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Resource centre overdraws budget
by Sarah Galashan
Social justice isn't the only thing on the
minds of UBC's Global Development Centre
members, following news that the organisation is out of money for the year.
The AMS resource group, largely responsible for the visits of human rights activists
Owens Wiwa and Bella Galhos to UBC this
year, has spent its entire 1996-1997 budget
and then some. GDC Treasurer Jamie
Woods said the account may have been
overdrawn by a possible $500.
The mismanagement of funds, Woods
said, is the result of confusion and misunderstanding. "The problem is, I didn't pay
nearly enough attention to the budget," said
Woods. "I figured I'd just [be treasurer] as a
token thing, I didn't really want to have that
much involvement with the GDC this year."
At issue is a $3000 honorarium check
Woods made out to Kevin Annett, one of the
two GDC coordinators, last June. Woods
said he can't remember making out the
check, adding that he initially thought the
amount was only $ 1500; a second payment
was to be made in December.
"I originally tiiought that there might
have been some kind of wrong-doing," said
Woods. "The way it's looking right now is
that I fucked up monumentally."
Annet, who is currendy organising a
First Nations symposium scheduled for late
February, requested an early payment from
the centre, in a lump sum, to help him
through the summer months. "All this stuff
that happened recendy has really surprised
me," he said.
Annett said he hopes plans for the symposium will continue due to the GDC's coop
eration    with    UBC's    First
Nation's House of Learning.
But the centre's budget is
drained, which may put some
real limitations on any future
GDC activities.
"I can't see the budget committee being able to find further
allocations for them now
because it would be taking
money from someone else,"
said AMS Director of Finance
Ryan Davies, adding the situation illustrates flaws with the
financial relationship between SIGNED, SEALED AND WHOOPS the budget's a bust for the
the AMS and its resource centres. Global Development Centre.
Isabelle Cote, GDC coordina- port from other sources," she said,
tor, is hopeful the centre's finances may In the meantime, Woods will meet with
improve. "It's very hard to say right now     the budget committee later this week to dis-
because we might be able to have some sup-    cuss the problem and possible solutions. ♦
International students betrayed,
critics say
by Scott Hayward
Fears that a Board of Governors fee decision could turn UBC into a second-rate
research institution has faculty, students
and some administrators riled up.
In December, the Board of Governors
violated university policies, with the
approval of the committee of deans and
knowledge of the senate budget committee, when they voted to raise new international graduate students tuition in the
coming year by 3 10 percent.
At a Faculty of Graduate Studies
(FoGS) meeting last Thursday, professors and students reacted angrily to the
decision, saying they had not been
informed.
Calling graduate students "the
lifeblood of the university," FoGS passed
two motions: one condemning the university for violating its own policies
requiring consultation, and a second
opposing the unprecedented increases.
"I feel entirely betrayed by this
administration at every level from the
deans to the vice-president of research,
senate budget committee, the president,
the vice-president academic, the Board
of Governors and all those connected
with this decision," wrote Keith
Brimacombe in a letter of support to
FoGS Dean Frieda Granot, who is fighting the university's decision.
Brimacombe, director of the Centre
for Metallurgical Process Engineering,
which brings in over two million dollars
a year  in research grants,  told   The
VST, Regent College
seek council vote
By Casey Sedgman
DR FRIEDA GRANOT, Dean of Graduate Studies, takes issue with the university's
statistics on international student fees, scorr hayward photo
Ubyssey this was the most serious issue
he had faced as a researcher in 2 7 years
at UBC.
"The vice-president of research wasn't consulted...Dr. Granot wasn't consulted, and this decision went right up to the
Board of Governors with no consultation
with those of us that work in the trenches," he said.
The Board of Governors' decision
came on the heels of a meeting between
BC university administrators and the
Ministry of Education in November.
"We noted that the international student fees in British Columbia were sig-
nificandy below the national average, so
we talked about that with the presidents," Assistant Deputy Minister of
Post-Secondary Education Shell Harvey
said.
He added that international student
fees were not part of the NDP's election
promise to freeze tuition last May. He
also confirmed that the university had
Continued on p. 2
Students at the Vancouver School of Theology
and Regent College are asking for the vote they
pay for.
After more than 5 years of paying full AMS
fees, students at the two institutions are asking
the rest ofthe student body this week for the right
to have a vote at student council meetings.
"It's not right," said Regent College council
representative Janet Shim. "I represent students
who pay full membership fees. It's not right that
we can't vote on council."
The Vancouver School of Theology (VST) and
Regent College joined the AMS in 1990 and 1992
respectively. Both institutions are affiliated with
UBC, and their students currendy pay the $39.50
annual AMS fee just like any other active AMS
members. But their council representatives have
never been able to vote at AMS council meetings.
The reason, said AMS Archivist Sheldon
Goldfarb, is simply technical. "The AMS bylaws
specifically name the groups who have a vote on
council. Those bylaws have to be changed to
include [VST and Regent College] and that takes
approval from the students."
That approval could come this week. In a two-
week blitz signature campaign late last term
more than 1000 students asked the AMS to have
the question added to this week's AMS election
ballots. The addition was approved at the January
8th council meeting.
The impetus, said Shim, was more than simply getting value for money.
"We realised that we get lots of benefits [from
the AMSJ, that's why we joined. Now it is time for
us to take on the responsibilities and relate with
our peers in a more active role."
But even if the referendum doesn't pass, she
said, this will still have been a worthwhile effort.
"The bigger issue is defining who we are and our
relationship with the AMS." ♦ 2 THE UBYSSEY, JANUARY 21, 1997
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Grad student fee hike
Continued from p.l
been given this information at the same meeting it was told its 1997/98 operating budget
was being cut.
As a result, UBC decided to raise fees for
existing international graduate students by 24
percent; new graduate students will face an
additional 250 percent fee increase, for a total
of 310 percent more than last year. Currendy
there are about 1300 international graduate
students at UBC.
Vice-President Academic Dan Birch defended the speed of the decision. "At that point,
Grad Studies was already holding letters of
acceptance to go to new international graduate
students and we felt they needed to have a
number which would indicate the tuition," he
said. "That was quite quick and it was less consultation than we would normally have.
"The most serious thing about this from my
"We don't have anything in place
that would help to absorb this.
I can see a diminution in
our activities, a reduction in
quality and the degradation of
UBC as a research university to a
second-rate national university."
Keith Brimacombe
director of centre for metalurgical
process engineering
point of view is that in the time available, we
did not have the time available to adequately
consider the issues of financial aid along with
the increases in tuition and we should be looking at all of that as a package," he said.
Birch said he expects UBC to create endowment funds to help offset the additional costs
to those students who need it.
Dean of Dentistry Edwin Yen
was present at the December 10
meeting of the deans. "My opinion was that two and one half
times was appropriate if we had
financial assistance in place," he
said.
But without such a plan, he
said, effects "could be dire, and I
think it depends almost right
down to your individual laboratory. If your lab has two or three
graduate students in that category
then it could be devastating."
Brimacombe predicted his two
million dollar  research budget
could be reduced by $ 1.5 million
dollars,  and  the  students  and
technicians employed could drop
by three quarters. "We don't have
anything in place
that would help to
absorb   this,"   he
said. "I can see a
diminution in our activities, a
reduction in quality and the
degradation   of   UBC   as   a
research university to a second-
rate national university."
FoGS Dean Frieda Granot
also questioned whether the
increased revenue would be
realised.
"[If] such an increase will
cause a decline in the number
of international students coming to UBC, there
is clearly a break-even point at which if we go
below that there will be zero revenue generated from the additional fee," she said.
"We will have less students who pay more."
It was also noted at the meeting that if
incoming students register in July  1997
KEITH BRIMACOMBE called this decision the most serious issue
he has faced in 27 years at UBC. scott hayward photo
instead of September, then they will avoid
the 2 50 percent increase for their entire
career, a saving in excess of about $5000 per
year.
Granot also said the hefty fee increases
might prompt some international students to
apply for landed immigrant status, a process
which can sometimes be completed within a
year. Such students would tiien be entitied to
domestic tuition rates the next year.
However, the fee increases are not yet a fait
accompli. Birch said the issue will be raised
again at the February BoG meeting. "We
always take tuition matters to the Board
twice," he said. "The first time for approval,
but that's essentially approval in principle
because we go back a second time for final ratification." ♦
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Between classes
WEDNESDAY MUSIC NOON
HOURS
Wednesday, Jan. 22
Michelle Mares, piano.
Music Bldg. Recital Hall. 12:30pm.
COFFEEHOUSE/CREATIVE OPEN
STAGE
Wednesday, Jan. 22
The Student Environment Centre is
raising money for the. Rainforest
Artion Network's "Protect an Acre
of Rainforest" program. La Quena
Coffee House 1111 Commercial
Drive. 8:00 pm- By Donation.
CANADA, APEC AND THE YEAR
OF ASIAN-PACIFIC
Thursday, Jan. 23
Presented by the UBC Pacific Rim
Club'Speaker Series. Guest speaker:
Terry McGee, director of Institute of
Asian Research. Asian Centre
Auditorium. 12:30-1:30pm.
