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ANALYSIS:
AMS election far more than a popularity contest
 by Sarah Galashan
The AMS represents the largest student population in BC and one ofthe
biggest in Canada That responsibility, element of prestige, and power
have attracted over 20 candidates for
this year's executive positions.
And the power of next year's executive will depend on the strength of
the people UBC students elect next
week.
With an electorate the size of a
small city—there are some 33,000
students at UBC-UBC's Alma
Mater Society can be an influential
voice on student issues:
Tuition
The NDP-imposed tuition freeze for
most Canadian students is set to thaw
March 30, 1998. Martha Piper, UBC
president, told the Ubyssey that she
does not believe a continued tuition
freeze is in the best interest ofthe university. The freeze eliminates funding that would come from tuition
increases, she said.
But many students argue the
tuition freeze is one of the only safeguards against prohibitive fee levels—something that many students
in Alberta and Ontario know all too
welL Which candidates will fight to
keep tuition where it is? Should they?
The tuition debate could also fall
into an "us vs. them" issue next year
if Premier Glen Clark fulfils his threat
to allow higher tuition fees for non-BC
residents studying at BC universities
and colleges.
SUB RENOVATIONS
With a $424,000 annual renovations
budget renovations are a big deal to
the SUB. .And they often go over budget like last fall's renovations to the
Aqua Soc in SUB basement that went
65 per cent over.
Long-range planning and debate
over how to spend renovations
money is only going to grow next
year. The Student Union Building
could see major changes in the next
five years, with plans to move club
offices and renovate AMS food and
retail outlets in the works.
Corporate partnerships
The Coke deal, which saw the AMS
take an annual $130,000 in
exchange for making Coca-Cola the
SUB's only soft-drink was contentious
enough. The debate around that deal
still stands as a benchmark for prolonged debate.
But the AMS could soon be faced
with an offer to give the Hong Kong
and Royal Banks a monopoly in the
SUB, one that would limit student
choice while inflating the AMS' cof
fers. Money or students? Or do they
have to be mutually exclusive?
One thing's certain With so many
contentious issues before them, next
year's AMS executive won't be able to
sit on the fence or play follow the
leader. ♦
UBC may welcome frat houses to campus
by Chris Nuttall-Smith
UBC's fraternities are hoping a proposal to move
their eight frat houses south along Wesbrook Mall to
a strip across from Thunderbird park—and onto
UBC campus—will get a nod from the university
Board of Governors (BoG).
The proposal from UBC Properties, the
university's real estate division, will see
UBC share the profits from a market housing development on the land currently occupied by the fraternities.
a\nd by moving the fraternities onto campus; UBC might be able to *fulfil part of a
commitment under the recently-approved
Official Community Plan to build student
housing on campus.
But the proposal will face a trial of public
opinion first
Kathy Usher, a day care worker at
Huckleberry Day Care, which is immediately behind the proposed fraternity relocation
site, said cutting down the swath of trees
currently on the lots is a bad idea
"A few trees, tojidults they don't seem
like much of anything, but to children it's
like a whole forest and they can go into lhe
forest and explore it—so you cut those down and you
don't have that access," said Usher.
And several residents in the Point Grey
Apartments, which are occupied by UBC faculty and
post-Doctorate students, said bringing frats closer to
-their neighbourhood would increase noise and
crowding in the area.
But the proposal could also give the university a
degree of control over a group that is often associated with drunken parties and public brushes with
police. In order for the frats to relocate to campus,
they would have to agree to a university-irnposed
code of conduct
"A code of conduct is something that we should
all support and should all adhere to—everyone
should adhere to it" said Stephen Johnston a Beta
Theta Pi and president of the Inter-Fraternity
Council.
If there
violators, we have
ways to deal with
people who
violate [the code
of conduct]
-Stephen Johnston
Beta Theia Pi
and president of
the Inter-Fraternity
Council
YARD SALE UBC fraternities are looking for new digs ubyssey file photo
"If there are violators we have ways to deal with people who violate
[the code of conduct]," Johnston added.
Johnston said the fraternities have been unfairly
labelled as trouble makers. In all fairness you have
to say we're an easy scapegoat It's easy to say that a
bad apple belongs to a fraternity and blame the
whole frat"
The proposal is outlined in a November 24
Report from UBC Properties to Teny Sumner, the
UBC vice president of finance. The report also says
the university should consult with student and faculty groups, alumni and University Endowment Lands
residents before deciding on the proposal
According to Keith McBain a former Delta Kappa
Epsilon who works with the UBC fraternity alumni
committee, the fraternities see the proposal as a
chance for survival since the leases on their current
properties are set to expire in the next seven to 20
years. If they wait out the leases, and can't renegotiate, they will be left only with the shaky houses that
stand on them.
A tentative agreement with Vancouver's Polygon
Development Corporation combined with the cur-
rent proposal could save them. Polygon would buy
out the fraternities' leases for $700,000 each. That
money would likely help pay for new frat houses.
The proposal got a more favourable reaction from
BoG than another one presented in October. The
October proposal would have put the fraternities on a
lot by St Mark's College near Chancellor Boulevard
and Wesbrook Mall, but it didn't include a code of con
duct and residents near the area weren't crazy about
having fraternity houses in their neighbourhood.
Joanne Emerman a faculty representative on
BoG said at the board's December 11 meeting that
she was relieved by the current proposal. Several
board members agreed.***-
Massive
tuition bikes
in the works
in Ontario
 by Meg Murphy
the Varsity
TORONTO (CUP)-Ontario
campuses are gearing up for
everything from a national day
of action to bureaucratic wran
gling in protest to massive fee
increases expected next fell
The frenzy comes after
provincial finance minister
Ernie Eve's Dec. 15 tuition fee
announcement
Universities were given the
go-ahead to bike tuition fees
for professional and graduate
programs as they see fit and
have the option of increasing
general tuition by 20 per cent
over the next two years.
"There will be a little bit of a
market determinant here,"
said Rita Smith, press secretary to education minister
Dave Johnson
She says high-em-olment
programs may see more fee
increases because they can
manage competitively despite
a higher price tag and this will
simply lead to more selective
programs at Ontario universities. "It may create more of a
specialisation where you no
longer have every school offering the exact same course,'
Smith said.
