos that suggested ways
to manipulate class size to better the
last place finish of the university in
the medical/doctoral category in the
2002 Maclean's rankings.
"We just want them td come
clean," said Oana Chirila, AMS president "They need to make sure they
have a statement to the students in
The Post and Sun reported on an
eight month campaign to reduce
class sizes, including suggestions to
deceive students about room capacity, deny students the ability to major
in some subjects and push some high
enrolment classes to second term
because Macleans only looks at first
term numbers.
Chirila said she is puzzled as to
why the university has not told their
side of the story.
"They have not been very forthcoming with any information," she
said. "They have been very quiet to
the media as well."
In a letter to President Martha
Piper, Chirila asked UBC to publicly
See "Ranking"on page 2.
UBC may have violated Pickton ban
University's broadcast e-mail
of Fox News story a mistake
by Jonathan Woodward
Both Fox News and UBC may have
broken a sweeping publication ban
on the case of accused serial killer
Robert William Pickton last week
sparking an RCMP investigation.
Fox News aired a stcny by Seattle-
based reporter Dan Springer that
reported what he said were "unbelievably gruesome" details,about the
crime scene and
the ensuing investigation—and then
said that most
Canadians were,
unaware of the "horrifying evidence"
because Canada's
courts have barred     PICKTON
the media from reporting it
The information may have been
in direct contravention of the ban,
and RCMP Corporal Catherine
Galhford said Fox is under investigation by a criminal investigation unit
"There is definitely the potential
for charges if we find that the story
and the information therein is in violation of the publication ban," she said.
UBC was drawn into the potential
breach when it reproduced a version
of the story, which quoted two UBC
professors, on its daily media summary—an e-mail newsletter about
events at UBC that gets sent to about
300 addresses. It also placed a syn-i
opsis of the story and links to it on a
UBC public affairs website. Both of
these were removed when a reporter
from the Canadian Press called and
told UBC of the mistake.
The story was on the Internet for
FEATURE: Enter the Pit of
carnal desire, if you darel
Why do you go to the Pit Pub?
Page 8.
CULTURE: The Wild West!
Mae West portrayed in Dirty
Blonde. Page 6-7.
LETTER: Martha Piper
Addressing class sizes and the
Maclean's rankings. Page 10.
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PM's Throne Speech gets good review
A speed, from the throne on behalf
of Canadian Prime Minister Paul.
Martin echoing UBC's own commitment to financial access got positive reviews from student groups
last week.
"The government's goal is to
ensure that a lack of financial
resources will not be allowed to
deny, to those with motivation and
capacity, the opportunity to learn
and aspire to...a univeristy degree,'
said Governor-General Adrienne
Clarkson. The speech outlined a
plan to increase student loan limits,
allow deductibles such as computers and increase eligibility for higher income students.
The speech also promised a new
grant for first-year students, and
proposed to modify the Registered
Education Savings Plan to ensure
investment by low-income families.
While happy that much of the student agenda was included in the
government's priorities. Alma
Mater Society President Oana
Chirila said that not enough was
done to address the long-term problem of student debt
"Just increasing loans just
increases debt,* she said. "This doesn't address the affordability of education from the very beginning.* ♦
—Jonathan Woodward
University responds to inquiry request with memo
"Ranking" from page h
release the documents, hold a full
inquiry, prove that course enrolment
practices were based on "legitimate
academic pressures" and to postpone
any tuition reviews until the investigation is complete.
"The AMS believes that such
measures are both prudent in the
current climate of doubt, and necessary for restoring the faith of the student body in the academic integrity
of the university," wrote Chirila.
But she also said the AMS is not
calling for Piper's resignation, something several people have done on
local radio talk shows.
Scott Macrae, a UBC spokesperson, said the AMS request is being
considered, but could not say if any
action will be taken. He also said he
does not think the article in The Post
and Sun were fair to UBC.
, . "The article, made it appear as if
[the suggestions] had been put into
effect," he said. "There is absolutely
no evidence that any student was
impacted." .
Piper wrote an article for The Sun
in defense of the university over the
weekend explaining that while sug
gestions may have been made about
artificially reducing class size, none
were implemented.
Despite the suggestions, UBC did
not better its fifth-place finish in this
year's Maclean's rankings.
So far the AMS has received a
memo response and meeting with
Barry McBride, VP Academic and
"To the best of my knowledge, no
UBC student was denied access to
courses needed to graduate, or
denied entry into a program because
of actions to reduce class sizes," he
McBride also denied that any
classes were flipped to second term
to try and improve class size ranking
and said the suggestion to He to students about room capacity was never
"We would never sanction any
suggestion that would deliberately
mislead our students," he wrote.
Chirila said a memo is not enough
to rectify the situation. The AMS
wants the administration to make a
statement to UBC students about the
"This has made a lot of people
wonder about UBC,* she said. ♦
Inadvertent mistake likely won't draw charges against UBC
"Ban" from page 1.
about five hours and many of the e-
mails were not sent because a delay
in UBC's e-mail services allowed
them to retract the newsletter, said
UBC spokesperson Paul Patterson.
"That was strictly an error on our
part Once it was brought to our
attention we corrected it immediately," he said.
Recognising the lack of motive,
Galliford said UBC is not being
investigated for breaking the publication ban. "It was an inadvertent
breach," she said.
A Canadian media outlet would
normally be charged with obstruction of justice or be held in contempt
of court for a violation of the ban,
bringing up to a two year jail sentence, said Galliford. The fact that the
Fox story came from Seattle, but is
easily accessible in Canada, poses
problems for the ban's enforcement
"They can't bring a lawsuit
against Fox in the United States,"
said Stephen Ward, a journalism
professor at UBC. "[This] system is
no longer working in an age of the
Internet, in an age of global media.
It's like trying to put fingers in a dike
that's leaking in a thousand places.
You're not going to prevent these
guys from getting the news out*
While it is unclear whether the
Canadian assets of Fox can be targeted in this investigation, a punishment suggested by Pickton's defense
lawyers may still be an option: banning errant American journalists
from court when the trial begins.
But this could have the unfortunate side effect of barring Canadian
journalists from upcoming hearings, as Pickton's defense lawyers
have suggested. Ward said.
The media ban is enforced in
Canada to avoid tainting potential
jury members with information
about the crime before they see it in
court, said Mary Lynn Young, a UBC
journalism professor. The US system rarely imposes these bans, she
"We don't want to go to the extent
of the US system where you get trial
by media," she said, citing the infamous trials of. O. J. Simpson and
Kobe Bryant.
But Fox News says the publication ban has a "dangerous flip side."
Public knowledge of the case provides police with critical scrutiny
that ensures that they are doing
their job correctly, said the report
This case hasn't reached the trial
stage yet, said Wes Pue, UBC associate dean of graduate studies in Law.
"Once you move into the court
arenas it's a public process. It's
there for the public, and this is one
of the greatest protections our legal
systems provide against abuse of
Pickton is currently under
investigation in the disappearance
of at least 15 women from
Vancouver's Downtown East Side.