COMMUNITY      INVOLVEMENT:
PATHWAY TO SUSTAINABILITY
Friday, Jan. 24 - Sunday, Jan. 26
This year's World University Services
of Canada Int'l Development
Symposium Series will address this
topic through local and int'l speakers, workshops and activities.
African dance party (Friday) $4,
workshops (Saturday & Sunday) $S
for .students. UBC Grad Centre. For
more info and to reserve seats, call
Sara 65190-9364.
JOHNMETCALF
Monday, Jan. 27
The Creative Writing Program at
UBC and co-sponsors Vancouver
Public Library and the Canada
Council are proud to. present
author, editor and publisher John
Metcalf, reading from hrs works of
fiction and speaking on writing and
editing.  Born in England in 1938,
Mr. Metcaif emigrated to Canada in
1962. Since then he has been active
in the world of Canadian tetters as
an editor, essayist, author, and
anthologist. Vancouver Central
library, 350 West Georgia St., Alma
VanDusen room. 7:30pm. Free.
THE COMPLETE JOB HUNTER
Monday, Jan. Zf
Who hires Arts graduates? What
makes an effective resume? What
are the 50 most common interview
questions? We have answers to
these questions and many more.
Come interact and bring your own
questions for our expert, Casey
Forrest. He'll help make your B.A.
work for you in today's job market.
SUB Auditorium. 12:30 -1:30 pm.
FACE TO FACE NETWORKING
Tuesday, Jan. 28
Good first impressions count. Who
you shake hands with at a networking event or how you walk
into an interview are opportunities
to impress a prospective employer
or client Your successful career
management requires that you
master this skit). Speakers: Dale
Carnegie and Katie Brown. SUB
Auditorium. 12;30-1:30 pm.
SPEECH AND THE INTER*
NET: PRINCIPLES AND CONTROVERSY
Tuesday, Jan. 28
A lecture by Dr, Richard Rosenberg
of the Dept. of Computer Science.
Presented by the UBC Humanists'
Society.
12 noon. Buch D205.
TARGETING YOUR JOB SEARCH
EFFORTS: WHAT YOU NEED TO
KNOW
Thursday, Jan. 30
Don't apply for every job in the
paper—manage your career direction. Learn to explore your key
interest and strengths and learn to
take advantage of the opportunities and challenges of today's
labour market.
AN ARTS DEGREE? IT WORKED
FOR Ml!
Friday, Jan. 31
Come and meet four UBC grads
who are willing to stake a pay-
cheque on the value of the BA.
They will tell you from personal
experience how they used their
degree as a springboard to a successful career. Speakers: Barney
Ellis-Perry, BA'87 (Psychology),
Principal, Malabar Group; Janelle
Eng, BA'94 (English), Restaurant
Manager, Radisson President
Hotels & Suites; Rob Kirbyson,
BA'92, Film Producer, Director,
Viewfinder Productions; Kathleen
Reilly, BA'86 (French Honours),
Barrister and Solictor, BC Ministry
of Attorney General, Legal Services
Branch.
AFRO-AESTHETICS
Monday, Feb. 3 - Saturday, Feb.
8
Afro-Aesthetics, the fourth annual
African Heritage Month art exhibit
at UBC will feature four other genres of creative expression: film
(Afro-Cinema^cs), literature (Afro-
Semantics), music (Afro-Acoustics)
and poetry (Afro-Poetics). Times:
Monday Noon - 10pm; Wednesday
Noon - 8pm; Tuesday, Thursday,
Friday & Saturday Noon - 5pm. For
more info call Larry #258-0484 or
David-George .§876-2507.
1997 WINTER LEGAL CLINIC FOR
WOMEN
BatteredWomen's Support Services
and UBC Law Students Legal Advice
Program are co-sponsoring free
legal clinics for women to be held
every Tuesday from 6:30 - 8:30pm
on the following dates: Jan.21,
Feb.4, Feb. 25, and Mar.4. To make
an appointment please call the UBC
Law Students Legal Advice Program
©822-5791.
WORMKEEPERS WANTED
The North Shore Recycling
Program is seeking volunteers to
help out with worm composting
workshops in North Vancouver
elementary schools in February.
The workshops take place on
weekdays between the 9am and
3pm. Volunteers will be trained
as part of a team of 3 educators
to teach intermediate Grades 4-7
students how to create and maintain a worm composter in their
classroom. The program is ideal
for anyone interested in gaining
classroom experience towards a
career in teaching, or for retired
educators and enthusiastic corn-
posters. Call 984-9730 for more
info.
VOLUNTEERS
The Women Embracing Lives of
Liberty Society is looking for interested persons wishing to commit a
part of their time to help work in a
fun and very busy Thrift Store. The
W.E.L.L. Society is a non-profit
charitable organization whose
mission is to provide women and
their children with the resources to
help them live lives of liberty, and
independence, free from violence.
We have various volunteer opportunities available to suit your interests and time schedule. Meet new
people! Learn new skills! For
work on Saturdays call Aldona Le-
Goff, and for weekday shifts call
Lystra Sam, both ©255-3087   , TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 1997
THE UBYSSEY   3
New library fails to fix space crunch
Students relax as
attack turns out
to be bogus
by Stefan B Walker
THUNDER BAY (CUP)-Students at
Lakehead University feel more secure
wandering campus at night after a
brutal on-campus stabbing has
proven to be self-inflicted.
The university community was
shocked last October when a 23-year-
old male was discovered in bushes
beside a campus footpath with two
stab wounds in his lower abdomen.
At the time, he told police he was
attacked by two assailants while walking home after 8 PM.
"We have concluded our investigation and (the stabbing) is not of a
criminal matter," explained DelSetive
Constable Bill Boote, an investigation
officer in the incident.
Kissinger's Five
acquitted
 by Stella Tzintzis
MONTREAL (CUP)- Five demonstrators charged with assaulting a police
officer during a demonstration in
Montreal last June have been acquitted due to lack of evidence.
"The prosecution admitted they
had no evidence," said Philippe
Duhamel, an organiser at the
Collective for Autonomous Non-
Violent Action, which coordinated last
June's demonstration.
The protesters were arrested during a protest against a conference on
economic globalisation. They were
also contesting the presence of former
US Secretaiy of State Henry Kissinger,
whom they consider a war criminal.
'We feel very happy about the outcome/ said Duhamel.
American activists
adopt Lubicon case
 by M-J Milloy
Banned in Ontario, a corporate boycott campaign may be coming back to
life south of the border.
That seems to be the intent of a
loose affiliation of Seattle activists
who are planning to take on Japanese
multinational pulp and paper company Daishowa. The group is hoping to
persuade American businesses to
stop using Daishowa paper products.
They want to force a promise from
the company to not log a vast swath of
Northern Alberta forest until a land
claim filed by the Lubicon Lake First
Nation is resolved.
The campaign came to an abrupt
end last year in Ontario, when a
provincial judge granted Daishowa an
injunction to silence the protesters,
"What is happening in the States is
the result of various people who have
become interested and begun to contact Daishowa customers and start an
informal boycott," said Ed Bianehi,
one of the original protesters in
Ontario. ♦
UBC administrators insist it was
$24 million well spent, but the
newly-completed first phase of the
Koerner Library has still failed to
resolve a number of pressing problems.
According to the Library Master
Planning Committee, there is still a
critical shortage of space for collections. That shortage has suspended
plans to empty Main Library so it can
undergo  some  desperately-needed
restoration.
The Main library does not meet
modern building seismic codes, and
an external review last year described
it as  "the  most appalling academic
research   library   facility   in   North
America."
"Instead of filling a new building we're
filling a new building and still using empty
space we've created in the old library,"
explained Kathleen Beaumont, manager of
Campus Planning & Development and co-
chair of the committee. "We just keep cramming [books] in."
"Really, we need die second phase [of
Koerner] to go almost instantaneously to
resolve the problems that we have," she
added.
But with the cost of phase two estimated
at around $45 million, and no fundraising
plan in place, construction isn't expected to
begin for years.
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manager.
One proposal in the Master Space Plan
currendy being discussed is to build a central
storage facility that would house infrequenuy
used books.
Beaumont said it would help relieve the
load in Main Library. "From a seismic perspective, if you can't get rid of the building,
you just reduce the occupancy of the building."
Main Library also suffers from poor climatic conditions that are harmful to the collections said Head librarian Dr. Ruth Patrick.
"Donors are not giving us their special col-
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lections because they see where it would go,"
she said.
Patrick is pushing UBC administrators to
get a plan for building new storage facilities
within two years so that fundraising and
planning can begin for phase two of Koerner.
"I think the need is so great," said Patrick,
"I firmly believe the university community
and even the government will support this."
Despite the problems, everyone agreed
that building phase one was a positive step.
