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The Ubyssey Nov 5, 1996

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Array vote
Municipal politicians seek
to boost turnout
A bad weekend for
T-Bird sports
Wooden characters can't
cut it in Buscemi's new film
Sou led out since 1918
Christian Coalition comes to UBC
by Peter T. Chattaway
The religious right is trying to make itself a
presence on campus.
The Christian Coalition on Campus,
whose parent group is the religious right's
most vocal lobbying group in the United
States, became an official AMS club on
September 30th.
"We're starting with the politics that are
closest to you," said Kim McGee, vice-president of the Christian Coalition's UBC arm.
"AMS, AUS elections, all these faculty elections and whatnot, have notoriously low levels of voter turnout...It doesn't have to be a
life-or-death issue for it to be an issue of
"We must return
to those time honoured
Judeo-Christian principles
if Canada is to remain
rious and free."
Christian Coalition literature
Steve Dinesen, president of the Christian
Coalition on Campus and youth director for
Christian Coalition of British Columbia,
said the Coalition plans to become a force in
elections without taking sides. "We see people taking action when they have information provided to them," he said.
According to the Coalition's literature,
it aims to encourage "active participation"
in elections, to affirm the sanctity of life
from conception to natural death, to recognise the rights of parents over their children, to oppose deficit financing, to recognise "traditional family values" and to
"promote the protection of the vulnerable
in our society."
Although the group's aims sound similar to their US counterpart's, McGee said
there is no official connection between the
two. "The Canadian organisation has no
affiliation, relationship, no financial system in place, no political alliance, so to
speak, or anything like that [with the
American Coalition]," she said. "It is completely separate."
Dineson said that in the
United States, the Christian
Coalition has effective control
of the Republican party. "That
is a distinctly American way to
operate. But in Canada, we are
a completely non-partisan
association. We do not support
any party."
But UBC political science
professor Paul Tennant was
skeptical that the Canadian
Coalition is as separate from the American
group as it claims. "If you want to disassociate yourself, you don't use the same
name," he said. "But the content sounds
very similar to me."
Christian groups on campus have also
been wary of the Coalition.
CHRISTIAN COALITION EXECUTIVES Steve Dinesen (left) and Kim McGee. richard lam photo
Although the new club did not apply for
membership within the Association of
Christian Clubs (ACC), they did ask for an
endorsement; their request was denied.
Peter Dove, UBC's Pentecostal chaplain
and the ACC coordinator, said the ACC did
not want to attach its name to a group that
was not an official ACC member. He was
also concerned the Coalition was pursuing a
political, not spiritual, agenda.
"There are certainly values [in this country] that come from a Christian heritage," he
said, "but I would never say that this is necessarily a Christian country. So no, I don't
think that is in line with our philosophy.
"We just don't know where it's going to go
yet," he added, "and I think it needs to prove
itself before we get too closely aligned."
The Canadian Coalition's "Achilles
heel", Tennant said, is that there is no party
it can align itself with. "If a major party
doesn't take on their platform, then they
don't have a hope in hell, if I can use that
phrase," he said.
"Getting a party to support your point of
view is the only way to make mndamental
change, and of course the major parties are
always seeking the broad centre in Canada." ♦
SUB garbage spilt no accident
MARY iean OTJONNEU. dumps on UBC recycling habits at a
demonstration outside the SUB last Wednesday.
 by Faith Armitage
UBC tried to reduce its garbage output Wednesday by dumping it on the
Student Union Building plaza.
UBC's waste reduction coordinators piled ten tonnes of garbage on
the south concourse to give students a
graphic demonstration of how much
waste the university generates daily.
Recycling Operations Coordinator Revel Kunz said the pile represented a typical Wednesday's collection of solid waste.
"There's 60 percent recyclable
paper, four percent aluminum and
glass, 15 percent food, like orange
peels and bits of your bread, 10 percent plastic—part of [which] is recyclable and part of it's not—and 11
percent other," she explained.
According to Kunz, student reaction to 'garbage lane" was mainly
positive, although some did question
the amount of time and money associated with the project "This day
cost about $1000,' Kunz said. "It
costs about that much to dispose of
the garbage."
But for every student who paused
to take an information sheet sign a
petition or chat with lhe recycling
team, two more hurried by.
Student Environment Centre volunteer Ilka Vogt was on hand to help
explain the demonstra- k
tion to passersby. She
attributed a large part
of UBC's waste to laziness.
"If [recycling] facilities were more available    for    [students]
they'd be more likely to use them,'
Vogt said.
But having recycling facilities on
hand doesn't always make things
easier, according to AMS Facilities
Development Manager Michael
Swan. Bottle and can recycling creates extra work for SUB staff. "We
have an endless stream of can-pick
ers coming through the building,"
he said.
The main problem, Swann said, is
the syrupy mess they spread throughout the building as they carry away
garbage bags full of tin cans.
"We would never not recycle but it
does create a lot of side problems," he
"If [recycling] facilities were
more available for [students]
they'd be more likely to use them."
Ilka vogt
sec volunteer
Since 1990 UBC has increased
the amount of solid waste it recycles
from 13 percent to 30 percent But
the Waste Reduction team wants to
do more; its goal is to match the government's waste reduction [target]
of SO percent by 2000.   .
"We're going to do it/ Kunz said.
