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The Ubyssey Oct 9, 1998

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everyone," says Green
The students in the program do indeed reflect this diversity o:
knowledge. They range in age from 20 to 62 years. "Everything from
single mothers, people on social assistance, and other people who
have degrees from other countries that aren't recognised in
Canada," says Johal.
The only criteria for applicants to the program is that they be
people that would regularly qualify to attend UBC, but could not
afford to do so.
by Cynthia Lee
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IIKAIICIIC ±11C JlJabout Humanities 101. The classes are
taught by volunteer instructors from
diverse backgrounds. For the first class, it
A ^_ Jwas a cop from a tough Seattle suburb.
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^ J       "It doesn't give people necessarily a marketable or vocational
skill," says Jonathan Wender, Seattle cop and PhD student. "It
gives them the ability to think critically and to appreciate the
world in which they find themselves."
In this case, the ctrrriculum takes the form of a multidiscipli-
nary course, comprised of units of philosophy, literature, history,
theatre and film, poetry and art history.
Using funds provided by an .AMS Innovative Projects grant
and drawing from a pool of volunteers, the program overcomes
some barriers—the costs of course materials, transportation,
child care, as well as a hot meal before each class are provided.
It took eight months for Am Johal and Allison Dunnet, both
UBC graduates, to develop Humanities 101 from an idea discussed over drinks to a functioning classroom with two dozen
students. The class is modelled after a similar program created by
Earl Shorris, a New York professor who taught humanities to marginalised Lower Eastside residents.
There is great emphasis among students and instructors that
Humanities 101 should not be labelled as a handout
"I was very concerned that this class not be seen as some
paternalistic gesture," says Wender. "Just because people live in
the Downtown Eastside, just because people are unemployed,
just because they might not have a lot of money, it doesn't necessarily mean there's anything 'wrong' with them as human
"If you wanted to find dysfunction in human misery you
might just as well look at Point Grey than the Downtown
Eastside," he adds.
Jim Green, who also teaches anthropology, at UBC, says the
traditional university hasn't been successful at drawing on the
strengths of its local community. What Humanities 101 is successful at is bringing into the classroom a diverse range of experiences, he points out
"It's not just people standing up and instructing the people
from the Downtown Eastside, I think they are also learning from
the Downtown Eastside. It builds a new pool of knowledge for
Several minutes before the!
start of class, the aroma of hot!
food from the meal before
class lingers while the students
engage in a steady din of chatter and laughter. The cam-
raderie among the students is|
Dressed in running shoes
and spandex biking pants, this
week's    instructor,    Kegan
Doyle, seems to connect with
the mix of students. Tonights
class is on Edgar Allan Poe, \
and the students are eager to
participate,    spontaneously i
bursting out comments on the|
question at hand.
One woman, volunteering!
to read some lines of Poe, reads I
expressively while the rest of the|
class listens in silence.
The students are more than willing to speak about their decision to join the class; they share stories about their past, present
and future.
"Free education. Who can say no to that?" asks Jennifer. She
says that she hopes to go eventually to college or university. "I'm
a mom and I haven't been to any post-secondary school ever. It's
an opportunity to gain knowledge.
'A lot of people felt comfortable thinking about their own philosophies and different histories relating to their own lives. It gave me an idea about where people were corning from
Everybody is so compassionate, sympathetic, understanding and full of life. They're passionate about life," she adds.
"It's the first time I ever tried anything like this...This is my first taste of university," says
Kevin, another student who is enjoying the program.
"I'm trying to build a case for myself and get another student loan. I think going through
this program's important because it's getting tougher and tougher all the time."
Another student, Sylvia, says the program has helped her fight drug addiction. "I needed
something to fill my time because I was a heavy-duty drug addict before and that's all I knew
in my life—was how to drink or do drugs—and now I've been clean for ovef seven months.'
She adds that she has even quit smoking.
She says that Humanities 101 is about expressing "the real me." During a discussion
about Edgar Allan Poe's stories, she says, "I am somebody. I am a human being."
It's this type of enthusiasm that the instructors of Humanities 101 find impressive.
Doyle, a sessional instructor in the department of English, says it is one of the best teaching experiences of his life.
"They were well-prepared. They were excited about it. They didn't take it for granted in
any way; they were just really into it and into the group feeling of the class," he says.
"People's individuality came out much more quickly partly because they weren't taking ii
for granted and because they hadn't been in classrooms their whole lives, they didn't know
the set routine."
Wender also finds his experience rewarding. He says the atmosphere is much more lively than in a traditional classroom. "I think they were more willing to take risks intellectually
than students might in a regular university...there was a real vitality and a real energy in there
"I think a lot of people in the academic world don't know what a privileged existence they
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Funding issue lingers over inquiry
CRAIG JONES: UBC law student testifies before the RCMP Public Complaints
Commission, richard lam photo
recent comments federal Solicitor
General Andy Scott is alleged to
have made.