"None of us was happy with the idea that we
were going to have to try to move part of the
collection into a building which we knew was
going to be too small," said Dodson. "[But] do
you start with what you've got, or do you just
abandon the whole idea?" ♦
Referendum stirs up election debate
by Chris Lee
Students voting in AMS elections
this week are being asked to say
yes to paying an additional
$1.50 in student fees next year.
Not everyone thinks they should.
The increased fees will add
$1.00 to a AMS Clubs Benefit
Fund and $0.50 to the Walter H.
Gage Memorial Fund.
"The Clubs Benefit Fund is
enshrining financial assistance
for all the 200 clubs," said AMS
Director of Administration
Jennie Chen.
The club fund will be accessible to 200 registered AMS clubs
who can apply for travel or special project grants. Unused
money will accumulate in the
fund rather than be counted in
general revenue.
But while the referendum has
not proved to be the most controversial part of this year's election, it has its critics.
"When money's tough, you
don't ask the general populace to
fund special interest groups...if
someone believes in a club, they
should buck up," said fourth-year
Arts student and former council
representative Scott Walker.
Last year, students approved a
fund allocation for external lobby
ing; Walker suggested that club
grants be drawn from these existing funds, although that would
require another referendum.
Chen, however, didn't see that
as an answer. "Clubs are financially viable, but some feel restricted during the year if they want to
do something special," she said.
She also defended the use of
the lobbying funds for external
lobbying because it "has been
very effective for getting the general population aware of post-
secondary issues. At this point in
time...that fund is very important to the AMS."
The referendum question is
also opposed by Antonio Zuniga,
an Action Now candidate for the
Board of Governors.
"I think it's a bad time - it's not
much, but it just sounds hypocritical to ask students for more
money when [the AMS] is asking
the university and government not
to raise ancillary fees," he said.
He reiterated that clubs should
fund their activities through their
own membership fees.
Chen said the referendum is
deigned to give the student body
a choice. "If students don't want
this fund, they say no and the
fund is not implemented. We're
letting the students choose." ♦
Cdn schools join gov't trade mission to recruit overseas
by Rachel Furey
OTTAWA (CUP)-Over 20 Canadian universities and colleges, including UBC, are taking
part in this month's Team Canada trade mission to recruit international students and
participate in education fairs.
High ranking administrators and two student representatives from Canadian universities and colleges joined 400 business people
to take part in the Asia-Pacific trade mission.
The post-secondary education representatives are focusing on recruiting international
students from South Korea, the Philippines
and Thailand.
Jeanne Thibault, a spokesperson for the
Association of Universities and Colleges of
Canada, which is spearheading the university component of the mission, said Canada is
falling behind other countries in recruiting
international students.
"Canada has to be more proactive. If we
don't, other countries are going to benefit,"
said Thibault. "It's a competition for students."
The drive for international students is
seen by critics as an attempt to fund post-secondary education at a time when governments are cutting back. The federal government is cutting seven billion dollars in transfer payments to the provinces for education,
health and welfare over three years.
Since foreign students aren't subsidised
by the federal government, they pay higher
tuition fees and generate more revenue for
post-secondary education. An international
student can pay as much as $18,000 each
year for an engineering degree at the
University of Waterloo and $10,000 for any
undergraduate degree from York University.
Susan Mann, president of York
University, one of the schools participating
in the mission, admits international students
as a source of funding is important, especially, in Ontario where international student
fees are set by individual institutions.
Steve Wilson, chair of the National
Graduate Council, a group representing graduate students, is concerned about how universities view international students as a
commodity. Originally, he said, universities
had international students to give campuses
a worldwide perspective and promote diversity; today they are used as a cash-grab.
Wilson also said universities aren't aiming
to recruit students from all over the world. The
trip targets Asia where an economic boom has
provided a middle-class with money to be
spent on sending students overseas. "They're
not interested in recruiting the best and the
brightest, but the ones with the cash."
Currendy, 46 percent of international students in Canada come from Asia, compared
to less than two percent from South America.
Even before joining Team Canada, universities aggressively recruited international
students through seven Canadian Education
Centres, all of which are located in Asia. Two
more will open in New Delhi and Mexico on
April 1 of this year. Universities pay $7500
to belong to the centres which promote
Canada as a study destination.
The centres are the "only way to go,"
according to Joanne Uyede, a director for the
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, which
oversees the centres.
Uyede said the centres are a cost-effective
method of recruiting students internationally. "It enables the institutions to have a face
[in Asia] all year long."
Besides paying for membership in the
centres the universities are footing the bills
for the representatives they sent on the trip.
The cost is $6850 which includes airfare and
participation but not additional expenses.
The trade mission places a major emphasis on the centres since it's the first time four
of the centres are holding education fairs.
The first of which was officially last Saturday.
Each institution set up a booth and talked
to students about the merits of studying at
that particular school. "It's like a trade
show," according to Uyede, "only the commodity is education and training." *♦* 4   TUESDAY, JANUARY 21. 1997
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Think-tank battle brewin
by Neal Razzell
A new left-wing think-tank has rolled into town, ready to do bat-
tie with its ideological opponents.
Over 200 students, scientists, activists and unionists
jammed Isadora's Cooperative Restaurant last Thursday to
welcome the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) to
BC.
Its goal, announced CCPA Director Majorie Griffin Cohen, is
"to change the thinking of society."
Griffin Cohen, also an economist, professor of Political
Science and Chair of Women's Studies at Simon Fraser
University, said the centre hopes to provide alternatives to the
mainstream solutions prescribed by the Right.
"What we want to do is put forward research which shows
that indeed a society can exist in which the economy serves people, not the other way around," she said.
But it's the Left, Michael Walker said, that's got it backwards.
Walker, who is executive director ofthe Fraser Institute, said
he found it sad people would pursue ideas that "have been so
thoroughly discredited by history."
"Their ideas...harken to a bygone era, before they had the
understanding we have now, before we really had all the evidence we have about how those policies don't work," he said.
CCPA President Duncan Cameron, however, brushed his
ideological opponent off.
"The Fraser Institute is the disease — economic disinformation — for which it purports to be the cure."
Instead, Cameron said, there should be a "revolution"
replacing private property and the competitive market with the
democratic process and the rule of law as the ultimate arbiters
in society.
With the perspectives of workers, women and by "taking
matters into your own mind," Cameron explained, the Left can
effect change.
Walker is less sure.
"The CCPA is the last gasp ofthe old left in Canada...Many of
BEARDS, BEERS AND DUNCAN CAMERON
at the CCPA-BC launch faith armitage photo
them are left holding their hammer and sickle while the world
has moved On," he said.
But Robert Allen, a UBC professor of Economics currently
writing a book on the Soviet Union, and one of two UBC
Economics professors sitting on the CCPA-BC research advisory
committee, said he wouldn't call the paramedics.
"I'm sure [the CCPA] will work out." ♦
New building stirs faculty debate
by Nil Kdksal
A university proposal to build an international studies centre with a residential
component and commercial hotel on
campus holds the potential to be another
major campus planning controversy.
UBC planners held a public meeting
last Thursday to discuss the proposed Liu
Centre for International Studies and proposed locations for the facility. More than
a dozen locations were discussed based
on criteria such as availability and location, but debate from the mainly-faculty
crowd focussed on the Faculty Club.
The university closed the Faculty Club
over two years ago, citing financial concerns, and had seriously considered it as
a site for the new Liu Centre. But after
some controversy the selection committee later abandoned it.
Campus Planning and Development's
Rodger Morris tried to allay fears that the
Liu centre would be built on the Faculty
Club site. "The Faculty Club is not on the
table at the moment," he told the audience, "but I can't be certain what [the
Board of Governors] will decide."
"I am tired of... increasing
commercialisation of this
university."
Craig Pin der,
UBC Commerce professor
The audience at the meeting took full
advantage of the public consultation
process, grilling speakers over issues
such as the size of Mr. Liu's donation, the
actual cost of the project and the possibility of its creating a financial burden for
the university.
The four million dollar donation,
Morris said, is intended to go towards a
$25 million project that planners hope
will include conference centres, academic offices, a residential component, a centre for continuing studies and a food and
beverage area. He stressed repeatedly
that the whole package would be
self-supporting and that no additional funding would come from
the government or the university.
But some faculty expressed
doubts. "I am tired of and worried
about further increasing commercialisation of this university," Craig
Pinder, professor of Commerce
Business Administration told the
meeting. "[UBC] is not a business."
The debate is likely to continue. A petition was circulated amongst faculty at the
meeting and there were repeated calls
for further public consulation.
Morris was quick to agree with the
suggestion. "We're certainly prepared to
do that," he said. ♦
and
Big changes for
Med students
by Clare Atzema
The way BCs doctors are taught is about to
change radically. Storting this June, UBC's medical students will spend less time being lectured
to and more time solving problems themselves.
And the changes are not without growing
pains.
The new curriculum consists of far less lecture time to make room for eight-person tutorials that will focus on a particular case study for
a week. Several hours of the week will also be
allotted to independent research by students on
the case they are studying. Classes in department-based courses such as anatomy, biochemistry and pharmacology will no longer exist the
topics will instead be integrated into the case
studies, an approach that has already been
adopted by several other Canadian medical
schools.
