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VOLUME 80 ISSUE 46
WEDNESDAY. APRIL 7. 1999
Kids left with no place to play
 by Daliah Merzaban
The four teenaged sons of Katannya Jantzen, a third-year
forestry student, play street-hockey with friends under a carport They join in on soccer, baseball and volleyball games in
the grassy field just behind the Acadia Residence Commons
Block.
Nearby, a half-sized basketball court attracts children until
the late hours. And there are numerous litde playgrounds with
slides and monkey bars for the younger set
Children are not a common sight at UBC, but hundreds of
them live just off campus in Acadia Residence near the
Village, where student families find homes in many of the
over 500 units.
Many of the students living there believe Acadia is ideal for
children, offering a nice mesh of housing and greenspace.
"Children go with trees and open space, where they can run,"
says resident Victoria Long. "Those are the places of enchantment for elementary and junior high school children."
But in an effort to put roofs over the heads of some of the 650
student families currently on residence waiting lists, UBC
Housing is proposing to build infill housing on much of this
"sacred" green space.
If approved, it will almost double the number of units at
Acadia by expanding housing on six different sites.
While residents understand the need to control waiting lists,
they would rather see student housing expand onto the plot of
land directly west of Acadia that is currendy occupied by the
fraternities.
The fraternity houses are being relocated to a strip near the
campus RCMP detachment. The university plans on building
market housing in their place.
This proposal angers Acadia residents who question the
logic of putting for-profit housing directly adjacent to Acadia,
see "No place" on page J
Clark freezes tuition
for another season
by Anna Roik
the Martlet
VICTORIA (CUP)—For the fourth year in
a row British Columbia will freeze tuition
fees at post-secondary institutions, the
province's Advanced Education Minister
has announced.
"We must continue to expand access
for what has essentially become basic
education in today's society," said
Andrew Petter at a hastily-called news
conference at the University of Victoria
on March 26. "Students must be able to
get ahead without having their
education become a debt sentence."
Premier Glen Clark officially |
announced the decision earlier
the same day, in a string of pre-
budget appearances to reveal his*
NDP government's policies for
the upcoming year.
The decision means the average tuition fee for an undergraduate university program will
remain at $2,280 in 1999-2000.
In contrast, the 1998-1999 average undergraduate tuition fee in
Ontario was $3,490, and students there face further hikes.
Students applauded the province's
move to continue the freeze on fees,
which was first implemented in 1996.
Rob Fleming, chair of the University
of Victoria's student society, said he was
also glad the announcement contained
no mention of charging differential fees
for out-of-province students. Instead,
the freeze will apply to all Canadian students studying in BC
"It is important to preserve the entitlement of Canadian citizenship no matter what province we choose to live or
study in," said Fleming.
Petter, however, didn't rule out the
possibility of introducing higher fees for
non-BC students in the future.
"If it comes to a choice of keeping
tuition down for students in BC or having
to introduce a differential, we may not
have a choice but to bring in differential
fees, but we aren't at that point yet," he
said.
The Canadian Federation of Students
said it was glad the Clark government
will continue the tuition freeze, but
added its latest campaign will push for
lowered fees.
, "The goal of the Access 2000 cam-
If it ci
es to a choice of
rig tuition clown for
students in BC or having to
introduce a differential, we
may not have a choice but
to bring in differential fees, but
we aren't at that point yet
—Andrew Petter
Advanced Education Minister
paign is to pressure the federal and
provincial governments to increase the
overall accessibility and availability of
education through increased public
funding and decreased tuition fees," said
Maura Parte, chair of the group's BC
chapter.
But Petter cautioned that although his
government would like to lower tuition
fees, action on that front isn't likely any
time soon.
"It's been a Herculean effort to maintain the freeze with the decreases in federal money and pressure from other
provinces raising tuition yearly," he
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In recent months, the Ubyssey published a series of articles about the
Golden Key National Honour Society.
Unfortunately, there were mistakes in
those articles which may have caused
harm to Golden Key. We regret those
errors and apologise to Golden key for
any harm that has been caused by
them. In an effort to provide Golden
Key an opportunity to respond to the
articles, we have provided it space on
page 27. We encourage you to read the
article.
In "Haze craze will roll on in sports"
(March 26, 1999), Jamie Bryshun was
mistakenly referred to as a sports psychologist in the introduction. He is in
fact a sports sociologist. In that same
article, there was a reference to a hockey initiation ritual involving buckets
and hockey pucks. It was reported that
the activity "facilitat[ed] the rookie's
masturbation." This statement was
incorrect—it was never suggested by
the researchers cited in the story, but
was added by an editor who misinterpreted a sentence in the original text.
The Ubyssey regrets these errors and
apologises for any harm they may have
caused to both Mr Bryhsun and
Professor Kevin Young of the University
of Calgary. THE UBYSSEY • WEPN
Student slips prof a death threat
so students this semester," said
Bingle. "It's a pretty upsetting incident. I don't know exactly what to
do about it."
Students in at least one of
Bingle's three Biology 201 sections
found out about the note just
before filling out their teacher
evaluations last week. A student
(who asked that her name be
withheld) reported that Bingle
placed a copy of the death threat
on    the    overhead    projector,
by Irfan Dhalla
A microbiology professor found a
handwritten death threat slipped
under his office door last week.
Wade Bingle, the threatened professor, paraphrased the note's simple message as, "If I fail this course,
I'm going to kill you."
Bingle has reported the threat to
the RCMP but has not pinpointed
any suspects. "I don't have any idea
[who wrote the note]. I teach 550 or
FROM ONE
No place
for kids
logic of putting for-profit housing directly adjacent to
Acadia, while at the same time increasing the housing density in their backyards.
"[The plot of land] is like Alaska," Jantzen told the
Ubyssey. "It's pulled out of Acadia and this doesn't make
any sense."
But according to Darcelle Cottons, acting director of
UBC Housing, the land is owned by the University
Endowment Lands and has been zoned by the province for
market housing.
The price of building housing on this land, said Cottons,
"is higher than we would be willing to pay for student
accommodation."
Chris Gawronski, president of the Acadia Tenants
Association, as well as a student representative on the infill
study committee, criticised the location of the proposed
market housing.
"It's just a poor location," he said. "That location is perfect for student housing because it is so close to campus.
Market housing doesn't need to be that close."
At a public meeting last week, residents at Acadia
decried the loss of green space and expressed concerns
about increasing the density of residents. They said they
wanted assurances that their children would still have a
place to play.
"I just don't want to see it made into a square with a
water fountain in the middle," said Jantzen. She added that
this would be too "adult-like."
Some residents also pointed out that spaces for children
in nearby elementary and high schools were already limited, and that those schools would not be able to accommodate a great influx of children.
On the other hand, Gawronski said the community
would likely become more vibrant if the plan went ahead.
Part of the proposal calls for the creation of a hard surface
plaza for more commercial services. At present, there is
only a coffee shop and a closed-down market. It's a "two-
edged sword," he said.
After the meeting, Cottons said even if the expansion is
given the go-ahead, it may be delayed due to financial constraints. In the last year, UBC Housing—an ancillary operation—has spent $2 million repairing building envelope
failure in the University Apartments and will be spending
another $5 million to repair the Thunderbird Residences
which are also suffering from the "leaky condo syndrome."
A decision is expected some time this summer. ♦
remarking "someone did [an evaluation] prematurely and slipped it
under [my] door."
The student who spoke to the
Ubyssey praised Bingle as an innovative teacher.
"We don't have a textbook but
he's made up lecture material. [The
students] run the lecture so ifs us
asking questions and him answering them. It's an alternative to
straight lecturing and some people
like it some people don't"
With 550 students in the course,
it is likely that some will fail, said
Bingle. The student added, "It's a
hard course. I'm not sure what the
failure rate is, but I know our average isn't that high." The student
believes that the low average is due
to the nature of the course, and is
unrelated to Bingle's teaching.
The RCMP is examining the letter for fingerprints, but has no leads
yet Iioyde Plante, staff sergeant of
the RCMP's university detachment,
said that a meaningful investigation would be difficult unless a suspect were identified.
Plante remarked that it is not
uncommon for a professor to be
threatened. Said Plante,
"Sometimes you have young people and emotion, and they've got a
lot riding on marks...these things
happen." Plante could not, however, recall a UBC student ever
being prosecuted for threatening
a professor. ♦
DONT TAKE AWAY OUR GREEN SPACE: Katannya Jantzen (centre) says Acadia residence's expansion proposal will encroach
cm her son's playing field, richard lam photo
Victoria military fields violent action
against NATO war in Serbia: damage done
Mary Vallis
the Martlet
VICTORIA (CUP)—Local military operations appear to be talcing heat for Canada's
involvement in NATO bombings of
Yugoslavia after two pieces of property
were damaged.
At the Canadian Forces Base Albert
Head, a target shack was burned to the
ground and cables to one military radio
tower were cut early on the morning of
March 28.
An anonymous call Jed staff of the
University of Victoria's student newspaper
to a typed confession hidden within the
school's library. The one-page letter, which
was inserted into a book in a deserted corner on the building's top floor, states the
damage was done "to protest Canada's
involvement in the imperialist activities of
NATO and to hopefully exert enough pressure on the Canadian government to
repeal its violent foreign policy."
Sgt. Ted Swenson of the Department of
National Defence said the fire was an act
of arson but would not reveal further
details since a police investigation is
underway.
Saanich fire crews responded to the
blaze, which Swenson said resulted in
approximately $7,000 in damages.
Military police were not aware of the
cut wires on the radio tower at aAlbert Head
until they received a call from the Martlet
in relation to the incident
A quick check of the tower confirmed
that the information in the anonymous letter was true.
"Those towers are worth millions of
dollars," said Swenson.
The letter says the action was designed
to protest the war in a way that would
affect the federal government financially.
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Fines for fraud high
by Sarah Galashan
Campus Security's recent crackdown on the fraudulent use of
credit cards to pay parking fees has
some students questioning the
$500 fine.
Currently anyone caught using
lost or stolen credit cards to pay for
parking must pay a minimum of
$500 in order to retrieve his or her
car from the campus impound.
An innovative check system is
allowing the university to catch
more parking fraud than ever
before, including the purchase of
used but valid tickets from other
motorists, and the illegal use of
credit cards.
Last month the Ubyssey reported
that Campus Security impounded
at least ten of these cars in one week.
The fine for such fraud has risen
considerably since November,
when drivers were charged only
$25Q. According to director of parking services, Debbie Harvie, the
lesser fine was not much of a deterrent, so she decided to double the
fine on March 19.
"It seemed to have an immediate
impact," said Harvie. "I think [after
the increase] it didn't become
worthwhile to continue this practice."
UBC's fine for impounded vehicles is much higher than the City of
Vancouver's $70  charge.  UBC's
Parking Office, however, has jurisdiction over fines on campus.
"This is a very specific fine. If
your car gets towed for a parking
violation your fine is obviously
much more in line with the City of
Vancouver," she said.
Harvie says anybody with a traffic ticket can appeal the ticket by
letter, but there is no guarantee that
the driver will get a refund. Harvie,
however, is the official in charge of
granting refunds and told the
Ubyssey that she "doesn't look upon
these cases kindly."
Harvie could not remember any
case where a driver has resorted to
taking legal action upon making an
appeal.**
Hep B hurts meds
by Sarah Galashan
The policy that could limit the career options of UBC
medical students infected with Hepatitis B is up for
review, after it failed to obtain faculty approval last
December.
Under this policy, all students entering the faculty would have to be tested for and vaccinated against
the Hepatitis B virus (HBV). Although admission into
the faculty would not be affected by the test results,
HBV positive students would be denied the right to
assist at the surgery table— experience that is
mandatory for most medical professions.
Dr William Schreiber, an associate professor of
pathology, is a member of the committee charged
with reviewing the policy. He says he is unsure why
the policy didn't pass at the Medical Faculty's winter
meeting but he hopes this committee will come up
with an agreeable resolution.
"The committee has student input as well as faculty input and it's important for us to ensure that any
policy that we come up with is appropriate for the
number of people affected."
In the Ubyssey's initial report on the matter, medical students raised concerns about whether the policy infringed upon their legal rights to privacy and
whether having an infectious virus should limit their
careers.
"It's a sensitive issue," acknowledged Schreiber.
"It's sensitive because it has implications for the
future practice of people who are currently medical
students."
Not only are the individual rights of prospective
physicians at stake, but patients' rights as well.
Provincial regulations require all doctors to make
their HBV-status known and these physicians must
be assessed by an expert panel to determine the risk
they pose to patients.
The Canadian Medical Association says it "behooves
all physicians to know their Hepatitis B status."
UBC medical students would not be the first to
face a policy of this kind. Medical students at McGill,
Queen's University, and the Universities of Toronto
and Alberta already do.*> THE UBYSSEY. WFDI
Who's the man? Dan is!
 by Irfan Dhalla
No one would be surprised to hear that first-year university students were paying $25 to see the
latest pop idols, say Semisonic or Eagle-Eye Cherry. But $25 for a math performance? And at
8:30 on a Saturday morning?
Yes, that's the kind of drawing power that the most popular tutor on campus commands.
Dan Holmes, aJea. Dan the TUtor, fills more seats in SUB theatre than movies like Heavenly
Creatures.
Holmes offers review sessions for first-year math, physics and chemistry, as well as organic
chemistry. Sessions are $25 each, but buying in bulk at Copyright reduces the price to $20. Over
180 people attended his last Math 101 session.
Even those who don't understand integral calculus can figure out that Dan the Tutor is making far more money than the average university student.
Holmes is forthright in estimating his earnings. "The cost of running a session like this is
close to $1,000 when you factor in advertising and employees. There were 180 people today
coming at approximately $20 apiece. That's $3,600 in revenue, $2,600 in profit Most sessions
are about half this size. In the spring term, I would approximate revenues close to $35,000, profits close to 20 to 25 [thousand], something like that," surmises Holmes.
The phenomenal success of his "part-time" job is astounding even to Holmes, whose "full-
time" job is being a second-year medical student. "Its success is far beyond anything I've
expected. It's a surprise to me that it does as well as it does," says Holmes.
His beginnings are much more modest. After moving to Vancouver from Toronto, Holmes
started tutoring in 1995. Like most tutors, he taught one-on-one, but his popularity spread, and
he was eventually inundated with customers.
Holmes recalls thinking to himself, "There's got to be a way to take advantage of this and help
people at the same time." So he began renting a small space in the SUB beside Travel Cuts to
prepare students en masse for the first-year math final.
"The first time I did it, I think 30 people came. And I thought, 'Gee, that's great. I covered my
costs, made a little bit of money' The next week I had 60 and the next week I had 90," said
Holmes. 'And then it just snowballed from there. We were over the fire code downstairs by double last year. We had a girl faint, the room was so hot."