To that end, Ward served the
commission's three-member
panel with a motion to stop the
hearings and said he planned to
call NDP MP Dick Proctor as a
supporting witness on Tuesday.
Scott came under fire this
week when Proctor claimed to
have overheard Scott say that the
commission, which indirecuy
reports to him, would determine
the RCMP officers "over-reacted
for four to five minutes," and
would specifically name "Hughie"
(quite likely RCMP Staff Sgt. Hugh
Stewart), in their final report
Ward said that by predicting
the outcome, Scott has biased the
process. "Because those views are
public and in the public domain,
it has an influence on this hearing."
by Sarah Galashan
The first week of hearings into RCMP actions during last
November's APEC conference could be the last if the federal
government continues to refuse to pay the legal fees of students involved.
Cameron Ward, the unpaid lawyer representing a group of
students calling themselves Democracy Street, says these
hearings are not "fair, independent or impartial," because of
Last summer, Scott denied a
request from the commission for
legal funding. He told the commission the students did not
require lawyers because, unlike the RCMP officers named in
the complaints, they faced no potential repercussions from
the commission's findings.
But Joe Arvay, the lawyer representing UBC law student
Craig Jones, disagrees. "There's no good reason to deny the
students funding."
Both Arvay and Ward say that if students don't receive
funding soon, they will find themselves without any legal rep
So far, a BC Federation of Labour fundraising campaign
has only raised about $50,000. That doesn't even come close to
covering the students' legal fees in a hearing which is expected to last at least six months.
In a second letter to Scott this week, the commission panel
wrote that the scope and importance of the hearings had
reached a point that if funding is denied, public confidence in
the process may be eroded.
Meanwhile, the panel heard testimony for the first time
this week Articling student Craig Jones recounted how he was
arrested for refusing to give up a sign that read 'freedom of
speech' in front of Green College residence the day of the
APEC leaders' meeting at UBC.
He refuted the RCMP's position that signs were taken from
students because they could be thrown over a security fence
at passing motorcades.
"At no time was I or any other student told that any of these
signs could be used as projectiles or posed a physical threat in
terms of blocking sight lines."
Jones, who will undergo final cross-examination today,
says these reasons were given to the press and used after the
arrests as justification.
He refuted the statements written in RCMP Inspector Bill
Dingwall's handnotes that indicate officers did tell students
why the signs must be removed. Said fones:" [Dingwall] is not
telling the truth. He either is lying or has delusions."
Annette Muttray of Democracy Street is scheduled to testify in weeks to come, but might never take the stand if the
motion to adjourn is successful.
She says a rally in support of the motion to adjourn is
planned for outside the Plaza of Nations next Tuesday.
"The message we want to send to Ottawa is that even students who are not involved are concerned that the hearings
are going to be a farce and a whitewash.
"We need funding or we are going to boycott," she added.**
SOV reduction a bumpy road
by Douglas Quan
UBC will join the City ofVancouver in corning
months to urge the province to reconsider
building a Light Rail Transit (LRT) system
down the Broadway corridor west of
Commercial St
Last summer, the province announced it
was going to build a Skytrain system along
that route (with a stop at either Cambie St. or
Arbutus St) as part of the second phase of a
multi-billion dollar Skytrain expansion
through the Lower Mainland.
But Gord Lovegrove, UBC's transportation
planner, says a Skytrain is not cost-effective.
He's worried that the cost of financing the
Skytrain project may skyrocket and take
money away from building new buses.
"Where's that being paid from? That's still
not been clearly answered," Lovegrove said.
UBC community and regional planning
professor Peter Boothroyd echoed
Lovegrove's concerns, but said he was doubtful the province would consider backtracking
on its Skytrain plans.
"light Rail Transit had at least the potential to come out here. That potential has now
disappeared," Boothroyd said.
And Ian Wardley, a system design coordinator with the province's Rapid Transit
Project Office, told the Ubyssey that the
Skytrain extension is going ahead as planned.
He also cautioned the public not to jump
to the conclusion that no money will be left
for new buses because the full cost of the
Skytrain project is still not known.
Still, the uncertainty puts another dent
into Lovegrove's plans to reduce single-occupancy vehicle traffic to and from UBC by 20
per cent in five years. That goal is set out in
UBC's Official Community Plan.
Even though talks have been going on for
almost a year, Lovegrove has still not sold BC
Transit on the idea of developing a flexible
transit pass called the Trek Card. He now
admits that it's less likely that the program
will be ready by next September.
Under the UBC-administered Trek Card,
transit users and car/van poolers would pay
discounted rates and have access to a number of additional services, including night
time campus shuttle, secure bicycling facilities and merchandise discounts. There is also
the option of driving on certain days.