The latest tuition-fee leeway
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came in the provincial government's two-year budget announcement which they claim increases
funding to post-secondary education
But university administrators say a little number-crunching reveals a loss to university budgets
over the next few years instead of a gain.
Council of Ontario Universities chair and U of T
president Robert Prichard says the net effect of
Eves' announcement is a four per cent reduction in
funding.
'Mr Eves' announcement makes a bad situation worse with respect to public funding,' he
said.
Ontario languishes in last place among the
provinces in funding for higher education.
With decreasing public funding, students can
expect the price of a University of Toronto degree
to be marked up again next fall, adds Prichard.
He says areas like medicine, dentistry, law and
management seem candidates for disproportionately higher fees.
Many university aclministrators will lobby their
governing bodies for the full 2 0 per cent tuition hike
in
the name of maintaining excellence and many
students fear the sky is the limit for fees in many
professional and graduate programs.
Wayne Poirier, chair of the Ontario component
of the Canadian Federation of Students, says the
400,00CVstrong student lobby group is planning a
national day of protest on Jan. 28 opposing fee
increases and calling for a national grant system
rather than an income-related loan repayment
plan
"I think we have moved beyond inaccessible
post-secondary education' he said. "For lower-
income families post-secondary education is not a
reality and for middle-income families there are
serious limitations. Now, for many of those families
it won't even be an option"
The federation is holding a Jan 14 provincial
meeting to discuss long-term strategies, adds
Poirier.
Barry McCarten, executive director of the
Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, which
represents six student unions in the province,
says the organisation will not fight for a hold on
tuition fee levels. But they will use the
announcement's fine print as a means of damage control.
McCarten, determined that students get a
bang for their increasing buck, points to the
vague conditions attached to fee increases and
demands stringency from the government in
ensuring they are met
Optional ten per cent increases per year are
technically a five per cent free for all, with the
additional five per cent with strings attached.
Universities must justify the increased revenue
with educational improvements.
And overall, universities taking advantage of
new fee revenue must address shortages in scientific and technical programs at their schools.
McCarten says he will monitor the government's responsibility in ensuring universities
meet these conditions while also deciphering
their long-term implications.
But Poirier says targeting the conditions
may prove futile.
"When the criteria is vague the institution can
pretty much say or do anything that will make it
appear they have met the needs.
The bottom line is that they are disguising a
tuition fee announcement in which the reality
means students will see a 20 per cent increase
over two years,' he said.-*
STUDENT SOCIETY OF UBC
S^aAMS
UPDATE
student input makes it happen
ALMA   MATER SOCIETY PROPOSES A
NEW RETAIL STORE
On January 7th, Students' Council voted in favour of opening a new retail store in the Student Union
Building. The store, which plans to cater to student needs, is slated to open in May of 1998, in the
premises currently leased to a private owner, Thunderbird Enterprises.
The AMS, your student society, currently operates numerous food outlets in the SUB. These provide
revenue to run essential student services such as: Safewalk, CiTR, Joblink and Rentsline. The AMS
employs over 400 students and pays over $2 million in student wages yearly and with the addition of
a new store, the AMS expects to hire approximately 15-20 more students. As with all AMS outlets,
these students will be offered flexible shifts allowing them to work around their school schedule.
The store will offer a selection of greeting cards & gifts, UBC brand wear, and essential school
supplies at competitive prices. The outlet will be looking at new and innovative products to provide
the best possible service to you as students.
The AMS has chosen to undertake the creation of a new store because it is directly beneficial to all
students. Students need the convenience of a 'general store' and the revenue from the store will
help support other services the AMS provides: the services that help student find jobs, find housing,
aid with tutoring needs, provide academic advocacy and work towards as a safer campus.
The Alma Mater Society will continue to adhere to its mission statement: "To improve the quality of
the educational, social and personal lives ofthe students of UBC." by continuing to implement new
services and programs of benefit to UBC students.
If you have questions, comments or concerns about the society's intentions please contact Ryan
Davies, AMS President at 822-3972, or email president@ams.ubc.ca.
A display will be set up in the glass case on the main concourse outside Pie R Squared which will
show the proposals for the new store.
The AMS would like to create a database of UBC students who have expressed an interest in becoming involved in campus issues. Students who
would like to be contacted with opportunities to participate in various committees on
campus should submit a resume to Ruta
Fluxgold, AMS Vice President. Students
can drop resumes off in SUB Room 238.
Part of your campus community
IrwolvQd
Involvment can range from committees
that meet monthly to those that meet
semi-annually. Extensive knowledge is
not required, the majority of committees
are seeking the 'average' student who
has a willingness and interest in the topic
at hand. An example of some of the
issues tackled by the various committees
are: transportation, safety issues, technology at UBC- issues about community
planning & housing, academics, quality
of service, quality of education, priorities
etc. BE INVOLVED!
For futher information, contact Ruta
Fluxgold at 822-3092 or email
vicepresident@ams.ubc.ca THE UBYSSEY • TUSSfSVY/l^ARy 13|:199&I
Students get final say on T-Bird Shop
by Sarah Galashan
Students will have a chance next week to
decide whether to pay higher AMS fees,
whether to fund AMS clubs and whether to
support the Pacific Spirit Family counseling
service. But voters will have to wait a week
before a question on the future of the
Thunderbird Shop goes to the polls.
That wait will cost them a minimum of
$15,000, according to Desmond Rodenbour,
AMS policy analyst
Rather than include the Thunderbird Shop
question on the executive ballot the AMS will
run a separate referendumas they're allowed
under AMS code and policy.
"We are delighted that students get to voice
their opinions,' said Bob Gray, the
Thunderbird Shop manager. 'It's unfortunate
that it has to be held separately because ultimately it's going to cost the students.'
The Thunderbird Shop's future was a contentious issue on AMS council prior to last
week's council vote of 18-14 not to renew the
lease. That decision, which came over objections from T-Bird staff and managers, will
allow the student union to set up its own retail
store in the Thunderbird space.