"I have evejy confidence." ♦ 2 THE UBYSSEY, NOVEMBER 5,1996
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Harcourt vs "the scrum of the earth
After years in BC's media spotlight, former
Premier Mike Harcourt told a lunchtime
crowd at UBC Wednesday that he'd like to
help change what he sees as the media's
Ostensibly on campus to promote his
new book, Harcourt spent the session discussing issues spanning what he called the
"ill state of democracy" in Canada.
He identified several major problems
confronting Canadian politics, including the
"demonization of those in politics, zero tolerance interest groups and a neo-conserva-
tive mood in the country."
But Harcourt saved his harshest criticism
for the provincial media. Calling the press
"the scrum of the earth," he said he was
"angered by the search and destroy method
of journalism" that plagued him while in
by Nil Koksai "The current state of the media [in
Canada| threatens the very plurality of
democracy," he said, singling out Conrad
Black's near-monopoly of the country's
print media as a particular problem. It
results, he said, in there being no effective forum for left-wing views in
Canadian media.
However, Harcourt held out some hope
for the future. The media, he said, could
regain their integrity, if young journalists
make a return to journalism involving sen
ous, investigative reporting and fair comment.
When asked specifically how he felt he
could change the Canadian media situation, Harcourt was vague in his response.
He said he would spend his time speaking
publicly about the indiscretions of die
media, and would follow that with efforts
to create some way of monitoring tlie
media. ♦
MIKE HARCOURT speaks out about Canadian politics
in UBC forum, richard lam photo
November 6,1996
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GSS launches counter-suit
The Graduate Student Society
has turned the tables on a former employee's legal action.
In response to a wrongful
dismissal and defamation
suit filed by former Koerner's
Pub manager Dale Read, the
GSS has mounted a fierce
legal defence and two
The first suit is an attempt
to recover money Read and his
wife Giselle Plourde allegedly
pocketed from two 'for pay'
pool tables.
The second suit alleges that
Read made defamatory statements about GSS President
Kevin Dwyer and Director of
Administration Darius
Walczak that seriously injured
their "character, credit and
by Brad Davis The  controversy began in
June when the GSS executive
committee suspended Read
and initiated a forensic audit of
the society's food and beverage
operations. After receiving the
preliminary audit report,
Read's employment contract
was terminated.
Although Read would not
comment on the counter-suits
levied against him, he did say,
"If the audit had shown anything, I wouldn't have launched
the wrongful dismissal suit. I
haven't seen tlie audit and we
haven't made any [legal] discovery at this point."
But the GSS's statement of
defence filed on September 30,
alleges there was good cause for
Read's termination. The statement cites 22 incidents, including allegations of forging
cheques to buy beer for the pub,
withholding proper income
taxes of employees, violating
the pub's liquor license and
operating 'for pay' pool tables
which Read owned while other
recreational games owned by
the GSS were left in storage.
While some of the allegations came as a result of the
audit, Dwyer said, "Mr. Read
was terminated not solely on
the basis of the interna] forensic audit. The Statement of
Defence outlines about 26
points that prove cause, and
they come as a result of our
meetings and not just as a
result of the audit."
Dwyer said the audit is still
considered privileged information, but has been made
available to the 6000-plus GSS
members, "because that's
what we promised them we
would do." ♦
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Canadian student debt
load passes American
by Desiree Adib
Canadian undergraduates found themselves deeper
in the hole than their American counterparts last
year, according to the initial findings of a post-
secondary debt load study.
According to the study, being conducted by the
Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
(AUCC), 51 percent of Canadian undergraduates and
45 percent of American undergraduates take out stu
dent loans. While the average debt-load of American
students is estimated at $13,500 for public institutions and $16,800 for private institutions, Canadian
students faced an average debt-load of $ 17,000.
'When provinces got rid of or reduced their gTant
systems and the federal government increased its
loan limit nobody realised it would lead to this kind
of explosion in the debt rates," said Alex Usher, an
analyst for the AUCC. "Now we have to deal with the
Usher attributed the debt-load gap to the US student loan system, which doesn't give loans as readily
as the Canadian system, but makes high-value grants
more available.
"People tend to think of American students as
being significantly worse  off than Canadian stu
dents," he said, "I think these numbers show that we
should stop assuming that."
Paul Beaudry, a UBC Economics professor, suggested demographics might also be responsible for
the higher Canadian debt-loads.
"The percentage of the number of students who
attend post-secondary institutions in Canada has
grown much more rapidly than in the US," he said.
"As more people are going to university you might be
moving across the income spectrum more and more
and getting lower-middle class people coming which
might have less family support and therefore relying
more heavily on loans."
The average debt load for Canadian students
climbed from $8700 in 1990 to $ 17,000 this year; by
1998, federal estimates predict the average undergraduate with loans will owe $25,000.
It is a situation, Usher said, that will substantially
reduce the disposable income of Canadian debt-holders graduating with a Bachelor's degree.
"The value of an undergraduate degree is being
questioned and belittled because of the fact that people are borrowing more and they have less of a disposable income," said Usher.
"The key is to effectively target from public money
to make sure that people aren't going to lose out." ♦
Candidates give reasons to vote
by Irfan Dhalla
When Vancouverites go to the polls
on November 1f> to elect new city
officials, history shows less than
half of the eligible voters will exercise their democratic privilege.
And turnout is even worse
among university students.