Lovegrove says there's no doubt in his
mind that UBC can raise the roughly $6 million that UBC riders currently generate for
BC Transit through sales of the Trek Card and
raised parking fees.
'"What we're saying to BC Transit is we
will issue the cards, we
will collect revenue
and we will guarantee
you as a minimum
your base revenue."
But the cost of
building additional
says 32 are needed—
and the cost of the
additional services
will fall somewhere in
the range of $1-2 million. And who will
take that on is a point
of contention
between UBC and BC
Transit yet to be
"These are big dollars. Who's going to
pay for it? The university or transit?" said
Glen Leicester, executive director of strategic planning for BC
Leicester says it's
difficult for the Crown
corporation to find
any new funding at
the moment because
of constraints by the
province's debt management plan.
Lovegrove contends      that      UBC
shouldn't have to pay.
"Our position is at this point people are
hanging out the doors of buses, so why
should we pay for extra buses? They already
make money, and transit is saying, well,
you've got to take into account Skytrain."
A decision on a cost-sharing formula may
not come until next spring. That's when BC
Transit will hand over control of Lower
Mainland transit systems and roads to the
Greater Vancouver Regional Transit
Authority (GVTA).
And according to Bill Waters, a professor
in the Transportation and Logistics division
in the Faculty of Commerce, there could be a
lot of jockeying among municipalities to
have their transit needs addressed.
"Everyone is clamouring for more buses,"
Waters said. "There's a lot of politics
Forestry research faces cuts
by Ibdd Silver
Forestry research is suffering along with the industry.
The decline in private sector profits, and the subsequent draining of government rollers, has resulted in a
shortage of funding for research.
Five years ago, when the industry was experiencing
an upswing in profit margins, the government placed
much of its forestry revenue into Forest Renewal BC
(FRBC) which handed out five year research grants.
However, because of the long term nature of forestry
research and the current downward slide of the industry, little new research is being done.
Some UBC researchers are worried the money will
tun out before the research has been completed.
"There is no additional funding," said Bart Van Der
Kamp. a researcher in forest sciences. "There is the standard annual budget, but there are no new projects being
funded because all die old ones are still ongoing."
Gene Namkoong, a professor in the same department and a leading researcher in forest genetics, relies
on FRBC to help fund his research.
"The government cutbacks are going to particularly
affect the conservation and the breeding applications
(of genetic research)," he said.
Namkoong also stated that Canada is falling behind
the United States and Kumpe in a line of research which
it once lead. "We had set up this program and established the leadership position which is now being
"We arc carrying tiiroiif^i for d.is year ami working
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yet. Next year it will come.-' said Namkoong.
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prop up forest research in BC. "The private sector has
always been very minimal and at the moment there is
probably no chance at all," said Van Der Kamp.
The federal government has increased some funding. Van Der Kamp said that if a line of study is worth
looking into, a researcher will find the funds.
There is a hesitation, however, in the government to
fund research work done in the field instead of in the
controlled confines of a lab.
The current downswing in research funding is in
stark contrast to the importance that university, government and industry officials have placed on innovative
In the recent opening of the new Forest Sciences
Building—a palatial new venue for the forestry and forest sciences faculties that was five years in the making—
UBC president Martha Piper spoke on the role that
research will have on the future of the industry. "New
knowledge will be the key to the growth of the industry,"
However the forestry industry is one which is susceptible to harsh swings between profits and loss. Van
Der Kamp explained how one mill owner described the
forestry industry: "Five years you are just barely breaking even and the sixth year you are actually losing
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TEACHING: Kegan Doyle teaches the works of Edgar Allan Poe to Humanities 101 students, matt gunn photo
from page 1
lead. So for me, because I occupy
these two extremes—because I see
life on the street at its most difficult
and trying and because I see this
beautiful, ratified academic environment overlooking the mountains and the water—it teaches you
to appreciate it."
Making the connection
between the university and the
community seems to be the whole
point of the program.
"I think it is the type of thing the
university should be doing—reaching out to people in that way. It represents the best quality of the university and I think that our university tended to become more and
more elitist in the last few years,"
Doyle says.
"The   universitv   should   be
reaching out to people rather than
getting into more and more rarified
kinds of knowledge."
One of the inital concerns was
that in moving the class from the
Downtown Eastside to UBC, the
culture shock would be too much
for some. They had estimated a
drop-out rate of up to 50 per cent.
"What we're worried about is
to make sure we can create a
sense of community within the
[downtown] classroom so that
when we come out to UBC, we
won't lose too many people," said
Johal in September, before classes
had started.
But so far, these concerns have
been allayed. Out of an original
class of 25,17 students attended the
first lecture at UBC last Tuesday.