Although surprised at his success, Holmes was quick to capitalise, moving to SUB theatre
this year and expanding his course selection. He still operates a phone line (435-MATH) to offer
information, but now sells tickets through Copyright the AMS photocopy centre. "I used to take
phone calls to register and I'd get like 40 phone calls a night and I got no homework done," he
says.
Holmes worries that his success will inspire imitators, but few tutors have the charisma necessary to entertain and teach 180 anxious students simultaneously. While offering sound advice
on topics like trigonometric substitution integrals and integrating by parts, Holmes peppers his
instruction with candy prizes (doled out whether the student knows the answer or not) and
amusing tales, most related to his boarding school upbringing in Ontario.
For example, in the midst of a complicated calculation, Holmes reminisces about his
favourite variant of the wedgie—a devious creation known as the "longhorn," which involves
lying prone with one's feet tucked into one's underwear. Non-sequiturs like these hold his students rapt in attention.
Ultimately, Holmes' judges are his students, and they love him. Says Christa Giampa, a first-
year student who hopes to become a pharmacist, "He's awesome. He speaks 'math english.' He
has strategies for explaining things. Our math prof seemed to miss that this year."
Most of Holmes' students don't need his help to pass, but come to improve their grade. "We
want to do better than pass. Dan gives you confidence," says first-year student, Nicola Butier.
Another student who is doing much better than passing is Alex Bogues. Bogues, who stud-
DAN HOLMES: "Dan the Tutor" packs in the SUB Theatre for his tutoring sessions. Students
pay about $20 apiece to attend the lecture, cynthia lee photo
ies human kinetics says she is getting about 80 per cent in Math 101, but comes to Holmes'
review sessions because she doesn't attend her math class often. "I like [my professor] but he's
really condescending," says Bogues.
And there lies a hint of the conundrum. Why don't students get help from their professors or
teaching assistants? Are UBC professors inept? Holmes doesn't think so.
"I think the Math department is good, actually. I think there are weak profs but I think there
are good profs [too]. Dr Kieman is an excellent prof. In chemistry, Dr Bob Perkins is a fantastic
prof.
"Do I think there's a problem with education in general? Not at UBC in particular, [but] I
think there's a problem with education universally and that is that there will always be people
who have such a penetrating understanding of something that they are unable to convey it in a
way that a simple'mind would understand," says Holmes.
If Holmes is right there will always be a niche for tutors like him at UBC. He might not be
filling it for much longer though—medical school rotations next year may prevent him from
teaching all but the Math 100/101 review sessions.♦
Students buying into banks?
 by Sarah Galashan
Student groups across the country are divided about the merits of purchasing thousands of dollars worth of bank shares so
that they will have more of a direct influence over student loan
administration.
"I think it's a pretty neat idea and I think it's a pretty creative
one too," said Jason Aebig, national director elect for the
Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA), a national
student lobby group.
"In terms of CASA [joining the lobby] effort, I really can't say,
and we really won't know until our June meeting."
But UBC's student council displayed little hesitation. Less
than one week after the Dalhousie University student society
voted to purchase $10,000 in common shares from the CIBC,
Royal and Scotia Banks, the AMS did the same.
AMS representatives say they can draw attention to the
issue of student loans during annual shareholder meetings,
although they admit that their participation will likely be limited.
But members of the University ofWinnipeg's student union,
which is a member of the Canadian Federation of Students
(CFS), another national lobby group, says financially supporting the banks is counterproductive and not in keeping with
their more grassroots lobbying tactics.
The University of Alberta doesn't want in either. "We've
developed a relationship with a number of the different banks
involved in the student loans business, and they come and talk
to us because they feel like keeping students happy is something that they have to do," said President Shamus Murphy.
He insists the banks are not trying to make money from student loans but are actually attempting to "cultivate future customers."
University of Victoria Student Society president Robert
Fleming says his council won't be buying shares either, but for
different reasons.
"Any share purchase they have, even if the AMS has a considerable amount of money, is probably not going to give them
a much of a voice," he said. "It will really be just a drop in the
bucket"
But CASAjs Aebig is confident being a shareholder will give
the AMS more clout
'You can meet all day with the bank, and you can meet all
day with a politician, but at the end of the day it may be the
case that they won't adopt your agenda or your recommendations." ♦
Cops shorthanded on campus
I by Douglas Quan
Policing resources for UBC and the surrounding areas are
| "completely inadequate," according to a report by campus
RCMP staff sergeant Iioytie Kante,
In a report prepared for the University Endownment
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THE ROCIC FAMILY: (left to right) Pavle, Novak, Sanja and Tara look through
family albums trying to remember the good times in Belgrade.
Protest
by Sarah Galashan
OVER 500 members of
Vancouver's Serbian
community show up
at Art Gallery to criticise the
media's "unbalanced"
coverage of the war.
Novak and Sanja Rogic left Yugoslavia three years ago. They married and had a
son. Eventually they had had enough of President Slobodan Milosevic. It was time
to get out.
The young Serbian family left their relatives and friends for UBC in hopes of a
better life. Now they watch the newscasts, in their university residence, in disgust
as their new country bombs their old.
"NATO did what nobody could do. They united all [Yugoslavian] Serbs with
Milosevic," says Novak.
"Nobody supported Milosevic. Now they feel that they are attacked and that
they should defend themselves," adds his wife with frustration.
For years before leaving Belgrade they, along with millions of other Serbs,
protested against Milosevic's regime. But they say the world powers paid little
attention to the internal conflict Now those same Serbs are being blamed and
punished for their leader's actions. This is an unfair association, says Novak, that is
being made by both NATO and the media.
NATO bombs are dropped daily on heating plants, bridges and factories. The
Yugoslavian economy is crippled. And that's what the Rogics believe the United
States wanted all along.
"There is no way that they did not anticipate this," says Sanja "It was clear from the beginning what would happen"
Certainly violence against the Albanians in Kosovo has escalated since NATO bombing began, and the Rogics are
sympathetic.
"It is a terrible thing for the Serbs, but it is much worse for Albanians," says Novak. "The poor Albanians will suffer the most."
Novak says he understands the animosity felt by Albanians towards Serbs, and attributes it to the unfulfilled
promises of Albanian autonomy.
The couple watch as little news as possible and rely on their
family's e-mails for updates on the situation. The two of them
are absolutely convinced that the North American media is
being controlled. Why else, they ask, would it be so selective in
the stories being told?
They feel the media, by associating the actions of Milosevic
with all Serbs, is perpetuating the racial conflict. "If you don't
know anything about Kosovo and you start watching TV you'll
see only Albanians that are suffering. The media is only showing that side. If you know that NATO is bombing Yugoslavia—
ten million people—with all the weapons they have, you have
to mention that something is happening to those people
[Serbs], and nobody is showing that."
Stereotypes can hurt and are often unfair, they say. So
instead of CNN they watch The Little Mermaid with their children Pavle and Tara. Too young to understand the situation,
the kids run around the living room, stopping only for a hug
from Mom or Dad. The hugs come often, and you can't help
wondering who needs comfort— the parents or the children.
Glancing at a stack of newspapers, Novak points to the
Province's front page picture of Dushan Ratkovic, who is in
Yugoslavia, following what was supposed to be a short trip to
visit his relatives. He's trapped there because of the war.
The little boy belongs to the same preschool as Pavle. "I
should really call his mother to see if they've gotten him out
safely yet," says Novak. Glancing across the room with an
innocent grin on his tiny face, Pavle mischievously balances
on a stool.
His parents are consumed with fear and anger over the war.
But in spite of all this, little Pavle is filled with thoughts of
singing mermaids and dancing fish.<>
BOMB TARGET: A young boy sends an anti-NATO
message. DIVIDED: A young
boy (left) attends
an Albanian
community rally
in support of
NATO, while a
woman (below)
protests the
bombing at a
demonstration by
local Serbs. Both
were held in front
of the Vancouver
Art Gallery.
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Serbians and Albanians alike
fear for the safety of their
loved ones as NATO's bombs
rain down on Serbia. But
many disagree about whether
the attacks are justified.
Photos by Richard Lam
ANXIOUS: Albanian-Canadian Fisnik Preniqi (above) wonders
if his family is safe. But at a weekend rally (right), he shows
his support for NATO bombing.
Pretext
It's three o'clock in the morning, and your uncle has just called
to tell you the Serb police are there. He says they will have to go
soon. His phone line is the only one working on the block, so he
cannot say much more. And they may be listening in.
For 24-year-old Fisnik Preniqi, an Albanian-Canadian who
moved to Vancouver from Kosovo two-and-a-half years ago, this
nightmare is his reality—and it's killing him. Preniqi doesn't
know where his mom, dad, and sister are.
"I don't know anything," says the six-foot-four waiter and
part-time accounting student. "I'm in a very bad mental state. I
keep saying if I survive another week without going crazy, I'll be
proud of myself."
From his modest west side basement suite which he shares
with his wife, Preniqi can only speculate where his family, who
were living in the capital city of Pristina, might be now.
"They are somewhere in a field near the border of
Macedonia. I can just assume that—if they are alive."
Even though Macedonia announced over the weekend that it
is closing its borders to the wave of refugees, he's hopeful that his family will be transported to one of
the countries around the world, including Canada, that have opened their doors.
But Preniqi's hopes have been dashed before. In 1991 he, along with 90 per cent of the Albanian
population, voted for independence in a referendum set up by Albanian leader Ibrahim
Rugova.
People knew at the time that Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic would not recognise
the results, but they voted anyway.
"It was a symbolic thing. It gave us hope, I guess."
hi the end, though, it didn't achieve a thing, he says. "You walk up the streets, you see
policemen with bulletproof vests, with machine guns. It really looks like a warzone. You don't
feel safe because they may stop you and harass you."
Preniqi recalls a newspaper photograph of a session of parliament taken soon after
Milosevic came into power. Members were voting to take away the wide autonomy that
Albanians had been granted after Yugoslavian president Josip Broz (Tito) brought in a new
constitution in 1974.
"We're talking about a non-democratic state [where] things happen from above," he says.
"The parliament room had more plainclothes security than members of parliament...He
had the power to do that."
Preniqi says while it is unfortunate that it has come to this, the NATO bombings are the
appropriate action to take—to pave the way for independence for Kosovo and an end to
ethnic cleansing.
"There is a balance between [respecting] a
sovereign state and human rights and ethical
values," says Preniqi about concerns that NATO
allies are meddling with a domestic problem.
"When you put these two things into perspective, these actions are very much justified."
Independence is the only solution, insists
Preniqi. He pulls out a commentary written by
Noel Malcolm, a Kosovo historian, who argues
that Kosovo has the same right to separate as
Croatia and Slovenia had at the start of this
decade.
"[These republics] were backed up by other
countries for their right to freedom from
oppression. I think Kosovo [has] the same
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viewing, as our roommates
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of political prisoners, we
pick up our Norton
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back down again, and
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by Jamie Woods
Source: BC Bureau Chief
(CUP)—On the heels of a decision
to extend the tuition fee freeze,
students in British Columbia
received more good news when
the province released its budget,
giving them more money for loans
and additional classroom seats in
BC's colleges and universities.
Last TUesday, Finance Minister
Joy McPhail announced students
will also receive more than $8 million in additional funding for student loans.
The announcement came
despite the government's projection of an $890 million deficit for
the upcoming fiscal year.
"We have a deficit because we
made a choice to improve health
care and education," McPhail said.
"We all know that education is a
door to the future and this is a door
we want to keep open to all young
British Columbians."
"We have a deficit
because we made a
choice to improve
health care and education."
—Joy McPhail,
BC Finance Minister
While many of the new seats
have been put aside for the
Technical University of BC, set to
open next year, McPhail said several will go to other post-secondary institutions in the
province.
"For us this is a good news budget," said Ed Lavalle, president of
the College and Institute
Educators Association. "The government addressed three concerns. It's spoken to access, the
tuition freeze is extended, and student aid has grown with demand."
While student leaders were
generally pleased with Tuesday's
fiscal plan, some said it didn't go
far enough.
"We're very glad to see the
tuition freeze given first priority
under this government," said Rob
Fleming, of the University of
Victoria Students' Society. "But the
government has said that tuition is
the major barrier to access, so
hopefully we can maybe look for [a
reduction] down the road."
University administrators were
not as happy, however.
The province's colleges and
universities were only granted $1.5
million to alleviate both the lost
revenue that would have come
through increased tuition fees and
costs related to inflation.
Paula Martin, a spokesperson
for the University of British
Columbia, says $1.5 million isn't
enough to cover UBC's budget
needs.
"Clearly it's a very low
amount," she said. "We believe
about $12 million is needed to
offset the losses from the tuition
freeze across the province.
Whatever our figure is it doesn't
really cover the lost revenue."** THE UBYSSFY .
Coke deal against the law?
by Jamie Woods
Six Capilano College students have applied
for a federal review of their school's monopoly deal with Coca-Cola, claiming that the
deal violates the Competition Act.
At a press conference last week, the students signed an application for the
Competition Bureau to review the deal,
which gives Coca-Cola exclusive access to
the Capilano College cold beverage market.
If the bureau finds the deal in violation of the
Act, the Crown must pursue criminal charges
against both Coca-Cola and the college.
The students say the deal violates several sections of the Act, but particularly the
section on conspiracy, which states that
"every one who conspires [or] agrees to
prevent or lessen, unduly, competition in
the sale of a product is guilty of an
indictable offence and liable to imprison
ment or to a fine."
Those who filed the application, however, say they did it more out of concern over
the growing corporate presence on campus
than for a better choice of soft drinks.
"I'm really concerned about the future of
public education in Canada," said Jason
Fischer, who writes for the campus paper,
the Capilano Courier. "Corporations are
leveraging involvement in the public education system, but the mandate they have
doesn't coincide with that of a public education system."
The deal at Capilano College is one of a
number of exclusive beverage agreements
signed by Lower Mainland colleges and universities in recent years. In 1995, UBC
secured a ten-year exclusivity deal, also with
Coca-Cola, believed to be worth $10 million.
According to UBC spokesperson Paula
Martin, UBC lawyers never raised the
Competition Act as an issue. She added that
the university will continue to push forward
to finalise two exclusivity deals currently
being negotiated with the Royal and
HongKong banks and BC Telecom.
Students who have tried to get information about the deals have come up cold. In
1995, the Ubyssey filed a Freedom of
Information (FOI) request to acquire details
of UBC's deal with Coca-Cola.
Despite the paper's claims that details of
any deal involving a public institution
should be made public, FOI commissioner
David Flaherty released only three pages of
the agreement. In his decision, Flaherty
stated that the wording in the contract met
the criteria necessary forhis refusal to
release the document. {The Ubyssey is now
appealing the case to BC Supreme Court.)
The Capilano Courier has also filed an
FOI request for details of the college's deal
with Coca-Cola, and is awaiting a decision.
Fischer says he wanted to send a message to other student leaders that they didn't have to settle for undisclosed information.