In an effort to combat municipal apathy, organisations like the
Environmental Youth Alliance
(EYA) have launched an information campaign targeting youth and
East Vancouverites—groups with
traditionally low voter turnout
"There's a lot a student can gain
by voting," said EYA representative
Gaching Kong. "Explore the parties,
see what platform you like best."
When The Ubyssey asked three
city council candidates what issues
UBC students should be thinking
about when they vote in the '96
election, the number one concern,
according to all three, was transportation.
Green Party candidate Fred
Bass said effective transit topped
his student priority list. "I think
that UBC should very quickly have
parking fees subsidise transit passes."
Such a system is already in
place at the University of
Washington, and the GVRD has
asked the university to implement
a similar system here.
Mel Lehan of the Council of
Progressive Electors (COPE) said
the Official Community Plan
(UBC's plan to build a housing
development for approximately
15,000 residents on the south campus) is another area where city
council can exert its influence.
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"I would say the major issue
affecting students is the OCP. City
council has a lot of power to control
that. If UBC doesn't meet the needs
of the community, city council has
a lot of clout," said Lehan.
Gordon Price, a Non-Partisan
Association (NPA) councillor who is
running for re-election, said an
NPA city council will try to accommodate everyone. "The kind of city
we're trying to build should at least
give people choice. They still want
to have a car, line. That's a choice.
But if they don't, there should be
that choice too. That kind of community is going to be far more
welcoming and affordable."
The NPA and COPE have
dominated city politics for
many years. The current council consists of nine NPA members and one COPE representative; the mayor, Philip Owen, is
also from the NPA. The sole
COPE representative on council, Jenny Kwan, is not running
for re-election because she is
now a member of the provincial legislature.
In addition to the two stalwarts, three new parties are
vying for political power in
this election: the Green Party,
the Labour Party and the
Vancouver Organized Independent Civic Electors.
Regardless of their politics,
all the municipal candidates
interviewed by The Ubyssey
stressed the importance of the stu
dent vote. "We have very little voter
turnout, and it is particularly true
of students," said Lehan. "So it's
really important that we do everything we can to urge everyone to
vote, whether they vote for us or for
any other party." ♦
Tobin pressures Ottawa
to increase student aid
by David Cochrane
ST. JOHN'S. NS.&. {CUP)-Unless
current funding levels are
increased the Canada Student
Loans program won't be able to
provide students with sufficient
support for the future, says a letter written by Newfoundland
Premier Brian Tobin.
The letter, addressed to federal Minister of Human Resources
Pierre Pettigrew, is part of a campaign by nine of the country's
premiers who are joining forces
to demand Ottawa put more
money into student loans.
"On behalf of my colleagues/
the letter states, "I would like to
request that the department of
Human Resources Development
immediately begin working wife
the Council of Ministers of
Education, to conduct a review
and make recommendations for
improvements to the Canada
Student Loans Programs, for
implementation in the 1997-98
academic year."
Memorial University's student
council      president      Robert
Mendoza says Tobin's actions put
pressure on the federal government to act
*I don t think the federal government poMtically could turn
around and not increase [funding],* Mendoza said. They would
lose credibility with the provincial governments.
"For the federal government
to turn around and say that
[aid levels] are sufficient when
ihe provincial government has
said they aren't is kind of hypocritical."
Canadian Federation of
Students spokesperson Loyola
Carey says Tobin's actions show
that the student movement is
making some headway in the
"I think it's pretty good to see
that our provincial government is
working on our behalf," Carey
said, adding that increasing student aid levels is only a "short-
term answer."
The final answer would
be to have a free education
in Newfoundland again," he
said. ♦
GST rebate not much help
     fay Carey Frey
OTTAWA (CUP)-In a surprise
move, the federal government
announced last week it will
rebate the GST on books pur-
chased by groups providing public services.
And while the new policy
means libraries, schools and universities will get larger refunds,
students will stul*have to pay lhe
tax on textbooks.
'It's a nice step, but it's no
help to students," said David
Hunt coordinator of the Don't
Tax Reading Coalition—a group
of booksellers, publishers and
student groups that, wast the
tax removed from all reading
Hunt said he is disappointed
lite decision doesn't fulfill a
Liberal promise to remove the
GST from books.
"It's not as big a deal as the
finance ininister made it sound/
he said.
Resolutions passed at liberal
conventions in 1992 and 1994
stated the government would
remove the GST from reading
Finance Minister Paul Martin
told reporters that tax res^ctur-
ing was aimed at supporting
groups on "the front lines" ofthe
fight against illiteracy.
But Hunt said the government
is trying to duck out of their
promise by only moving part of
the way on the issue.
They take a step and check
the public response/ Hunt said.
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Soccer Birds plucked by Vikes
by Wolf Depner
Cue the undertaker—the men's soccer team's dream of a national championship died with a stunning 3-0
home loss to the Victoria Vikes in the
Canada West final this weekend.
"Anytime we beat UBC, especially
in a game like this, we're ecstatic,"
said UVic head coach Bruce Wilson.
Forward Simon Vickers scored a
hat trick as the visitors out-hustled
the heavily favoured Birds.
While Victoria is off to the nationals for the first time since 1987, the
9-1 Birds will sit at home wondering
what went wrong.
"[Victoria] came out as we thought
they would," said a stunned UBC
coach Mike Mosher.