One of the students even said the
entire reason they enrolled in
Humanities 101 was to take a break
from the Eastside.
According to Jim Green, a longtime activist in the Downtown
Eastside, universities have usually
been a negative force in local communities.
But Green lends his support to
the Humanities 101 program and
says he hopes it will become a normal part of the university curriculum. "The needs are community-
driven and the students and faculty
are working with the community as
consultants and partners to solve
various problems rather than see
the community as a laboratory for
"If we can erase some of these
divisions and barriers between
people and learn from one another,
I think everyone's going to be better
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Looking up in a down market
THE TWO MARKETEERS: Christopher Li and Daniel Harowitz of the UBC Portfolio
 by James Howick
The markets around the world are down but for a group of UBC finance
students which manages a portfolio worth over $2 million, things couldn't be looking better.
Dan Harowitz and Chris Li are two student money managers in the
UBC Portfolio Management Foundation, run out of the finance department in the Faculty of Commerce. They manage a portfolio of assets
including stocks, bonds and cash instruments (T-Bills).
They say it doesn't take a genius to play the stock market. It's just a mat
ter of knowing when to stay put and
when to sell while you still can.
Typically, during a bad market, they
say it's best for investors to shed their
speculative holdings and move to
ones of higher quality.
"We focus on fundamentals," says
Harowitz, who spent last summer
working in Fixed Income research at
JP Morgan and this past summer at
Connor Clark and Lunn doing quantitative research.
But when pursuing that flight to
quality in the market, they say bank
stocks should be avoided. "Banks are
grossly overvalued," says Horowitz.
"We don't own any because of the
financial turmoil."
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Bentall, and corporate bonds from
Rogers Cantel.
Both Li and Harowitz say while BC
has been bruised by a waning forest
and fish industry, the technical sector
has helped to offset the losses. "We're
a lot less cyclical than we were," says
Harowitz. "We have more diversity."
Not only do students in the program get three credits but it helps
prepare them for summer internships. Li worked as an analyst last summer at Goldman Sachs.
"The course credit is really inconsequential," says Robert Heinkel, a
Finance professor. "They're building career opportunities."
As vice chair of the UBC Faculty Pension Plan, Heinkel is no stranger to
money management. He advises the students in the day-to-day administration of the Foundation.
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YOUR UBC Forum on Tuition Fees, co-sponsored with the AMS, to be held from
12:30-2:00, Thursday October 15th in the SUB Conversation Pit.
Consultation on UBC's Tuition Policy
The President's Office has established a Tuition Polio' Committee (members listed on last page). Domestic tuition fees for existing programs ate frozen by the
Provincial Government. However, UBC needs to have principles on which it can base tuition fees for international students and rot domestic students whenever die
tuition freeze is related The Committee wires to learn the views of students, faculty, staff, alumni and others on this imprtanr matter and is therefore submitting
the following questions fct consultation. I ■ ese questions should be regarded as a guide and other comments on tuition policy would also be welcome.
SrrPPning room
Degree programs at UBC ate supported fri <m a variety of funds. The General Purpose Operating Fund (GPOf) comprises the provincial operating grant plus tuition
fees. The total University budget comprises the GPOF, endowment income, research grants, designated grants, contracts, and capital revenues from ancillary services.
Student tuition fees covet only a fraction of the cost of degree programs. For example, in 1997/9?, student credit tuition fees ($56M) represented 16.3% of the
GPOF ($344M) and 9.5% of the University's total budget ($7944).
General Questions
Ql. What are rhe factors that should influence the tuition fees charged for UBC degree programs? Please check all that apply
 Cost of delivering the degtee programs
 External financial support fot programs, e.g., Provincial granr, endowments
 Tuition fees of similar programs at comparable universities
 AffortJabiliry of degree programs by students
 Student demand for entry into degree programs
 Future earnings potential of graduates of degree programs
 Residence status of students
 Othet factors (please specify)	
Q2. What percentage of the full cost of delivering a degree program should the individual domestic student pay? %
Enter 0% if you believe the Provincial Government should pay the full costs. Entet 100% if you believe the student should pav full cost. Please explain vour rationale.
Q3. Given current financial assistance possibilities, what would you consider a reasonable level of tuition for a full-time, domestic undergraduate student enrolled at
UBC for one year (30 credirs) ? $	
Q4. For current UBCstudents, if the annual tuition fee were higher than when you came to UBC, at what level of the fee would yout decision to attend UBC have
At what level of higher annual tuition fee would you decide to drop out of UBC?	