But the shop cheated death with a 5000 signature petition asking for an extended five
year lease on the Thunderbird Shop. The petition, presented to AMS staff January 9
requires the AMS to hold a referendum.
But the petition was too late to let the AMS
consult its lawyers over the wording of the
question and meet the elections ballot dead-
fine.
A referendum question must go to council
following 'a resolution of council passed by at
least a simple majority or a petition signed by
1000 members/five per cent of the student
population.'
Ryan Davies, the AMS president, voiced the
sentiment of many AMS councilors and most
executives in an interview Monday. "The question itself is completely undemocratic but we
are compelled to run the referendum....which
we will do,' said Davies.
Some councilors said they felt the petition
question was heavily biased and that the large
number of signatures was due to misinformation in the Ubyssey and from Thunderbird
Shop employees.
'Students can say they want a new lease
and then the AMS will have to negotiate, in
good faith, a new lease (with the Thunderbird
Shop). The AMS would have to abandon the
idea of a retail outlet of its own," said Davies.
A yes vote to renewing the Thunderbird
Shop lease, however, would only force the student union to try to negotiate a new deal with
the shop. If one couldn't be reached the AMS
store would go ahead.
Three referendum questions will appear on
the executive ballot in addition to the names of
AMS candidates. If a simple majority of at least
ten per cent of students vote in favour of all
three questions the AMS fee of $39.50 will
increase by the rate of inflation; increase again
by $ 1.50 for direct funding of AMS clubs and a
third time allocating 85 cents to the Pacific
Spirit Family and Community Services.
'[The extra 85 cents per students is important] so that we can continue providing counseling to students and their families,' said
Sydney Foran, coordinator for counseling services.
The AMS is asking for the inflationary student fee increase to combat the drop in value
of the fee since it was set If indexed to the BC
Consumer Price Index the membership fee
will increase by approximately 59 cents.
Should all three questions pass students face
an approximate AMS fee of $42.44.<»
Three Green College residents prepare APEC suit
by Chris Nuttall-Smith
Three UBC graduate students are set
to file a lawsuit alleging they were
denied their Constitutional rights to
free expression after RCMP officers
took away anti-APEC and free-
speech signs they were carrying
November 25. Two of them will also
charge assault in the suit
Michael Thorns, Isabela Varela
and Jodie Morris' suit to be filed by
high-profile Vancouver law firm
Heenan Blaikie this month, is the
third suit by UBC students over
police actions on November 25, the
day of the aAPEC leaders' retreat at
UBC.
"We were threatened with arrest
if we didn't relinquish our signs-that
really disturbed me,' said Morris, a
counselling psychology Master's student who was protesting in front of
her Green College residence that
day. "We need to set a legal precedent so it doesn't happen again.'
Green College residence is situated along Chancellor Boulevard, the
motorcade route to the UBC
Museum   of   Anthropology   and
Norman MacKenzie House, both
sites for meetings between 18 international leaders. RCMP forced several Green College residents to
remove signs from the lawn in front
ofthe residence and threatened people who wouldn't remove signs with
arrest
Craig Jones, a UBC law student
and a Green College resident was
arrested that day. He filed a suit last
month against several RCMP officers, the RCMP, the Solicitor
General and Prime Minister Jean
Chretien over his arrest and 14-hour
detention following his refusal to
remove two signs from the Green
College lawn. Jones is also represented by Heenan Blaikie.
Also planning to file a mass suit
against RCMP, the Prime Minster's
office and possibly the university,
some 20 students and protesters
who were arrested or pepper
sprayed November 25 hope to file
later this month with Cameron
Ward and Aymen Nader, both
Vancouver lawyers.
According to Thorns and Morris,
RCMP tore a placard from Morris'
hands and took down two makeshift
banners Thorns was trying to put on
a trellis outside Green College. The
banners were made of bed sheets
and read 'Dictators not welcome at
UBC,' and one with an image of jail
bars, read "The APEC Vision." Both
Thorns and Morris say the police
seizure of the banners constitutes
assault, and they will include that
charge in the suit
Varela handed her sign over to
police because she knew they would
take it anyway, she said.
The RCMP have stated since the
APEC protests that they took signs
from Green College residents
because the signs posed a security
threat to passing leaders. Signs
could have been thrown at the
motorcade and the bed sheets could
have been strung across Chancellor
Boulevard to obstruct motorcycle
police accompanying the motorcade, said RCMP spokesperson Russ
Grabb.
The three students say they
haven't yet finalised a decision
about what damages they will claim
or what exactly they will argue.-*
GREEN COLLEGE RESIDENTS Michael Thorns and Isabela Varela return to
the spot from where the RCMP removed their sign on the morning of
the APEC conference, richard lam photo
Manitoba government employees win same-sex benefits
 by Andrea Breau
Prairies Bureau
WINNIPEG (CUP)-After a 15-year legal battle,
Manitoba provincial employees have won the
right to same-sex benefits.
The Manitoba Human Rights Commission
ruling, made Nov. 24, means gay and lesbian
provincial government employees will now
be able to provide health, dental and optical
care to their partners.
"This decision was long overdue," said
Chris Vogel, a provincial employee who
launched the suit in 1982.
While Vogel and other provincial employees are celebrating the ruling, members of
Manitoba's gay and lesbian community are
asking why it took so long.
'It seems pretty silly that it took 15 years
and several appeals to determine whether its
legal or not to discrirninate against [gays and
lesbians]," said Maggie Ross, a member ofthe
University of Winnipeg's gay, lesbian and
bisexual student group. "Of course it's illegal."
Roland Penner, a law professor at the
University of Manitoba and a former provincial attorney general, says the delay in the ruling was probably the result of several factors.
"One, I think in some instances there was
a lack of willpower [from] the government,
due to fiscal and ideological concerns, to act
on this issue. Two, human rights commissions in Canada are often underfunded and
that sometimes affects their ability to work
effectively.'
Manitoba Labour Minister Harold
Gillshammer told the Winnipeg Free Press
that the province is prepared to act on the
commission's ruling.
"We don't like it, but we'll abide by the
[commission's] ruling,' he said, adding that
an appeal isn't likely.
Gillshammer did not return calls from the
Canadian University Press.