The DNA of up to 31 women has
been found on Pickton's Port
Coquitlam Pig Farm. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
T-Bird concerts too loud, say residents
Homeowners complain that commercial events not part of student life
by Jonathan Woodward
Commercial summer concerts that bring the
likes of Radiohead and the Warped Tour to
Thunderbird Stadium are not part of university life, disturb the peace and must stop, says
Jim Taylor, the outgoing president of the
University Neighbourhood Association (UNA).
The stadium, which used to be isolated in
south campus, is now a fact of life for new
residents of University Town, and UBC has to
recognise its obligations to those residents to
keep noise that's unrelated to student life
down, he said.  '...■..
"The noise gets into the higher buildings,
and it echoes, and it's quite outstanding.
You'd think it was next door, but you know
it's half a mile away," said Taylor.
The university is building residential
developments for non-students to bring mil-
lions of dollars into UBC's endowment—a
fund spent on academic pursuits. Taylor, a
1968 UBC Law graduate, lives in Hampton
Place, one of those developments.
He supports student-run events like Arts
County Fair, but said that commercial concerts that happen during the summer are not
part of living in a university environment
"That's a part of student life and it's going
to be noise that someone's going to hear. We
don't have any God-given right to say we
shouldn't hear it," he said. "For any legitimate student activity I take the same position. But I do draw the distinction between
purely commercial offerings that are
designed to attract non-students. They're
designed to market to anyone, just to make
Haying up to four Concerts in the summer
brings in oyer $ 100,000 for UBC Athletics to
finahce games anil sporting
events for students, said Bob
Philip, director of athletics.
"Up to now the concerts
have actually paid the bills,"
he said. "To put on a game
[at the Stadium] there is a
• reasonable charge and it
doesn't have that many
seats. Years that we haven't        PHILIP
NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON'T. Some campus residents want to get rid of lucrative commercial summer concerts
because the noise they hear is too much. Michelle mayne photo
had   concerts   we've   lost   a  reasonable
The summer is the only time that athletics can rent the stadium out to non-university events because during the school term
rain increases the chance that the grass field
will be turned into mud—something rubgy
and football teams can't play on.
Also, noise during the school year would
interfere with genuine student activities like
classes, said Philip.
"It's not just residents that complain^
about noise, but if you're trying to run classes and stuff, the noise tends to reverberate
all around campus," Philip said.
Although Athletics relies on the concert
money, its operations must be in line with
UBC's obligation to people living on campus,
said Taylor.
"I understand the social value of athletics
getting more money to get good things,, but
that is not an answer," he said. "If athletics
was financing its facilities by allowing off-
street drag cars to drag up and down by a
student residence under lights, people
would say, 'There' has to be a limit.' Those
concerts are beyohd that limit."
UBC has no noise policy and the
University End owm&nf Lands has- a bylaw**!
that prohibits "unreasonable noise," but
every policy is a balance, said Nick Losito,
the director of environmental health at the
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.
"There is an expectation that people can
go out and enjoy their concert and have a
good time and a conflicting...expectation
that people can get their peace, quiet and
rest in their neighbourhood," he said.
Vancouver city council makes exceptions
to its noise bylaw to maintain this balance,
he said. Certain GM Place concerts and the
Molson Indy get exceptions.
As the university builds more housing
close to the stadium, it will have to deal with
more complaints, which may shift the balance, said Losito.
The university administration says resi-
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choose to live on campus, said Linda Moore,
associate director of UBC's University Town
"Anyone who chooses to live on campus is
choosing a certain lifestyle," she said. "If people are looking for a quiet lifestyle with no
students, they may not want to live there. I
think a very fundamental and unique aspect
is living with a student atmosphere." ♦
Pit night gets more
Thanks to a new Pit Pub policy, the company you can enjoy
on   busy   bar   nights   has
become a little more selective.
As of January 21, the campus pub is restricting entry
after 6pm on Wednesdays
and" Fridays, allowing only
UBC students, staff, faculty
and their guests to enter.
According to a sign posted at
the Pit door, each student, staff member, or faculty member
may bring up to two non-UBC friends, who must sign in on
arrival—and the inviting individual will be held responsible
for guests behavior.
The Pit hopes this new move will allow the bar "to better
serve [its] student patrons," the sign reads.
Former PM a UBC Hail-of-Famer
Former Prime Minister John Turner will be recognised for
his remarkable career in sports when he is inducted into the
UBC Sports Hall of Fame later this term.
Turner Was a sprinter with the UBC Thunderbirds in the
late 1940s and later wrote sports for the Ubyssey newspaper.
Ex-Social Credit education minister Pat McGeer will also
be inducted for outstanding performance while playing basketball with the UBC Thunderbirds, culminating in a 42-38
victory over the Harlem Globetrotters.
While Turner wrote for the Ubyssey, McGeer was often
reported about for his ministerial position of removing students from UBC's Board of Governors. He was often topic of
discussion in the student newspaper in a time of government cuts and it was not always in the most charitable
of lights. ♦
AMS insuraijce costs skyrocket
President says
society lucky to
get insurance
by Megan Thomas
To keep the cold beer flowing in the Pit and
to keep the doors of the SUB open, the
Alma Mater Society (AMS) is looking at
insurance premiums that will nearly
quadruple next year.
The AMS was given notice a year ago
that its insurance provider for more than a
decade, Canadian Universities Reciprocal
Insurance Exchange, would no longer be
insuring student societies. Instead AMS
insurance will be provided by Campus
Advantage—a consortium of student
unions that work together to lower the
price of services. But the new deal will cost
about $120,000 a year, instead of the
$3 5,000 the AMS was paying.
AMS President Oana Chirila said the
student society is lucky to get insurance
at all.
"We are a new face on the market We
have had some claims recently. I think we
are very lucky to get anything," she said.
Recent claims against the AMS include
flooding in the old Bank of Montreal space
in the SUB, a claim involving Arts County
Fair and a daim mvolving the Pit Pub. The
last two aire currently before the courts but
will be settled by Ihe AMS's last insurance
provider, said Bernie Peets, AMS general
manager j
While the AMS approached more than
20 different insurance brokers, only
Campus Advantage came forward with a
viable proposal
But the Campus Advantage package
does not'include insurance for alcoholic
events taking place outside the SUB, meanr
ing when the switchover happens March 1,
clubs could have to work out individual
insurance for their events.
"We are still sifting through all the
details of that" said Henry Chen, AMS
treasurer and controller. "Come March itis
going to be a different kind of environment
for sure."
The AMS is still working on a plan for
beer garden insurance, but VP Finance
Brian Duong said extra costs may fall
to clubs.
"If there is incremental costs to a certain event, they will likely be borne by
those constituencies," he said.
One event that has been notified it will
need separate insurance is the annual Arts
County Fair concert in April. Arts
Undergraduate Society (AUS) President
Chris Payne said the organising committee
is currently in negotiations to secure the
required insurance but has yet to receive a
quote oh the cost
"If by the beginning of March nothing is
set in stone that is when you've got to start
to wonder a Utile bit But right now we are
looking pretty confident" said Payne.
While insurance premiums will
increase the cost of running Arts County
Fair, Payne said ticket prices will
not increase and safety will not be compromised.
While the AMS knew premiums would
go up, the large increase was a surprise.
"We had developed some preliminary
budgets but ..this is a little more than we
expected," said Chen.
The difference will be incorporated into
next year's AMS budget but will put a considerable strain on the society's finances,
said Duong.