"It wasn't a case of us not coming
out ready to go, but I think they just
wanted it a little bit more," he said.
"They were the better team today."
And that was apparent right from
the opening whistle.
The Vikes pushed forward immediately.  Winning most one-on-one
battles in midfield, they carried the
play and took a 1-0 lead in the 18th
minute when Vickers headed an
innocent cross into the top left corner from seven yards out.
The goal should have been a
wake-up call for the Birds; instead,
they hit the snooze button and slumbered on.
Vickers notched his second goal
five minutes later with an 18-yard
cracker that left UBC keeper Mike
Franks flabbergasted.
Victoria maintained the pressure
with an fast-paced transition game
that threatened UBC's defence on
numerous occasions.
The Birds got their act together in
the 28fh minute when Chris Franks
had UBC's first chance. But his low,
weak shot from eleven yards out was
easily handled by Vikes goalie
Dominic Butcher who was unbeatable in the air.
UBC scored in the 33rd minute
off a scramble inside the six-yard
box, but the goal was called back on
a foul. They started to win more balls
late in the first half, but were stifled
by Victoria's physical defence.
UBC attacked with more focus in
the second half and Mark Roger had
a great chance in the 60th minute
with a header that nearly found the
While the Vikes were defending
their lead, they still managed to put
some pressure on UBC's net. Keeper
Franks had to make a spectacular
one-handed save on Brent
Garraway's header in the 65th
minute to keep the game close.
The Birds had several quality scoring chances late and should have
been awarded a penalty shot in the
75th minute when Nico Berg was
fouled inside the penalty area, but no
call was made.
The Birds final chance came in
the 80th minute on a Troy Wood
header which Butcher barely tipped
over the cross bar.
Vickers rounded out the scoring
in the 89th minute with a well-placed
penalty kick after he was fouled
inside the box. ♦
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Vball men downed in tourney, but far from out
by Scott Hayward
Focus, the mental aspect of volleyball was all too apparent
this weekend.
Lose focus for half a minute and you're down two points.
Follow that with another mental lapse and you lose four
more. Just ask the men's volleyball team who came last in the
four-team Rucanor Thunderball XI tournament this weekend.
After beating York Yeomen and Victoria Vikes, UBC battled
two-time NCAA champions UCLA Bruins to the brink in a
three-hour marathon Friday night, losing 3-2 to finish round-
robin play 2-1. But success vanished when the Birds couldn't
dig up a winning effort on Saturday, losing to UVic and York
in the playoffs.
"Today was a disaster, but definitely not what we've shown
ourselves," said veteran middle blocker Jeremy Westereng,
who was named to the tournament all-star team.
The Birds have good reason to be optimistic about the
upcoming season. The team matured over the summer and
filled in their offence with the addition of 6'9" Mike Kurz. He
hammered home a tournament record 109 kills and showed
an on-court presence that raised the play of his teammates.
Assistant coach Pat Hennelly attributed Saturday's losses to
the team's physical ccmdiuoning. "Fatigue becomes a factor in
the little things: how high our arcs are, how well we read a ball,
how fast we adjust to it," he said. "A lot of the games we lost
today are games we led to the final point. Thursday and
Friday, those were the games we won."
Kurz and Co. opened Thursday with a 3-2 victory over the
York Yeomen, before handling UVic Vikes 3-1. That set up
Friday's main event against the Bruins. The Birds fended off
two match points before Mike Dalziel ripped a serve through
the Bruin defence to steal the first game 17-16.
UCLA led through most of game two, and won 15-10. But
the Birdmen stormed back scoring 10 unanswered points to
go up 10-3 en route to a 15-11 win in game 3.
UCLA led through most of game 4, and while the Birds
were up 12-11 late, a steady Bruin attack pulled out a 15-12
UBC opened up a 10-7 lead in the match game, where a
point was awarded on every rally. But a couple of mental mistakes allowed the Bruins to draw even and squeeze by in a 15-
13 nail-biter.
UBC came out flat against UVic in tlie semi-finals. "We just
took them, too lightly—we had already written them off," Kurz
After losing 3-1 they went into the bronze medal match
demoralised against the Yeomen. "We stepped out it was kind
of like 'Ahh shoot, we shouldn't be playing this game, we
should be playing the final,'" Kurz said. UCLA beat up UVic
3-0 in the final.
Despite Saturday's collapse, if UBC can come out as
focused as they were against tlie Bruins every week, they'll be
contenders this year. ♦
Field hockey Birds miss out at nationals
by Wolf Depner
Humble pie was the main dish served after the
women's field hockey team finished fifth in the
six-team CIAU national tournament at Victoria.
While the Birds were never considered top
favorites, they were nonetheless expected to
contend for medals.
Seeded in Pool B with Alberta and York, UBC
was a good bet to advance into the semi-final
round. Instead, they faced the lowly University
of New Brunswick in the consolation match
Saturday morning.
"You can't be leaving things
like that to other teams."
UBC Field Hockey Coach
Hash Kanjee
UBC won 4-1, but the victory was not enough
to kill the bad aftertaste left by Friday's opening
There, the Birds lost 5-1 to Alberta in the first
game and beat York 2-1 in the second match.
UBC's fate then rested on the outcome between
Alberta and York. In a stunning upset, York
scraped by Alberta 2-1 in a very physical game,
denying the Birds entrance into the medal
round on the goal differential tie-breaker.