But Vogel and others say the victory is not
complete. He and other provincial employees
still do not have the right to include their partners in their pension plans. The Manitoba
commission ruled that it was out of its jurisdiction to dictate the structure ofthe pension
plan to the federal government 'It's not totally satisfactory,' Vogel said.
He says he believes the commission's ruling is an indicator of how much society has
changed in recent years.
'I've been a gay activist for almost 25
years, and [now] is the most tolerant and
diverse I've ever seen. [The ruling is] symbolic. It's a sign that things are progressing.'
Penner agrees, but says governments
need to take a more active role in the future.
'Governments shouldn't wait for
human rights commissions. They should
go ahead, take the initiative and take out
the remaining artificial barriers to [equality],' he said.
In 1987, Manitoba became the second
province in the country to include sexual orientation in its human rights code.-* THSUeYSSEY • TUESrfcAY, JANUARY 13, 1998
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Forum
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'What can we learn from the
APEC experience about the
role of universities in a democratic society?"
Tuesday, Jan. 20,1998
12:00-2:00pm, Chan Centre
for the Performing Arts
Moderator: Prof. Lynn Smith, former dean of Law, UBC
Panelists: Arnab Guha, University Forum
Jonathan Oppenheim, APEC Alert
Martha Piper, President, UBC
Wesley Pue, Professor, Faculty of Law
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 by Wolf Depner
The names on the jerseys change
year to year but much has remained
the same when Alberta and UBC
face-off on the ice.
/Alberta has UBC's number in a
big way and this weekend was no
different The green-and-gold won
both ends of the double-bill, extending UBC's all-time record of futility
versus the Bears to 44 wins, 135
losses, and four ties.
Alberta showed fans why they
are one of the best teams in
Canada while the Birds played
like, well, a team that has not
made the playoffs in the past
seven seasons and won't make
it any time soon if they play like
in Friday's 5-0 loss.
Playing with a disturbing
lack of intensity, UBC was manhandled by Alberta. The Bears
scored two powerplay goals, out
shot UBC by a 44-20 margin
and played superb team
defense.
"We didn't seem to get anything going against them and
once you get down two or three
goals, it gets frustrating," said
UBC goalie Dave Trofimenkoff,
who made 39 saves and kept the
score respectable against the physical but disciplined visitors.
"Defensively, they just shut us
down. They kept us on the outside
and nobody got to the net" said
winger Chris Low.
"They owned us everywhere.
They came up with the puck and we
didn't They out muscled us in the
corners, in the neutral zone, everywhere. We've got to be more competitive. We were not ready to play
and it showed," Low explained.
"It is no mystery," said dismayed
UBC head coach Mike Coflin. "We
need most, if not all of our roster
playing well. That was the clear challenge going into tonight"
"It remains a mystery why we
didn't get most of our roster working hard."
The Birds responded with a better effort Saturday after Coflin read
"They owned us
everywhere.
They out muscled
us in the comers,
in the neutral zone,
everywhere.
We were not ready
to play and
it snowed."
—CHRIS LOW
UBC BIRDS WINGER
them the riot act but still suffered
their third home loss in a row by a 4-
2 count repeating the same mistakes they were guilty of Friday
night
UBC was badly out shot and special teams hurt the Birds again.
Alberta scored two powerplay
goals on nine chances and UBC's
powerplay miscued badly. Trailing
2-0 midway second period, UBC had
a two-man advantage for one minute
47 seconds, but failed to connect.
The Birds then fell behind 3-0,
but made it interesting early third
period when Dan Nakaoka and
Chris Low scored 42 seconds apart
But Mikejickiing's second goal ofthe
game at 12:46 was all the insurance
road-savy Alberta needed.
"[Friday] night, we didn't compete. "[Saturday night] we did," said
Coflin. "There was some success. We
made a statement that we're going to
compete and for us that is really
important Was our execution
poor? Yes. Were there some
parts of our game that have been
and should have been better?
Absolutely. But the sense of purpose and the sense of team play
was much higher."
But there is a difference
between being competitive and
winning, and if you ask the Birds
they much prefer the latter.
In fact, they seem to be
starving for a meaningful win.
They are just 1-6-1 over, the last
eight league games and it is not
going to get easier over the next
two weeks when the Birds faces
powerhouses Calgary and
Saskatchewan.
"This [past weekend] is not the
way we wanted to start our second
half," said alternate captain Andy
Clark.
"Yeah, we had a good third period [Saturday], but moral victories
don't count We lost twice at home to
a team that we split with on the
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Men's v-ball team guns it out
by Mike Brazao
OK, so the men's volleyball team didn't trade
in their sneakers for spurs, and War
Memorial Gym is hardly the OK Corrall.
But this weekend's showdown for second
place in the Canada Wild Wild West conference between 8-4 UBC and the 6-6 Calgary
Dinos, who rode into town trying to pull
even with the Birds, turned out to be a
shootout.
When all was said and done, Calgary and
UBC fought to a draw. On Friday night, UBC
finished off the never-say-Dinos in five
games, but struggled the following night,
dropping the match three games to none.
Fans were the true winners both nights
as they were treated to an exciting brand of
-'Oilevbail that featured long rallies, acrobat
ics, and several strong individual performances.
UBC power Sean Warnes had a spectacular weekend, diving over and under his own
teammates en route to 36 digs, even taking
one off his face.
Up front Jessie Veid and Mike Dalziel
threw a block party that constantly shut
down the Dinos, much to the fans' delight.
And all this from a team that wasn't
even firing on all cylinders. "Most of the
week our big guns have not been at practice because they're injured," said UBC
head coach Dale Ohman after Friday
night's five set rally-point win (16-14, 15-
1L 14-16, 5-15, 15-11).    .
Canada West All-sar Mike Kurz, who
didn t get much sleep all week because of
a bad back, put in the gutsiest effort Friday
night, as he led the team in kills and digs.
But even with Kurz in the lineup, Ohman
didn't expect things to get easier the following night. "It'll be another war," he said
with a weary smile. He was right, but the
Birds showed up armed with popguns.
Although their stalwart defense did a
good job of holding off the pumped-up
Dinos for most of the night, it was clear
UBC's attack lacked punch.