Q5. UBC wants to make its academic programs accessible ro the best-qualified applicants regardless of their financial ability to pay. To achieve this goal, one
approach is a tuition fee strategy' which has high tuition levels together with high amounts offinancial assistance. Another approach is a tuition fee strategy with low
tuition levels and low amounts offinancial assistance. "Which approach do you favour? Please explain your rationale. At present, UBC tuition fees differ according to
the type of degree program and type of strident as shown below:
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Master of Engineering
S 2.274 vcar
Master of Ardiiceaure
S 2.27<Ueai-
Master of Journalism
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Diflerenriarion in Tuirion Fees across Degree Programs
Q6. For domestic srudenrs, should UBC increase, decrease, or maintain consranr rhe differenriation in tuition fees across its degree programs? What is the rationale
for your answer?
Q7. If you believe the degree of differentiation in tuition fees should be increased, what types of degree programs should have higher tuition fees and what types
should nave lower mition fees?
Q8. Should there be differentiation in undetgtaduate tuition fees? If so, which programs should have higher fees and which should have lbwet fees? Explain your
Q9. Hits year, the Ontario Govemmenr Iras deregulated rhe uiition fees for select programs ar Ontario universities, including professional undergraduate programs
such as engineering, business, computer science, medicine, dentistry, law, and pharmaq', and all graduate programs. Furthermore, it is allowing Ontario universities
to inctease tuition tees in other undergraduate programs by up ro 10% provided the increases can be linked to maintaining ot improving program quality At least
30% of ruirion increases must be set aside for needs-based'financial assistance. Do you agree or disagree with this policy or any part of it? what are the reasons for
your answers?
Differentiation in Tuition Fees across Types of Students
Ql 0. Should UBC change the differentiation in mition fees berween domestic and international srudenrs? Should this differentiation be increased, decreased, or
remain the same? is your view die same for undergraduate and graduate students? Please give a rationale for pur views.
Ql 1. .Should Canadian citizens who are not residents of Canada and do not pay taxes to Canada be charged domestic or inrernarional tuition fees?
Difficult Tradeoffs
Q12. Students and many others ate deeply concerned abour:
whether there are enough places in rhe provincial universities so that students do not have to go elsewhere;
whether students can afford to pay for university' expenses (including tuition (ess, books, room and board, Transportation, etc.),and
the quality' of education. The quality of education is strongly dependent on the university budget and enrolments. The budget determines the quality of faculty and
support staff, library holdings, laboratories, facilities, etc., whereas rhe budget and enrollm'enrs ser rhe srudenr/faculty ratios. These ratios gready affect the educational
experience for srudenrs. ■
If UBC were faced with no clonge in the Provincial Operating Granr for several years would you prefei
  a freeze at the present level of enrolment toEethet with a freeze in tuition r  1
an increase in the presepr level of enrolment together with a freeze in tuition fees even though this would mean a decrease in program quality?
an increase in the present level of enrolment togethet with an increase in tuition fees to raise the number of places and improve program quality?
Any other measures? (please specify) _
How would you prefer that UBC handle these difficult tradeoffs? _
Please provide any othet comments that might be valuable to the Gimmirtee and return the questionnaire by October 31,1998 to:
The Tuition Policy Committee
c/o The Office of Budget and Planning
6328 Memorial Road
Vancouver BC V6T1Z2
tuition, policy^exchmge.ubc.ca
Please specify what type of respondent you are:
 Othet (please specify)	
Tuition Policy Commirree Members
Dr. Donald Wehrung, Chair
Dr. John Chase
Dr. Axel Meisen
Dr. John Gilbert
Dr. Ashok Korwal
Dr. David Randall
Ms. Vivian Hoffman
Mr. Csaba Nikolenyi
Mr. Byron Hender
Opens today
Varsity Theatre
by Jaki Eisman
Not all great books make j^reat
movies. A most pertinent I ,y-product of this fallacy is A Merry War.
the screen adaptation of Guorgf
Orwell's Kecf) trie Aspulisrm {'lying.
All   the   elements   are   here- a
super!) cast, an interesting
premise- but director Robert
Bicrman still manages m just miss
the mark.
I was optimistic for the first half
hour. The story focuses on Cordon
Comstock (played by Richard E
Gram with his usual vigour), an up-
and-coming ad exec living in
depression-era London. Gordon is
nicely settled in life—a steady job. a
loyal girlfriend named Rosemary
(11 io lovely 1 Iclena Honham (iirteri,
and good future prospects in a time
when security is scarce. But
Gordon is unsatisfied (hence the
movie). He is a poet at heart, and
finds his self-respect draining from
liim with each artistically devoid
slogan he pens. So one day, urged
on by a favourable review of his
recently published poetry, Gordon
decides to quit his job and try out
life as what he refers to as a "free
man." This leaves poor Rofejjjary
sedateh distraught, but wiJtsig to
stand by her man and hope he
returns to his senses.