News of York's win devastated the Birds, who
were either waiting back at the hotel or with
family in Victoria. "We had all really believed
that Alberta was going to beat York," said striker
Lesley Magnus who led all UBC scorers with two
"There was a lot of disbelief," said head coach
Hash Kanjee after he broke the news to his
team. But he didn't use York's win as an excuse.
"You can't be leaving things like that to other
teams," he said.
Indeed, the Birds can only blame themselves
for not generating enough scoring and faltering
down the stretch against the Pandas.
UBC started well in the opening game against
Alberta when Magnus flipped a rebound into the
net from seven yards out in the 8th minute. But
Carla Sommerville tied the game on a penalty
stroke  seven minutes later  and  Sue Tingly
notched the  eventual  game
winner  for the  Pandas  ten
minutes after that.
While   UBC   played   well
enough in the first half to keep
up with the Pandas, the wheels
fell off after Tingly scored her
second goal in the 55th minute to make it 3-1
Playing with little focus down the stretch,
UBC conceded goals in the 66th and 69th minutes. Alberta's winning margin might have been
one goal too high, but in the end it was justified.
The Birds played better against York, winning 2-1 on goals by Kim Buker and Melanie
McKean early in the second half. A late York goal
made it close.
The Toronto Varsity Blues won their second
CIAU championship in four years. They beat the
two-time defending champion Victoria Vikes 4-
2, with a three-goal effort by tournament MVP
Dana Anderson. Alberta blasted York 5-0 to take
the bronze. ♦
Undefeated Dinos nip puckbirds
by Normie Chan
Ryan Douglas became the 31st UBC player to
reach the 100 career point plateau when he
drew an assist on Frank Crosina's second period goal Saturday night.
But the undefeated Calgary Dinos spoiled
Douglas' party by sweeping the T-Birds over the
weekend, winning two close games 3-2 and 4-3.
While the Birds have now lost three straight
games, they played well enough to win both
games. In the end, they lacked finish and were
victimised by poor officiating Saturday night.
"Effort is the first part and execution's the
second part," said UBC head coach Coflin after
Friday's game, which was decided 31 seconds
into the third period when Dino Mike Ruark
scored on a three-on-two with the game tied 2-2.
UBC had several good chances to tie the
game, including a flurry in the dying seconds,
but couldn't put it past goalie Mark Dawkins
who made 18 saves.
While both teams came out flying Friday
night, it was UBC who drew first blood when
Frank Crosina scored midway first period.
Calgary tied the game early second period when
UBC goalie Dave Trofimenkoff coughed up the
puck to Jarod Saffran who slid it into the open
net at 2:44 of the second.
The Birds regained the lead four rninutes
later on Corey Stock's fourth goal of the season.
While the Birds carried the play in the second
period, Calgary tied the game on Dave Lovsin's
tip-in before Ruark's game winner early third
Saturday's game was marred by shabby officiating as UBC was called for twenty, often questionable penalties.
Calgary's Shane Zulyniak opened the scoring
on a blown off-side call at 12:38 first period.
Drew Schoneck made it 2-0 three minutes later
on a powerplay that was the result of a phantom
call on Crosina.
The Birds got a goal back at 15:20 first period when Trevor Shoaf shuffled a loose puck
into the net. Crosina tied the game in the second period when he made like Gretzky, stepping from behind the net and and firing it
UBC's Steve Howitt made it 3-2 UBC on an
unassisted goal 2:39 third period. He checked
the puck off a Calgary defenceman, walked in all
alone, and buried it in the top right corner.
But the lead was shortlived as Scott
Townshand scored on yet another Calgary powerplay at 6:23 third period. Townsend then netted the game winner with four minutes left on a
The Birds pushed for an equaliser late third
period and Dino Mark Dawkins had to make a
sensational stacked pad save with eleven seconds left to preserve the 4-3 victory. ♦
MELANIE MCKEAN stops the ball for Jacquollyne Morrisonn on a short corner in the
national championship tournament this weekend in Victoria, richard lam photo
Bird Droppings
It was ugly, but it was a win.
UBC stormed back on a windy autnnin day
to defeat the Manitoba Bisons 24-20 and clinch
a playoff spot in the final game of the season.
UBC relied on big plays to fend off the
Bisons, who finished the season a 0-8. Tlie win
gave the 5-3 Birds second place and a berth in
the Canada West final against the top-ranked
Saskatchewan Huskies next week.
Wind was a major factor as She imm sailing
with the current outscored their wind-swept
counterparts 36-8.
UBC opened up a 15-0 lead in the first quarter. Mark Peppin picked off a Bison pass and
sprinted 44 yards for a major and Brad Coutts
made a magnificent one-handed grab in traffic
in the end zone.
Manitoba came back with 20 unanswered
points through the second and third quarters,
but Andrew Newton grabbed a pair of 40 plus
yard passes, the second for a major to put the
Birds up 24-20.
Manitoba had one last chance to win but
Bison Dave Donaldson dropped a pass in the
end-zone in the dying seconds, and the Birds
escaped with a win.
Men's Basketball
The T-Birds won the McGill Invitational
tournament over the weekend as UBC defeated
the Acadia Axmen 84-73 in the final.
Tournament MVP Curtis Mepham led the
Birds with 29 points while John Dumont
chipped in 20.