Nathan Allen, coordinator of external
affairs for the UBC Alma Mater Society, says
he supports the Capilano students' application. Under the UBC deal, the AMS was
supposed to receive $100,000 a year, but
Allen says Coca-Cola is now claiming that
the amount is dependent on campus sales
and not on any pre-determined figure.
Eugene Bezrouki, media liaison for the
Competition Bureau, says while he doesn't
know of any precedent setting case, there
are a number of "similar" cases currently
under review by the Bureau.
Bezrouki adds the review process could
take "anywhere from a couple of weeks to a
few months."**
One bona fide
deal maker
by Stanley Tromp
From his fifth floor office on West Hastings Street, Dale Charles
Boniface, president of Spectrum Marketing Corporation,
arranges deals. In those deals, a company pays a governmental
body a fee for the exclusive rights to sell its products on a given
site.
Boniface played an instrumental role in arranging UBC's
exclusive beverage deal with Coca-Cola in the mid-1990s, and
also struck deals between Coke and Trinity Western University
and three colleges, including Capilano College.
Business has been good for Boniface, who has clients in every
province but Quebec, since he created Spectrum in 1985. At Expo
86, he managed a team called Corporate Participation which
arranged 20 company sponsorships—worth $175 million—at the
fair. "This is the wave of the future," he declared in Maclean's
magazine in 1987.
Earlier this decade, UBC vice president of external affairs Peter
Ufford hired Boniface to help negotiate the Coke deal, the first
exclusivity contract on a Canadian university campus. While
requests to see the contract were denied, it is believed that UBC
is receiving $820,000 a year from Coca-Cola for ten years.
After that deal was signed, UBC formed an exclusive partnership with Canadian Airlines, and is currently finalising similar
deals with BC Tel and the Royal and HongKong banks. Spectrum
worked on most of these plans.
According to its annual financial statements, UBC paid
Spectrum $318,912 in 1997-98 and $267,468 the year before.
One former UBC official has also fared well with Spectrum. In
March 1996, Boniface wrote to a Capilano College official
announcing that Ron Dumouchelle—UBC's former acting vice
president of external affairs—would join Spectrum as a part-time
consultant to help negotiate Capliano's exclusive Coca-Cola deal.
"Ron also has specific skills in corporate partnership and
sponsorship through his extensive experience relating to the
UBC/Cold Beverage exclusive supply agreement," wrote
Boniface. "He is very knowledgeable about our client's specific
internal issues and concerns."
In 1996, Spectrum also helped the Vancouver Park Board sign
a ten-year deal with Coca-Cola. Unlike UBC, the park board
announced how much it was getting: $217,000 a year.
A spokesperson for the park board confirmed that Spectrum
receives a 17.5 per cent commission and 15 per cent on in-kind
services or products.
But Spectrum has not succeeded everywhere. The University
of Victoria, for example, which Boniface approached, designs its
corporate partnerships in-house.
Spectrum had also approached the University of Guelph in
Ontario when it put out tenders for a cold beverage negotiator.
But a spokesperson for the university said the contract was
awarded to Minneapolis' Cum Laude "because their bid was
considerably lower than Spectrum's and we felt that they had
more experience."
When the Ubyssey applied through Freedom of Information
requests to see copies of Spectrum's contracts with several colleges and Crown corporations, all the financial figures in the contracts were whited out on the grounds that disclosure might harm
Spectrum's commercial interests. An appeal to the Information
and Privacy commissioner was rejected.
Boniface did not return the Ubyssey's calls.**
Sanctions attacked
by Julian Dowling
Jilliun Skeet painted a grim picture of the humanitarian situation in Baghdad last week. "It's
absolutely desperate," she told he Ubyssey from
the Palestine Hotel, her voice cracking over the
phone. "Yesterday I saw a two month old baby
<lying of bloody diarrhea from drinking contaminated water. iL's a horror show."
Skeet, coordinator for End the Arms Race in
Vancouver, was in Iraq on a humanitarian mission with six other Vancouverites. They were
delivering medicine to hospitals where UN sanctions have caused a drastic shortage of basic medical supplies.
"Prior to the Gulf War the only health problem
for children was obesity," said Skeet. "Now all they
can afford is a biL of sugar, milk powder, and tea.
They have no money left over to buy meat, to buy
eggs, nothing."
The prognosis for most of the sick children is
terminal, she said, because they don't have
enough medical supplies. "The impact of the
sanctions has been lethal. Many of the young children are susceptible to diseases from contaminated food and water. Once ihcy become ill, there's
no medicine lo treat them. Five thousand children are dying each month."
Just before leaving Vancouver to join Skeet in
Iraq last week, Vancouver physician Allan
Connolly admitted that a few boxes of medicine
will not alleviate tlie problems in Iraq. But he said
the mission will raise awareness of the crisis. "It
will put a human face on the tragedy and I hope
the public outcry will eventually tip the balance in
terms of changing government policy."
Jillian Skeet: Coordinator for End the Arms Race at the
Vancouver airport just before she leaves for Baghdad to
Chris Fraser, a first year UBC Arts student and  deliver medical supplies to hospitals which have suffered
an intern with End thc Arms Race, was also  from sanctions, julian dowling photo
upbeat about the mission. "Everyone keeps saying it's just a drop in thc bucket, but the medicine will
save lives and their presence will bring hope."
The UN sanctions in Iraq are still in effect even afLer
Iraq was bombed for failing to comply with UN
weapons inspectors last year. Skeet, after seeing the
effects of the sanctions first hand, said she is appalled
that Canada continues to abide by the sanctions.
"It's hard to explain what it feds like to be in a country where your government is supporting sanctions
that are hurting the people, and yet everywhere we go
we are greeted widi smiles of welcome." she said.
However, political science professor Kal Holsti told
the Ubyssey dial thc sanctions were the "least bad"
option facing thc UN. According to Holsti, Canada did
not have any other choice.
"It's a moral dilemma but it's a universal set of sanctions," he said. "If we break tho sanctions we are in violation of the UN resolution."
SaddamHussein brought thc sanctions on himself,
Holsti added. But he also said that Canada has been
active in trying to find a solution to the crisis in Iraq,
and said he predicts that within two years there will be
an agreement to lift thc- sanctions.
But Connolly said he believes the sanctions are illegal on hiunanitarian grounds. "It's a breach of international law, and nobody seems to care."
Connolly said he rejects the idea that Hussein is
secretly building weapons, and added that "thi' only
weapon of mass destruction has been the sanctions."
According to End the Arms Race, children in Iraq die
at the rate of about 200 a day.
Skeet said she's sees a similar humanitarian disaster
developing in the Balkans and it rn.'ikus her nervous.
"It's the same scenario [as Irutj] with sanctions and
bombing. It's lethal."
Irene Machines, also in Baghdad last week, said she
questioned the rhetoric uf the Canadian government.
"[Foreign Affairs Minister] Lloyd Axworthy calls the
bombing in Yugoslavia a ruim;init;iri;Ln mission, hut wt*
call ours a humanitarian mission [to Iraq]. So what is
the humanitarian mission, taking medicine to a country or taking bombs?"*?* ;1#
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Clw&kot   CONGRATULATIONS
Class of '99!
The UBC Fund would like to congratulate all tne volunteers and
supporters or tne Class Act Graduating Girt Program, lor raising
over $35,000 for graduating gifts in tne 15 participating faculties,
schools and programs.
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generous support of UBC's graduating students:
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Faculty club
reopens
by Jason Steele
The UBC Faculty Club recently
reopened as the Leon and Thea
Koerner University Centre, but it
remains to be seen whether the
new gathering place can avoid a
repeat of the Club's financially
troubled past.
The old Club was
exclusive to UBC's
professors and
administrators, and
was shut down after
going into receivership in 1994 amid
controversy over
funding and planned
renovations.
Steps taken to
hopefully improve
both the new
Centre's image and
stability include
opening it to the
general public.
However,
Manager Gary
Edmunson said he is
more concerned
with ensuring the
long-term stability
of the Centre than
he is with the demographics of his clientele. "I really
don't have a...requirement of a
type of person, I just require a certain amount of people to make
my bottom line."
He said even though students
are now welcome to use the
Centre, he doesn't plan on catering
to any of their specific needs. The
bistro "is open to whomever would
like to come in and see what we
do," he said.
Edmunson joined UBC Food
Services last year to help make
final decisions regarding the
redesign of the building, particularly the dining area An attempt
has   been  made,   he   said,   to
"I really don't
have
a...requirement
of a type of
person, I just
require a certain amount of
people to make
my bottom
line."
—Gary
Edmunson, Leon
and Thea Koerner
University Centre
remove the long-standing image
of an elitist club by modernising
the building and modeling its new
Sage bistro around a French
brasserie.
However, Chuck Slonecker,
UBC's director of university relations, said he wants students to
become an integral
part of the new
Centre.
"We hope that
they'll be coming
in," he said. "They're
certainly welcome,
there's nobody being
turned away."
Slonecker said
UBC felt that it was
important to open up
the Club to the public
and students in order
to end its hierarchical
structure.
He added that the
Peter Wall Institute—
an interdisciplinary
research centre and
residence—will be an
essential part of the
new Centre encouraging student participation. The Institute
will also provide
accommodation for some students
and the rent they pay to the Centre
will help to ensure its financial survival.
Student response to the opening of the Centre has been mixed.
While many support the concept,
they question its relevance to a
university setting.
Jon Nakane, an engineering
student at UBC, said the Centre is
"all in all a nice place to have available" for certain occasions such as
visiting family.
However, upon perusing the
menu, Arts student Christy
Pilsbury remarked that the prices
"were kinda steep."**
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Another year in the books, and we're looking back There were
highs, there were lows, and there were the usual middles. But
three more national championships came home to roost, and
the prospects look bright for next year.
The year was, if nothing else, a varied one. There were
laughs: the Heckle of the Year came during the UBC women's
volleyball game against the hapless University of Regina
Cougars February 12. After a 15-0 first set, Regina got their first
point of the match on a thunderous spike, and a spectator bellowed, "Yeah! That's right. You didn't come all the way out here
just to go to the Aquariuml" Regina didn't laugh, but everyone
else did.
There was plenty of heartbreak the women's volleyball team
suffered another agonising season's end, as they lost in the
national championship game to the University of Alberta
Pandas. The football team, likewise, saw their season end on the
frozen Saskatoon tundra in a Canada West final game that featured arguably the two best teams in the country.
There was also the just plain strange: the men's volleyball
team's rookie day shenanigans, which involved naked players
running around, showed up in the pages of the Ubyssey. The
team, which was put on probation, refused to speak to us for the
rest of the year. Fair enough. But they weren't alone in having
their rookie day activities scrutinised: the men's swim team was
also under the microscope for their hazing practices.
There were plenty of tears, too: football head coach Casey
Smith fought and lost a long battle with liver cancer, passing
away one year and three days after UBC's 1997 Vanier Cup victory. His successor, Dave Johnson, seemed the best possible
replacement—he had integrity, grit, and coaching smarts. But
his promising career at UBC came to a crashing end when he
got into a late-night brawl with two assistant coaches March 11
at the Campus Pizza parlour. Johnson resigned soon afterwards.
Atheltic director Bob Philip said it was as if UBC football had
been "cursed" ever since they won the Vanier Cup, and he may
be right.
But whether good or bad, up or down, it was, after everything, one interesting year. So to commemorate all that happened on the field (and off), we're proud to present the third
annual Ubyssey Golden Coyote awards. And to the lucky winners: no mewling, tearful Gwyneth Paltrow-esque acceptance
speeches, please. This ain't Hollywood.
And the Coyotes go to...
FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR.
While this is among the strongest categories, the winner is easy
to spot—she's the one alone in the end zone. Women's rugby
back/phenomenon Cherlyn McKay, from Baie D'Urfe, Quebec,
ran away and hid from everybody in this race. The lightning-fast
McKay led the women's rugby team
through a year of firsts: the first-ever
Canada West championship game, in
which she scored all four UBC trys (and
our runaway Game of the Year); the first-
ever CIAU women's rugby championship, where UBC won bronze and
McKay was named an All-Star; and fittingly, she was named the first-ever
CIAU women's rugby Player of the Year.
How on earth do you follow that kind of
a performance? By doing it all a second
time, probably—and she can do it.
Honourable mentions :Rosalyn Hicks,
soccer; Jennifer MacLeod, basketball;
Julie Smulders, basketball
by Bruce Arthur Dowdeswell earned the field hockey team to the
national title. But basketball's Jessica "Boa" Mills
dragged a team—whose starting five included two
rookies, a second-year player, and a college transfer—to the playoffs. Mills was UBC's primary scoring threat in the same way that Microsoft is the
world's primary software manufacturer. She was
the runaway choice as Canada West Player of the
Year, and made first-team All-Canadian to boot.
She wins herei too.
Honourable mentions. Barb Bellini, volleyball;
Harada, field hockey; Joanne Ross, volleyball
MALE ATHLETE OFTHE YEAR
This was a tough call to make. Mike Dalziel closed
out a terrific final year on the men's volleyball team
by being named a first-team All-Canadian for the
first time, as well as adding to his Academic All-
Canadian credentials. Tailback Akbal Singh, however, ran further than any running back in Canada,
piling up a school- and Canada West-record 1,296
yards on the ground. He didn't bring back the Hec
Creighton as the CIAU's top player, but he ably filled
the redoubtable Mark Nohra's shoes. It's almost a
coin flip, but Akbal gets it for a huge performance in
his first full year after an injury-riddled 1997.
Honourable mentions: Dalziel, volleyball; Stanleigh
Mitchell, basketball; Aaron Keay, soccer
COACH OF THE YEAR:
There were a number of virtuoso coaching performances this year, but we had to choose: and after
much deliberation, Hash Kanjee won it all. After a
fourth place finish in the Canada West in 1997, the
Birds rebounded in a big way, going 8-2-2 in the
conference and beating the University of Victoria
Vikes 1-0 for the CIAU banner.
Honourable mention: Dave Johnson, football;
Erminia Russo, women's volleyball; Tom Johnson,
men's and women's swimming
MALE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR.
CHER MCKAY: the Ubyssey's 1999
women's Rookie of the Year, dale
LUM PHOTO
Speaking of swimming, you're probably wondering where the swimmers are—after all, the Aqua
Birds won their second consecutive double gold
medals at the CIAUs. Since they've gotten so good,
we've awarded them their own separate category
this year, since it just isn't fair to put them in the
water against everybody else. So
here are the amphibious Golden Coyotes
awards—call them the Golden Salamanders.
TOP MALE ROOKIE: Mark Johnston, from St
Catharines, Ontario, came west and brought
fins with him. After struggling to adapt to student life, he won three gold medals at the
Maritime life Nationals and was named
swimmer of the meet
TOP FEMALE ROOKIE: Well, gee. Who could
that be? Maybe Jessica Deglau, who was
named the CIAU Swimmer of the Year after an
astonishing six-gold performance at the
national championships. The 18 year-old phe-
nom has already swum in the Olympics, and
UBC is where she'll stay until the Sydney 2000
Olympics.