But the AMS is not alone in having
insurance woes. Insurance premiums
have increased in all areas, says a university official who helped the AMS to broker
the new deal
"I don't think you will find one living
soul in the universe right now that had a
premium go down last year," said John
Welch, risk and insurance manager
for UBC.
The perception that student societies
are high risk also caused premiums to skyrocket said Chirila.
"Nobody wants to insure anything, and
especially not a student union of our size,"
she said. "There is no comparison across
the country for anyone who has two pubs,
200 clubs—and a skydiving club." ♦ TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2004
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go up a reasonable amount," said
McLaughlin, adding that the
increased fees will imprQve the
overall quality of education. He also
thinks that if tuition fees were
reduced there would be negative
effects for students.
"I'm concerned that if tuition
fees are reduced, we'll see the exact
sstoe thing that happened during
the tuition freeze: bigger classes,
fewer labs, six-year undergraduate
degrees," he said.
With signs sporting slogans like,
"My Right Your Wallet," McLaughlin
and his supporters immediately
drew intense opposition from the
crowd of protesters.
One student from Emily Carr
Institute of Art and Design
described McLaughlin's presence as
"Not cool." She said he is welcome to
his opinion buj should not be at a
rally in support of reducing tuition.
Although no physical violence
erupted, incensed protestors frequently engaged McLaughlin in
passionate shouting matches.
McLaughlin said one protester tried
to grab Ms placard and swore in his
When the protest began to
march, McLaughlin and his supporters inarched slightly ahead of the
crowd, trying to ensure that their
signs were seen in photographs
being taken by the press.
At one point the crowd paused in
an effort to distance the throng from
the counter-protest.
But McLaughlin was not fazed by
his unpopularity.
"I just want to expose some of the
hypocrisy of some of the students
here," he said. "I want Mr Campbell
to know that there are students out
there who support him."*>
—with files from Dan Burritt THE UBYSSEY
The way we pay for music
has to change, panellists say
With lawsuits looming, an outmoded system needs updating
by Robson Fletcher
With lawsuits looming for 40 Canadians who
share music online, the old legal and economic models for distributing copyrighted material need to be updated, panellists said last week
at UBC Robson Square downtown.
"The way that music is financed has to be
re-thought," said panel member Margo
Langford, who studied Internet law at Harvard
and has managed anti-piracy cases for multinational record companies.
The current system is bound to break down,
she said. With so much music available for free
on the Internet, fewer and fewer people are
paying for professionally-recorded CDs.
And despite the objections—and lawsuits—
from the recording industry, many Canadians
who download music don't plan on stopping
because they feel they are doing nothing
wrong, said the panel.
Geoff Stowe, a BCIT journalism student
and panel member who shares music online,
said he often hears from fellow downloaders
that they are only harming the already-rich
record companies, not the artists.
"Here's the thing. How much money do
[the record companies] make in a year?" said
Stowe. "Most people assume it's in the
With only about five major multinational
record companies controlling the majority of
music sold, record sales of US$32 billion are
split among a very small pool, said Langford.
And the record companies are feeling the
online crunch: sales were six per cent less
than the year before.
Six per cent may not seem like a big
change, but Langford said record companies
only break even on 15 per cent of the artists
they invest in. The other 85 per cent actually
cost the companies money, which needs to be
subsidised by the profits reaped from highly
successful artists.
The Canadian Recording Industry
Association (CRlA), acting on behalf of these
companies, has identified 40 people in
Canada who share music online and will likely file lawsuits against them later this month,
according to sources in a number of recent
media reports.
If the lawsuits go ahead, they will follow the
lead of the Recording Industry Association of
America, which sued hundreds of Americans
for downloading copyrighted songs off the
The CRIA has been reluctant to take legal
action because Canadian laws regarding file
sharing are not as clear as in the US.
Last December, the Copyright Board of
Canada said that it is legal to download music
for your own personal use, but it is illegal to
upload music to other people.
This caused confusion, as sharing music
typically involves both downloading and
uploading. The legal authority of the statement
is also unclear, said Langford.
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setting body," she said. "They're not supposed
to practice law."
Copying music for personal use is legal in
Canada because Canadians pay a levy for
blank CDs and digital music devices which
subsidises artists.
Not everyone in the industry is opposed to
the online music sharing. Many unsigned
artists welcome the chance to distribute their
music around the world.
Panel member Ian Giesbrecht was a campus DJ and programmed his radio shows
largely with songs he downloaded after contacting the artists.
Giesbrecht believes that in the future many
artists will abandon record labels entirely, in
favour of a direct-to-market, online distribution system.
But it is unlikely that record companies will
disappear altogether, said Langford.
"I think there will still be a need for somebody to market the music," she said. "It isn't
enough just to publish it Somebody has to get
out there and pay for the promotion and
Langford believes one of the results will be
a less concentrated distribution system.
"We'll be back to almost the 1950s when
there were thousands of labels and people
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until Feb. 29
by Sarah Bourdon and Dan McRoberts
Few movie actresses in the last century have created
more controversy and scandal than Mae West. Known for
her blatant sensuality and unmistaiable voice, she rose to
notoriety in a time when women were supposed to be
modest and refined. "Dirty Blonde" is a wonderful portrayal of the personality and allure of Mae West and the
effect her life had on those around her, even years after
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Nicola Cavendish; an accomplished local actress and
former UBC theatre student, is excellent in her portrayal
of Mae West. Her colourful performance is highlighted by
her ability to master the sultry vixen's voice and mannerisms. Cavendish brings to life the energy, sexuality and
spontaneity of West, while at other times drawing sympathy and even pity for a woman who would do almost anything for fame, even in her old age.
Cavendish also plays the character of Jo from the parallel storyline which occurs in modern times. Jo is a Mae
West fan who, while visiting the star's gravesite, meets
Charlie, another avid fan.
The two other actors in the play, Allan Morgan {who
plays Charlie as well as many other male characters) and
Peter Jorgensen {who similarly plays multiple roles) are
outstanding. Both resist the temptation to overact, which
wouldn't be hard to do when onstage with the character of
Mae West—the archetype of the bombshell caricature.
Morgan's portrayal of Charlie as a teenager is at first dis-
tractirigly reminiscent of the character Harold from The
Red Green Show. Thankfully, the matured version of
Charlie drops' several of these awkward tendencies, making for a much more enjoyable character.
The first act is more or less a sexual romp, but the second act is characterised by a little more darkness and
greater dramatic depth, both in the storyline of Mae West
and the contemporary love story. This works very well, as
the actors are able to find an interesting balance between
pathos and humour, but maintain a positive undercurrent.
The friendship that develops between Jo and Charlie
adds a touching quality to the story and explores the often-
stigmatised idea of obsession. But, instead of depicting
their fixation with Mae West as a bad thing, the play shows
obsession to be a wonderful element of how people define
themselves. While it is presented in a funny manner, the
humour is neither brutal nor degrading. Charlie's obsession even extends to dressing up as Mae, a subject the playwright treats in a positive light and one that is carried oif
brilliantly by Allan Morgan. In the end, self-discovery
appears as the overall theme of both stories.
Cavendish's wonderful performance and the witty,
well-crafted dialogue between characters drive the play.