The 'Birds often looked discouraged
and frustrated as they dropped the match
11-15, 13-15, and 10-15. in another long
match that saw countless side-outs and
some more spectacular rallies, the 'Birds
just couldn't keep up with the Dinos, who
weren't about to roll over.
Calgary caught the home team off-guard
over and over with little tao balls that taareiv
grazed the net. UBC setter Jamie Mackay,
who added to his role as playmaker by
pounding out 12 kills on Saturday, called the
bloopers "demoralising."
But the fifth-year starter refused to use
injuries or fatigue as an excuse: "Those
jsoft taps] are the ones we want to pick up,
that we should pick up," he said. "We just
didn't execute."
But despite Saturday's loss aE is not lost.
The Birds managed to keep their distance
from Calgary in the standings and they are
very much in the playoff hunt. Next week
they Qy off to the University of Alberta, with
a chance to knock the second-place Golden
Bears down a notch or two.
If the Birds can tick their wounds in tune
for that showdown, they should be armed
and readv.->>
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Women's Vofle*>bail:
Maybe it was the holiday layoff. Maybe they were just not interested in
facing their fourth-placed opponents from Calgary, or perhaps the
women's volleyball team was just waiting for something to happen.
Whatever reason or combination thereof, the Birds didn't exactly drape
themselves in glory this weekend. Friday night, they got off to a terrible
start in the first set and lost for the second time this season after starting the season off with a perfect 11-0. Determined not to lose the third
game in the row, the Birds put in a better effort Saturday, beating the
Dinos m four sets (16-17, 15-12, 15-8, and 15-7). UBC is now 12-2.
Men's Basketball:
Last weekend the Birds did something no other Canada West team managed to do before: beat Lethbridge. After narrowly losing the first of a two
game set 84-76, the Birds beat the Horns 9 5-84 to spoil Lethbridge's perfect record. Thanks to 26 points from Nino Sose, 21 from John Dykstra,
and 19 from Dominic Zimmerman, the Birds are now 4-4 on the season
and still tied for third with Alberta,whom they host this weekend.
Women's Basketball:
Jessica Mils has become the player many thought she could be. Mills
pumped in a season-high 31 points Friday night and the Birds beat
Lethbridge 59-51. The Birds completed the sweep Saturday night, winning 66-52. But UBC, now 5-3 on the season, still remains tied for
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by Jessie Black-Allen
TORONTO (CUP)-Supporters say a York University
teacher was denied tenure because of her strong feminist
beliefs and they have appealed directly to the school's president in an effort to have her reinstated.
Over 2,300 people have signed a petition to York president Lorna Marsden demanding the reinstatement of
Nancy Nicol, a teacher in the fine arts department who was
denied tenure after teaching at the university for six years.
She has not taught at die school for the last two years.
Nicol had been recommended by the fine arts department, but both the faculty and university senate committees on tenure declined Nicol's application for appointment to a tenured position. Nicol successfully appealed the
decision at another senate committee, but former York
president Susan Mann, who had the final word on the matter, overtumea the decision She was subsequently not
offered another teaching position at the university.
The York University Faculty Association is arguing on
Dehaif of Nicol that procedural errors were made through-
•ut the process, and say they are particularly concerned
villi the consideration given to anonymous statements in
her file.
They say these statements, taken from student evalua-
.ion forms, were neaviiy weighed in the process leading to
Nicol's denial of tenure. The association says the use of
•"rich statements violates its collective agreement with the
-imversity.
These forms induaeu statements like. "Don't shove
this feminist garbage down my throat"
Seth Feldman, York's dean of fine arts, says the statements in Nicol's file are not "anonymous," but are better
described as "confidential" statements that students
included on their course evaluation sheets. He says these
comments were only used insofar as they demonstrated a
"disturbing pattern" in Nicol's teaching.
'Let's just say she took her politics to a personal level...
and made students feel personally uncomfortable," he
said.
When Mann made the final decision against tenure for
Nicol, she stated that the teacher had a "narrow ideology"
and "did not address a wide audience."
But some of Nicol's former students who are supporting her in her bid for reinstatement say she introduced
feminist ideas m the classroom in a way that encouraged
open debate.
And Linda Brisken, a professor of women's studies at
York, says professors often encounter negative responses
from students when they introduce feminist ideas. She
adds that the small number of negative comments in
Nicol's file should not have been used against her.
Nicoi'j supporters also say diat tenure is specifically
intended to benefit professors wnc work in controversial
and unpopular areas.
The case is currently under arbitration, out Nicoi's
supporters sav the matter will iaxe years to resolve
unless Marsaen agrees to meet with the teacners representatives outside of arbitration and bring about a
speedy resolution. ♦
Former dean of science sues Memorial University
bv Chad Luff
ST. JOHN'S (CUP)-A former dean of
science at Memorial University is
suing the institution in an effort to get
his job back.
Alan Law, who was dismissed
from the position last July, has two
suits pending against the university.
The first, before the courts Dec. 5,
is an application to overturn the original decision by an executive comrnittee of the Board of Regents,
Memorial's highest governing body,
to dismiss him.
The committee responsible for dismissing Law said senior aafrninistra-
tion at the university had lost confidence in his ability to handle the
Faculty of Science.
The dismissal touched off widespread concern among faculty and
student groups regarding what
many felt was a summary decision
en the part of the five-person committee without any outside consultation. Law has in turn received
tremendous support from these
groups.
The Faculty Council of Science,
with the support of five other faculty
councils, passed a series of resolutions
asking for a review ofthe dismissal.
Law's lawyer, Claude Sheppard,
says the courts have the right to overturn quasi-judicial decisions like this
one.
At the last Regents meeting, the
board upheld the committee's decision to release Law.
Both university president Art May
and associate director of university
relations Peter Morris say the executive acted within its bounds and they
stand behind the decision
"The decision was made and acted
upon, and the decision is final,"
Morris said. "The university is comfortable with the decision it made and
we will let the courts make its decision."
The second suit to be dealt with
sometime in this year, alleges a
breech of contract on behalf ofthe university.