Part ofthe new curriculum also involves moving medical student internships from the fourth
year of training to the third. This means that
next year there will be double the number the
students on the hospital wards, and there are
concerns that the resources are not in place to
handle the bulge.
Adam Lund, vice-president academic of the
Medical Undergraduate Society (MUS) worried
that unless more hospitals, teachers and patients
are found in time, students may suffer reduced
chances to learn next year.
"The new clerkship year provides for some
very exciting possibilities, but if and only if the
appropriate resources are identified in time," he
said.
There has also been resistance to the new curriculum from some faculty. The faculty vote which
approved the changes this November was not
unanimous; last year the vote failed.
Dr. Andrew Chalmers, associate dean of
undergraduate curriculum, acknowledged that
the transition may be a bit rough, as with any
change. "It's a very positive change, but it's also a
period of much work for the faculty. There are
new ways of teaching and evaluation to be
learned."
Impetus for the changes came from three
sources. A -study conducted in 1993 by the UBC
medical school suggested that change was needed; findings which were echoed in a survey of
previous graduates. The school also underwent a
mandatory accreditation process by the
Accreditation Committee of Canada, which
made similar recommendations.
In the end, though, said Dr. Andrew Seal> associate dean of student affairs, the change and the
controversy surrounding it stand to benefit the
school and its students.
"I think the most positive aspect of the curriculum change is mat it has focussed people's energy on
imdergraduate education," he said. It has brought
together the different disciplines, both basic and
clinical sciences, together with students.'^
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THE UBYSSEY   5
Graceful young star brings life to Sleeping Beauty
American Ballet Theatre star	
Julie Kent was thrown into
the world of dance at age 17.
She won't talk about her
latest performance—she doesn't
want to ruin the surprise — but
admits it's been a long journey.
 by Rachana Raizada
Ballet Stars of the USA
Jan 23-25 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Most ofthe "stars" are shooting in from the American Ballet
Theatre (ABT), that well-established constellation in the
American firmament, as Ballet BC's DanceAlive series con
tinues with Ballet Stars ofthe USA.
Julie Kent, a principal dancer with ABT since 1993, has
been poised elegantly and firmly in the starlight since her enfry-
to the Theatre in 1985 at the invitation of Mikhail Baiyshnikov,
the Artistic Director at the time. Just a few years later she shot
to sudden celebrity when she was unexpectedly cast as
Baryshnikov's co-star in the Herbert Ross film Dancers.
That ought to have been somewhat overwhelming for
someone who was only 17, but Kent found it really exciting
to be acting in the film. "I didn't have to dance with-him.
That would have been a different story."
In the decade since, ABT has gone through three
changes in directorship, but Kent contends that the sprit of
the company is unchanged and that its essence has stayed
the same. Certainly, for Kent, the company has been a great
source of personal and professional fulfilment.
For one thing, it not only resembles a family, it is family, since last September she married Victor Barbee, himself
a principal at the theatre. And from a professional point of
view, Kent feels that ABT offers her roles from "an incredible balance of full length story ballets, and those concerned
with pure dance."
Kent finds it exciting too, to be able to work with j
the incredible international talent that is attracted to
ABT. The current roster of "names" includes dancers
from Spain, Argentina, Russia and even Cuba. "That
is the epitome of what America is about," exclaims
Kent. "That is what ABT was originally intended for
and that is what makes it so special and unique. Our
teaching staff is so diverse too; we have the facility to
draw upon all styles, and dancers from all over the
world fit in with the company."
Kent's approach to dance seems to be very intuitive and natural. More than anything else, Kent
comes across as a "feeling" dancer rather than a
"thinking" dancer. Some ballerinas (GelseyKirldand
comes to mind) are renowned for their analytical
dissection of roles and character, but Kent seems to
rely on instinct. She says she does not have a
favourite role, which is somewhat unusual, just
"favourite moments in different ballets." I request
an example of a favourite moment from the ballet
Manon, at which Kent laughs
and says, "I have so many
favourite moments in that
ballet because it is so beautifully constructed. It's just a
feeling that happens."
Kent's style has been
described as regal and contained (in keeping with her
"thoroughbred proportions")
and maybe that is a reflection
of Kent's personality. "I see
myself as a natural performer.
"It [Sleepm]
in the clas
It is a fairy
more abo
than love.'
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rj is a jewel
ft rep.
fe —,
Julie Kent
principal, American Ballet Theatre
When you watch, no matter what you see, the stage allows a
member of the audience to look past the character and see the
essence of the person, regardless of costume and character.
Maybe my essence is more revealing than someone else's—the
stage is a very revealing place."
The last time Kent was in Vancouver she was
Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, but this time around, she will
be dancing in the pas de deux from Act III of Sleeping
Beauty. Her partner will be Guillame Graffin, a French
dancer with a very expressive
face whom Kent describes as a
"beautiful actor."
Kent concedes that, while Sleeping Beauty is not the most
emotional or romantic of ballets, "it is a jewel in the classical
ballet rep. It is a fairy tale really, more about charm than love."
As well, she will be dancing in a solo, the world premiere
of a work created especially for her by John Selya, also from
ABT. Set to Nina Simone's 'Nobody,' Kent won't discuss it;
she obviously wants to keep the suspense. "It's a fun piece,
reflective of the song," she says, "a Cinderella type setup.
You'll just have to see it." ♦
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Palookaville mixes realism.
by Peter T. Chattaway
Palookaville
at the Ridge theatre until Jan 23
Three friends face unemployment and decide to rob a
jewelry store. Or an armoured truck. Or whatever it
would take to cure their ills. But no matter how well
they plan their capers, things keep going humorously
wrong. This may sound a little like the premise behind
Bottie Rocket, but it's better. It's Palookaville, an
endearing, bittersweet look at three guys who don't
want to be heroes or outlaws, just comfortably well-off.
"I'm not talking about a life of crime," Sid (William
Forsythe) tells his friends. I'm talking about a
momentary shift in lifestyle." But that moment keeps
getting drawn out while they wait for the shift to happen. Their first heist fails when they miss the jeweler's
and, instead, break into a pastry shop. Then they try
setting up an illicit taxi service for elderly men, which
falls apart around the time Sid's smelly dogs begin
attacking the customers. (The real cabbies get their
revenge, too.)
Then they accidentally rescue an armoured car driver who fishtails off the road following a heart attack.
If this is the kind of security they can expect from an
armoured car, the lads reason, it shouldn't be too hard
to rob one. With cap guns, maybe.
Of course, the women in their lives get to be the
wise, nurturing souls who see through the boys and
their   juvenile   ways,    right   down   to    Frances
LOOKING FOR MR. COODPASTRY: Vincent Gallo and Willia
lifestyle" in Alan Taylor's Palookaville.
McDormand's gold-hearted prostitute. In some films
this might be offensive, but everyone's so goldarned
good-natured about it here, it doesn't seem to matter.
Director Alan Taylor steers Palookaville through
that narrow space between tragic realism and comic
absurdity, with ample help from his cast. Adam Trese
is, perhaps, the easiest character to like, but his gentle
buffoonery is offset by the economic desperation that
sees his wife (Lisa Gay Hamilton) first harassed by her
boss, then fired.
Vincent Gallo,  who played the  corpse in Abel
m Forsythe plan a heist for their "momentary shift
in
Ferrara's The Funeral, puts his skeletal face to droll,
creepy use, his eyes rolling in their sockets like weary
marbles. And Forsythe displays a sweet, disarming
charm that may surprise fans of TV's The
Untouchables, where he played Al Capone.
Special mention must go to composer Rachel
Portman, who flaunts her increasingly amazing versatility with a score that is part Godfather, part Pink
Panther. Like Palookaville itself, she's always hinting
at tragedy, always ready for comedy, but never quite
tipping her hand. ♦
Plays explore love on the road
Think Pinkosh
by Richelle Rae
Road Movie
closed Jan 19 at Performance Works
Just last week I was bitching to a friend of mine about
how much I thought North American theatre sucked.
An ever growing abyss of mediocrity titillates mainstream audiences with tired show ponies that are
dressed up and paraded to look like new and original
theatrical experiences, instead of the gaudy spectacles that they really are (Show Boat comes to mind
here). I bemoaned the intellectual and artistic stupor
that we as a society seem to have entered willingly. It
seemed like theatre, the kind I was taught to believe
in, was dead. But on Thursday that all changed: I saw
a play that slapped me out of my foul and bitter
mood. Road Movie is good theatre, really good theatre.
Road Movie is a one-man show about a five-day
road trip that Joel, an uptight, cynical New Yorker,
takes across the States in search of love, which he
finds in Scott, a free-spirited L.A. boatsitter. This is
where the trip begins for Joel, who learns along the
way that love is difficult though worth the gamble.
Mark Pinkosh takes on all the characters with
electric intensity, switching between the sharp edges
and protective corners of Joel's ego to the wide-eyed
innocence of Scott with unsettling smoothness. Not
only does Pinkosh play the two lovers but he also
plays some of the women they meet along the way.