Complimenting the acting and script are the simple yet
strikingly beautiful sets and fantastic costumes. Each
locale lends, as it should, a real mood to the scene, essential when you have the same actors in different roles;
While "Dirty Blonde" is over two hours in length, the audience is kept entertained the entire time, for as Mae West herself said, "Too much of a good thing can be wonderful." ♦
he's talking to you!
Robert McNamara's eleven lessons
are more important than ever
now playing
by Duncan M. McHugh
Director Errol Morris may have begun
work on his latest film, The Fog of War,
before September 11, 2001, the US
invasion of Afghanistan or the current
US occupation of Iraq, but his film
could hardly be more appropriate for
its time. Culled from a series of interviews with Robert McNamara, along
with archival footage and audiotapes,
Morris—one of the most acclaimed
non-fiction filmmakers of all time-
crafts a history of a man intrinsically
linked to the events—and in particular
the wars—of the 20th century.
Robert S. McNamara (the S stands
for Strange, no joke) is known primarily for having been tie US Secretary
of Defense during the Kennedy
administration and for the majority
of the Johnson administration; however, his accomplishments don't end
there. He's also been the youngest-
ever assistant professor at Harvard, a
WWII military advisor, president of
the Ford Motor Company and the
president of the World Bank.
- Ironically, for a man whose name
has become. synonymous with the
Vietnam War, McNamara's first memory is of the celebrations on Armistice
Day in 1918. By the time WWH rolled
around, McNamara was analysing
data for the US military. Based on his
advice, the US changed its approach to
bombing Japan, opting instead for
firebombs which proved disastrously
effective on Japan's wooden cities. In
March of 1945, for example, 100,000
people were killed in one night when
Tokyo was firebombed, leaving 50 per
cent of the city destroyed. As
McNamara points out, paraphrasing
US Air Force Commander Curtis
LeMay, had the Allies lost the war, he
and McNamara would have been tried
as war criminals.
The movie is broken up into eleven
lessons, ranging from the importance
of empathising with one's enemy to
the need to partake in evil to create
good to the unchangability of "human
nature." McNamara credits President
Kennedy's ability to empathise with
Soviet leader Khrushchev for having
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averted nuclear catastrophe during the
"Cuban Missile Crisis" of 1962. In fact,
McNamara tells us during the film that
it was not until 1992 that he learned
that there had in fact been nuclear
warheads on Cuba when, at the time of
the crisis, the CIA had reported that
there had been none.
Morris uses a device he created
called the "Interrotron" to conduct his
interviews. The device allows him to
make eye contact with the interviewee
with a mirror while they face the camera. It makes for an arresting style,
even more so given McNamara's articulate and revelatory commentary.
While he may not apologise for what
he's done, McNamara, who was 85
when these interviews took place two
years ago, comes across as a brilliant
but remorseful man. One might not
agree with the decisions he made, but
one can certainly appreciate some of
the wisdom he has acquired over his
long and colourful life. ♦
Talkie Walkie
by Neil Braun
Even if you don't recognise the band's name, you're more
than likely faioiliar with Air's music".' Soon after its
release, the Parisian duo's 1998 debut album, Moon
Safari, became every major cosmetics company's wet
dream. Air's music w_s subsequently used to sell every
beauty product from mascara to nail polish, a trend which
has only just recently faded. Such corporate whoring from
a non-mainstream band would have been deemed unforgivable, except that Moon Safari was a solid-gold masterpiece that has defined the electronic pop genre through to
the present day. The album's fluid and effortless combination of lush pop melodies, kitschy Continental lounge
and early 80s analog srynths practically screamed cool and
thus made it the perfect mood music for many a trendy
coffee shop, jet-setting cocktail party and sex-drenched
dorm room the world over.
However, after composing the soundtrack to Sophia
Coppola's The Virgin Suicides, Air's 2001 album, 10,000
Hz Legend, sacrificed its predecessor's charms for "artistic growth." Air had created an overly dense, robotic and
claustrophobic album that now bore the influence of bad
70s prog-rock instead of Burt Bacharach's 60s pop; certainly, this was not the album to inspire people to buy lipstick or to, er, make with the love.
Fortunately, Air's new album, Talkie Walkie, marries
the strengths of both previous albums to create something more relaxed, simple and beautiful. This much is
obvious from the album's final track, "Alone in Kyoto,"
which appeared late last year on the soundtrack to Lost in
Translation, another Sophia Coppola film.
The spare mix of piano, acoustic guitar and triaiigle-
pings radiate a warmth and comfort the band hasn't
expressed before. Even, better is the lead single "Cherry
Blossom Girl"—again, it's Air's newfound {or rediscovered) subtle restraint that gives the song itp beauty. The
duo's gender-ambiguous vocals, aided by a hypnotic bed
of melodic guitar lines and echoed synthesizer effects,
will likely induce swooning with the sighing refrain: "Tell
me why can't it be true."
Despite the odd misstep (the Tra__ylvania-like organ
and plodding beat of "Another Day" quickly becomes
monotonous). Air manages to maintain the spirit of these
two standout tracks throughout Talkie Walkie. The peppy
beat and trotting banjo of _*Alpha Beta Gaga" showcases
Air at their most whimsical, "Venus* is awash in gauzy,
inviting. New Wave-ish synthesizer tones and. "Mike
Mills" {as in R.E.M.'s bassist? It wouldn't be a surprising
reference coming from a band whose remix album is
named Everybody Hertz) is a lovely, miniature electro-
symphony. .     '
Though Air has not produced an album that equals the
sgrninal Moon Safari, Talkie Walkie nevertheless remains
an enchanting, gorgeous listen! Doubtless its songs will
soon be supporting a Beyonce pitch for some space-age
eye shadow. However, given their history, that may be the
best measure of the quality of Air's music. ♦.
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Sleuth plays an uneven hand
at the Gateway Theatre
until Feb. 14
by Anna King
There is a game piece missing from
the Gateway's performance of
"Sleuth," and in a play that is built
on strategy and the studied advance
and retreat of players, the flaw
throws off the focus of the game.
The flaw is relying too heavily on
what is most often lauded about the
play—its numerous plot twists—and
failing to revel deeply in the characters. This is why the second act, with
its writhing plot, takes off in this
performance, while act one, which
relies more heavily on characterisation, feels as flat as a chess board.
Playwright Anthony Shaffer was
a master of cunning and guile, true,
but his 1970 award-winning script
also has enough nuance, parody
and emotional sophistication to
have taken it out of the realm of a
mere thriller and into the ranks of a
rare and lasting hit. One of the
longest-running plays in history,
Shaffer called it "the main event,"
as the play's fame reigned over his
entire creative life (unfortunately
eclipsing his screenplays for the
brilliant hippie horror flick The
Wicker Man and Hitchcock's
I must admit, the only performance of "Sleuth" I have seen besides
this one is the admirable 1972
movie version starring Laurence
Olivier and Michael Caine, which
sets the bar a little high. Still, it is a
play that needs to be risky to stay
relevant, and for that it needs an
unwavering commitment to character and to the sharpness pf Shaffer's
John Innes, who plays the writer
Andrew Wyke, shows considerable
examples of this commitment in act
two, but the persona is developed
too late and too inconsistently.