Sheppard says when Law was
interviewed and enticed to take the
position, he was given a five-year
renewable contract Law served only
three years before being dismissed. It
was the first time in the history of
Memorial Universite* a dean had been
released before his contract expired.
The Board of Regents has requested that president May investigate the
Law matter and eventually recommend formal procedures to deal with
disciplining academic administrators
such as deans and vice-presidents.
Morris says there are reasons why
regulations were not in place in the
past
It's a very unusual circumstance
that a dean would have to be dismissed," he said. 'You don't necessarily plan for the exceptional circumstance."
Sheppard says the provincial court
has heard at least two other similar
cases involving Memorial, and has
ruled against the -university in both
instances.
Sheppard also says he doesn't
understand why the univ'ersite/has let
the issue go this far.
"The longer this thing goes on the
bigger a switch it's going to make for
the rear ends of jaap Ttiinman and Art
May and even/body else that's in the
aohiinistration up there. "♦
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Low-income students think twice
about higher education, says report
by Michael Connors
Atlantic Bureau
ST. JOHN'S (CUP)—Debt-loads for university students from low-income
families in the Maritimes are so high that many are rethinking whether
higher education is even an option, says a report released by a regional
education commission.
The  Maritime  Provinces  Higher Education Commission recently released a study which sur
veyed the effect of rising tuition fees on students' perceptions of post-secondary education. Ray Ivany, one of the authors of the
report, says the study was commissioned to
provide hard data on what those effects are.
While the commission found the number of
students in the three Maritime provinces with
debt-loads over $25,000 had increased from 71
in 1994, to 1,750 in 1997, Ivany says the more
telling finding is which students owe that debt.
'We know by correlation that the students that
are taking on the highest individual loans, and
therefore the highest debt-loads, come from those
families with the lowest household incomes," he
said.
In 1995, Maritime students from low-income families—earning under $30,000 a year—borrowed an
average of $6,379, the report says. Students from middle-income families borrowed an average of $5,855,
and students from high-income  families borrowed
$3,760.
The report also found that 64 per cent of these lower
income students cited student aid as their main source of
income during their university years.
Ivany says that, based on extensive survey data on students leaving
high school last year, the committee found that students from lower
income families are more likely than other students to consider financial matters when deciding whether or not to pursue a post-secondary
education.
The report says 52 per cent of high-school students from low-income
households are worried enough about debt to consider not attending
university at all, and 5 7 per cent of parents think the same.
The commission did find, however, that virtually all high-school
students surveyed believed post-secondary education was vital to getting a good career, and many
were still willing to borrow to get that education.
But Ivany says this raises further questions
as to how far these low-income students will
be able to go in their education.
'If you finish an undergraduate degree
with a $40,000 debt-load,  what are the
chances of you then pursuing a graduate or
professional program?" he asked. "Do we
really want to set up a system where the
only people who can pursue graduate work
are those who can have the lowest debt-
loads?"
This is significant, Ivany says, because
data from Statistics Canada has consistently shown that the higher the level of
education,   the  higher  the  average
income upon graduation.
These findings come as no surprise, says Bob Prince, president of
the     New     Brunswick     Student
.Alliance. He says the way in which
low-income families view the possibility
of getting a post-secondary education is particularly
disturbing.
'Everyone knows what role parents play when students are deciding
whether or where to attend university, and if we have 5 7 per cent of
parents who are thinking twice about whether post-secondary education is even a possibility, then that can only have a negative effect on
whether the student will attend university or not," he said.
The study was conducted with the help of the student aid offices in
the Maritime provinces and the .Angus-Reid polling organization. ♦
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fees of $0.85 (eighty-five cents) per annum to support Pacific Spirit Family & Community Services?
□Yes
□ No
Question # 2
Over 10,000 AMS members belong to the more than
220 AMS Clubs, yet these clubs receive no direct
funding from the AMS. To enable the Society to
better support AMS Clubs, I want a fee increase of
$1.50 to be allocated to the AMS Clubs Benefit Fund.
□Yes DNo
Note: The AMS Clubs Benefit Fund would be established by the Students' Council, and the money used
only to provide support to Clubs in good standing.
Examples of use could include grants for special
projects, the purchase of AN equipment to be loaned
free of charge in SUB, or financial assistance for
students taking part in academic conferences.
Question # 3
The current AMS fee of $39.50 was set in 1982.
Inflation has caused the value of the fee to drop by
more than 60% from what the membership initially
intended. To protect against future inflation, I want
the annual AMS membership fee to be indexed to the
BC Consumer Price Index starting from January,
1997 baseline.
□Yes
□ No
Note: Statistics Canada publishes the Consumer
Price Index. Each year the Students' Council will
request the UBC Board of Govenors to adjust the
fees by the official figure provided from Statistics
Canada. The rate of inflation over the last calendar
year is estimated at 1.5%.	 IIDWh&YSSEY •TUtE'SDAY. JANUARY 13. 1998
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| JANU/MJY 14,1998 • VOLUME 79 ISSUE 25
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One day. the staff of the Ubyssey was invited to
a frat party. Nobody suspected a thing. Richelle Rae
wore her best dress which, unfortunately, was the
exact same dress that Sarah Galashan was also
wearing. Chris Nuttall-Smith had to clean the blood
off his tux after the fight was over. Casey Sedgeman,
wildman extraodinaire, was the first to disappear.
Richard Earn swore that he saw him break off with a
bunch of frat boys but Chris -Tenove quickly dismissed this as poor Casey was never seen again. Joe
Clark became suspicious when Doug Quan's shattered corpse was discovered in the study next to the
candlestick keeping his perfect masthead record in
tact Wolf Depner, whose ways quickly got him
accepted into the fraternity brotherhood, switched
sides in midstream. Traitor!!!* shouted Federico
Barahona who, along with Todd Silver, beat Depner
to death with the new reporter's desk. Penny
Cholmondeley saw the writing on the wall, written
in Quan's blood, and left the party early with Andy
Barham whose liederhosen, scared all of the frat
boys off faster than a nonalcoholic beer. Nobody
even saw Robin Yeatman, but her work continued to
come into the Ubyssey office. Jamie Woods, still
recovering from the Night of Rum at the National
Conference, could not make it to the party, but Ron
Nurwisah, who can hold his rum, did. But, in the
end, it was Mike Brazao and Tara Westover who discovered the real purpose of the party and split
before the frat house exploded in a ball of flame.