The southern dope-smoking momma is both hilarious and poignant as she warns Joel against the evils
of unprotected sex, the same kind that killed her son
Danny. The flaky, spaced-out Dharma is an excellent
demonstration of Pinkosh's amazing dexterity as he
switches between the tense wiry body of Joel to the
airy   relaxed   posture   of
Dharma.
Although Pinkosh delivers one ofthe best stage performances I've seen, he is
only one half of what makes
Road Movie such an amazing production. The other
half is the script. This is a
writer's play; the words
alone left me salivating long
after I left the theatre.
Godfrey Hamilton's language is aerobatic and tactile, his observations of the
human experience are at
once painful and unsetHing-
ly beautiful, each character
an intense living Polaroid.
Alhough there was barely
any set—only a chair, sharp
lighting, and good road
music—it was more than
enough to fill the landscape
of Joel's road trip. This production is a clear demonstration that good theatre is
still alive and well, and I am no longer blue. ♦
Vintage Italiana
 by Julia Lees
The Wines of Tuscany
at the Firehall Arts Centre until Feb 1
Incorporate dance, dialogue and dinner tables with
love, commitment and grief and you get Conrad
Alexandrowicz's The Wines of Tuscany, a one-act,
physical theatre duet.
BABY YOU CAN DRIVE MY CAR: Mark
Pinktosh flaunts his sexual drive-we
think-in Road Movie.
Creeping into the memory of
Ben, we learn about his lost love
Edward and their final trip to
Tuscany to revel in the bouquets of
exquisite wines, the Italian countryside and the sensual experience
of opera. Watching Ben and learning of his inability to survive one
moment without thinking of his
lost partner, we realise that love is
love and there is no denying or
escaping its presence.
Edward, a professional gay
male with AIDS, attends an upscale
wine tasting ceremony at which he
bumps into Ben, a quiet, worrisome character who has admired
Edward from a distance for some
time. Up to this point Edward has
been interested solely in immediate pleasures, but Ben awakens in
him a desire for not only physical
but emotional fulfillment.
Through the detailed descriptions of various Italian wines,
increasing in quality as the play progresses, we
appreciate the increasing quality of their love. And,
through intricately detailed dance moves rapt with
emotion and sentiment, we understand the lovers'
complete devotion to each other.
Alexandrowicz is not subtie in his dialogue or in
the movement of his actors. With accurate and raw
word choices, and with graphic imagery throughout
the dance sequences, we share with Ben the battle of
facing the iniminent loss of a loved one.
The Wines of Tuscany reminds us of two important facts: to experience true love is worth every challenge, worry and pain; and to put dreams off for later
is the worst mistake we can make, for later may
never come. ♦
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Albert Camus - The First Man [Vintage]
Albert Camus had not yet completed The First Man at
the time of his death in a car accident in 1960. Due to
its subject matter and a point of view that was unpopular with both sides of the debate over France's presence in Algeria, Camus' widow did not want the book
published. Nonetheless, here it is, and although it is
presented as a novel, it is probably Camus' most autobiographical work.
Camus was born in Algeria to French colonists
during France's disastrous campaign to populate the
largely Arabic country. Jacques Cormery, the novel's
protagonist, is also born in Algeria to French-Spanish
parents. Contrary to the more usual notion that
colonists are relatively well-off in comparison to those
whose land they occupy, the French expatriates in
Algeria were almost as poor as the indigenous inhabitants; hence, Cormery grows up in a stark poverty.
Several complementary themes weave their
magic through a novel which was quite clearly still in
the process of being written—Camus' notes to himself
are scattered through the text. These themes involve
love in one form or another: Cormery's love for his
teacher, his mother, the complex divided land of his
birth, for education and learning, and ultimately, for
the silent and strangely taciturn father he never
knew.
The First Man is a complex story and Camus is not
afraid to delve deeply into Cormery's love for his
mother, which veers dangerously towards romantic
obsession. Undei^innihg this theme is Camus' compassion for the people and places he describes. His
characters are complex, imperfect individuals worthy
of love in spite of, or perhaps because of, their quirks
and blemishes. It is as though Camus is telling us
that, though we are all flawed by the patterns which
form us, it is our flaws which make us beautiful, for.
therein lies our potential for transcendence.
The novel is a work of great beauty whose quality
most authors could only envy. One is left wondering
what Camus would have ultimately made of it had he
finished it. — Andy Barham
2000: a suburban odyssey
by James Rowley
2000
at the Playhouse until Feb 1
Millenium Anxiety is hard to stage.
Joan MacLeod's latest play was inspired
by a North Shore cougar who found his way
onto the empty hockey rink of Pacific
Coliseum in 1984.
"I was intrigued by the notion of the
wild invading the city and the city invading
the wild," says MacLeod, quoted in the pro-
ing the  sympathy of any audience is
impossible.
The burden of boredom, for me, lies
with Wyn (Susan Hogan), an urban planner
like her husband, and granddaughter to
Nann. Wyn sits up nights telling stories
about cougars, lamenting the state of her
marriage, worrying about the health of the
mysterious Mountain Man (William
MacDonald) and hoping for "the death of
yearning." Her brand of depression and
anxiety is not to be taken lightly, but does it
make for good drama? It's not easy to care
gram, "by the idea of tilings not being quite     about a character who seems to do nothing
right in nature and the approaching millennium."
Set in a painfully tasteful and inorganic
North Shore home on the edge of the forest, this production offers a comfort.ibli-
and intriguing evening of theatre,
but the deeper resonances it is so
obviously trying to create didn't happen for me. Instead, it seemed a balloon was being filled beyond- its
capacity and, instead of popping, it
fizzled quietly.
The play itself is fascinating and
personal to us West Coasters.
MacLeod, who taught playwriting
at UBC until a few years ago, has
been called Canada's best current
playwright, and the humour and
poignancy of her dialogue argues in
her favour. Leslie Jones (one big reason why Kie Imaginary Invalid was
enjoyable) as Nanaimo-born education student Janine and Margaret
Barton (Vigil) as Nanny, the 97-year-
old fan of Chief Dan George she has
been hired to look after, handle good
material brilliantly. But then, they
get the good lines.
Perhaps Macleod is attempting
the impossible.
Perhaps a play which tackles the
issues and malaise of its own time
cannot be processed comfortably by
audiences without a historical or
geographic perspective. And when
this malaise is embodied by an
upper-middle-class couple with a
huge beautiful house, perhaps invok-
but whine.
The problem is exacerbated by Hogan's
flat, television performance which seems
to squash what little humour existed in her
line.- bt'liirv i-hc yoi lliem
For that matter, there is very little in
director Patrick McDonald's 2000 that
wouldn't work better on film. The most
magically theatrical moment comes in the
final scenes, when the trees invade what
was previously Sean (Michael Hogan) and
Wyn's house, dropping silently from a sky
of low cloud.
Ken MacDonald (how many of these
Mc/MacDonalds are related?) has created
a beautiful set, complete with Japanese
gravel garden and Artistic Rocks, but I wonder at the tubes and cones that represent
the forest beyond the house and how such
strict geometry represents the wild even in
the final scenes when it is no longer
framed, and therefore tamed, by a window.
2000 is enjoyable and ground-breaking,
but not astounding. ♦
Kidman paints inconsistent Portrait
by Noelle Gallagher
The Portrait of a Lady
at Cineplex theatres
Purists beware: Jane Campion's Portrait of
a Lady is probably unlike any 19th century
American novel you've read before.
In fact, with an opening sequence which
involves a group of modern Australian
women discussing the pleasures of kissing
and being kissed, you might mistake
Campion's piece de resistance as a montage of new age feminism, not an epic film
version of Henry James' novel of glitter
and deception.
And unfortunately, while the opening
sequence does serve only to prelude the
19th century world of The Portrait's characters, Campion can't seem to leave her
setting alone: contemporary images not
only abound in the narrative; they nearly
control it.
Having eliminated the first few hundred
pages of James' novel, Jane Campion introduces modern music, speech, and imagery
into a classic story with techniques very
similar to those she used in The Piano: just
as Holly Hunter played New Age music on
her piano in the wilds of 19th century New
Zealand, so Nicole Kidman, as The
Portrait's heroine, has psychedelic, film-
like visions of a decidedly early-20th century nature.
In fact, what with the black clothing,
moody piano soundtrack and overbearing
husband, one almost wonders if Campion
intended to turn James' novel into The
Piano II. The Portrait of a Lady has the
same bizarre psychological details and
moody shadowing, but it is also prone to
the same pretentious, artsy melodrama.
The film details the life of a young
American woman named Isabel Archer
(Kidman), who inherits a fortune from her
generous uncle Touchett (92-year-old Sir
John Gielgud). At the film's opening, Isabel
issues a cold and nearly wordless refusal of
a profitable marriage proposal. Isabel
decides to use her fortune to travel around
Europe in search of some nebulous life
experience.