Bob Frazer plays Milo Tindle, the
seducer of Wyke's wife and unwitting player id the older man's wily
games, and is relatively capable,
although his English accent is
smartingly bad.
Wyke, obsessed with the cheesy
detective stories he churns out,
comes from a bygone era of butlers,
sitting rooms and blatant lass
hatred. Wyke invites Tindle to his
country manor for a drink and
ostensibly to discuss ridding himself, of his troublesome wife. But
Wyie begins to show his true
colours when Tindle reveals he is
the son of a failed Jewish-Italian
watchmaker. Hijinks ensue and
then things get pretty ugly.
Innes has a good handle on the
petty, livid side of Wyke, but he
doesn't adequately portray the glee
and playfulness of the games master necessary for bur understanding
of his actions.
Frazer's goofiness in act one is
too close to farce for a play that is
actually quite frightening, although
he reverses that persona nicely in"
the second act. The other characters are beguiling, but somewhat
With an extravagent set in the
ornate Gateway Theatre and a plodding pace, this production felt like it
was aimed squarely at the seniors
who surrounded me and who
clapped politely before disappearing
to their sedans. Maybe director John
Cooper decided a generation used to
seeing half a dozen plot twists in the
average movie trailer wasn't going
to fork out the 32 dollars anyway,
and decided to head straight for the
pockets of the folks who saw the
show in the 1970s when it first
made a splash.
Prudent, but, yawn, a bit dull. ♦
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t's 9:30pm on the third Wednesday of second term
and everyone who is (or isn't) anyone is crammed into
the seething, sloping stream that feeds directly into the
Pit Pub. Girls in black tank tops and low-cut jeans press
against the railings as they try desperately to make room
for their cleavage. A guy wearing what looks like a white
swimming cap pushes past me to join the line. He
already reeks of alcohol and tells me that the line-up is
pretty short He must be used to it; he's from Vancouver,
I think.
"There's no one in there right now...They try and
make you think that there's lots of people in there,*
some nearby exchange students cpmplain. But the Pit
has no shortage of customers. What is it that makes the
Pit so popular?
"What UBC needs is a pub," former UBC professor
David Suzuki wrote in 1968. "The presence of friends at
different tables and the warmth of camaraderie engendered by beer would soon result in new friends and
active discussion." He envisioned students and staff
chatting together and buying each other beers. A place
where "radical ideals would be tempered by the effects
of alcohol."
I'm not sure that alcohol has the effect of tempering
current UBC students' behaviour, especially on Pit
Night I haven't had many "active discussions" with professors over a beer in the Pit But the Pit is a UBC tradition, the first place we legally drank alcohol.
It's renowned for being a primal courting arena
where conversations are out and body language is in. It's
"more touchy-feely...you just kind of go up and grab a
girl. Sometimes you get slapped but other times it's good
to go," says Phil Down, a regular Pit-goer.
"If you want to get laid you go to the Pit," an Aussie
exchange student says. .
I decide to chat to the guy in the spandex swimming
cap, who has been to the Pit almost fifty times and, like
the exchange students, he comes for the women.
"I got some moves but I don't pull 'em out for anybody." No way man, he saves them for "the special girls."
He's met quite a few special girls in the past and says
that you can take it "as far as possible" at the Pit "When
I'm here I get it wherever I want, whenever
I want."
He" explains that it's his "style" that makes him so
irresistible. He's wearing a Sixer's jacket, baggy jeans
and a "scully," the white spandex hat which makes him
look "that much more sexy."
Richard Davis, a 3rd-year UBC student (and "the most
quotable guy on campus," according to himself), says
that guys go to the Pit because of "the cheap beer, no
cover, no dress code and plus there are lots of ladies
there." Guys circle the girls like "vultures," he says.
Davis says that the women go to the Pit because of the
music. "There are the good songs like 'Rock Your Body'
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by Justin Timberlake, 'Summer of 69' by Bryan Adams
or 'Like a Prayer' by Madonna, says Davis. "I guess
sometimes girls go there looking for guys. I'm not too
sure about that'
I decide to ask a group of girls who are dressed to
impress if they're there for the guys. "Ah, no." They burst
out laughing. The guys come for the girls, one of them
explains, "But the girls aren't into the guys." Maybe they
don't intend to pick up, it just kind of happens—otherwise the other boys are lying to me.
"We want to go dancing," they chant And drinking is
most certainly not on their agenda. ' ■  r,  ... .u<i
Some lipstick-loaded sorority girls say they're not
here to court "There's just not enough good guys," pne
says. Just wait till they've had a few.        . ,<■.
"After a few pints anything is possible," says Davis.
He's working with a success rate of approximately one
in every three Pit nights. "I don't necessarily go there
looking for that, but hey, what can I say?"
Davis believes the Pit is an ideal courting place for
short-term relationships, but for long-term relationships
he says, "Hell no." The loud music isn't conducive to
talking about international politics (his favourite subject). "It's dark in there, it's hard to tell who you're talking with." But long-term relationships shouldn't "start
with a drunken hook-up, personally." And just to drive
his point home, Davis yells at the tape player, "I am not
a man whore. I am not player. I am not"
But love isn't always what happens at the Pit. Down
has some stories, he says. He offered them a hundred
dollar bill to get in the back door, for the alcohol, and
says he threw his fist through one of the windows. He
shows me the scar. "I got kicked out of the Pit for about
a good term, like four months...I owed them $500 and
That wasn't Down's first outburst. He alleges that
over the last three years he has caused a lot of the
Violence at the Pit. "I broke a glass over someone's
face accidentally...no one remembers me. I was in
Nevertheless, Bill Anderson, the current Pit manager
says, "Compared to other places there are not many
problems." He aims to create a fun, safe atmosphere
where "people don't have to worry about many problems that go on in other bars."
Davis, who has been going to the Pit regularly since
February 27, 2002, agrees that it's a safe place. "The
bouncers keep it well under control, you don't see any
gang fights like there is in Gastown."
DJ Colione, who just started on Wednesday nights
along with DJ Ichiban, likes the Pit because everybody's
attitude is "super-chill."
I think he's hit the nail on the head. What makes the
Pit so great is it's lack of pretension. There is no dress
code, no snobs who won't talk to you, and no music that
3 _u haven't heard at least a hundred times. Let's face it
guys, we UBC students aren't that stylish (except the
spandex cap guy). We can relax, have fun, and make
fools of ourselves now and again. And we don't have to
worry about the girl in killer stilettos rolling her eyes
while she sips her $ 15 martini.
"It's a totally different space," Pit patron Erin Lee
says. "I can't believe it is right next to the library." ♦ THE UBYSSEY
Sexual assault victims win review
by Sarah Petrescu
VICTORIA (CUP)-After months of petitioning and criticising the university's
response to her attack, a young woman
who was sexually assaulted at the
University of Saskatchewan (U of S) last
November has won a victory in changing
campus safety measures.
The U of S has agreed to an external
review of campus safety after several
women were assaulted at the university
over- the past years. The decision comes
after considerable outcry from the victims
and their families.
"I want to see protocols in place for
when these things happen," said Eden,
who does not want to disclose her last
name for fear of being identified by her
attacker, who remains at large.