UBCS TOP TWO:
basketball's
Jessica "Boa"
Mills (above)
was named
Canada West
Player of the
Year, as was tailback Akbal
Singh. Both
were named
first-team All-
Canadians as
well, and have
eligibility left
Singh will test
the CFL waters,
while Mills
returns for a fifth
and final year
with the Birds.
RICHARD LAM
PHOTOS
astonishing show of warmth and affection from the
capacity crowd at Thunderbird Stadium. The four-minute long
standing ovation left many in the crowd blinking back tears, and
it's the most enduring image of a year rife with them. He'll be
missed, indeed.*:*
COACH: Casey Smith, on September 25: he would succumb to
liver cancer less than two months later, richard lam photo
Since rookies have to be first year players, transfers such as basketball's bushel
of Stanleigh Mitchell, Sherlan John, and Jon Fast don't count
But in football, 20 year-old offensive lineman Bob McNeill is the
man. The 6'3", 290-pound giant from the Surrey Rams stepped
right in on the best O-line in the country, started the entire year
and did just fine.
Honourable mentions. Courtenay Kolla, basketball; Soroush
Ansari, football; Masaru Yukawa, soccer
FEMALE ATHLETE OFTHE YEAR
Again, the ranks were thick with contenders. Volleyball's titanic
threesome of Barb Bellini, Sarah Maxwell, and Joanne Ross were
again terrific, while goaltender Ann Harada and forward Jen
TOP MALE SWIMMER:
Mark Versfeld had another one of those.
years—the third year backstroker didn't quite match his two
medal output at last year's World Championships, but he's still
the best swimmer around.
TOP FE1VIALE SWIMMER: Since Deglau got Top Rook,
Marianne Limpert can get top swimmer—let's spread these
awards around if we can. Limpert is only one of the top 400IM
swimmers on Earth, and she was the Canadian flagbearer for
the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Malaysia
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Shrum Bowl September 25, Casey Smith came out at halftime to
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cross-country
running was a little more dangerous than usual for
UBC head coach
Marek Jedrzejek
by Sara Newham
Before any athletes could take
their positions on the starting line
at the World Cross-Country
Championship held March 27-28
in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UBC
and national team cross-country
head coach Marek Jedrzejek had
more pressing concerns to deal
with.
"Before we left, the [athlete's]
parents were concerned about
8 a f e *y'    "| had two athletes
[Schiebler and Bruce
Deacon] who went to the
Olympics in Atlanta in
1996."
—Marek Jedrzejek
UBC Cross-country Head Coach
Jedrzejek said.
According
to the head
coach, the
athletes' parents feared
that the
Canadian athletes would be
caught in the
violence raging in Belfast.
Despite recent car bombings in
the area, Jedrzejek was assured by
the organisers that the athletes
would not be harmed as the two
sides in the ongoing battle were
more concerned with fighting
each other than with waging violence against tourists.
However, for precautionary
reasons, extra security measures
were taken to ensure the safety of
the athletes taking part in the
competition, held at Belfast's
Queen's University. Jedrzejek
mentioned that in addition to
ambulances, which are a norm at
competitions, there were also
police and some soldiers on hand,
and checkpoints. But Jedrzejek
added that the Canadian team
was never checked. Luckily
though, it seems that the additional security worked: no problems were reported.
The meet itself, said Jedrzejek,
was very well organised, and
while the Canadian team finished
out of the medals, there were
some standouts. Among them:
Jeff Schiebler, a UBC alumni, who
finished tenth in the men's 4K and
was the top Canadian athlete.
Cathy Butier was another strong
performer, finishing fourth in the
women's short cross-country run.
According to Jedrzejek, it was a
difficult course and the muddy
conditions, due to the wet, windy
Irish weather, didn't help the
team either.
Jedzejek, however, has a lot of
experience where world championships are concerned. Before
this year's competition at Belfast,
Jedrzejek attended the 1991,1994,
and 1996 World Cross-Country
Championships in Antwerp,
Budapest, and Capetown respectively. The coach added that his
position with the national team
developed after he had coached
some national athletes and started traveling with those that he
coached.
Jedrzejek has come a long way
to get to UBC and Belfast. Before
coaching, he was a runner specialising in middle distances, but
was never a member of Poland's
national team. In 1972, after completing   his
university
degree in
physical
education,
Jedrzejek
started his
coaching
career with
national
and junior
team athletes in his
native Poland.
Upon coming to Canada from
Poland in 1983, Jedrzejek first
coached at Simon Fraser
University for two years before
moving to Vancouver Island to
coach at the University of Victoria
from 1986-1987. In 1987, he completed the BC sweep when he
came to UBC, and has been
coaching the cross-country teams
here ever since. Jedrzejek has
come across many athletes since
he came to UBC twelve years ago,
and many have experienced terrific success. He has had a number of athletes participate in
world championships, including
Lori Durwarb, who participated in
the World Games in Sicily in 1987
and is graduating from UBC's
dentistry program this year.
When asked to name his greatest achievement, he pauses a
moment to reflect and then
answers, "I had two athletes
[Schiebler and Bruce Deacon]
who went to the Olympics in
Atlanta in 1996."
Jedzejek, though, probably
wasn't thinking about the
Olympics while in Belfast. After
all, he had more important things
on his mind.*> Isetw
Rough end to a
great season
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by Naomi Kim
Perhaps it was the anticipation of no more practices. Or
perhaps it was the rare occurrence of benches full of
spectators. Whatever it was, the UBC women's rugby
team was not quite themselves on the last game of the
season as they lost 27-0 to the Simon Fraser University
Clan in the fifth place game in the Premier Club League.
This game marked the end of a long seven month
season for the UBC squad, which has played both at the
varsity and club levels. And although it was a long
stretch, it was also a spectacular season, highlighted by a
third place finish at the CIAUs. But at the club level, UBC
faltered somewhat and this showed during the game.
During their last meeting, UBC defeated SFU but this
time, the Clan fared much better. SFU only plays at a
club level and flanker Tessa Trethwey explained that
"[UBC's] big final was in November and this was [SFU's]
big game."
UBC started off with early penalties, which forced the
Birds back into their 22-yard line for most of the first half.
SFU pressed on and despite some botched passes, the
Clan's offense overlapped the defending backs and this
resulted in two early tries. UBC was forced into playing a
defensive game and reacted to the action rather than
creating plays. UBC had few scoring chances, and ended
the half down 10-0.
In the second half, UBC came back strong, but without result. The Birds had early possessions, but the Clan
returned UBC's kicks on the ground with abandon,
negating any gains. As well, the Birds moved more sideways than forward, and the backs were often caught flat-footed. Although UBC forwards were there for the rucks, SFU
somehow won most of the balls. SFU drove hard and was up
27-0 halfway through the second half. However, UBC finished
hard, preventing any further SFU scoring and having several
opportunities of their own. But after 80 minutes of playing,
UBC ended up empty-handed.
As rain started to fall after the final whistle, the UBC
players hugged each other. It was a disappointing way to
end the season, and prop Paula Sharpe called this game
"It was a
tough game
to end on. It
definitely
didn't say
what our
whole season
was like...but
[it was] a
good season
for sure."
—Kelly Kitamura,
UBC winger
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FALLING DOWN: Cherlyn McKay hits the ground as her teamate reaches for the ball, richard lam photo
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we've played all year."
UBC head coach Heather Miller knows the players did
not play up to their potential.
"They were thinking too much and it was translated on the
field. They know they can play better than they did."
Despite the blowout, it was an extremely successful season
for UBC women's rugby—the team won the first-ever Canada
West championship over the heavily favoured University of
Victoria Vikes 22-17 in October, and played extremely well en
route to a bronze medal at the first-ever CIAU championships
in Guelph in November. All the excitement sunounding those
two milestones overshadowed the rest of the season—UBC
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anti-climactic.
However, it was a difficult way to end the eyar, and even
more so for the players who concluded their UBC careers. For
graduating winger Kelly Kitamura, it was her last game in the
T-Birds uniform.
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what our whole season was like...but [it was] a good season
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CARRIE-ANN MOSS: The Vancouver actress made her big break into
Hollywood with her role in the new movie The Matrix, richard lam photo
by Ronald Nurwisah
Success has finally arrived for Vancouver bom actress Carrie-Anne Moss. After
countless roles in television and small time movies, Moss finally gets her big
break—a supporting role in the multi-million dollar sci-fi film The Matrix.
Moss plays Trinity, a futuristic freedom fighter, the woman who eventually falls
in love with the hero of the picture, Neo (Keanu Reaves). It's a big part in what has
turned out to be a big film, so it's no surprise that Moss felt unsure about her
prospects when walking into the audition.
"I was auditioning for a movie that I didn't think in a million years I would ever
UBC Student Services
get," she says. "I
thought it was going to
go to someone
famous. The likelihood of me getting a
part like that was pretty small."
But she got the part,
a fact that clearly surprised Moss, but little
did she know that she
would spend the next
year of her life working on
the film.
First there were four
months of Kung-Fu training. Directors Larry and
Andy   Wachowski    envisioned a movie with Hong
Kong      action      film-like
sequences. Inspired by his
work, the Wachoski brothers
approached acclaimed Hong
Kong fight coordinator Yuen
Wo Ping, who agreed to work
with them only on the condition that all the actors trained
extensively in martial arts and
stunt work.
Moss   remembers   the
training fondly. "There were
days I didn't think I could
do it. There were days that
I was on the floor. I hurt
my ankle really badly, I
hurt my hip really badly
and I was very bad at it
for a long time."
But of course  it
wasn't all just physical
training, the actors
were immersed in
the    Hong   Kong
action genre. "We
watched      Hong
Kong       movies
every lunch hour,
I've seen probably  every  one
and I love 'em,"
Moss adds. The
influence
seems to have
rubbed off on
her.       When
asked what kind of projects she'd like to do
next, Moss quickly replies, "I'd love to work
with Jet li in a Hong Kong-style action
movie with a sense of humour."
But judging from the final product, Moss
seems to have handled the stunt-work okay.
"All of the fights in the film we did ourselves," Moss says. One particularly memorable scene in the film has Trinity piloting a
^helicopter, while her friends cling desperately to a rope below. "I was in that helicopter, with those guys dangling from the
rope. I flew that helicopter for ten minutes
by myself with the guy next to me, but I flew
it for ten minutes."
Even more memorable than the bumps
and bruises she suffered in training was the
camaraderie of her co-stars, in particular a
special bond with Laurence Fishburne and
Keanu Reeves. "They were real supportive
of me, and kind. They just challenged me
and believed in me," she adds.
"The Matrix, by far has been the most
phenomenal experience I've ever had. I
think I've been so completely spoiled, I
don't think it could ever be that good again,"
she says. "I was so depressed after we finished and I moved back to LA, for two
months I was so sad."
But for Moss, working on this film has
been nothing short of a dream come true.
"My mother came to the premiere, and she
brought pictures. And I'm so glad she
brought pictures, cause I don't remember a
thing. It was intense, something you dream
of your whole life as an actor."
And for Moss, the acting bug bit early.
It's a devotion that she's followed through
life, first in high school, then as she
bounced around Europe and Los Angeles
looking for work. And the decision has
been a daunting one.
"I'm the first person in my family to live
outside of Canada. I'm 31 years old, I'm not
married, I don't have any kids. My mother
was married at 17, had two kids by 19. I'm
doing something that I have no role model
for," she says.
But through it all, Moss remains confident. "I think that acting is 99 per cent confidence. And I think that if you have the confidence to leave yourself alone you can really be open to the moment. And I think that
confidence comes with maturity...so I
think that has been my journey." ♦
NEW REGULATION ON
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Approved by Senate on February 24, 1999:
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three or more examinations scheduled within a 24-
hour period, shall be given an alternative date for the
second examination causing hardship by the respective instructor or department. The student must notify
the instructor of the second examination no later than
one month prior to the examination date*.
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They're cfHe, they're
from Ohio, they're
signing autographs at
Metropolis—it's 98°!!!
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This isn't the WWF—this is what Chris Calhoun
is saying. He's got some ground rules to lay
down—no pushing, no shoving, no pulling
hair. It's very important, he says, otherwise everybody's packing up and going home. But for the time
being, Calhoun wants everybody to take one small
step back, so that the girls at the front don't get all
squished. There are screams bursting from everywhere. All Calhoun has to do is mention the name of
the band—98°—and people scream. Those that can't
get an autograph will get a chance to win one of ten
98° videos, Calhoun continues, or a pair of tickets to
the show tonight. He is interrupted again. All he did
was mention the name of the band, but the possibility of seeing them live is more than most can handle.
"Are you with me?" Calhoun says, but his voice
gets lost in the speakers, and a sea of girls scream
back to say that, yes, they are with him. Calhoun
reintroduces himself to the girls at the back, so they
can hear the rules—no pushing, no shoving—but
then it's too late. Making Its way 'from ihe
->    «■     , _ „XT.       . ,   ,      back is a chant that stows as it gets
C.OSer tO tlie iront. They say, Ninety-eight degrees, ninety-eight degrees, mnety^eight degrees, and it
grows until the two girls standing in front of you have joined in. They are Cora, 13, and Kristen, 13, and both
say they've been waiting since five o'clock this morning. They skipped classes to be here, but it's alright—they
say their parents know. It's now past 4:30 pm—they've spent almost 12 hours standing in line. Kristen is wearing a blue tank top with "Drew" scribbled all across her chest, and two cute bubble hearts surround the
name.
"Who's Drew?" you ask.
"The sexy one," answers Kristen without hesitation. You ask if 98°—these four boys they've been waiting
for—are American or Canadian. "They're just really cute," Kristen quickly answers.
No one is sure how the lineup is going to work. Cora and Kristen know that somehow it will start moving,
and one by one they'll all get their autographs.
"What do you guys want to tell them once you talk to them?"
"I love you Drew," says Kristen.
"I'm going to be crying," Cora says, her hands all shaky now as she pulls her wavy hair away from her face.
As you walk up and down the hallway, trying to pinpoint the end of this long, snaking lineup, you hear
different theories. The Metropolis security guards have created a corridor, where people are now able
to walk, and most of the girls you talk to seem to think that it's so the band can access Metropolis. The
boys will enter from the back, and slowly make their way to the front, they say. Of course, none of this actually happens. When 98° finally make their entrance, they come of out nowhere, literally, stepping out from
behind a huge 98° poster. It seems as if they were here the whole time, waiting for the right moment to step
out, which is right now. Flashes go off, and people
push forward, forcing Calhoun to repeat his rules,
this time asking people not to make a bad impression and show the band how respectful Vancouver
fans are. Very litde of this gets through, though. A
woman who is here with her daughter can't believe
the crowd that is dragging her like a river gone wild.