'Ihe iilm follows Gordon^ jour-
war: Richard E. Grant and
Helena Bonham Carter
(above) star in director
Robert Bierman's (left)
unsatisfactory 4 Merry War
ney as he zig-zags through London,
straddling various classes and
encountering a slew of perceptions
and mispereeptions, The film
questions the degree to which we
are independant as opposed to
controlled by our environments. It
also raises the argument of the
inevitability of fate, or destiny.
Unfortunately, watching a man
contemplate these questions in his
head does not make for good
After the first half-hour, I honestly felt as if I were condemned to
watch a daily play-by-play of the
entirety of Gordon's life. Gordon
wakes up. Gordon goes to work.
Gordon writes a poem. You get the
point. To give credit where credit is
due, the film is fabulous looking,
with an awesome recreation of
London in the 30s. The haunts of
the upper, middle, and lower classes are both presented and satirised
in a manner that would likely do
Orwell proud. The omnipresent
aspidistra, however, a common
house plant, alltogether loses its
effectiveness as a metaphor in the
translation from prose to picture-
Money, power, and the pursuit
of happiness. Responsibility vs
carefree recklessness. While the
Gordon Comstock of literature
may very well embody these ideas,
Gordon Comstock the movie character simply toys around v\ith
thfm a little, taking boih his long-
suffering girlfriend, and us, along
A Merry Time Birds rally to Hepatitis B fight
by Bruce Arthur
The UBC football team had to swallow a bitter pill in last
weekend's 38-34 last minute loss to their perpetual nemesis,
the Saskatchewan Huskies. So this week, they broke out the
In an effort to raise awareness about hepatitis B, the T-
Birds were inoculated against the disease, and helped to run
campus inoculation stations. Hepatitis B is 100 times moi e
contagious than HIV
"A lot of people don't know, but I know that I wasn't really aware of what hepatitis B is, and what it can do to you,"
said quarterback Shawn Olson. "You never really think
about it until something
bad happens to someone
you know, and I think that's
the situation that a lot of
our football players are in."
This week has also been
designated "Courage for
Casey" week by Athletics in
honour of UBC head coach
Casey Smith, who is out for
the season batding liver
cancer. Smith contracted
hepatitis B through a blood
transfusion, which in part
led to his liver cancer. But
"Courage for Casey" week is
You never really
think about it until
something bad
happens to someone you know, and I
think that's the situation that a lot of
our football players
are in.
—Shawn Olson,
UBC quarterback
a bit of a misnomer. For the
UBC Thunderbirds, this entire year has been about courage
for Casey Smith.
"The whole season's been about Casey," said fifth-year
defensive end and team captain Alex Charles. "It's a practice
week like any other week and we just hope that we can see
him at some point during the game, either on the sidelines
or at halftime, and give him our support, cause he's been
there giving us his support."
This has been a different week for the T-Birds,
says interim head coach
Dave Johnson.
"First of all, the loss is
fairly humbling. Having
to come back from
Saskatoon and having to
swallow that pill, and
then having the week-
long reminder that our
head coach isn't here.
That, too, is humbling.
This has kinda softened
our hearts."
The players were
active in the inoculation
drive this week, as they
helped attract, sign up,
and inoculate other UBC
students. And some T-
Birds said that it helped
PREPARATION Coach Dave Johnson goes over the practice plan with (I to r) Mike Carlyle,
  _  Daniel Schaer, Phil Deeks, Dan Elliot and Dan Delong. UBC will take on the 1-3 Alberta
clear their heads after  Golden Bears Friday night in the 1998 Homecoming Alumni Game richard lam photo
Saturday's bitter defeat,
in which Saskatchewan marched 90 yards on their final
drive to score the winning touchdown with 4.3 seconds left.
"It's nice to pour our energy into something else," said
linebacker Stu Scherck. "Forget about football for a day or
two in the afternoons, and in the evenings we'd come out
with a fresh mind."
The loss marked another in the long and bitter rivalry
between the Prairie Dogs and the Birds. UBC hasn't beaten
the Huskies since 1993, going 3-15-1 in the '90s.
"I think it'll be for the best," said Scherck. "It's really lit a
fire in our bellies."
Now, UBC will set their sights on the 1-3 Alberta Golden
Bears, whom the Birds crushed 44-3 in week one in
Edmonton. And after the loss to Saskatchewan, UBC may
have some frustrations to take out.
"You bet," smiled Scherck. "It's going to be a good one on
Friday night, I'll tell ya."
And even with all the media glare, this week is also about
football, just as this year has been about courage for Casey
"We're really focused on beating Alberta this week," said
Johnson. "The Casey Smith thing isn't highlighted or low-
lighted from week to week. It's a pretty consistent thing." ♦
it's important for all Britisti Columbians to have the facts about the Nisga'a Treaty.