Women's Volleyball
The Birds finished second in the Wesmen
Invitational Tournament, losing to the defending CIAU champs Alberta Pandas 3-2 in the
final. Sunday's loss was their first in the preseason. ♦   . . ,...".,
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NOVEMBER 5, 1996 • volume 78 issue 17
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an Gunn and Sarah O'Donnell
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Richard Lam
Joe Clark
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My leige, Geoff Urton, I, Alan Woo,
denied no prisoners (Federico Barahona,
Irfan Dhalla nor Christine Price). But I
remember when the fight was Sarah
O'DONEll, when I was dry with Faith
ARmatAGE and extreme toil; breathless
and faint, leaning upon my sword, came
there a certain lord, Sarah Galashan,
neat, trimly dressed; fresh as a Peter T.
Chattaway, and his Normie Chan, new-
reaped, showed like a Daniel Ariaratnam
at Richard Lam. He was perfumed like a
Desiree Adib and as the soldiers. Wolf
Depner and Nil Koksol bore dead bodies
by he called them untaught Mauran Kim,
unmannerly, to bring a slovenly unhandsome Andy Barham betwixt the wind and
his Brad Davis. With many holiday and
James Rowley terms he questioned me;
among the rest, demanded my prisoners
in your Joe Clark's behalf. I, then all
smarting with my wounds, being cold,
answered neglectingly, I know not what,
he should or he should not, for he made
me mad. To see him shine so brisk and
smell so sweet and talk so like a waiting
Jamie Woods of guns and drums and P.
Santos Javier—God save Emily Mak!
A hell of a lot of questions
Be careful what you wisli; for, you might get it.
The AMS has long to}d students to "get
involved" on campus—so have we, for that
matter—but it's not too hard to imagine some
council executives having second thoughts,
should the Christian Coalition get involved in
campus politics.
The Coalition has a number of selling
points, we suppose, but it's amazing to see
just how much of their rhetoric is vague and
begs for definition. Consider the following:
"Christian Coalition." Let's start with
their name. The Coalition claims to represent
Christians, but there are many who would
disagree with the Coalition's aims.
Christian groups on campus have
expressed reservations about the Coalition. In
America, the rise of the Coalition has prompted the creation of other Christian groups, such
as the Call for Renewal, whose basic motto
might be, "Democrats can be Christians too."
(And for all the Coalition's bluster, it's interesting to note that, according to one poll last
summer, Bill Clinton was ahead of Dole—marginally so, but still ahead—among voters who
identified with the religious right.)
The Coalition also claims that they have no
affiliation with the American Coalition, and
that the principles they stand for are shared
by non-Christian cultures across the country.
So why not pick a different name? Why use a
non-inclusive name that happens to be identical to their American counterpart? This is a
little like saying McDonald's rstaurants of
Canada Ltd. is a Canadian company.
"The supremacy of God and the rule of
law." Alright, the supremacy of God is in our
Charter of Rights and Freedoms—much to the
chagrin of Canadian atheists and polytheists,
we're sure—but when did God handpick the
Christian Coalition to be his (or her) lobbyists?
For that matter, when did God get so
chummy with the rule of law? Christians have
been breaking the law since day one. The
ancient martyrs refused to renounce their
beliefs; modern church activists have been
imprisoned for protesting everything from
abortion, to nuclear arms, to the destruction
of Clayoquot Sound.
If Christians can hold, rightly or wrongly,
such little regard for the rule of law, it seems
only fair to cut a little slack to those who
would deny the supremacy of God.
"Those time honoured Judeo-Christian
principles." A phrase like this forces us to
ask, Are these principles held because they
are "Judeo-Christian"—a problematic term in
itself—or because they are "time honoured"?
It may be an extreme example, but consider the dilemma posed by slavery. The Bible
contains numerous directions for the proper
acquisition and treatment of slaves, and slavery may be fairly considered a "Judeo-Christian
principle," but no one would recognise it in
modern society because we have not "honoured" it, for well over a century.
Others have charged that the Coalition's
"Judeo-Christian" stance is tantamount to an
anti-immigration policy. The Coalition has
denied this, but they leave themselves open
to such charges through their choice of terms.
And what, by the way, are the "Judeo-
Christian principles" backing the Alma Mater
Society? What inarguably Christian angle
could there be on the Coke deal, tuition
freezes, student housing, funding for CiTR, or
the sponsorship of guest lecturers?
"Strong traditional families." Whose traditions? Most commentators seem to assume
that a "traditional family" would follow the
nuclear model of the 1950s, but what about
the extended family before that?
What about arranged marriages? A number of strong families in our multicultural
society expect their children to marry certain
people against their wishes. This is perfectly
in keeping with the traditions in which those
families live, but would the Christian
Coalition support such arrangements?
"The inalienable rights of parents to be
the primary authority over their children."
Even when the parents are abusive? What
about adoptive parents? Step-parents?
There is, perhaps, a certain astuteness in
choosing terms so vague that it is difficult to
argue with them. But if the Coalition wants, as
they claim, to spread information, they
should begin by giving us a better picture of
what they actually stand for. ♦
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The following clubs have been inactive for at least a year. Based on
the fact that these clubs did not participate in this year's Clubs Days,
and that no money was transferred into these accounts for a period
of time, the Student Administrative Commission plans to deconsutute
these clubs. If you happen to be a current executive of one of the
clubs listed below, please contact the Student Administrative
Commission by November 15th, 1996. We're located in SUB Rm
246, and our phone number is 822-2361. Thank you.