Her daughter asks her not to move, she'll be done
quickly. Fighting the flow, she raises her arms, and
fires off her Snappy X—one of hundreds of flashes
directed at the boys.
"Why are you here?" you ask the mom.
"My daughter," she says, pointing, struggling to
stay put.
"What do you make of this?"
"It's crazy," she says, but then she's gone, the
current washing her away, and you can't hear her
anymore.
Before this, 98° makes a stop at the offices of
Z95.3 to answer questions from their fans.
Apparently, Drew was once abducted by
aliens, which is why he believes in alien life. It's not
clear, though, what kind of effect this experience
had on his becoming a pop star. Another Drew
Fact: he once dressed up as a female clown. This
was for Halloween a few years ago, and it's something he only did once, Drew wants everybody to
know. Cross-dressing, he savs, is not
something he  makes  a "habit   of. THE UBYSSEY.
LOVE ME LOVE ME: Three thousand young girls
showed at Metropolis last Tuesday to get a
glimpse of teen idols, 98°. richard lam photos
lara-
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though it was a good prank
and everybody "loved it ai
the tUIie. But there may be more to
this. Drew admits he impersonated a
girl once and asked a guy out on the
phone. Okay, this was also a long time
ago, and the guy was one of those
guys that could not get a date, so the
whole thing was meant to be a joke.
They set up a time, and the girl just
never showed and the guy waited and
waited.
Chris Calhoun thinks it was a
mean prank, but he laughs. To this
day though that stands as Drew's best
prank ever. Nick, who also happens to
be Drew's brother, says there may be
something—and this is something he
never realised before—to impersonating women.
Again, everybody laughs at the
suggestion, but it's time to go. Some
girls waiting outside the station have a
message for the band—We Love You—
and while it may be predictable, who
are you to disagree?
Bl
, arely 30 minutes after the inter-
. view, 98° make their way into
'Metropolis where everybody
waits, barely breathing the stale air by
Playdium. Maybe you can picture the
band rushing through traffic, from
Richmond to Metrotown, and then
hiding.behind the huge poster, and
stepping into the spotlight, which
today they own, stepping into a world
that screams their names and is far
from Ohio, sure, but a world that—if
you're to believe Cora and Kristen—
they'll remember forever.
Ws
lile Calhoun desperately
tries to keep things under
control, you try to find the
details behind this story. You see a
father trying to lift up his daughter in
the middle of this crowd. On his back,
for a quick moment, it seems like she's
not going to make it, but then she
recovers and climbs her way to his
shoulders, where she sits, and fires off
her camera. She's light, he says, it'll be
okay. Others are not so lucky, and try
to catch the band's attention by
throwing stuffed animals at them.
One in particular, a small stuffed bear
holding a red, satin heart in his hands,
becomes a projectile, but fails to make
it. It hits the table where the band sits,
and bounces back to the ground. It
sits there briefly, looking confused,
until a security guard picks it up and
throws it in a bag where many other
stuffed animals now rest. Another
girl now grabs her chance
and hugs and kisses Drew as
he tries to sign autographs.
He kisses her back and shakes her hand quickly, while a security guard
stands by, ready to ask her to move along if she doesn't do it herself.
It's hot. Some girls in the lineup look like they're about to suffocate, but
they push on. Cora and Kristen slowly make their way to the band. They get
everybody's autograph, and talk to each one of the boys as they shake their
hands. Both come out of the pit jittery, barely able to hold their CDs and
posters in their hands. By the time you get to them, both are crying—Oh, My
God, is what they're saying.
"How did it go?" you ask them.
"Oh, my God," says Kristen, and she wants to say more, but she can't. She
starts to cry, her voice breaks down.
"They actually talked to me," answers Cora. "They are the nicest crew."
She's surprised that they would talk to her, asking her how she was doing and
everything—she wasn't expecting that. She couldn't stop, though, arid had to
keep moving.
"Drew actually gave me a hug," Kristen finally says.
"Was it worth it?" you ask.
"Oh my God—it was so worth it," they answer together.
Few expected this turnout Most of the security guards look stunned, as
they try to control the crowd. The HMV guy says that B*Witched, a four-
girl Irish ensemble, only got around 1000 people last week. Judging
from the size of the lineup, you would say there are at least twice as many
people here today. Theresa at Universal Music estimates at least 3,000 people. Towards the back of the lineup, the security guards are getting testy. They
yell as they try to create a lane that splits the line in two. The pushing continues. This is not what Vancouver's all about, Calhoun is now saying. He's
disappointed and he tells everyone how he's feeling.
And then just like that, 98° leaves the building. They've been here for 90
minutes, and they've signed close to 1,500 autographs—a thousand per
hour. Word carries fast
that it's all over, that the
band has left the building.
Towards the back, the
testy security guards have
a hard time convincing
people of this. Most can't
believe it, while others
rush to the front to make
sure it's true.
One girl, "Drew" scribbled all over her arms and
face, grabs a security
guard by the arm and asks
him if it's true. He nods
and says he's sorry.
"How do you know?"
she wants to know.
He points to his head
set. "I heard it," he says.
"They've left the building."
As she hears this, sadness clings to her eyes; no
matter what he says, it stays with her. She stares at the ground, as the
crowd—like sea lions on their way back to the sea—disperses. But there's no
sea here, only a food court and a parking lot underneath. And the suburbs lie
beyond.*
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by Leah Neale   April   9
"There is a lot of mediocrity that's propped up by the CRTC, and in my
opinion there are some bands that achieve a level of success in this
country that is artificial, just because of the fact that they are
Canadian."
Trevor Hurst is the lead singer for Econoline Crush, and as such
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industry and, as evidenced above, the state of Canadian music.
"Radio is very conservative," he says of the situation. "I don't think
the/re very receptive [to new bands.] Programmers and radio station
managers find themselves in a very tough situation, and they don't
like to take chances on new acts, because if somebody switches a dial
they lose those advertising dollars."
Still, as Econoline Crush demonstates, success is a possibility,
particularly after having sold over 100,000 copies of their latest,
The Devil You Know. Take a look at the top 50 albums of the week,
and you'll see many Canadian artists slowly but surely climbing up
the chart. Victory state-side is inching closer to reality than ever
before, as Hurst points out.
"I think the successes that have come in the past have sort of paved
the way for Canadian acts. Although, I don't think it's any easier. I still
think that we have a lot of work to do to break into the US because
there are really so many good American acts.. .there are two hundred
and eighty million people [in the US,] odds are theyre going to have
more good bands... [Still,] I don't think that you can viably exist as a
musician/artist in this industry and not have another country to
export your product to."
"Make sure your record company has a international vision,"
Hurst explains, "not just a Canadian vision. You real-
|ly need to be able to take your music to the world."
Having said that, Hurst admits that you've got to
I start small. Having toured incessantly since 1989
land spent the last two years on the road, Econoline
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[lacking in a great number of other bands.
"I think bands need to develop in front of an
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I don't think there are enough bands with enough
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I around a lot, try and create gigs, and be inventive."
Along with that, new bands have to deal with a
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[records in their basement, getting signed, and
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I live," laments Hurst. "Then [they're] thrown to the
(wolves when they have to go on tour after they
I released this indie CD, and get hugely discour-
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First off, something needs to
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flawless. Bryant Street achieves
the perfect medium between the
harder and softer varieties of
electronic music, and is perhaps
1999s answer to Massive Attack's
critically acclaimed masterpiece
Mezzanine.
Destined to be one of tlie most
underrated albums of the year,
Bryant Street covers a wide range
of styles and influences. With
transitions from track to track
incredibly seamless, some listeners may be fooled into thinking
they're listening to one 72-
I minute-long, truly brilliant song.
Being an album that must be
listened to from beginning to end
to achieve the full effect, Bryant
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from Latino influenced vibes
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("Wednesday Night") to hip-hop
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where playing it on the random
setting would be a great disservice to thc entire work.
Thai's not lo s.'iy that there
aren't any standouts on the
album. The two hip-hop tracks,
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meaningful lyrics set to the tune
of well-composed music that
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"Feelin' Alright Now" very aptly
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awareness of the group, tiiis is an
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I believe Wilco to be the best
American band alive today. The
best.
Now I know most people will
probably disagree, but that's okay.
With a body of work like Being
There, Mermaid Avenue and now
Summerteeth, Wilco don't have anything to prove to me. But if you need
convincing than I am here to serve.
With the break-up of famed 'no
depression' country-rockers Uncle
Tupelo, Jay Farrar went on to create
Son Volt and Jeff Tweedy started
Wilco. .After their meandering
debut, AM, Wilco produced a masterpiece of a sophomore album, the
double album Being There. A work
filled with perfect songs from every
sort of genre, Being There was easily
the best album of 1996. Hell, it's my
favourite album ever.
Then it was onwards to 1998's
collaboration with Billy Bragg,
Mermaid Avenue, a series of songs
using lyrics by American folk icon
Woody Guthrie. Picking up a
Grammy nomination, Wilco set
right into Summerteeth. So now it's
here, and it's awesome. Of course.
But this time, lead songwriter Jeff
Tweedy has ventured into new territory, a ways removed from the
twanging guitars of earlier efforts.
Here, Wilco followed REM's lead
into the joyful world of keyboards,
but Summerteeth succeeds where
Up choked. Y'know why? Because
every single song still sounds like it
could be sung with an acoustic guitar. Where REM fled from their roots
in search of a new sound, Wilco
simply wanders into new territory.
Tweedy's been given the dubious
gift of being able to turn life's miseries into beautiful songs, and he
continues to display it through the
album. Backed by a cheerful
melody, he sings about how 'You
changed/ Oh, you've changed,' in "A
Shot in the Arm," then goes on to
detailing "How to Fight Loneliness"
('Shine your teeth 'til meaningless/Sharpen them with lies') and
how T dreamed about killing you
last night/And it felt alright to me'
(in "Via Chicago").
Summerteeth is beautiful, tragic
and joyous, mosuy at the same
time. It's something new and old,
perfect for rainy days and long
nights. Jeff Tweedy sings about
being sad and alone, so that you
don't have to be. What else could
you want?<«
—John Zaozirny THE UBYSSEY
Butch Patterson: Private Dick
Saturdays, 11pm
Kevin Spencer
Sundays, 10:30pm
Both on the Comedy Network
by John Zaozirny
It's a Friday afternoon, and I'm stuck in the office, talking
on the phone. Greg Lawrence is across the country, and
on the other end of the phone, but that's okay—he's
stuck in his office on a Friday afternoon too. We're talking about the nature vs nurture debate, which is probably due to the fact that Greg Lawrence is the creator of
Kevin Spencer, an animated TV series that argues fairly
convincingly for the nurture side. You see, the star of the
show, the eponymous Kevin Spencer, just happens to be
a violent, alcoholic, 13-year-old sociopath growing up in
a family of violent, alcoholic people.
"Yeah, I think [nurture's] much more predominant
than nature, especially in the case of dealing with a
sociopath," Lawrence is saying. "I mean, I think there's
sociopaths all over the world. I think people like
Donald Trump are them, but he was raised in an environment where it manifests itself in business. I think
sociopaths raised in violent, alcoholic environments
tend to kill people."
Which is what Kevin Spencer tends to do. With a drunk, violent and unemployed bum for a father
and a wanton, utterly lazy degenerate for a mother, Kevin Spencer is the end result of the worst environment possible. Kevin Spencer makes the notion of the Simpsons as a dysfunctional family cute and
antiquated.
Shows like Beavis and Butthead and South Park have paved the way for Kevin Spencer, but neither
truly measures up to the blatant and completely unrepentant amorality of the latest animated kid on
the block. And it's not as if Greg Lawrence is going to get an attack of conscience any time soon.
Responding to a query about the show's contrasts to the norm, Lawrence opens with, "I'm not a firm
believer in—" before catching himself.
"I am a firm believer in morals and righteousness," he then says. "I've just always hated TV shows
that will set up a character as being essentially a prick who in the last minute of the show will learn
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like that. I think, if you're a dumb, ignorant drunk raising kids, then your kids tend to grow up as
dumb, ignorant drunks. And I think if you're a dumb, ignorant drunk and you're 50 years old,
you're not going to learn."
Still, despite being a violent, alcoholic, and insane 13-year-old sociopath, Kevin Spencer manages to retain the audience's goodwill. He might be an utter^
loss of a human being, but you still want Kevin to tri-^
umph. As Lawrence puts it, "It's sort of an extreme t
telling of teen angst, but essentially it's the story of ai
kid who just really, more than anything else, wants tol
fit in and doesn't. But he continually tries. And the I
fact that he continually tries, makes him a likeable I
character and a character that people identify with." |
"To me, 13 is just the most wonderful, frightening and horrific point in a kid's life, because you're I
still sort of sitting on the fence. On one side arel
childhood and no responsibility, where kicking al
soccer ball was the height of your day, and on the I
other side are girls and adult responsibilities. [
That's usually the age when people try their firstl
drink and have their first kiss. To me, it's just a fun*
age. If you're going to do something on teen angst, ^
that's the age to go for.'
Of course, it's not as if Greg himself was like Kevin at 13. Growing up in the safe 'suburb
community' of Belleville, Ontario, Lawrence went to Sudbury's Laurentian University to pursue a BA in English Literature, with a specialisation in Canadian poetry. After finding "no use
for it, outside of I read better," he took broadcasting at Algonquin College—alongside fellow
Comedy Network star I
Tom Green—and wentP
into the industry. Years later, searching for material to submit to the Comedy Network for
short programs, Lawrence dug up his Kevin Spencer material, which "started as sort of a
series of fictitious children's books that I would perform," and developed the idea
Now, with Kevin Spencer in production—and beginning to air on Saturday Night Live in
the US—Lawrence is deep into his next project,_
Butch Patterson: Private Dick. "It's a live action „
show," Lawrence says of the show. "Sort of ai
film-noir parody, set in modern times with a[
lead character who fancies himself a 1940s-|
style detective...It's sort of a silly idiot char-|
acter. I seem to be drawn to moronic characters and their vices."
And, in terms of moronic characters,!
Lawrence has nearly cornered the market. [
When you're dealing with the very public|
medium of television, things are usually softened and cleaned up, which is exactly whatl
makes the crudeness of Kevin Spencer (froml
dialogue to artwork) so shocking, as well as I
refreshing. Unfortunately, the local P1A group |
isn't likely to see Kevin Spencer as a hilarious and
innovative spoof. Yet, as South Park, Beavis and\
Butthead and Tom Green have proven, outrageous-
ness sells down south in the US of A.
Just as those shows have spawned real-life, adolescent imitations, so too, will Kevin Spencer, without a doubt. It's something Lawrence is prepared for, and it's something that he's got incredibly strong
opinions about, as might be expected.