Tax Equality
The Nisga'a will be subject to all provincial and federal taxes and are the first
aboriginal group in Canada to agree to give up their Indian Act tax exemptions.
The Land
Private land is not part of the Nisga'a final agreement and won't be on the table in any
treaties the B.C. government negotiates. When all treaties are complete, the total amount
of land held by First Nations will be proportional to their population - less than 5%.
The Nisga'a Government
The Treaty allows the Nisga'a people to govern themselves in a way comparable
to a municipal government. The Canadian Constitution, the Charter of Rights
and Freedoms, and the Criminal Code will apply to the Nisga'a people.
A Free Vote
A free vote by your elected representatives will be held in the B.C. Legislature.
This allows all members to vote with their conscience, not along party lines.
A vote will also be held in the Federal Parliament in Ottawa.
The Nisga'a people will hold their own ratification vote.
A Public Process
Over 400 public meetings were held, and an all-party committee of
the legislature travelled B.C. to hear views on the Nisga'a and other treaties.
The Agreement in Principle has been widely available since 1996.
All Canadians Share Cost
B.C. taxpayers will pay less than l/5th of the total cash cost of $312 million, spread
over fifteen years, while Canadian taxpayers outside of B.C. will pay the rest.
Economic Certainty
KPMG and Price Waterhouse, two national accounting firms, have found that
the prolonged uncertainty of unresolved land claims has cost B.C. billions
of dollars in lost investment and jobs.
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It was the annual staff trip to the local circus.
Bruce Arthur and Todd Silver wanted to go see
the amazing stupendous duo of Richard Lain and
Federico Barahona. Sarah Galashan and Cynthia
Lee ran to find their friend Dale Lum who was a
clown along with Ronald Nurwisah. John
Demeulmeester and Tara Westover took photos
of lion tamer Doug Quan who later lost his
thumb feeding the big cat. John Zaozirny sat
around eating cotton candy. While Andrea Milek
watched sword swallower Jaki Eisman. Magician
Tom Peacock and his assistant Karen Doyle made
Julian Dowling and Jo-Ann Chiu disappear. Matt
Gunn panicked when James Howick shot him
out of a cannon.
UBC's solution to the transit problem...
Baby, you can drive my car
How do you get here? Do you take the bus? Bike
uphill in the rain? Kayak? Ride a horse?
Or do you drive?
Most of us drive. Alone, every day. And the
facts are that parking is getting scarcer, public
transit is more crowded than the first Pit night,
and UBC has a target of reducing single-occupancy vehicle (SOV) traffic by 20 per cent by the year
Considering the state of things, it ain't going to
happen. Even Gord Lovegrove, who has been
charged with getting UBC to meet the target,
admits that it will be a bumpy road.
There are 62,000 people who come to the UBC
campus every 24 hours. That's nearly three times
as many people as arrive on campus by bus. After
the downtown core, UBC is the most high-traffic
destination in the Lower Mainland. And of those
62,000,45 per cent are alone irt their cars.
"If UBC will push for a large amount of student
housing, students will leave their cars at home,"
said Setty Pendakur, professor emeritus in
Community and Regional Planning at UBC. He
also says that in the past 30 years, UBC has done
nothing seriously to address the problem.
Well, it's time to address it There are two
ways to get students to leave their cars at home.
One is to make driving less desirable—with
higher parking rates and less parking. The other,
once they're out of their vehicles, is to offer an
alternative that makes it worthwhile.
So the question is, what is the alternative that
will make people want to leave their cars at
home? Light Rail Transit would be a good choice.
It's fast, more pleasant than the bus, and would
be lower cost and less physically obtrusive than
the controversial Broadway Skytrain route.
But the province is set on Skytrain, and it isn't
even going to service UBC, so there has to be
another option.
How about more student housing? Every
year, hundreds of students are turned away
from residence because of too much demand
for too few rooms. And that number doesn't
include those students who are discouraged
from applying in the first place. So why has UBC
too often opted to build market housing over
student housing? For all the talk of this campus
becoming a community, it's hard to do when
over two-thirds of your campus population
doesn't live here.
Transit problems at UBC are nothing new, and
they are complex. We don't have the solutions. But
there must be a better way. ♦
battle back
In "Crusaders crossed" [The
Ubyssey, Sept 18], there were
some statements that
deserve to be clarified for
everyone's benefit Jake Gray
of the SUS made a claim
that Campus Crusade for
Christ had been banned
from the campus two years
ago. This is not true. CC for
Christ is a member in good
standing with the UBC
Association of Christian
Clubs. In regard to the
'sports magazine' being
referred to as disguised reli
gious progaganda, this
seems to be a peculiar statement As the magazine has a
Christian bias interviewing
and covering Christian athletes, and is being handed
out by a registered Christian
AMS club, I would be quite
surprised to find the contained articles not talking
about Christian spirituality.