"I want to see preventative measures,"
she said, adding that surveillance cameras
would deter and help identify potential
offenders. "I never want another person to
go through what I went through."
Eden was on campus studying the-
night she was assaulted. She was grabbed
by her attacker while entering a main
bathroom and dragged to a smaller, usually locked private bathroom where she
was brutally assaulted.
"I instinctively fought back, ripping off
two fingernails in the process. With one
hand on my mouth and one on my neck,
which even days later left a mark, he started to strangle me. I reached a point too
great of fear and too great of stress to
even move."
The assault left Eden with a fractured
wrist and vaginal bleeding. She was
unable to identify her attacker because he
turned out the lights before she could see
him and there were no witnesses to the
Although Eden is grateful for the* assistance she received that night from campus security, she was disappointed with
the university's immediate handling of
the assault
"Neither the police nor the university
contacted me arid my family to offer us
guidance and assistance," she said. "We
had only one phone call from the university president, Peter McKinnon, over a
week after the incident and it was less
than a minute long."
After the assault Eden and her family
requested a mass e-mail be sent to'warn '
students of a sexual predator at large. The
e-mail was sent after the weekend, but
Eden says that it downplayed the incident, referring to it as an "alleged"
assault, warning students to be "extra vigilant" and underlining the campus safety
record. ft'
"It hurt that they used those words, as
if saying I could've done more." said Eden.
"I was not an 'alleged' victim. What happened to me was very real."
Janice LaVoie, community safety manager at the U of S, said the university handled the incident responsibly and continues to handle it well. "We immediately
made changes, adding more patrollers on
foot, and continue to do so. The safety of
our campu§ is a great concern for us," said
Eden and her family gained assistance
from the Saskatoon Sexual Assault Centre
and the U of S Women's Centre.
With the support of campus groups,
both victims and their families began to
lobby the school for changes. A petition for
the external review garnered over 1000
signatures. Public forums and press conferences were held and the U of S students' union agreed to create a Victim
Advocate Position.
The external review will assess the university's safety standards in comparison
with other schools across the country and
is set to be released in March
"Reports of sexual assault are extremely rare on campus," said LaVoie, prior to
the university's agreement to the review.
"The last two incidents are tragic and
regrettable circumstances, but the fact
these incidents are so rare is a good
thing." ♦ '■■*■'.
"Cyborg -displays
(digital eyesight
University of Toronto professor explores
technological and philosophical boundaries
by Erika Meere
MONTREAL (CUP)-A man claiming to be a cyborg was at
McGiH University on Monday to
speak about the melding of man
and machine.
The cyborg, also known as
Steve Mann, is a University of
Toronto professor, inventor and
author. He's best known for creating EyeTap—digital eyeglasses
that modify light using a camera
and a double-sided mirror in
order to allow a tiny, built-in
processor to record what you
see. The EyeTap can recognise
faces, filter out advertisements,
or send images and video directly to the Internet
An inventor since childhdod,
Mann came up with the earliest
version of EyeTap in the 1970s,
after realising how little eyeglasses had evolved since their
invention. ,:
"I remember thinking, why
not have digital eyeglasses? Why
are we still melting down glass?"
said Mann, who wears his indention nearly all the time.        :} _ _
Br 1994, he" became the first'*:
person to broadcast his daily life
on the Internet using the EyeTap.
"The idea I was trying! to
explore  was   inverse   surv'eil-
lance," he said. "Shortly after,
other people began doing the
same thing, like JenniCAM, but
that was for different reasons."
JenniCAM, a voyeuristic
Internet site that featured a constant webcam recording of the
site's owner, closed last month
after seven years online.
Mann had
some difficulty
in getting people to accept
EyeTap's capacity for "sousveil-
lance," which
he defines as
from below,
rather than from above. When
he started working 'on his
invention with the
Massachusetts Institute of
Technology (MIT), he was asked
to, work from hpme. Some faculty members were concerned
about the possibility of lawsuits
being launched against MIT if
images of members of the public from Mann's eyeglasses
were to appear on the Internet
via MIT's network.  a
Casinos   and   department'
stores were especially uncomfortable with having a camera
turned on them, according to
"Gambling casinos didn't
like me too much," he said. "I
noticed a correlation between
the number of cameras and the
amount of hatred towards me."
The. EyeTap glasses also
have the potential to help the
visually impaired and those
experiencing memory loss by
keeping a record of their day-today life, according to Mann.
However, one audience member questioned the sociological
and evolutionary implications
of humankind's dependence on
technologies like EyeTap.
"This is the age-old question
of whether technology is an
intellectual crutch," Mann
responded. "In a sense, technology has atrophied our bodies.!
We think ofcalculators, focj
example. I don't think there's
anyone in the room who could
Work out the square root of two
by hand. It doesn't mean it's a
bad thing, it just means that
we've adapted."
.Ornid Mehdizedeh, a PhD
student in mechanical engineering from the University of
Toronto, disagreed.    * .   .
'is*! personally" don't like the;
idea," he said. "I think people
should get closer to nature, not
further away. I don't like the
idea of people as cyborgs." ♦
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m aTai^ jacket DanBurrittharrumphedtohimself that Ihe only
true mime was that one who appeared in a Golden Girls episode,
but then Iva Cheung reminded him of Marcel Marccrt, which shut
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be had collected "for the children' while Dan McRoberts bit into
what he thought was a cupcake, but turned out to be a frosted soy
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uttered a word. Paul Evans wasn't about to, fearing retribution
from that sullen and moody grade 10 studenthe had interviewed
who didn't know why he was marching in the Bea .Arthur
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Spend it well, Vancouver
When mayors from across the country
answered Toronto Mayor David Miller's call to
discuss a new deal for cities from the federal
government, they were expecting a lot more.
Cities across Canada are sinking under the
burden of greater and greater infrastructure
costs and booming populations.
The infrastructure deficit—the money that a
city pays to maintain facilities like roads and
water but doesn't—is piling up to a massive
infrastructure debt, which estimates have
placed as high as $ 125 billion nationally.
People who live in cities say that the greatest
concern that they face isn't utilities falling
apart around them, but the staggering poverty
and crime. Vancouver has the highest break-in
rate in Canada—a bank robbery happens every
business day. Surrey has the highest car theft
rate in the entire English-speaking world.
Much of the property crime is fuelled by one of
the worst skid rows in North America,
Vancouver's Downtown East Side. >
The mayors brought a few proposals to this
meeting. Some called for cities to share some
tax revenue with provincial governments, and
'Winnipeg Mayor Glen Murray took it far
enough to call for a complete restructuring of
his city's budget: instead of drawing money pri
marily from property taxes, his view would
have raised more money for the city through
user fees for liquor, garbage, utilities and a'
mysterious 'consumption-based tax.'
What they got was, in, typical Paul Martin
style, a half-step in that direction.. Without giving cities any real reforms, Martin almost kept
a promise that his Liberal government made
nearly ten years ago: to eliminate the GST
for cities. ' -
This move would save cities about $450 million nationally and between $25 and $30 million for the city of Vancouver. .And rather than,
tax every citizen for every necessity, property
owners continue to pay property taxes that
finance a lot more than what a user-pay system
would see. The federal government instead will
foot more of the bill.