Greg
Lawrence
can't act,
can't draw,
and has a
degree in
English
LUeratiire.
So what's
he doing
starring in
the film-
noir spoof
Butch
Patterson,
drawing
the ani-
series
Kevin
Spencer
and, in
general,
making a
mockery
of the
usual TV
conventions?
itter, he took broadcasting at Algonquin College—alongside fellow
[completely unrepentant amoralily
"In terms of my responsibilities as a producer, I think I've met those," he says. "It has to go
through me, it has to go through my lawyers
before it gets insured, before it's allowed to go to
air. Goes through one federal funding agency,
the censors at the broadcaster, and the CRTC
Human Rights Regulations. And then it airs at
ten-thirty at night with an 18-plus warning on it.
If you've got an eight-year-old kid up watching
TV at ten-thirty, eleven at night, watching Kevin
Spencer, then yeah, the kid's got problems long
before.
"I do think producers and broadcasters have
some responsibility, but Kevin, I don't think, will
be held up as much of a role model. I think most
people get it; kids are a lot brighter than everybody thinks."
Even so, it might not be too long before a local newspaper reports: "A
local boy, in an apparent imitation of an episode of the Kevin Spencer
television program, took a severed head and kept it as his 'best
friend' for several weeks. His parents blame television."
"Oh yeah," laughs Lawrence, "We're already getting stuff like
that. But then I read the news...out in Alberta, [about] the 11-
year-old kid shooting the other kid. They each had a loaded
rifle. While the parents were downstairs, they were upstairs
having a duel. So don't blame me for violence—what the fuck
are they doing with loaded guns? Ma and Pa should lock the
guns up.
"I mean, you get blamed for everything. I find the proposition that people are expecting TV to accept a certain percentage of parenting responsibilities far more dangerous
than the content of any TV show.
"If I have that responsibility, that means there are parents out there sticking their kids in front of a TV expecting
the TV to raise them. That's much more of a problem than
any of the content that Kevin will ever be."
And, as Lawrence points out, it's not as if the Spencers are
presented in the most positive light imaginable. "If you're looking to the Spencers as role models, I mean, if you aspire to be a
fat, unemployed alcoholic who's constantly getting sodomised
in prison, then yeah, he's a role model. Hopefully, most kids are
smart enough to not want to aspire to that."
The next season should see Kevin Spencer moving into even
darker territory, and freshening up the show's premise. After
fixating on the Spencers for an entire season, the episodes have
a tendency to get stale.
[In] season two, it's becoming a bit edgier, and we're
also fixing Kevin in a city with other recurring characters," Lawrence explains. "We can sort of leave
Kevin and Kevin's family for a little while, visit them
and deal much more with the Canadian identity on
a municipal level, city politics and stuff. We're making the show more political, and pushing some
more boundaries in terms of how dark the subject
matter's going to be."
Whatever the subject matter, though, Lawrence is
determined to find its humour. This situational
humour Insane 13-year-old sociopath
sure ain't | |
Home Improvement. After all, if Greg Lawrence can
find an entire TV show's worth of jokes in a dysfunctional family and its sociopath son, then he laughs
about anything.
"To me, that's always been my coping mechanism," he
says. "I made jokes at my grandmother's funeral. I loved the
woman dearly, I miss her dearly, but that's how my dad and I
got through everything. There's a fairly high incidence of cancer in my
family, and we make cancer jokes. And you can either sit in your room and
cry, or you can make jokes."<> '.APRIL 7. 1999
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For many peop
ing the bus is merely
a daily routine, but
there are always the unique
characters who make the
trip a little extraordinary.
Just the other day, while on
the bus, my friend encountered a man who was carrying a stuffed cow and felt
he had to tell her that they
were psychically connect
ed, leaving his phone num
ber with her. Well, The
Number 14 is a play that
portrays a day in the life of
a Vancouver bus and
believe me, after watching
the characters on this bus,
a horny man with a stuffed
cow is nothing.
The end result is an outstanding piece of theatre
which demonstrates a vast
amount of talent, from the
actors to the stage design,
while also catering to
Vancouverites. What's
most remarkable about
The Number 14 is that its
over sixty characters are
played by only six people.
Using different masks and
costumes, the elderly
become children in a blink
of an eye, as the actors
transform themselves
onstage by hiding behind
other strategically placed
characters.
In the beginning, the
morning rush hour of busi
ness men mechanically file
on the bus, checking their
watches and reading their
papers, all the while creat
by Lisa Denton
THE HUMBER  14
it the Arts
lub Theatre,
urranville
sland
bins until
toy 8
ing aTobotic dance. There's an aggressive real estate agent who decides to
get dressed on the bus, much to the
surprise of a bewildered onlooker. And
then there are two flamboyant drag
queens who decide to sing The
Sound Of Music—disco style.
Although this play first
opened seven years ago, the
script is kept surprisingly
current, with jokes flying
around about fast ferries
and  the  latest  on  Glen
Clark. In addition to the
extremely clever dialogue,
The Number 14 also possesses some very physical
acting, with one actor executing  somersaults  and
leaps over seats, poles and
people, and a sword fight
taking place between two
Shakespearean
wannabees.   But,   wait
there's still more! With a
huge amount of characters and scenarios, the
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and at no point do the
scenes  drag  or turn
stale.
The Number 14 is
truly a joy to watch
and presents material that all transit riders   in Vancouver
will surely relate to.
So jump on board
the Number  14
and     have     a
laugh.»> THE UBYSSFY
ITATALIE MERCHAJTT
at the  QE Theatre
April  3
by Naomi Kim
Natalie Merchant isl
one     singer     who|
seems   undefinable,
There   was   a  time
when   a   Merchant
performance meant
watching a sombre
singer  in  her  own ^
trance-like  state,
seemingly oblivious to the crowd;
however,     there
seemed to be a
completely different   person    on
stage      Saturday
night.  Loyal and
fairly conservative-
looking fans made
their way through
Shania Twain ticket
scalpers, filled the
Queen     Elizabeth
theatre  and  were
rewarded   with   a
soulful, entertaining and thought-
provoking show.
Merchant,
dressed in black,
with    her    hair
pulled back and
adorned only by
HEARTFELT: Saturday night at the QE Theatre was an emotional
event for both the performer Natalie Merchant and for her fans.
TARA MURPHY PHOTO
a   red   gerbera
daisy,    opened
the night with
the  title  song
from her latest
album,
Ophelia.   Her
as Merchant became touched
by the words and was taken by
unmoving stance evolved into hip swaying by the
second song, and through the rest of the night the
ever-changing Merchant evolved like the various
characters sung about in Ophelia. She skipped
across the stage, spun child-like with widespread
arms and let her hair down, plucked the petals from
the flower and danced with downplayed sexuality.
Her actions on stage were repetitive and nothing
extremely original, but underlying it all was a connection with the audience.
Merchant greeted the crowd with excerpts from
aren Carpenter, Anne Murray and her own
impromptu melodies. Merchant seemed comfortable with the crowd and joked around, quite contrary to her serious image. The performance combined songs from her recent album, her first album
Tigerlily and covers from Jeff Buckley and David
Bowie.
Merchant's six-person band enveloped her
voice, but not without minor problems. With one of
the songs, the bassist put the capo on the wrong
fret, and with another, Merchant started in the
wrong key. But Merchant, who seemed to be in a
good mood, dealt with these problems swiftly and
humorously.
Her adoring fans brought flowers right to the
stage, and she danced around with the flowers on
the set-closing song "Life is Sweet." Of course, the
fans would not let Merchant go so easily and the
crowd rose to their feet for the first of two encore
sets and danced along to the popular song "Kind
and Generous." The final encore song was a cover
from a Welsh songwriter, the words included "finding peace." The mood in the theatre was dampened
emotion for part of this
song. She talked about
the significance of the
words in context to the
current situation in
Kosovo and surrounding areas, and the
concert ended with
her urge for reflection
about the atrocities
taking place.
Her last song, like
many others, addresses    serious    human
issues and social problems which have been
evident in Merchant's
songs from her time
with 10,000 Maniacs,
and in her solo albums
Tigerlily and Ophelia.
Natalie Merchant has
a constantly evolving
image and maturing
sound but the constant,    which    was
revealed at the end of
the       entertaining
Saturday night concert, is her commitment and desire to
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BROTHERS
Atthe
Gateway
Theatre
Runs until
Playwright Willy Russell is well-known for
his investigations into the struggle between
classes and Blood Brothers shows no exception. After having difficulty making ends
meet, Mrs Johnstone agrees to give up one
other twins, Eddie, to the Lyons, the upper-
middle class family for whom she works as
a maid. Mrs Lyons, unable to have children,
 instigates this decision and raises Eddie as a
respectful, well-bred young man. Mickey,
the other twin, grows up surrounded by
'ftV r^rfPf^F llFT T TVFATTpoverty and a working-class mentality. In
DI UtUKUt PtLLiVtAU time, the twins become best friends without
knowing their true biological link. Only AS
(^adults, when a love triangle ensues, do the boys discover their true lin-
• •eage.
'^^    As the working-class Mrs Johnstone, Susinn McFarlen displays such
^\charm and charisma that witnessing her performance is worth the admis-
^"sion price. The musical itself contains some excellent songs, all of which
are performed with feeling and conviction by both the leads and the
ensemble. The final number, "Tell Me It's Not True", is a particular highlight, with McFarlen delivering the song with panache and the ensemble
4.^supporting her beautifully. Director Robert McQueen does a superb job in
April 17
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 fusing the entire stage, cleverly bridging the scene transitions, and thus
3^^ ensuring the entire production flows quite well. The script, which falls
"   ^somewhere between   Our Town and   Les Miserables, has moments of
| overblown sentimentality, but the story entices you enough to forgive
{some of the more overstated, melodramatic elements.
The Narrator, played perhaps too seriously by Don Noble,
frames the play. Through his voice, we are informed from the
very beginning of what will take place, and what we wait for is
how it will happen.lhe Narrator, like the Stage Manager in Our Town, interprets several roles and
kkeeps the play moving by filling in the gaps when long periods of time have
elapsed.
Because the story begins with the birth of the twins, the actors play the characters from age seven until they reach their mid-twenties, and it's a feat that
^requires both suspension of disbelief from the audience and versatility from the
factors. As Mickey, Edward Belanger performs this challenging acting task with
ease, bringing, along with a beautiful voice, a wonderful physicality to the role.
^Sadly, as Eddie, Ryan Silverman chooses to play the stereotypical proper school
Doy, lessening the role's possibilites. On the other hand, members of the ensemble interpret their numerous roles extremely well, and even the orchestra chips in
rith a few roles, adding some humour.
The only complaint to be found here lies in the looming use of superstition,
I which trivialises and weakens the production. Otherwise, Blood Brothers contains
several heartfelt moments due to consistently strong acting and pacing in the
production.
So, if you've never been to the Gateway Theatre, I encourage you to take the
short drive to Richmond. The theatre is comfortable and in Blood Brothers you'll
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BLUR—13
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I once heard it said of Tricky, the infamous and occasionally brilliant trip-hop star, that with his latest
record he'd continued his attempt to piss off everyone who made his debut album go platinum. A cursory listen to 13 might lead people to make that
same assumption about Blur, that it's an album
worth of fuck you to all those who, years ago, made
them the biggest Brit band on the block. But then
again, those people have yet to really listen to the
album.
Nor, I suppose, would they have listened to 13's
predecessor, their self-titled fifth album. With blur,
which spawned the massive hit "Song 2" and, rather
improbably, made them marketable to American
audiences, the band completely reinvented themselves and turned out a work utterly unlike any of
their previous stuff. It was experimental, drowsy and
drenched in feedback, a complete change from the
bright and shiny tunes of Parklife and The Great
Escape. Now, with 13, Blur move even further from
the happy meadows of Brit Pop. Where blur was
indebted, in spirit, to the slack-rock sound of
Pavement and Sonic Youth, 13 finds inspiration in
the scattered and chaotic music of bands like
Tortoise and The Sea and Cake.
Strangely enough, though it might not seem
like such upon a first listen, 13 is a far more poppy
turn than blur. Look simply to the album's lead
song and single, "Tender." It's beautiful, stirring
and driven by a full gospel choir. It's completely
what everyone didn't expect. It's certainly not
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Take that as your cue for the rest of 13, and
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album, particularly "Bugman," "Swamp Song,"
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guitars to a cascade of treated samples.
Like British contemporaries Spiritualized, Blur
now make albums that require a full listen. Instead
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experience feel. It's quite a change, but two albums
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ALthe Waterfront
Theatre    J
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BY RONALD NURWISAH
rlccCB. But, through some unfortunate circumstances, you and your wife are down and out, living in
exile in Corinth. And your marriage to Medea, the woman who saved your life, just isn't working out. You've
found another woman, the princess of Corinth, who's attracted to your mythic reputation, no doubt. So you
do what any celebrity would do, marry the princess behind your wife's back and have her thrown out of the
city, with your two infant sons in tow.
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You see, Medea isn't the kind of woman to simply accept this. She's cunning, resourceful. So
she plots her revenge against Jason, and every
one she loves.
In producing Medea, Hoarse Raven Theatre
has a 2000 year-old play that still touches a
chord with audiences today. But in a tip of the
hat to classical Greece, they've kept many ele
ments of classical theatre, such as a chorus and performance is filled
masks. w^     more     than
The production includes a small chorus of enough despair and
anger to go around.
Her lack of a mask
also allows her to be
much subtler with her
performance than the
other cast members,
three. While serving the traditional roles as
commentators, it also has a number of
unorthodox roles, which include performing a
small dance number at the beginning of the
play, and hauntingly singing some of the dialogue. One particular instance has them
singing to the tune of'Trere Jacques" in a rather and   t*13*   t0°   also
morbid minor key. The effect is a chilling one.
Almost the entire cast wears masks, with the
exception of our heroine, Medea All for the
better, a mask would
probably have
detracted from the
good performance
that Tanja Dixon-
Warren gave in that
demanding and complex   role.   Warren's
helped,
A number of the
supporting cast members suffer from serious bouts of melodrama. Ian Morton—as
the neglectful husband, Jason—probably had the most pro-
nounced case. Unlike
Warren, he had to use a mask,
and this forced him to compensate by using larger than life body
language. The result was that it
felt like watching some badly
done silent film.
The critical role of the messenger who delivers the news about
the success of Medea's revenge is
also performed weakly by Marco
Soriano. His performance lacks
inpiration, and what momentum
Warren gained with her feverish
and choler filled performance is
lost.
The end result is a play that is
largely unsatisfying. Although
Tanja Dixon-Warren's Medea is
impressive, her fellow cast members' performances often work
against her. Just when a scene
builds up and the room is holding
its collective breath, the tension is
lost. This play had lots of potential but, unfortunately, that is
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good luck on their upcoming exams.