There is nothing 'disguised'
about this, and calling it
'propaganda' seems to me
an inflammatory and bigoted statement. Can not
Christian athletes share
what they value most without facing such charges of
'disguised propaganda'?
In regard to permission
to set up in the Chemistry
building, Peggy Yuan of
Campus Crusade said
efforts had been made to
contact the SUS prior to the
event and were unsuccessful. The Chemistry
Administrative Office was
approached and a woman
working there directed them
to set up at a table outside of
Chem room 250 to distribute the free kits. A SUS rep
approached the table and
said that permission needed
to be granted from the Dean
of Science office. When
Crusade did check with the
Dean's office, they were notified that it wasn't their
responsibility.   So   where
does that leave us. I'm not
sure, but I hope cooler
heads can prevail and that
the lawyers don't have to be
called in to rule on whether
students can choose to
receive a free Bible, CD and
magazine. Surely there are
more important things for
them to rule on.
Richie Speidel
Chair, UBC Association
of Christian Clubs
The   publication   of the
photo of the men's volleyball team in last week's
Page Friday editorial was
highly inappropriate. If
you insist on putting that
picture in your newspaper,
you should have censored
it. We would have gotten
the point. Instead, you
chose to embarass the
individuals, as placed
within the context of your
editorial it served no other
purpose. I can now understand where "Tabloid Trash
Journalism" begins. You
owe those gentiemen an
apology. Shame on you.
Jason Singer
Fourth year Arts
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Economy Size, Family Size, or Keg Size?
by Jonathan Oppenheim
The following are excerpts from radio transcripts, released
by the RCMP Public Complaints Commission. They reveal
that the Mounties were not very nice during APEC 97. Of
course, students should stop whining about the whole
thing. APEC 98 in Malaysia is gonna make APEC 97 look like
a tea party.
• • •
1) Staff Sergeant Hugh Stewart: "I got the pepper
spray...whole bunch of people."
Unnamed Officer: (laughing) "Is it the big size?"
Stewart: "No, we just use the economy size."
Unnamed Officer: "Ah."
Stewart: "It was full, anyway."
Staff Sergeant Hugh Stewart arrests and pepper sprays
protester David Malmo-Levine the day before the APEC summit. David was arrested for "saying foolish things".
• • •
2) Stewart: "Put it this way, I'm fucked."
Mounties use pepper spray when a fence, held up by plastic twist-ties, collapses on a group of students. Pepper spray
was used even more liberally on another group of five students who peacefully approached the police line. At this time,
the police hierarchy breaks down completely.
Deputy McGuinness: "How are you?"
Unnamed Officer: "Not too bad."
McGuinness: "Hey listen, do you guys have any keg size
OC [pepper] spray up there?"
Officer: "We got a can of it sitting right here in my draw-
McGuinness: "Big one?"
Officer: "Yeah."
McGuinness: "Okay, uh, I wonder if you can get that out
to UBC for us."
Officer: "Okay."
McGuinness: "You, you, you only got one up there?"
Officer: "Ah well um, I got one in my drawer, hang on
here, just a minute."
McGuinness: "Okay."
Officer: (aside) "We got any other keg size OC, Deputy
McGuinness is on the phone here. In the berg there's one,
eh? Ah, we've got probably two or three we can get our hands
McGuinness: "If you can, as many keg size OC's as you
The Mounties runout of pepper spray at lunch time.
• • •
4) Stewart: "We're just gonna go down there, we're gonna
hit 'em, wham, nail 'em."
Moments later, the Mounties use pepper spray to clear students blocking one of the motorcade routes. Almost no warning is given.
• • •
5) Stewart: "Everybody's contaminated, they can't, I
mean they can't even touch their dicks for Christ sakes."
The mounties' pepper-spraying is so indiscriminate, that
they nail each other.
• • •
Some of the documents are available at
The group formerly known as APEC Alert meets at 5pm in
the SUB Conversation Pit*
Jonathan Oppenheim is a complainant in the
RCMP Public Complaints Commission Hearings
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OPENS OCTOBER 9 AT SELECT THEATRES! An open invitation for open minds.
Thursday, October 15,1998
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Cordially Invites You to
Come Hear The
Representatives From The
Fixed Income,
Currency and
Give an Overview of
Our New York Office
What will be your statement?
To swing a hammer on top of the Berlin Wall
and help entrepreneurs break through...
to see a pony on a shirt and help it influence culture...
to move a computer company from dorm room to boardroom.
Make a mark with your mind.
5:30 pm
Chan Centre for
The Performing Arts
Royal Bank Cinema
6265 Crescent Road
Vancouver B.C.
Casual Attire
Reception to follow
Resumes will be due
in Career Services
by October 19,1998,
by 12 noon.


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