17th Centurv Society
Aquaculture Club
Arab Student Society
Auto Sport Club
Canada-China Society of Science and Technology
Christian Science Organization
Curling Club
Eritrea Club of AMS
Figure Skating
Intercolleg. Taiwanese Canadian Society
Juggling Club
Life Drawing Club
Lingua Franca Club
Meditation Club
Muslim Student Association
Native Indian Student Union
Natural Law Club
Paintball Club
Russian Club
Spanish Club
AMS Japan Karate Association
Thunderbird crew club
Transportation Club
UBC Ice Hockey Club
United Church f ampus Ministry
Vietnamese Student Xssociauon
Mayoral Candidates for the City of
Vancouver will be speaking on
Wednesday, November 13th at 12:30 pm
in the SUB Art Gallery. All students, faculty
and staff are welcome to attend.
For more information, please contact Allison
Dunnet, AMS Coordinator of External
Affairs at 822-2050, email at
external@ams.ubc.ca or d-op by SUB 250
What is the A.M.S. Ombudsoffice anyway?
We arc a student run A.M.S. service here to help YOU- tlie student,
of course. But what die heck do we do? Well if you have an academic
problem (in other words we don't do peer counseling) we are here
to put you on the right track to a solution. An academic problem is
anything that involves the University and you. So if you want to get
a grade revised, or a housing decision appealed, or if your library
fines are killing you, then it is an academic problem, and wc are hereto help.
All of our caseworkers are trained in U.B.C. policy and procedure
and conflict resolution.   We are a polite bunch, so even if vou think
it is a stupid (or embarrassing question) we promise not to laugh.
And we can't share it with our friends because all inquiries are
We are located next to Joblink, across from the Gallery Lounge (we
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information, please contact AMS President David Borins, at 822-
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The Civic Elections - Answering Your Questions
a) When are the civic elections? Saturday, November 16th.
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.ue«tayj 8   THE UBYSSEY
Can't see the forest for all of the Trees
by Geoff Urton
at the Granville Centre theatre
Trees Lounge, Steve Buscemi's directorial debut, can be
pretty well summarised as the downward spiral of a born
loser. Buscemi has earned himself a reputation for being
the most alternative of the alternative, having acted in
almost every independent movie for the last five years. And
in almost every single one he plays the same character: the
whiny, pathetic asshole.
Buscemi's Tommy in Trees Lounge is no exception. In
fact, Tommy Basilio takes the cake when it comes to whiny-
Buscemi's protagonist revisits the '80s stock character
of the hopeless barfly and unsurprisingly fails to bring any
new life to this played-out stereotype. The wisecracking
Brooklynite flounders in attempts to inject his usually
entertaining sarcasm and cynicism into this role.
The film follows Tommy
through countless immoral
acts in a number of potentially hilarious situations, including his stint as a an ice-cream
truck driver.
The most pathetic aspect
of Tommy's life, though, is
most certainly in the romance department. After his
best friend fires him, his girlfriend of 8 years dumps him
for the same friend and
learns she is pregnant
(though no one knows who
the father is).
Tommy  then  begins  his
neverending search for a one
night stand, pulling some of
the slimiest moves in the book
along the way.
You're never too young to
grow old
by Alan Woo
Sandra Haldeman
Martz, ed. - Crow old
along with me, the best
is yet to come
[Papier-mache Press]
Susan Haldeman Martz has
produced a terrific anthology
of short stories, poems and
photographs about ageing in
the modern day. This is a
tasteful tapestry of emotions
that taps into your heart and
makes you feel and think
about old age from a range of
This compilation is a classic collection of hopes,
dreams, misfortunes and
forgettable  experiences.  It
of Crow Old along with Me, the Best Is
Yet to Come
covers a wide range of issues, including menopause, widowhood, lust,
birthdays, exercising, relationships with children and even senior sex.
Not all the stories are humorous or have happy endings; while some are
about growing old gracefully, others are not so graceful.
Reading these heartwarming tales provides a hopeful outlook for
people on the brink of toppling over the hill and even for youngsters
who have prematurely begun to worry about getting old. It makes me,
in fact, look forward to ageing and hopefully being comfortable with it.
But even if you're just looking for a good book to read or for a
glimpse into the near (not-so-near?) future, pick up this book. Grow old
along with this book, and you'll be sure to laugh and cry the whole way
there. ♦
Archers deluxe don't
just loaf around
 by P. Santos Javier
The Archers of loaf
Oct 31 at the Starfish Room
One of the hardest-touring bands on the planet—42 weeks this year-
played its second show at the Starfish Room in just over a month in support of their latest release, All the Nations Airports. Always kinetic
onstage, the Archers of Loaf treated the Halloween celebrants to a glad
bag of new tunes and old favourites.
As with the old Archers songs, the new ones translate well in a live
context. Lead singer Eric Bachmann, inarguably the tallest man in indie
rock, voiced his growl more during 'Scenic Pastures' and 'Vocal
Shrapnel,' thus giving each tune dimensions of menace not evident on
the new record. The band performed the engaging title song at breakneck speed, working the crowd back into crunch mode following the
(intentionally) lethargic 'Bombs Away.'