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The frats: on the road again
Like a traveling caravan of drunken, fun-lovin'
carnival people, the frats are on the move.
With UBC looking to buy out the leases on
their current digs on Wesbrook, the university
is scouring the earth for a new and improved,
better and brighter locale for our brotherly
lovers of slovenly fun. So the question hangs
in the air like a mooning ass out a second
storey window—where can UBC stick the
frats?
Well, the university wants to keep those
rascals on campus, so let's start there. How
about Nitobe Gardens? The scenic beauty of
Nitobe could inspire the frats to calm their
rowdy ways, and soon the boys would be walking the garden paths in flowing white robes,
hand-feeding the squirrels. On the other hand,
the possibility of hungover frat boys stumbling around Nitobe wearing nothing but 'Go
Naked or Go Home" t-shirts is a sobering one,
indeed. Cancel your 8:30 class.
How about Wreck Beach? (Insert your own
punch line here) After all the campus is getting a little crowded. Then again, the whole
naked-hippies-and-frat-boys-brawling thing
has been done to death, anyway.
OK, let's move a little further out. A barge
moored in the middle of English Bay has myriad positive implications. The noise complaints would certainly go down, and the commute could only benefit the swimming program (those who make it) and/or the general
gene pool (those who don't).
One word. Toronto.
Since the tent city worked so well for APEC
Alert, how about the frats set up a sprawling,
carpeted, canvas metropolis next to the SUB?
You could call it Margaritaville! Sure, the
plumbing problems would be immense and
probably illegal. It would be so refreshing to
see the activist community giving the frats an
idea to follow. Why, soon freeing East Timor
will be on the frat mission statement! .And
who could ever get tired of watching the
RCMP breaking up Margaritaville with pepper spray and dogs? Friday night just got
booked solid!
If the UBC Physics department's "Back To
The Future Project" ever comes to fruition, we
could relocate the frats to the distant past
Nebraska in the fifties, for instance. Hey, it
was the last time that the white, straight,
Eurocentric male's rule went relatively
unchallenged, and the UBC frats would reign
supreme. Unfortunately, you're running the
risk they might take it upon themselves to
shape a brave new world, and the next thing
you know Liam Gallagher is President of the
United States of Coors Lite.
Now, there is always the possibility of a
trade with a neighboring university. How
about our fraternities, to SFU, for their
MacLeans University Issue rankings. Let's
make a deal.
The Zoology department has enquired...
Oh, hell. Let's just sell them off for parts. ♦
"Bitching, bitching
and more bitching
In my last four years of taking various Arts courses, reading innumerable newspapers, perspective articles, and being slapped in the face
with propaganda in combination
with .Arts and Culture a la 1990's,
my disposition and capacity to
absorb viewpoints, causes and
adopt concerns for various issues
has reached saturation. At this point
in 1998,1 think the time is right to
vent penned up frustration with the
media and their presentations and
the brainwashing of Canadians in
all areas such as public policy, Arts
and Culture, environmental issues,
or what have you.
For example, read any opinion
column, watch any newscast or
read any entertainment publication
and what the reader invariably
encounters is a barrage of bitching,
bitching and more bitching or
some flagrant championing of
some fashionable singer, musician,
movie or product headlined by
some misappropriately chosen
celebrity or over-publicized identity/subject Psychologically, this has
traumatised my intellectual nature
to the point where I cannot bear to
read another Barbara Yaffe column, listen to another Rafe Mair
show, listen to an Anti-APEC
demonstrator, watch a newscast, or
listen to a radio station.
I am tired of the merits of some
service, proposal, or practice being
shrouded in the name of Human
Rights and Freedoms. I am sick of
the rights of the many being bound
by under-educated, under achieving self-interested self-serving
hacks who disregard the values,
beliefs and efforts of committed,
dedicated, prestigious and invaluable forebearers. Furthermore, the
media, journalists, and grand-
standers atop soapboxes are
unmortalised as champions of a
cause but sadly these people fail to
provide realistic ideas, substance,
which can be used as a means to
their ends.
In this same manner. Arts and
Culture is unjustifiably, inappropriately, and for some reason unbeknownst and eluded by me, dictated by a select few inbred, pork-barrelling critics who have so much
sway that the whims of the few dictate, assault and underestimate the
desires, sentiments and values of a
silent majority of burden-laden taxpayers who try to make an honest
hving. A quick survey of movies like
Titanic with Lenonardo DiCaprio
and Romeo and Juliet with the
same illustrate my point My point
being that no sooner is someone
hailed as the next James Dean illegitimately than he/she is made into
a big star (legitimately-in the eyes of
the public).
Furthermore, a survey of the
music charts is filled with bullshit
mediocre at best, fake, illegitimate,
imfulfilling artists who deserve little more than small town notoriety.
To list a few: Sarah Maclachlan,
Backstreet Boys, Aqua,
Chumbawamba Spice Girls, Will
Smith, Hanson, Jewel, Jamiroquai,
LL Cool J and many other alterno
rock bands found on stations like Z-
95.3 FM and 99.3 the Fox in
Vancouver. A quick survey of past
farces who have gone the way ofthe
forgotten include: New Kids on the
Block, Paula Abdul, Fishbone, Big
Sugar, and innumerable other few
hit wonders.
In a similar manner, the media
and voices of Arts and Culture
together wrongly gain undue credit
and prestige in the same way as
political actors like many interest
groups. As a result these groups
feed off each other and iminortalise
themselves into public illusions of
greatness behind which the legitimate artists and untold majority of
the public music endure and find
themselves, unjustly and wrongly
unsatisfied by ignorant big headed,
and meritless grandstanders of lesser intellectual ability. Unfortunately,
1998 holds more ofthe same.