Marriage proposals abound along the
way, and Isabel refuses her suitors with a
decisiveness approaching cruelly—until,
that is, she meets and is seduced by the
cunning Gilbert Osmond (John Malkovich).
Isabel is slapped out of her naivete as
Osmond, soon her husband, reveals his
abusive nature; and our heroine is left to
cope with both Osmond's helpless, lovesick
daughter and his deceitful mistress
(Barbara Hershey).
While Kidman's performance is original, it is also problematic. After her excellent comic turn in To Die For, Kidman
reminds us again how difficult it is for her
to keep a consistent accent. While this is
distracting, it doesn't detract from Isabel's
cold, harsh nature; this heroine seems
more like a snobby, unfeeling shrew than a
woman out to subvert patriarchy by searching her independence. And since Campion
keeps Osmond's abusive nature to a minimum, it is difficult for the audience to
empathise with Isobel.
As for the supporting cast, Hal Hartley
veteran Martin Donovan turns in an excellent performance as Isabel's long-suffering
cousin, Ralph Touchett. Mary-Louise
Parker and Shelley Duvall, as Isabel's
friend Henrietta and Osmond's sister
respectively, are halfway between campy
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Hershey's deadpan drama. For John
Malkovich's performance, please refer to
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With several years of shooting in various European locations, Campion has
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long, hard journey." Unfortunately,
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subdy beautiful, but ignore the importance
of setting as a backdrop to Isabel's transformation from spirited American to continental ice queen.
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and cultural ambiguity, and Campion's
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Womens hockey hits CIAU
by Wolf Depner
Canadian university women's ice hockey has finally
received its due recognition.
The Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU)
announced over the holiday that it will hold the first-ever
national women's ice hockey championship in 1998.
Under the proposed structure, four or six teams from
across Canada will compete in a national tournament,
although it is uncertain whether or not Atlantic Canada will
participate.
Ontario will most likely host the 1998 tournament, but
the site will rotate from region to region in the future.
The UBC women's ice hockey team, now in its third year,
welcomed the announcement.
"I think it's very positive for women's hockey and also
for women's hockey at UBC," said forward Janine Fosiy who
is one of five players to have been with the team since Day
One.
"When we started the team we were hoping to compete
for a national championship within five years, and it will
happen in year number four," said head coach Steve
Mathias, adding that the CIAU decision gives the sport further legitimacy and the team a focus for the future.
As with all other CIAU-recognised varsity sports, UBC
will compete in the Canada West conference. Other Canada
West member- schools include Alberta,
Calgary, Saskatchewan, Lethbridge and
Manitoba. Lethbridge, however, may not
ice a team next year.
As in women's' field hockey, the
Canada West representative will be chosen through a series of round-robin tournaments with the overall point winner
going to nationals.
While three tournaments are used for
the women's field hockey champion, the
Canada West is leaning towards putting on
only two tournaments simply to it make
more affordable for teams while at the
same time rnamtaining iair competition.
"After two tournaments, you can still
determine a winner," explained Mathias.
"With one tournament, you don't know
who shows up for the weekend and three
tournaments might simply be too expensive."
So how will UBC's team, which has won two straight
Lower Mainland championships, stack up against the rest
of the competition in what should be a tough conference?   (
Judging from the recent six-team tournament hosted by
the University of Alberta, the Birds should do just fine. They
finished tied for third, losing 2-0 in the semi-final to the
UBC thunderbirds women's hockey team competes in the Vancouver's division I league, ubyssey file photo
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eventual champions Alberta Pandas.
"[This tournament] was a really neat opportunity for the
team to play with other university players and to get scope
of what we're doing," said Foisy.
"It was a really positive experience for the team because
it brought us together in a lot of ways and it gives the
younger and first-year players a sense of what is Xo come." ♦
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say around officials this season.
Under a new zero-tolerance policy, hockey referees in the
Canadian Interuniversity Athletic
Union (CIAU) are authorised to
penalise players and coaches who
don't show them proper respect.
The CIAU policy follows the
lead taken by the Atlantic
Universities Athletic Association
(AUAA), which introduced zero tolerance for all its sports this year.
The policy was created in response
to several Universite de Moncton
players who attacked a referee last
season.
"It's a simplistic way of dealing
with the problem [of harassing
officials]," said CIAU executive
vice-president Mark Lowry.
According to AUAA executive
director Kevin Cameron, the conference had been working for several years to end the problem of
yelling at officials, particularly in
hockey and basketball.
"We felt as an association that
we needed tighter controls on the
verbal interaction between players
and officials," Cameron said.
AUAA Coaches and athletes
worry that officials have been
given too much power and that the
new zero-tolerance policy in fact
means zero-accountability.
Many are unsure what officials
will consider disrespectful behaviour. In hockey alone, three coach
es and four players have received
suspensions under the new policy
for infractions ranging from
throwing debris on the ice to slamming a stick in frustration.
The incident that attracted the
most protest was the three-game
suspension of Greg MacDonald,
an assistant coach at St. Francis
Xavier, for apparently muttering
"nice call, ref," following what he
felt was a blown call in a game
against Dalhouise last December.
"For zero-tolerance to work,
there has to be some common
sense involved by the officials," St.
Francis Xavier hockey coach
Danny Flynn told The Globe and
Mail.
"In most regards, it's been
excellent. But we've had a couple
of incidents throughout the league,
and we've have been involved in
one, where perhaps the official
used it more as a show of power
than anything else."
Cameron admits that the particular penally involving MacDonald
shouldn't have been called.
"There have been some growing pains," he said.
Cameron, however, believes
that there has been very little
abuse of power among the officials, adding that the policy has
been effective.
"We've definitely seen an
improvement.it doesn't take
much for the message to get
through."
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Basketball
The Birdmen split their weekend
series in the Lethbridge.
UBC got 22 points from Gerald
Cole and 18 markers from Eric
Butler to win 88-72 Friday night.
Saturday, John Dykstra and Nino
Sose had 17 each as the Birds
dropped all 1-96 OT decision.
The women's team also split
over the weekend. Laura Esmail
scored a season high 26 points to
lead UBC to a 57-49 win. She led
the Birds the next night again with
18 points in a 58-46 loss.
Swimming
The Calgary Dinosaurs won
both the men's and women's
Canada West swim championships.
UBC's men finished second,
with Mark Versfeld, Brent Salee
and Dustin Hersee taking gold.
The women's team, meanwhile, failed to finish in the Top 3
after winning the Canada West
championship last year. Top individual competitor for UBC was
Glencora Maughn with two silver
and two bronze medals. ♦ TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 1997
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THE UBYSSEY 9
V-Ball women outclass 4th ranked Bisons
by Scott Hayward
What does a superior volleyball team do to
keep a match interesting? The Birds spot
their opponents a generous lead, put a couple of starters on the bench and try to catch
up.
And with a strong bench, they did just
that, frustrating the fourth-ranked Manitoba
Bisons on Saturday night—twice.
The win also confirmed the team is making improvements in key areas: scrambling
and mental composure. Both skills will be
essential if the Birds hope to topple the top-
ranked Alberta Pandas in the inevitable
showdown between Canada's two best
teams.
The Birds opened the weekend series
with a 3-1 (12-15,15-11,15-11,15-10) win in
Friday's match. Joanne Ross led with 24
kills while Sarah Maxwell had 25 digs.
UBC outclassed the Bisons in game one
on Saturday night, taking a 10-1 lead and
cruising to a 15-6 victory.
Manitoba stormed back, opening an 11-
1 lead in game two with some strong
offence. The Birds kept their composure,
but couldn't put up any points. Coach Doug
Reimer tried to halt the Bison attack by taking two time-outs, but to no avail.
So he called Melanie Griswold and Barb
Bellini off the bench to shake things up.
Griswold reacted with two big blocks in a
row that sparked the team. "There was nothing to lose this time because we were down
so much," she said "I got a block at first, but
then I felt like everyone really pulled together."
Bellini chipped in with a couple of kills
early on. "I felt pretty confident out there,"
she said. "We didn't feel that we were going
to lose it at all."
Maintaining their poise, the Birds gradually clawed back, scoring 14 unanswered
points to ice the win.
UBC took a 3-2 lead early in game three,
but mental lapses allowed the Bisons to pull
ahead as the Birds seemed overconfident.
Manitoba capitalised, building up a 12 3
lead and were more determined not to
relinquish it.
But a more focused Bird effort chipped
away at the Bisons' lead and two late kills by
Jenny Rauh capped another come-from-
behind win (15-13) to take the match 3-0
and sweep the weekend series.
"Sometimes we don't necessarily have a
killer instinct, but we definitely have a
'we're not going to lose' instinct," said
Griswold, who came off the bench late in
the game.
Assistant coach Erminia Russo was
pleased with the comeback wins. "Tonight
was a big night for us," she said. "The team
JENNY RAUH scrambles to keep the ball in the air and extend a rally in Saturday's comeback victory . scott hayward photo
played with cohesion and composure that have to be able to put them up so someone
was a big step. can attack, and that's starting to happen."