The end of term is here, but rest assured that your AMS
Executives will keep working for you over the summer. This
summer, your AMS President will be working to develop a
Health and Dental Plan. Some of you might remember
being surveyed on this, and we are now seeing just how
feasible or desirable such a plan would be.
Your Vice-President will ensure that the AMS services are
responsive to the needs of students and prepared for the
year ahead. In addition, the Vice-President will prepare the
student response to the Academic Plan draft paper in
conjunction with Student Senate Caucus. Your Vice-
President will also be working to welcome incoming UBC
students at Imagine UBC and representing the AMS in the
planning of Imagine UBC.
This summer, your Coordinator of External Affairs will be
preparing to engage students in a massive campaign to
fight student debt and strategize the best ways to
advocate for the interests of UBC students. The AMS will be
taking this issue to shareholder meetings and asking for
student loans to be administered fairly. The AMS is
preparing to take this to the streets, while other student
unions and organization join in our campaign for better
access to higher education.
On an internal visible level, we recognize the demand for
more social space, club, and resource office space. In the
upcoming months, your Director of Administration will
continue current negotiations with the university regarding
the kitchen/commissary space in the lower level of the SUB.
Once we come to an agreement on this increase of social
space, we'll be ready to collaborate with clubs and
resource groups as to how they'd like to see this space
utilized and developed.
Social space in the SUB is also in demand to facilitate
events such as Financial Aid Awareness Week organized by
the Director of Finance. Planned for the start of the year, it
will allow first year students and those in need to familiarize
themselves with the options and support available to them.
From all of us to all of you, best summer wishes from your
AMS Executives. See you in September for the last
semester of the 1900s!
Ryan Marshall - President
Maryann Adamec - Vice-President
Tina Chiao - Director of Administration
Karen Sonik - Director of Finance
Nathan Allen - Coordinator of External Affairs
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PREISNER—REQUIEM FOR MY FRIEND
[Plus GSM]
Ronald Nurwisah
I was recently told that Celine
Dion's "My Heart Will Go On"
is the song most often played
at funerals. How awful, considering there are thousands
more moving and beautiful
works written for that most \
final of acts. You could use
funeral marches or operatic v.
anas but. if you want to go all t
out,   there's   the   requiem. ||
Nothing    says    "you'll    be '*>■
missed" like a choir of 40 voices
ry, and requiems tend to be amongst the
most beautiful pieces around.
Preisner's Requiem for my friend is no
exception. Written in the memory of his
close       friend,
filmmaker
Reqmeni jar mv friend     Krzysztof
Kieslowski, the
requiem takes
verses from the
Bible and
prayers and
sets them to
Preisner's
haunting
music. The
work itself is divid-
requiem and the second is entitled, simply, voices, particularly during the moving
"life." This section of the piece provides a "Lacrimosa" and the enchanment produced
highly moving musical description of the    by the beautiful voices of "Love."
soul's lonely pas- „ **<**«« ?ft ^ weU- Preiser'5 deci-
Nothmgsays    yutl U^ sion to record the music in
V,h0n*h«i*of      be miS&ea"two cathedrals   gives his
wee a cnoir uj music an organic feel. The
40 belting out a piece dedicated
in your memory, and requiems
tend to be amongst the most
beautiful pieces around.
sage through life,
Preisner's work
is dependent
almost entirely
upon the choir.
What little accompaniment there is
belting out a piece dedicated in your memo-     ed into two parts. The first is the traditional
can usually be
found in the form of an organ or solo instruments. There's no large symphonic component to get in the way of what is really
important in this piece; the sheer exquisite-
ness of the voices. One can easily be
immersed in the sheer richness of these
| sterility of a sound booth
lis replaced by the rich
1 warmth of an actual
I church. Listen closely and
you can even pick up the
echoes of the voices.
This is clearly a heartfelt work, and an
obvious labour of love for Preisner.If you're
looking for a magnificent display of choral
virtuosity tempered with heartfelt emotion,
look no further.**
GOLDEN  KEY RESPONDS
On behalf of the Golden Key National
Honour Society, I would like to thank the
Ubyssey for the opportunity to share this
important information with its readers to balance the previous articles printed in the
Ubyssey.
My name is Kari Sivam and I am the
Assistant Director of International
Development for the Golden Key National
Honour Society. I am in a unique position to
speak about Golden Key's presence in Canada
and, more specifically, at the University of
British Columbia because I am not only an
employee of Golden Key, but also a UBC
alumnae and former UBC Student Services
employee. Golden Key has given us, as
Canadians, an opportunity to experience
what has been a very successful concept in
the United States for more than 100 years.
Since its founding in 1977, the Society has
developed 273 chapters throughout
Australia, Canada, Malaysia and the United
States involving more than 900,000 lifetime
members. The Society's Canadian development was initiated in 1997 and has since
grown to include seven universities and over
7,000 members. Golden Key came to UBC
with 21 years of experience and the endorsement of several Canadian university presidents and senior administrative staff.
An honour society is, quite simply, about
recognizing students for their academic
achievements. Golden Key recognizes students based on their academic achievements
and provides its members with opportunities
in the areas of scholarship, leadership development, career assistance and networking.
However, like many opportunities, the participation of the student is required to fully
appreciate all the benefits associated with
membership.
I first became aware of Golden Key when
I was the Acting Manager of the UBC School
& College Liaison Office (since renamed the
Recruitment Office). Carol Gibson, Director of
Awards and Financial Aid, invited me to
attend an information session being given by
Golden Key's Director of International
Development, Mark Herndon.
While at the session, I was surprised to
learn that Golden Key had enabled two UBC
representatives (Blair Grabinsky, then
Manager of UBC Career Services, and a UBC
scholarship student) to participate in the
August 1997 Golden Key International
Convention. While reporting on their experiences, both individuals expressed admiration
and support for the Society and (as I was to
discover during my first international convention) were obviously affected by the positive
impact it had on the more than 1,000 international convention delegates.
While I was intrigued by the information
provided by Mr. Herndon and the UBC representatives, it was not until the November 28,
1997 CABSD (Campus Advisory Board on
Student Development) meeting that I realized the true value of establishing a chapter
at UBC. The questions that arose during this
and previous CABSD meetings were reason
able and not surprising given the newness of
this particular concept.
During this time, Martha Piper had just
begun her term as president of the
University of British Columbia and she had
released a number of documents that challenged us, as administrators, to "think outside of the box" about what we were doing
in our effort to meet the needs of our students. For several years, UBC had meaningful
discussions about the importance of globalization and providing its students with opportunities outside of the university. Now Golden
Key was presenting the university with an
additional opportunity to fulfil this goal.
It was obvious from the November CABSD
meeting that Golden Key and UBC shared a
common vision: to recognize academic scholarship in the areas of teaching and research,
and to provide students with additional
financial scholarship, leadership, and networking opportunities. UBC's acknowledgment of the fact that Golden Key's mission,
goals and benefits paralleled those of the university resulted in their decision to establish a
Golden Key chapter.
The fact that UBC had endorsed Golden
Key (following a rigorous two year review
process) and that a board of directors, council
and delegates (not the organization's staff)
governed the Society, reassured me that this
was a legitimate organization. I learned that
the board of directors was composed of university presidents and founding members and
that the Society was committed to international representation (Please note: Bernard
Shapiro, McGill University Principal, now
serves as the first Canadian board member). It
is the board of directors that reviews Golden
Ke/s annual operating plan and budget, and
the academic council that reviews and
approves all prospective university petitions
to establish chapters.
It is at this point that my connection to
Golden Key changed significantly. In the
Society's effort to further internationalize
their operations and better meet the needs of
their Canadian members, the decision was
made to have a Canadian fill the role of
Assistant Director of International
Development. Since my term as Acting
Manager had ended, I decided to apply for
the position. Prior to my interview, I did some
research of my own.
While the public may, at anytime,
request a copy of Golden Key's IRS 990 U.S.
tax return, I feel that it is the voluntarily
commissioned third party audit that reinforces Golden Key's commitment to providing full disclosure of its financial activities. In
fact. Golden Key has commissioned and distributed this audit in each of its 21 years of
operations.
When I inquired about the Society's financial practices, I was promptly provided with a
copy of its most recent annual audit. I was
pleased to learn that the audit I reviewed was
voluntarily commissioned by an independent
third party accounting firm and that is was
annually distributed to all active and prospec
tive university chapters. Golden Key is registered as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization
in the United States. In order to remain registered under this status. Golden Key must
meet a specific set of US federal reporting
guidelines (please note: non-profit organizations are required to submit, annually, a 990
return but commissioning an independent
audit is done on a purely volunteer basis).
I am also pleased to report that the
Golden Key National Honour Society is a
member of the Atlanta Better Business
Bureau.
"We are pleased that the Golden Key
Honour Society is a member of this Better
Business Bureau."
—Ed Smith, President
Atlanta Better Business Bureau
February 22,1999
Golden Key has enjoyed tremendous success in the United States, Canada, Australia
and Malaysia for several reasons.
1) Objective membership criteria. Golden
Key's eligibility criteria are based solely on a
student's academic standing.
2) Leadership opportunities. Because the
Society fosters an environment which encourages members to participate in altruistic activities, chapters plan and implement activities
that enable members to interact with academic and administrative staff, and to partner
with other student and community organizations.
3) Scholarships. Not all honour societies
provide their members with scholarship
opportunities. Golden Key not only provides its members with scholarship opportunities in the areas of undergraduate
research, performing arts, literature, and
art, but it also awards, internationally, nine
US$10,000 graduate scholarships each year
and three undergraduate scholarships to
each Canadian chapter, each year (valued at
roughly $550 each).
4) Career Assistance. Members can access a
number of career assistance resources during
and after their post-secondary studies.
5) Networking opportunities. Golden Key
is one of the only honour societies to provide
its members with an international network of
members, university faculty and administrators, and corporations.
All of these benefits and services are
included in Golden Key's lifetime membership
fee and chapters begin their existence with
funds provided by Golden Key (a portion of
every fee is returned to the chapter to fund
their activities).
What I find most impressive about Golden
Key is that in its 21 years of operation, it has
chartered 273 chapters, at prestigious universities like UBC, and all 273 are active today.
This, without a doubt, can be attributed to
the incredible volunteer leadership of the
university advisors and chapter officers, and
the professional and full-time support and
assistance provided by the Society's international staff (includes: on-site support, applica
tion processing, certificate and invitation
printing and mailing, request/inquiry
response, chapter and corporate development, convention/conference planning, etc.)
Providing chapter assistance is an important part of what I do. I work with each of our
active and prospective Canadian University
chapters to ensure that the volunteer chapter
leaders and advisors have the information,
materials, and support they need. As a
Canadian, I have had the great pleasure to
witness the positive impact each of our
Canadian chapters has had on their members,
university and community.
The UBC chapter was chartered on
November 17, 1998, just two weeks prior to
exams and Christmas break. Since its chartering, this chapter has held a number of
chapter events including: a blood drive, a
membership retreat, a children's book
drive, and events that provide members
with the opportunity to interact with both
their advisors and honorary members.
However, the chapter and the Society have
also had to spend much of its energy
responding to the inaccurate and unfounded allegations included in articles that were
printed by the Ubyssey.
For those of you that are a new member
and concerned about the recent Ubyssey articles, I pose the following questions to you:
• Would UBC have endorsed Golden Key,
after investigating the Society of two years, if
it were not confident that the organization
was run in an ethical and professional manner?
• Would Golden Key have been able to
exist and flourish for more than 21 years if it
did not fulfil its obligations to its members at
273 universities?
• Have you made the effort to take advantage of your membership (attend the induction ceremony, participate in any of the
above listed activities, view the chapter's
Website, or run for a chapter officer position)?
As expected, there will be questions
asked about Golden Key and a period of
time will need to pass before UBC students
have the opportunity to experience the full
value of their membership. However, if we
greet every new idea or concept with
unfounded suspicion or skepticism and
accept the opinions of others without question, then we run the risk of denying those
around us, and ourselves, of many wonderful opportunities.
It is my hope that the information I have
shared with you here will assist you in creating an informed, fair, and knowledgeable
opinion of the Golden Key National Honour
Society.
I would also like to thank the University
of British Columbia's Presdident's Office, Dr.
Piper, Carol Gibson, Carole Forsythe,
Fahreen Dossa, Jennie Chen, Jason Davis,
Shelter Lee, and the rest of our present and
new UBC chapter officers for their support
of, and commitment to, the Golden Key
National Honour Society. 2B.
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THE NEW WORLD ORDER
At The Havana Cafe/Theatre
Runs until April 11
by Jaime Tong
There's a scene at the end of
Herschel Hardin's play where a
waitress (played by Trilby Jeeves)
sits down in deep thought, pours
herself a well-deserved drink, and
lets out an understandable sigh of
relief. After sitting through the two
and a half hours of The New World
Order, and hearing its ranting criticism of the United States government, it's a mutual feeling.
The work features five players
from the stage of world history as
they they reminisce over dinner
about their contributions and
experiences. John McCrae, author
of "In Flanders Fields," is the host
of the dinner, with Salvador
Allende, Jan Masaryk, Mohammed
Mossadegh, and Jacobo Arbenz
attending as guests. It is 1991 and
the Gulf War has just ended.
McCrae has called the group
together to prepare for the third
Conference of the Dead. At one
point, Masaryk points out that "we
are the dead; nobody can hear us,"
but then fails to explore why they
have gathered together for the
seemingly futile conference. It is,
after all, being organised and
attended solely by the dearly
departed.
Billing itself as a "political play",
The New World Order does discuss
politics but also raises a few eyebrows in the process. The atmosphere of the 'old boy's club' is
accentuated by the presence of the
waitress, whose patience is constantly tested by her flippant male
customers. And although the
actors' performances are intense
and emotional at times, the characters they play fall into stereotypes. McCrae is always the diplomatic and inoffensive Canadian
who occasionally has flashbacks of
World War One, while Arbenz is
the hot-blooded Guatemalan who
likes to break wine glasses and
pound his fist on the table. One
begins to feel sympathy for the
waitress, who probably wishes she
had taken the evening off.
During opening night, the
actors were still referring to their
scripts,   which   actually   didn't
The atmosphere
of the 'old
boy's club' is
accentuated by
the presence of
the waitress,
whose patience
is constantly     J
tested by her    I
customers.
detract from their performances
since the play merely consists of
each man taking turns to talk at
length before returning to normal
conversation. What is distracting is
the show's lighting, which continually hesitates between one hun-
dred-per cent and fifty-per cent
illumination, depending on
whether the speech is supposed
to be dramatic or not. In a theatre the size of the Havana,
using lighting in such a manner
isn't even necessary, what with
the audience sitting close
enough to see the wrinkles on
each actor's face.