However, Martin is not necessarily known
for moving in any particular direction. His proposal, at first a sweeping, immediate gesture, is
in fact a long-term plan that won't take effect
until seven years from now. Is this the financial
support that Canadian cities need for their
" But seven years is perfectly timed with the
arrival of the 2010 Olympics. Hopefully this
extra money will not go solely to the new sports
venues and the Sea-to-Sky highway. While
Vancouver stands as one of "the most liveable
places in the world*—tied with Melbourne and
Vienna as recently indicated in a poll by the
Economist Group—our city has its share of
major problems as well.
The city council has been active trying to
fight Vancouver's underlying social issues: the
safe injection sites and increased police
enforcement. It's probably a good idea to give
them some money to help such initiatives.
Most urbanites across Canada agree—minus
Toronto, who have more problems driving
across their huge city—that poverty is the
largest problem in urban centres. After that,
the needs of municipahties break down to
regionally specific issues. Some may fear a
third level"of government, but greater financial
clout will possibly empower cities enough to
manage the specific problems that are simply
unacknowledgeable at the federal level.
Canada's mayors may meet again to
demand the sweeping changes that are necessary for the longer term. But Martin's reduction of the GST means that they have some
money in the short term. They shouldn't meet
for a while—they should spend the money on
their problems right now. ♦
Setting the record straight
by Martha Piper
UBC students and the UBC adrtiin-
istration agree that class sizes at
our university should be reduced.
Students have been telling us
this for years. Our exit interviews
with our graduates and our alum-
, ni consistently report that if there
is one aspect of the student experience that should change it is class
size. This concern
was reflected in the     nmon
Maclean's data that     r t K O T
showed us to rank
15th   and   last   in
third-   and   fourth-
year class sizes. In
the tuition consultation process
we have often heard from students
that class sizes should be smaller:
We strongly agree.
In our efforts to create smaller
classes we asked our administra-
tors and Faculties for solutions
and suggestions. As you know,
some of the responses to that
brainstorming exercise were quoted very selectively from a number
of internal emails obtained under
a freedom of information request.
The resulting newspaper article
created the impression that student interests could be compromised as we struggled to meet
standards set by Maclean's
I want to make this very clear.
We have not, and will not, make
changes to our mission simply to
improve our standing in a magazine survey. Reducing class size is
a high priority at UBC, but not at
any price. No UBC student was
denied access to courses needed
for graduation, or refused admission into a required course, as a
consequence of our efforts .to
reduce class sizes. Nor was there
any artificial adjustment of room
sizes or arbitrary switching of
courses from one
E/\ft\if\   term to the next.
U I lVtV      Wk* we did
' do    to    reduce
-■ * ' '* class size was to
' Umit enrolment
in some classes,
but at the same time, add 83 new
sections and hire more Faculty
members. If UBC had wanted simply to reduce class sizes it would
have been an easy matter to just
limit enrolment. But instead, UBG
actually admitted 1,200 more full-
time students this year than were
funded by the government
because we believe that access is a
higher priority.
The preoccupation with class
size should not be allowed to
obscure the many new developments that have occurred at UBC.
Innovative approaches like
Foundations, the Coordinated
Science Program, problem-based
learning, co-op placements and
community service learning are
taking students out of the crowded
classrooms   into   exciting   new
learning environments.
Maclean's magazine * will
remain a useful tool to help us
benchmark ourselves against
other universities and point out
weaknesses that we should correct, but it will never interfere
with our core commitment to pro;
vide our students with the best
education possible.
—Dr Martha Piper is the
President of UBC
An open letter to Piper
As a UBC student currently on
exchange at McGill, I look forward to hearing news about what
is happening at my dear alma
mater while I am on leave.
However, a recent update from a
mailing list leaves me sincerely
Apparently representatives of
the university have denied Pride
UBC the opportunity to fly the
rainbow flag during the Outweek
festivities in February. I find this
incredibly disheartening. Now,
though I've never been a big fan
of the rainbow aesthetic myself (it
always reminds me of ponies and
Phil Collins' "True Colors"), I
strongly and steadfastly respect
the symbolism that the image
projects: a simple but powerful
assertion that sexual diversity is
okay and pur differences should
be celebrated. I think it is a blight
on the university's reputation to
refuse this very simple gesture
(the McGill students I mentioned
this to were certainly surprised
that UBC would be so obstinate)
and it seems to fly in the face of
the school's stated commitment
to respect the rights of all students and to promote a positive,
embracing academic and social
environment. To be honest, the
university's position seems surprisingly anachronistic; maybe I
am being naive, but I really am at
a loss as to how this could possibly be a contentious issue with
the majority of students and staff.
It's a rainbow! If people have a
problem with it, perhaps tell
them it's Pony Week or
Sometimes, though, bureaucracy trumps common sense; you
may or may not be aware that this
is the position being defended by
university representatives. If
there is something you can do
(which I suspect there is), I would
hope you take the lengths necessary to reverse this ill-thought,
offensive decision. At the very
least, I would be interested in
knowing your position on the
matter, because at the moment I
am quite ashamed to be a UBC
student. And isn't absence supposed to make the heart grow
—Simon Underwood
Basket-Birds reinaln predlGtable
by Wikon Wong
"'SPORTSSTAFF '/'"•;"■-    " "'■
LANGLEY-The good ol' UBC basketball teams,
they are so predictable^ If one had noticed
some of the prevailing trends associated with -
both the men's and women's basketball teams,.
a wager or two could haVe resulted in some
cold hard cash over the weekend. ~ •
In  women's  basketball,   the   match-up
between Trinity Western and UBC went almost
exactly like their first meeting back in early'
January, which saw the T-Birds easily defeat
the Spartans. ■   ' - .
Young and inexperienced in CIS compeoV
tion, the Spartans stayed close but the talent of
third-ranked UBC eventually took over' and
with the help of Kelsey Blair's double-double—
22 points, 12 rebounds—the T-Birds clinched a
75-59 win on Friday night
On Saturday night, UBC made team history,
ensuring their best record since 1974 with
their 14th win of the season. After taking a
three-point lead into half-time, UBC proceeded
to blow the Spartans out in the second half. In
a performance that would make the cow pastures of Langley smell like perfume in comparison, the Spartans shot 18 per cent and scored
14 points in the second half to drop their sixth
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took another split, peter klesken photo
straight game, 62-39.
With an 18-point, nine-rebound performance on Saturday, Blair was the star of the
.weekend, although she was not quite satisfied
"with her team's play.
"We're playing some good defence and
some good offence. Everything is there but we
need to get it going all at once," said Blair after
the series.
UBC needs to take Blair's advice when they
fitn'sh off the season with games against
• Winnipeg and Manitoba this weekend. They sit
, second in Canada West with a 14-4 record but
could fall as far down as fifth by season's end if
they lose the rest of their games.
The men's basketball team won on Friday
and lost on Saturday. And in losing on'
Saturday, the Thunderbirds dug themselves a
deep hole before falling short in a valiant
comeback attempt' That scenario has played
out too many times lately for head coach Kevin
Balanced scoring and good defence, as
usual, was the key for UBC in their 74-63 win
on Friday. Casey Archibald was the main target
of the fans at Enarson Gym, getting booed
every time he touched the ball. But he handled
the attention well, scoring 20 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Pat McKay continued his
resurgence scoring 16 points in only 19
Having taken the Friday opener, the UBC
men must have been dreading the return
match the next night as they had only won one
of the last seven Saturday games. And almost
by design, UBC came out lame, shooting 30 per
cent in the first. They trailed 42-24 at the half.