"We're getting better on the scramble That   gradual,   steady   improvement
plays. We're digging more balls, now we should pay off in the post-season. ♦
Bears shred bad news Birds
CHRIS KERR carries the puck, like a lamb to slaughter in
Friday's 10-0 loss, richard lam photo
by Normie Chan
Just when we thought things would get better for the
men's hockey team, they got worse. Much worse.
The Birds got shelled over the weekend, losing both
games of a crucial home series to the Alberta Golden
Bears by a combined 17-2 score.
No one could have predicted such a disturbing outcome.
On the whole, things were looking up for
UBC. They were undefeated in the Father Bauer
Tournament over Christmas and came away
from Lethbridge with three of four possible
points to move within one point of the final
playoff spot.
But the team's prospects changed when Alberta annihilated UBC 10-0 Friday night.
A season record 1,500 fans showed up only to witness
the Birds' biggest loss this season and the worst loss since
1988.
The loss was also the worst home defeat ever and the
second biggest losing margin since UBC joined the
Canada West in 1961/62.
UBC head coach Mike Coflin was livid with his team
which gave up 92 shots over two nights and played terribly without the puck.
"We didn't show much determination, we didn't show
much discipline, we didn't show any of the qualities that
we preach and talk about as a team," said Coflin.
"I didn't see it, right through our captains, people that
are supposed to be our leaders. The guys should be disgusted at what they saw."
UBC now trails Lethbridge by three points for the final
playoff spot after the Pronghorns split against the
Manitoba Bisons.
UBC can take solace in that four of their six remaining
games are at home while Lethbridge plays five out of
their last six on the road.
But Coflin isn't upbeat about the Birds' playoff hopes.
"If we play like this on any night against any team,"
said Coflin, "it isn't going to be much of a playoff race."
To top it all off, the Bears won the Father Bauer trophy
after officals decided that Friday's game would determine the tournament winner.
The original tournament final between the same two
teams was cancelled due to a blackout caused by bad
weather over the holidays.
The Birds only wished the same could have happened
over the weekend night to save them the embarrassment.
The only electrical appliance in danger of short-circuiting
this weekend was the red goal light behind the Birds' net.
Alberta outplayed and created more chances than
UBC right from the opening face-off Friday night and the
Bears got on the board 90 seconds into the contest.
Being outshot 15-5 and without a single quality
chance, UBC was fortunate to escape the first period
down by only one goal as goalie Dave Trofimenkoff was
the only Bird not to sleep walk in the opening frame.
The lights went completely out in the second period as
the Birds conceded seven goals, the second-most ever
allowed by a UBC team in a single period.
"We didn't show much determination,
we didn't show much discipline, we
didn't show any of the qualities that
we preach and talk about as a team."
UBC Head Coach
Mike Coflin
The Birds mustered only four shots in the second
frame and UBC's first good quality chance of the game
came at 15:20 in the second period when Corey Stock
had a breakaway.
But Stock was stuffed by Craig Hordal and Frank
Esposito completed his hattrick on the ensuing rush to
make it 7-0. It was that kind of a night for the Birds.
And it didn't get any better Saturday night as UBC
trailed 4-0 after 20 minutes. Trailing 5-0, UBC got a couple of goals back in the second period when Erin Hoggan
and Steve Williams scored thirty seconds apart. But
Alberta never lost control of the game and iced the win
with two goals in final frame. ♦
V-Bird men play
Jekyl and Hyde
 by Scott Hayward
Mike Kurz' record 48 kills in Friday's upset over the Manitoba
Bisons proved the Birds can beat any team in the country—
sometimes.
But Saturday's anemic encore performance reminded the
team of its Achilles heel: consistency.
UBC coach Dale Ohman said Kurz gave "the most outstanding spiking performance in CIAU volleyball over the last
ten years." as the Birds knocked off fourth-ranked Manitoba.
UBC's previous kill record was 44, set by Dave Reimer in the
94/95 season.
UBC opened Friday's three-hour marathon with 15-11 and
15-12 wins, and were up 10-5 in game three before the Bisons
charged back for a 15-13 victory. "[Manitoba] certainly carried that momentum through into the fourth game and built
up a pretty good lead in the fourth," said power-hitter Chris
Campbell.
"Late in the fourth we kind of got our second wind and
came back and made a run of probably six or eight points to
make it close/ he said. "They ended up winning it but we had
the momentum.*
The Birds carried that through to take the fifth game 15-13
and win their first match against a highly ranked team this
season. "What we did on Friday night is not going to be lost
because they now know that I'm not kidding that they can
beat anybody in the countiy,* Ohman said.
Saturday night Was a different story.
Game one was even early, with both teams exchanging
side outs. But the Bisons eventually took over because UBC
couldn't put any points an the board. The Birds made several
unforced errors late in the game to hand Manitoba a 15-8
wiit
Hie Bisons' quick setting improved from the previous
night, and they stampeded to an easy 15-7 win in game two.
While the Birds looked competitive early in game three, they
lost their focus; miscues and badly timed passing allowed
Manitoba to dominate en route to a 15-6 win.
"Some days you're the pigeon and some days you're the statue—we were certainty the statue tonight* Campbell admitted.
In spite of the poor performance Ohman was pleased with
the series split. "It's tough to get too mad at them because they
came off an incredible match last night," he said. "But we also
have to realise that you have to come out and play at that level
every night*
He also noted that the win helps UBC's playoff hopes.
Calgary will have to pull off two upsets to overtake the Birds
for third place and the last playoff spot in Canada West with
just four games left in the season.
UBC will get another shot at some top teams at an exhibition tournament in Montreal this weekend, and they will play
Alberta, ranked number one, later this month. ♦ 1 0 THE UBYSSEY, JANUARY 21, 1997
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All quiet on the Western Front...
Professor Keith Brimacombe called it right
when he complained that international graduate student fees had been hiked "with no
consultation with those of us that work in the
trenches."
The way the decision was made certainly
reflected a military style more than that of an
academic institution.
The command came down from the Field
Marshalls in Victoria to General Strangway in
the old administration building, through the
ranks of the deans and senate budget committee— tu-i-tion, higher!
Raising fees for this select group makes perfect sense to a politician at the top—international graduate students don't vote, so there's
little political fallout. And as long as everybody
follows orders, everything's fine, right?
Wrong.
Unfortunately, those in power in Victoria
seem to know about as much about how
research works at a university as Canada's
senior military personnel in Ottawa seem to
know about what's going on with our troops
overseas—in Somalia, say, or Bosnia.
Military analogies aside, the university is
ultimately an autonomous body. It was the
senior administrators' decision to act on the
government's suggestion to make up for shortfall in the 1997/98 budget deficit on the backs
of about three percent of UBC's students.
The heavy-handed way in which the decision was made—and announced—also violates their own policies on consultation, and
they should be held accountable. The hierarchical chain of command is utterly at odds
with the university atmosphere, which should
include the free flow of ideas—in both directions. That concept is fundamental to healthy
research—as well as a sense of community.
Not only has the decision left many faculty
and students feeling excluded from the decision making process, a 310 percent fee
increase is almost certain to affect the quality
of research done at UBC because it will
seriously narrow the field of applicants to
programs.
The more diverse the backgrounds of the
researchers, the more cross-fertilisation of
ideas can occur.
International graduate students should be
considered an asset to the university, not a
revenue source.
While they do not pay taxes to our government, neither have Canadians contributed to
the 20 years of education and expertise which
these students contribute to the university.
They bring their ideas, knowledge and technical skills—and where else will you find a
skilled technician who will work 60 hours a
week for $ 15,000 a year?
The university stands to lose an opportunity to attract the best and brightest students
at a time when other universities in North
America, the UK and Australia are stepping
up their recruitment efforts.
And by not consulting with its own faculty,
the university failed to realise the effect of its
decision on those in the trenches—those who
rely on graduate students to work in their
labs and whose research supplies the grant
money that funds this institution.
It's time UBC showed the same enthusiasm for its international graduate students'
research as it does for their bankers. ♦
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vote for AMS
In all the buzz during campaign
week for the AMS elections, it
became apparent to me while
talking to various students, that
because there is one student
council for the AMS and another
student council for the GSS (grad
student society), some grad students are under the impression
that they cannot vote in the AMS
elections. In fact, if you pay
tuition, you pay AMS fees, and in
doing so garner the right to elect
the student leaders of the AMS.
So for clarification: grad students,
Regent College students,
Vancouver School of Theology
students, night school students,
international students, and correspondence students are all eligible to vote Jan 20-24 in the AMS
elections, in addition to part-time
and full-time day students.
In the particular case of graduate students, it was quite clear at
the Your UBC forum onjan. 15th
that strong representation on
UBC's Board of Governors, along
with strong and unified support
from the AMS executive is essential.   We   need   strong   student
advocates to prevent such actions
as the raising of fees to
current international students by
upwards of 24%; and the imposition of a tremendous barrier to
talented foreign undergraduate
and graduate students in the
form of tuition increases of
250%. Voting in the AMS elections is the first step toward preventing this kind of move on the
part of the University.