But no Archers of Loaf concert proceeds without the group executing
their familiar anthems. Bachmann had the crowd eating out of his
hands when he played the explosive 'Audio Whore' at the start of the
show, followed by "The Greatest Band of All Time/ one of their singa-
long numbers, several tunes later.
The Archers of Loaf are not to be missed the next time they come to
Vancouver. ♦
at finding women
in the bar, he
becomes  involved  with  his
STEVE BUSCEMI wrote, directed and stars in Trees Lounge, proof that not everything
inspired by Quentin Tarantino is sure to work.
17-year-old  ice-
(Chloe  Sevigny
cream  truck helper,   Debbie
from Kids).
Buscemi enlisted a number of all-stars from
within the independant film community to act
in this one and while this helps to create a comfort and familiarity of style, their performances
are mostly lackluster. An agonizingly brief
appearance by Samuel L. Jackson was unfortunately the only catalyst that brought life to tlie
bar's regulars.
Steve Buscemi has billed Trees Lounge as a
"bleak comedy." That it is, however. I would be hard
pressed to find an aspect of the film which makes it sue
cessful or even entertaining to the effect that I assume it
was meant to.
Throughout the film, Buscemi's script offered a great
number of comedic opportunities that were just wasted on
the cast, Buscemi included.
Unfortunately, watching this film is an experience
explained quite simply by Hayden in his contribution to the
movie's soundtrack: "I sit here in Trees I,ounge/I pour it in
my mouth/I need something to forget what got me in this
mess". ♦
Swinging from the muddy skies in triumph
Were ours a just world, eveiy recor<k>f-the-year
honour would go to New York City wunderband
Versus for meir latest release which is, in a word,
sublime. Baluyut brothers Richard. Ed, James and
Texan native Fontaine Toups send their signature
'glnmner-tb^Ha^mch* rock to a sonic plane much
higher than in previous albums to produce a record
that is at once caustic and sweet pensive and
embracing, and ultimately warranting several con-
secative listens.
The first three tracks are aural jolts whose effect
on the ears is similar to methadone's in the bloodstream, Teah You' raises one's cocMia hairs
through its half-a-second suspension of crackling
guitar and Toups' infectious "oooh-ooh* crooning.
The adrenaline rush continues in 'Use as Directed'
and 'Shower Song,' tracks whose energy brings to
mind the panic-spirited songs of Lotion and
'Double-Suicide,' especially, is volcanic rock &
roll, surpassing the firecracker effects of their first
album. Richard Baluyut's wayside strumming
builds up over Toups' bass, Ed's drums and James'
crunching guitar that, a minute later, leads off the
glorious implosion of all instruments up until the
song's end.
The gentler tunes highlight the potent chemistry
between Richard and Fontaine. The latter's voice is
angelic, reminiscent of Yo La Tengo's Georgia
Hubley. Secret Swingers explores the single person's emotional plain when new love treads across
it and each charged lyric is performed with mature
Experience the Versus record. This Thursday
night, watch them perform at the Town Pump.
— P. Santos Javier
In retrospect, everything has added meaning. In
this context Cobain's lyrics sound like a self-fulfilling prophecy.
*1 like it I'm not gonna crack.*
It's kind of like looking at a Van Gogh self-portrait with a mutilated ear.
The creepiest aspect of this CD is Cobain's vocal
performance. Cobain's soul can't be captured like
this in a studio. Even more menacing are his
screams. These aren't the screams of some rock
star screaming because that's what rock stars do.
These screams are self-expression. The use of a
short-timed delay makes the vocals even more disturbing.
Even the comic moments are creepy.
In the intro, Cobain and Dave Grohl are conversing. No one's making any sense here. A tripping Grohl tells Kurt he sees balloons.
*Hey brother/ says Kurt, in a funky Motown
Grohl asks to be passed the "reefer bong.* Kurt
responds with a blasting baritone scream. Funny,
but creepy.
From the Muddy Banks contains the dying
chords of grunge music. So give grunge its proper
burial and do what Krist Novoselic advises—'crank
the record up and realize the power and passion...
Be warned. Don't crank it too loud or you'll blow
your mind away. — Daniel Ariaratnam
Godheadsilo consists of a bass player and a drummer, with a guest vocalist on tie title track. Such
sparsity of instrumentation does not sound particularly promising, but lacking the usual guitar-bass-
drums-vocals lineup doesn't necessarily spell disaster. The Doors, for example, did it without a bass
player, substituting keyboards instead.
Skyward in Triumph actually ain't half bad, in a
kinda Eyeless In Gaza sort of way (speaking of
which, will someone pu-leeze release Eyeless In
Gaza on CD?) if you can imagine them as an apocalyptic post-grunge band. Some of the songs are
rather long; 'Guardians of the Threshold' has ten
minutes of the sort of irritating, unvarying noise a
mosquito would envy. I was able to play it through
once more because I'm laid up and can't get
around than because I felt obliged to give it a
Chance, as it were.
Listening to it reminded me of Rainer Hersh'
comment concerning John Cage's opus 'Four
Minutes and Thirty Two Seconds.' Someone is taking the piss and Godheadsilo seriously risk losing
aU potential listenership simply because no one out
there in audience-land will have the patience to put
up with such silly self-indulgence. — >


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