Trinity's lead would be at 24 points before
UBC made their comeback. Sparked by Casey
Archibald's 24 second-half points, the Birds
closed the gap to one point with three and a
half minutes left and looked to take the lead as
Craig Rollins put up a three. The ball bounced
in and out but unfortunately for UBC, that was
the closest they would get Clutch foul shooting
allowed TWU to weather the UBC storm and to
take the game 91-83.
"I'm certainly getting tired of the Saturday
night performances on our part,* said Hanson,
who also indicated some possible solutions.
"We're going to big-time it and we're going to
have no cell phones allowed in the vans and
talk straight basketball because it's our focus
right now. We've addressed everything and it's
got to come from the players now.*
The UBC men stand second in the Pacific
Division, tied with Trinity Western. A number
of playoff scenarios, from UBC finishing first to
them finishing fourth, are possible as the team
looks towards their home games against
Manitoba and Winnipeg. ♦
Volleyball leaves home
It was the last weekend at home for
the men's volleyball team and they
ended it with another split Coming
out strong on Friday, the Birds won
3-1 against Trinity Western University
but struggled on Saturday, ending it
with a 3-2 decision for Trinity.
Now 8-12 for the season, UBC is
fighting for the sixth playoff spot
They must maintain their lead
against Calgary who still has two
games left to play to gain a playoff
spot UBC faces off against number,
one Alberta for their last two games
and a Calgary loss next weekend
would take off some of the pressure
for the team.
Second-place battle
For the 17th time this season, the
Thunderbird women's volleyball
team struck gold. Competing at home
: against the last place Trinity Western
Spartans, UBC had little to worry
about and won both sets 3-0.
With a third place playoff spot
already clinched, the Birds can only
try to increase their end of season
standing in their last games against
the second place Alberta Pandas this
weekend. ,   .
No more ice-dreams
Playoff hopes were dashed this weekend as the women's Thunderbird ice
hockey team played their last two
games. Playing the Manitoba Bisons,
the women were out-shot .25-15 on
Friday and lost * 3-0.. While this
knocked them out of a playoff spot
the UBC women were determined
not to give up efforts and on Saturday
they recorded a 1-1 tie, putting them
on par with the last two contenders
for a playoff spot With no more
games left, UBC is unable to make the
fourth playoff spot leaving it up to a
battle between Manitoba and
Lethbridge who both face each other
this weekend.
It is likely that the Alberta Pandas
will take the CanWest win as they are
currently ranked first in the CIS and
stafid 15 points above the University
of Regina in CanWest standings. ♦
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basis from the AMS and GSS for any NEW Term II students beginning their
academic year in January who have not opted-out of the AMS/GSS Extended
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If you are a returning student, you are NOT eligible for the bursary. Applications
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UBC or Regent College students, they should apply separately.
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application is February 13,2004.
AMS Tutoring Services
Assistant Coordinator
The AMS Tutoring Servk  -
is seeking an Assistant Cc    ■    ' r
for February-April, 2004
• Responsible for tutoring p« . .  •
Moiing workshops, the tutor        /
and other initiatives.   -
• Assist in long term fund de. :
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Time commitment: 10-15 hours  .
per week throughout the year.  \
Term:. February to April 2004.
Remuneration: $ 750-1000.
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put on by AMS Volunteer Connections: from Monday, February 9
through to Thursday, February 12.
All proceeds will go to the Greater
Vancouver Food Bank Society.
Defend your faculty by bringing
your food and/or money donations
to the SUB Main concourse during
that week between 10:00 am and
3:00 pm. The faculty that brings in
the most donations will be awarded
the title of "Best Faculty at UBC."
For more information contact Volunteer Connections at
Erotic Bingo
The 2004 V-Day UBC campaign
presents: Erotic Bingo - not your
grandmother's bingo! Thursday,
February 12, 2004 at the Gallery
Lounge Doors at 7:30. $2 per card
or 3 for $5. Check out our fun and
sexy prizes!! Ali proceeds raised will
go towards the 2004 UBC production of The Vagina Monologues.
Billy Taient
Tuesday, March 2, 2004 at the Pit
Pub. Doors at 8:00 pm. Tickets are
$15. Available through TicketMaster
* Please note - Billy Talent has been
postponed from its original date to
March 2.
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File stellar in Bird and Bear showdown
"Tie is just as good as the win" says coach Milan Dragicevic
by Dan McRoberts
The UBC Tbunderbird men's hockey team came agonisingly close to
erasing 16 years of losing tradition
on Saturday night, but still managed
to pull off an impressive comeback
tie   against  the  Alberta  Golden
Bears—the top team in the country.
The Thunderbirds have not defeated the Golden Bears here in
Vancouver since 1987, and
although that streak continues,
head coach Milan Dragicevic was
not disheartened.
"We would have liked to have the
win—but against Alberta, to be down
4-2 and tie is just as good as the
win," he said.
The point UBC earned for its
heroic effort will also loom large in
the final two weekends of the regular season, as the Birds were able to
extend their lead over Lethbridge in
their battle for the final playoff spot
in Canada West.
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Saturday's 4-4 result is especially
impressive in light of how badly the
Birds struggled against those same
Golden Bears the previous evening,
losing 7-1. With the tie, UBC
becomes only the second team all
year to tie Alberta, which is still
The entire Thunderbird team
can share the credit for the comeback, but one man in blue and gold
deserves to be first among equals.
Facing a barrage of rubber all night,
Robert File stood tall in the UBC
goal, making 49 saves on 53 shots.
After allowing Alberta's fourth goal
early in the second. File was unbeatable, making several acrobatic stops
as the visitors stormed the crease,
looking to put the game out of
"Rob [File] really gave us a
chance to win," said Dragicevic after
the game. "He was outstanding."
With their netminder providing
an impenetrable last line of defence,
the Birds were able to push forward
in attack with greater confidence
and in the third period their aggressive forechecking paid off. A fine bit
of offensive-zone work from Eric
Clark led to a tap in for Ryan
Thrussel, and the Birds were within
one. Just minutes later, the game
was tied with the home team on a
power play, as Steve Wilejto took
advantage of a defensive miscue by
Alberta apd snapped home the
equalizer. With the result still undecided, the Thunderbirds poured for-
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ward, seeking to become the spoilers in Alberta's quest for an undefeated season. The Golden Bears fell
back into a defensive shell, and
although they managed to escape
unscathed, it was UBC who had the
better opportunities in the final
moments and overtime.
The Birds gained much more
than a point on Saturday. The tie
was an enormous confidence boost
going into this weekend's games in
Lethbridge where the race for the
filial playoff spot will likely be decided. "We have to cut back our shots
against," observed Dragicevic," and
our special teams have to continue
to play the way they did this weekend." If UBC can manage that and
File is capable of maintaining his
dazzling save percentage, then the
Birds should be playoff-bound a
week from now. ♦
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