Andrew Szabo,
Potitical Science 4thyear
UBC development
anti-democratic
Development without democracy
should be a concern for all citizens,
since oligarchic governments are
today, everywhere, flaunting the
rights of people in favour of the
rights of profit
The UBC/UEL community is no
exception to the powerful call of
material wealth over public well-
being. The B.C. cabinet now see a
real "cash cow" in the selling of
crown lands to developers, and
have proceeded without benefit of
democratic procedure to attempt
sale of "Block 97" (the village commercial area), as well as 14 additional lots without saying that the
planned estates will be for those
who can afford them — for those of
yuppie-happy incomes.
The panzer tanks of earth
removal will find their way into
UEL backyards and parks unless citizens say STOP. Democratic action
should proceed all development
plans. Students who feel this is no
problem of theirs' should remember the recent military exercises on
campus and look thoroughly to a
future for themselves under such
abuse of government trust
Nancy Horsman
UEL Resident
"Good point Uoyd"
Responding to criticisms of Human
Rights violations at the University of
British Columbia last month Lloyd
Axworthy commented recently that
"the best testimony to Canada's
commitment to human rights is
that we have an open court system
in which people who feel that police
have overreacted..." can seek
redress. (Vancouver Sun,
December 11, 1997, All)
Good point Lloyd.
Now...what about thee politicians, cabinet iriinisters and members of the Prime Minister's staff
who wound the hapless cops up
and set them on their unlawful
course? Who will call them to
account?
W. Wesley Pub,
Professor of law, UBC IHE UBySSEV • -"TUESDAY. iANUARrU 19»
11
Criticisms on APEC protests
by Andrew Szabo
When I read the one and a half pages
dedicated to anti-APEC sentiments
in thejanuary 9th issue all but one of
the letters struck me as a showcase
for anti-APEC support John Little's
letter, titled "APEC coverage not
objective," breaks strongly from this
anti-APEC love-in and he rightfully
outlines the mandate ofthe RCMP. It
Ls the RCMP's mandate, which he
clearly outlines, which will shoot
most of the plaintiffs appeals down
in court However, the plaintiffs do
outline several occasions where the
RCMP did overstep their bounds
and violated many human rights on
a few occasions.
Secondly, Mr Little indirectiy
touches on several points which are
valuable advice for the armchair protester who must be mobilised and
the traditional protest techniques
which mam-
people disagree with. It
erspective
is the person-
to-person
violent
nature of fence ripping, cop-intimidating brute-man-force which gives
protesters a poor public image. I can
think of several alternative methods
of protesting used by interest groups
which would have been far more
effective and visible to those dignitaries and heads of state. First, why
not protest on streets where motorcades pass by? Why not ask or canvass home owners/ renters to use
their lawns as areas to erect signs
and stage protests (on private property)? Why not plan "sneak attack"
demonstrations where you would
appear on downtown streets? Why
threaten your personal wellbeing
when, if you used your brains a bit,
you could have been visible on a reg
ular basis? Why threaten the police
officers' mandate? Why not organise
more publicly visible appearances'?
Finally, in response to Chris
Wulffs "UBC no place for ignorance," I find it especially offensive
to know that APEC Alert tactics often-
interrutping classes without permission of the students or professors
concerned are "justifiable" in their
minds. First of all, APEC Alert tactics
in this regard are akin to negative
billing. In each of the four classes I
was in attendance on those days. Not
one person left and there was no
noticeable decrease in attendance.
This tactic was a failure and I can
only say that I was seconds away
from forcibly removing the unwelcome and rude subject in each case.
To me, the whole APEC episode
calls for a code of conduct and
behaviour for protesters on campus
which respects the rights of those of
who choose not to participate.
Ultimately, protesters and demonstrators should think of the
Canadian Constitution
and Charter of Rights
and Freedoms in terms
of what you can and cannot do instead of trying to deliberately shield their bullshit, uncreative,
unsuccessful, and taxpayer-milking
legal costs under provoked violations of human rights. I cannot
express the anger and grief that I feel
that some lunatic rapist, wife-beater,
or what have you denies women
their dignity and security while
some perverse crap-shoot lawsuit
needlessly interferes and chokes the
already slow and defunct justice system that this country has. Hence, you
protesters alienate a large part ofthe
intellectually gifted with your tactics.
Until protesters makeover their
techniques they cannot count on
nor anticipate my attendance at one
of their poorly organised protests.
AndrewSzabois a 4thyear
Political Science student
UBC FilmSoc
24 hrs,
Jan 14 -15, Norm Theatre, SUB
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by Todd Silver
with a pulse, literary, directorial or journalistic skill to VTV's
downtown studios to discuss "Fresh Eyes," an upcoming programme produced by and for those
of us who happen to be between the ages of 18 and 25. (The word youth was never, ever used.
We were not youths. We were just people who happened to be between the ages of 18 and 25.)
About 250 of us intrepid souls braved the cold and an unappealing 4:30 start time Friday afternoon to sit down in a studio
and communicate with the show's two producers, Helen and
Tina. No one seemed to know what to expect, including it would
seem, the producers.
The meeting began with students inflicting a barrage of random and inane questions onto the producers.
lighting or the benefits of certain camera models than in the actual structure of the show.
But as it turns out the premise itself seems to be, on the surface, rather solid. Young people
are provided with a forum to showcase their work, be it a five minute animated film or a 27
minute documentary. There will be no host And the format will be as flexible as possible. Sounds
too good to be true. It just might be.
True, those of
us between the ages 18 to 25 will be given a showcase for our work, but given the amount of work
involved and that VTV is a for-profit television station and not a student paper, the situation is
rather unreasonable.
Basically, we don't
have it as VTV retains the ownership of anything aired on "Fresh Eyes."
So here is how it works. A youth, there I go I went and said it
^_ _ _   _       .,_ goes out and decides to put together a five minute drama piece.
^T  ■*   I       ^~ This youth, man am I in trouble, has to write the script cast all the
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j^at ^F JL ^^Z        ed. VTV then gets ownership of the piece. Wow. What a deal.
It seems that the
local station is intent on taking advantage of those who wish to make a name for themselves.
A station should not expect someone to write, cast, direct edit a program and then lose the
legal right to their work just because they happen to be between the ages of 18 to 2 5. ♦
TcxM Silver is a fcwlhyear History student and a frequent co
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