Hardin has good intentions
behind the play, but it's the presentation    that needs to be
changed. Perhaps a cue can be
taken    from    Stan    Persky's
Philosopher's    Cafe    series,
which provides a similar
forum for conversation,
but allows those attending to eat and participate
in the discussion. As a
springboard for discussions, having to
sit in a theatre to
watch a group of
men   eat   and
drink for two and
a half hours isn't
exactly conducive
to stimulating
thought. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
THE MATRIX
At theatres everywhere
by Vince Yim
What do you do when you wake up
one day and realise that your entire life
is a lie?
After coundess movie trailers that
blow too many secrets and ultimately
fail to deliver, we finally have a product
that far outweighs the hype. The
Matrix is the tale of a computer hacker
named Neo (Keanu Reeves) who
unknowingly holds the key to an
technology that was beyond reach not
long ago. Not relying solely on CGI,
directors Larry and Andy Wachowski
call for some very complex camera
work, leading to bizarre visuals previously seen only in comic books and
Japanese animated films like Ghost in
the Shell
The story involves characters that
have found out how to manipulate
"reality," leading to agonising slow-
motion sequences and bizarre freeze
frames. Characters jump into the air
and seem to freeze in place as the camera flows towards another angle.
much without its actors. Surprisingly,
Keanu Reeves comes off pretty well,
although he does have a tendency to
degrade into a Bill & Ted type character at some moments. Canadian newcomer       Carrie-
Anne Moss plays a
rather unemotional role, although
that is pretty much
all that the script
calls for. Still, you
have to keep in
mind the dedication of the actors
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organisation that is
manipulating reality
and the collective
minds of humanity.
Using high-tech
implants and
weapons, Neo and an
underground movement jump between
reality and the
manipulated world.
At issue: what is the real
world?
Because of its dark atmosphere and
premise, The Matrix will inevitably be
compared to 1998's underrated Dark
City. It is clear, however, which film will
win out more fans.
While the special effects and art
direction of Dark City are nothing to
sneeze at, the visuals of The Matrix
must be seen to be believed. Despite a
small budget (in this post- Titanic
world, anything costing $70M or less is
considered small budget), the filmmakers truly push the envelope, using
rat"*-*?
But while the film is a dazzling
spectacle that leaves the audience
gaping in disbelief, The Matrix could
have benefited from at least one more
rewrite of the script. While the storyline explores many interesting ideas
and bizarre concepts, there are a few
noticeable holes and inconsistencies,
and some of the dialogue is unintentionally laughable. Regardless, these
flaws are immediately smoothed over
as we see something really cool on
screen. And there are a lot of really cool
things on screen.
Of course, the film would not be
who—after three
months of martial
arts training—
could have easily
made another
film.
In an industry
where just about every surprise is
already blown and nothing is new, The
Matrix easily blows them all away. This
film will easily keep the most jaded sci-
fi fans and movie buffs happily satiated until the release of Star Wars: The
Phantom Menace next month.<»
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VOLUME 80 ISSUE 46
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NEWS
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PHOTO
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VOLUNTEERS Jaime Tong
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the first to be subpoenaed. Bruce Arthur, John Alexander &
Anne Augustine were going to prosecute and they weren't
going to piddle around. With judge Federico Barahona
already assigned to the case, they knew they were in for an
uphill battle. Indy Batth, Jeremy Beaulne, George Belliveau
& Marianne Birmingham were scheduled to be forensic
experts, with Ben Bjarnson & John Bolton analysing DNA
evidence.
Court Reporters Zoe Bridgeman & Benita Bunjun were perplexed. They knew that it happened, but for this, a simple
libel case, why were prosecuting attorneys Gaetan Boucher
& Nick Bradley demanding a sequestered jury. Jeff Bell,
Justin Berger, Alex Bustos, Sioban Carroll, Junie Desil, Anita
Parti, Audrey Chan, Peter Chattaway, Paul Chiarenza,
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even alternates, Charlie Cho, Tara Cochrane & Howie Choy
had to be cooped up in a hotel room.
Sandra Ka Hon Chu, Alison Cole, Linette DeGraaf, Derek
Deland were scheduled to testify on the first day. Lisa
Denton & Wolf Depner could barely contain themselves as
the tension in the courtroom mounted. Julian Dowling
declared court in session as John Demeulemeester ushered
in the defendants, Irfan Dhalla, Sarah Galashan & Doug
Quan. Karen Doyle started the questioning. Had Noelani
Dubeta known Jaki Eisman had been an investor? Did
Martin Farkas' involvement affect May Farrales' coverage
of the story? Where had Robert Faulkner been on that fateful evening in early April? It was all too much. Patti Flaither
screamed, Niloufar Foroghan yelled, and Chester C.
Garfield started a riot.
Once the fire was out, Orly Givton returned the ducks to
their rightful owners and Ciprian Gligor comforted the
elderly. Flora Graham charged Matt Gunn, Todd Hallett &
Trina Hamilton with contempt of the court, Scott Hayward
& James Howick with indecent exposure and Janet Ip &
Sara Irvine with racketeering. With everything back in
order, Nick Istvafty began a cross-examination of Chris
Jackstein. Lisa Johnson objected when Peter Kao's gambling practices became an issue. Carin Kietaibl was particularly irritated that Holly Kim was forced to name Naomi
Kim as her source.
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Koksal. She had said that Amna Khan & Camille Lade had
partnered in some shady business dealings that Eliza
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Nandi Odhiambo was persuasive. Bob Nelson is in fact
King of the Universe and Sarah Newham is his Queen, in a
very real, legally binding sense. Don't tell this to Jenna
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and Coralie Olsen had to pick up the pieces. Cecilia Parsons
was so flabbergasted, so much so that she took Mwalu
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Shahvarani's toilet paper empire. Krista Sigurdson was left
with only 10 cents and Todd Silver's expertise to help her.
Together, they joined forces with Jeffrey Simpson & Ian
Sonshine to create a crime fighting syndicate, the likes that
Jason Steele, Monique Stevenson & their merry band of
hooligans had never known.
Police commissioner, Kristoff Steinruck, was pleased but
realised that Rupinder Sohal couldn't keep the peace.
Gurpreet Singh agreed and brought in the military, which
had Christine Tassos & Jane Taylor on the run and Ali Thom
and Mark Thoberg in hiding. Jaime Tong hunted down
fugitives strapped only with two rounds of artillery. She
took down Stanley Tromp, Shalene Takara & Keith
Turkowski in a blaze of glory, but, alas, it was her publicist's
idea. Kala West created the whole story and had Tara
Westover doctor the photos. Graeme Williams was in
charge of proliferating the rumours and Jane Wong paid off
the witnesses. Thankfully, Wendy Wong had enough
integrity to report the incident to Jamie Woods.
Unfortunately, he was no where to be found, so Jerome
Yang & Jeff Yazinchuk took on the story and botched the
whole thing up. Jerome Yau complained about the ending,
Vince Yim complained about the gratuitous violence &
[Catherine Young thought it lacked poetic intensity. Not
that Mary Vallis would've minded—she was busy tracking
down Jose Velazquez and Begum Verjee, who were trying to
save Roohina Virk & John Zaozirny from the malevolent
clutches of Dr. Evil. Thankfully, Pride UBC brought their
riot gear and were able to defuse the situation. THE UBYSSEY « WEPNESPffl APRIL 7,?S& 31
Evelyn Lett remembered
the ubyssev
by Andrew Lim
It is with great sadness that I wish to pay tribute to Evelyn Lett, one of UBC's first student
leaders and a Great Trekker, who passed away
last Friday in Vancouver at the age of 102.
Evelyn Lett was intimately associated with
the history of UBC, Vancouver and British
Columbia; few people embodied the complementary ideals of service and leadership
quite as well as she.
Evelyn Lett's life was one of
achievement, leadership and dedication to the greater community.
One of the first generation of students to graduate from UBC, ^~~"~
Evelyn Lett obtained her Bachelor
of Arts in 1917 and her Master of
Arts in 1926. During her years here at UBC,
she was twice President of the Women's
Undergraduate Society and twice vice president of the Alma Mater Society. In 1913, she
was one of three students to serve on the
committee establishing the constitution of
the Alma Mater Society, and was largely
responsible for earning women students the
right to vote in university elections, even
before this right was granted in federal and
provincial elections.
Even after her graduation from UBC, her
service to the University continued. She was
a founding member of the UBC Alumni
Association, as well as a long standing member of the UBC Women's Residence Building
Committee. Most recently, the Evelyn Lett
foundation was established to create a series
of bursaries to allow students with children to
have adequate access to child care.
While she contributed much to this university, Evelyn Lett's dedication and leadership did not end here. Evelyn Lett played an
integral role in the history of the city of
Vancouver. Among many other posts she
held, she was president of the University
Women's Club of Vancouver, honourary president of the Vancouver Hospital Auxiliary, and
vice president of the Canadian Federation of
University Women.  Furthermore, she was a
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founding member of the Vancouver
Community Music School and the Van Dusen
Gardens Society, a member of the board of
directors of the YWCA, and an honourary
member of the Vancouver Academy of Music.
She also chaired the financial campaign for
the establishment of the Brock House Society,
a centre for seniors for which she managed to
raise over a quarter of a million dollars.
During the Second World War, Evelyn Lett
answered the call of duty by organizing the
Women's Auxiliary to the Irish Fusiliers and
serving as its president. In 1941, she went on
to help organize the Allied Officers Club of
Vancouver and served as the president of its
Women's Auxiliary. She also served on the coordinating council for Civilian War Services.
In recognition of her lifetime of leadership
and service, Evelyn Lett was showered with
numerous awards and distinctions. Among
many others, she was awarded a Canada
Volunteer Award and the Salvation Army Red
Shield Award. In 1958, she was awarded an
honourary doctor of laws degree from UBC
and in 1980, she was awarded the same from
Simon Fraser University. In 1965, Evelyn Lett
was named a Great Trekker by the students of
UBC in recognition of her service to the university and to the community.    Recently,
Evelyn Lett was called to Ottawa by the
Governor General and was
appointed an Officer of the
Order of Canada—one of the
highest civilian honours in
~~~"-"~~~  Canada.
I had the great fortune of
having interacted with Evelyn
Lett on a personal as well as professional level
and can truly say that she was one of the most
inspiring human beings that I have known.
Even in her old age, she was funny and witty
and she told the most amazing (true) stories.
Evelyn Lett's lifetime of contributions to
UBC, to the city of Vancouver, and to the
province of British Columbia was an inspiration to all who knew her. She was and will
continue to be a shining symbol of those values to which we might all aspire. Although it
is with profound sadness that we mourn her
passing, her life will no doubt continue to
inspire us all.
—Andrew Lim is the recipient of the 1997
Sherwood Lett Memorial Scholarship and is
a fourth year science student.
PlayCricket?
The U.B.C. Cricket Club is
welcoming new players
for the 1999 season.
For more info call Paul
734-2759
Is studying giving you a
pain in the neck?
Ever get headaches
or an aching back?
Eyestrain from hours
at the computer?
Sore arms or wrists from writing
that paper? Discover the relief that
many students and faculty already
know - today's Chiropractic care.
Call 734-2258 for an appointment
with Dr. Jay Robinson, BSc, DC.
In our fully MSP opted-in clinic,
subsidized patients, (most students)
are not required to pay any user
fee. Just call and you can be seen
today! The above and many other
types of aches and pains may be
helped by Chiropractic care.
Located just off campus at 16th and
MacDonald and open Mon. - Sat.
Studying for hours is an unnatural
insult on your body -fight back.
Call today. 734-2258.
We gots Grizz tickets.
You infants them?
If so, try the Ubyssey}s 1999 Grizzlies tickets scavenger Hunt!
The Ubyssey has ten pairs of tickets to upcoming Grizzlies games, and we want you to have them! But to get 'em, you've got to give us
something! The first person to bring the corresponding item to SUB room 245 will win the prescribed set of tickets. And they're even good
tickets! Limit one set of tickets per item, and per winner. We want to spread the wealth around. 'Cause we're the Ubyssey, and we love you.
Wednesday, April 7
vs Denver
Sunday, April 18
vs Golden State
Wednesday, April 21
vs LA Clippers
Set 1: Martha Piper's business card
Set 2: Staff Sergeant Lloyde
Plante's business card
Set 1: A library receipt with
more than 100 books on it
Set 2: 15 Arts County Fair cups-
clean, please
Set 1: A picture of AMS President
Ryan Marshall with his pants
down (nudity optional)
Set 2: A picture of yourself, in your
underwear, on the hood of a Plant
Ops truck
Thursday, April 29     Set 1: A big, big, big beach ball
vs San Antonio       ^et 2: A tociue'w'1^at 'east one p°m-
Monday, May 3
vs Golden State
pom—preferably a big pom-pom
Set 1: A T-shirt with the Ubyssey is huge!
written on it. Actual Ubyssey T-shirts don't
count.
Set 2: A Nerf football (authentic Nerf only!)
And not ours, either
The Ubyssey reserves the right to keep anything you give
us for the tickets. Ubyssey staff are not eligible to win. Y.APRIL 7. 1999
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Rushmore Soundtrack
[London]
As Rushmore director Wes
Anderson notes inside the album's
liner, he required the right music to
make the right movie, and he figured that if he could find the
music, he'd be halfway there. "I
originally wanted to score the
whole movie of Rushmore with
songs by the Kinks," he writes. "I
thought this made sense because
the Kinks played loud, angry,
teenage rock songs, and they wore
blazers and ties and our movie is
about a teenager who is loud and
angry, and he is almost never seen
without his blazer and tie...I eventually expanded this concept to
include the whole British Invasion,
because they all basically dressed
like that."
So, what the audience of
Rushmore (and listeners of its
soundtrack) gets is an earful of
bands like the Who, the Kinks, and
the Faces, along with complete
unknowns like Creation and Unit
4 + 2. You may not have heard of
Creation, but if you've seen
Rushmore, you'll certainly
remember the catchy, repetitive
riffs of "Making Time" that back
the film's first montage. Hell, even
otherwise forgettable artists like
Unit 4 + 2 and Chad & Jeremy
become memorable after you've
heard their tracks. And Cat
Stevens should finally get some
respect after people have given a
listen to the beautiful pair of songs
that Anderson and company
include here.
And then there's Mark
Mothersbaugh's intricate, harpsichord-driven score for the film.
Interspersed throughout the
album, it's all the things that a
score should be: subtle, evocative
and charming. The man from
Devo has moved on, in mysterious
ways.
So, yeah, if you loved the film,
you'll like the album. Packed with
a great score and classic, long-lost
tunes like those of Creation, Unit 4
+ 2, and The Faces, it's certainly
more than enough bang for your
buck. The only problem is the
absence of the Rolling Stones' "I
Am Waiting," a key song in the
film. Still, in the world of soundtracks, it's a bit of rarity. None of
the songs are remakes, remixes or
b-sides, and they're all actually
featured in the film. That's what a
soundtrack is supposed to be,
remember?*
—John Zaozirny

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