Tara Ivanochko
student rep, Board of Governors
SUS warring
against AIMS
democracy
I would like to bring to your
attention the petty and childish
campaign that the Science
Undergraduate Society is warring
against the Alma Mater Society by
interfering with the democratic
process of elections of the AMS.
I am associated with a slate and
we have over the past week come
upon many members of SUS pos
tering over posters of all candidates even when there was plenty
of room available on the bulletin
boards. When we first came upon
this, two of us went to the Science
Undergraduate Society and asked
them to stop. Blair McDonald told
us that he was upset with the AMS
for some administrative matter
and that he was trying to get back
at them by postering on top of the
candidates' posters. He also indicated that where there was room
available they would poster elsewhere.
However, subsequently this
week after the end of AMS
campaign week, we have found
SUS posters where the day before
candidates of all slates' posters
had been. Those posters were
found in the recycling bin near
many bulletin boards, even those
with a majority of empty space.
We would like to ask SUS to
stop acting like children in this
matter and for Science Students to
go and tell their elected representatives to stop this behaviour.
Michael Hughes
a campaign manager
Vote 101.9 FM
On behalf of CITR 101.9 FM radio,
I would like to express concern
in light of the AMS election
campaigning of last week.
Financing of the radio station
seemed to be a non-issue, despite
the fact that the current AMS
Director of Finance cut the
station's budget this year.
Consequently, we are no longer
able to provide the 13 work-study
positions we have provided in the
past, nor do we have the funds to
adequately maintain and upgrade
our aging equipment.
CITR provides valuable services to students and the community. We play an important role in
promoting the talents of young
people and in airing the kind of
diverse programming that is not
heard or seen in the heavily-funded mainstream media. In addition
to our varied prograrruning, from
Nardwuar to news to Canadian
indie music, we provide public
service announcements to our
million or so listeners. We publish
two focused newspapers, run a
mobile sound unit, host Shindig
for local bands, teach students
how to DJ and engineer, and we
provide space, equipment and a
huge music library for students...
The list goes on. All this is done by
students. But our core funding
from year to year depends heavily
on the sentiments of the AMS
Executive ofthe day, and in particular the Director of Finance.
All of what we do is threatened TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 1997
letters
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by the kind of cuts we experienced
this year by the Director of Finance.
We ask that supporters of CITR
101.9 FM keep this in mind when
voting. More importantly, in the
interest of protecting the station
and its services, PLEASE VOTE.
Heather Herman!
Regulate those
fee increases
Post-secondary education is under
siege at this university. This administration has plans to increase
ancillary fees despite a freeze on
tuition established by the provincial government However students
expressed their minds last
Wednesday during 'Your UBC
Forum." Undergraduate, graduate
and international students joined
their voices to denounce this
administration's plans to undermine our accessibility to a university education. Many justiy
demanded a referendum on the
issue. Personally, I would also like
to see more input from students,
but even if we can win this battle,
nothing will prevent the administration from trying to raise ancillary fees in the future. Unless our
student leaders urge the Board of
Governors to adopt a regulated
tuition and ancillary increase policy, nothing will prevent the current
administration from increasing
fees again by 21.4% as in 1991.
There has been talk from the government and from the AMS about
such policy in the past but litde has
been done about it It is about time
student leaders and the administration put a ceiling on any future
increases in fees. If we allowed for
tuition and ancillary rates to go up
uncontrolled by a percentage above
inflation rates and above per capita
increase in labour income for BC,
this university will become in time
an elitist institution for the rich and
the privileged. As students of this
university and as taxpayers in this
province we have a right to
demand educational equality. We
must join in the struggle to maintain our right to an affordable education. I do not wish here to antagonize the administration but to
urge them to be more receptive
and to change their current consultation approach. We contribute to
about 15% towards the operating
budget of this university. That fact
alone entitles us to demand the
right to be listened to.
Antonio Zuniga
Arts 4
OPEN LETTER
New GIS fees
have serious
ramifications
Dear Shirley Chan, Chair,
UBC Board of Governors,
I am writing this letter as part of
the formal component of consultation with students required by
UBC Policy #71. We would like to
present a position formally at the
Board meeting of February 6,
1997 in more detail and with supporting statistics. I apologize for
the long letter but this is a matter
which has very serious and complicated ramifications.
The Graduate Student Society
has taken a position opposed to
the introduction of differential
graduate international student
tuition fees. Attached to this letter
is a copy of the motion that was
passed by a large majority at our
Council meeting of January 16. As
you will note, our motion is very
similar to the one that was passed
unanimously by the Faculty of
Graduate Studies Council.
We are opposed to such a move
for many reasons; firstly, we do
not believe that by introducing
these fees UBC will meet the stated objectives of raising $1.6 million in revenue; secondly, we
believe that the change will, result
in a serious decline in the world-
class stature of UBC due to the loss
of many high quality graduate students; thirdly, we believe that this
move is highly inequitable in that
excellent students who are not
wealthy will not be allowed to
enter the country.
While we are sympathetic to
the University's situation, facing a
$1.6 million recurring cut to the
operating grant, we do not believe
that by increasing non-professional international graduate student
fees, tliat the university will be
able to meet this shortfall. We
have heard some evidence that
similar increases in Ontario
resulted in drastic decreases in
enrollment. Furthermore, we
understand that while many universities on paper charge interna-
same level as are being proposed,
in practice the majority of tuition
fees in research programs are
waived so students pay nothing at
all. On a very practical basis, we
believe that a substantial number
of students who UBC believes are
international students may in fact
have acquired landed immigrant
status or Canadian citizenship. It
is our understanding that there is
no requirement for students to
inform the University of their
immigration status. Furthermore,
it is quite easy for international
students to acquire landed immi-
grant status, so many might do so
simply to avoid paying the higher
fees. We believe that UBC should
follow the examples set by UVic
and SFU and leave international
graduate student fees at their current level and find the money elsewhere.
At most research universities,
research is done primarily by
graduate students under the
supervision of faculty members.
Therefore, the ability of the university to undertake research of
the highest caliber depends critically on its ability to attract students of the highest caliber. We
believe that international students
are an important resource for the
university; as it has been pointed
out by Gertjan Hoffmann, an international graduate student in
physics at the recent Tour UBC
Forum,' another government has
paid for 20 years of education and
then these students come here to
do productive research at UBC.
The fraction of graduate students
who are international students
currendy stands at 20% which
indicates that UBC is fairly competitive in recruiting students. In
order to attract students, we not
only have to offer the opportunity
to do innovative and well supported research but we have to make it
financially attractive. UBC currently offers excellent students
University Graduate Fellowships
(UGF) at $13,500 a year which is
barely enough to live on in
Vancouver; this would not be
affordable if tuition were raised to
the $8000 level. The amount left
would not even pay for rent in any
of UBC's graduate or upper year
housing. It is our understanding
that our UGF is at the low end of
the scale of scholarships offered
schools such as Western, Queen's
and the University of Toronto
offer a large number of supplemental scholarships which pay
the difference between domestic
and international student fees.
Clearly if differential fees were
introduced here, UBC would no
longer be competitive in attracting
international students.
The other serious implication
on the quality of research done at
UBC will be through the erosion of
research grants used to pay for the
increased tuition levels. This will
have impacts even if faculty do not
supervise any new international
graduate students since there is a
proposed provision for a 24%
increase in tuition fees for the
upcoming academic year. Most
faculty who currendy pay their students through research assistant-
ship will feel compelled to pay
their students an increase in the
amount of the tuition fee increase
since otherwise their students
may be forced to leave the country
without finishing their programs.
This effect is made even more
harmful by the funding decreases
that have hit the federal granting
councils.
The last issue I would like to
inform the Board about is the
issue of equity. As we can demonstrate by the appropriate statistics,
currently UBC is very good at
recruiting the highest quality students from countries like China,
Iran and India. In fact, in departments such as MBA, Chemistry,
Electrical Engineering, Asian
Studies, Chemical Engineering,
and Mathematics, the greatest
number of new international students last year came from China.
These students would simply have
no way of attending UBC if such
high differential fees were
imposed. Currendy for these students to be admitted into the country by Immigration Canada, the
university has to send a letter stating the level of financial need and
the level of support offered. With
these changes, the level of need
will be raised to the $20,000
range leaving a $6,500 differential between UGF and the financial
need. While UBC has stated that
international students are eligible
for bursaries, the levels of additional support needed are in
excess   of  the   bursary   limits.
allotted after the beginning of
term and therefore would not help
students meet the Immigration
Canada requirements. Therefore,
we know that the only international graduate students at UBC will be
those who have substantial financial resources, which for the
Graduate Student Society, and
hopefully for the Board of
Governors is a serious concern.
Therefore, for all of the above
reasons and others which you will
undoubtedly hear from faculty
and students, we urge you to not
introduce differential graduate
international student fees.
Sincerely,
Michael K.Y. Hughes
Graduate Student Sodety
Director of Student Afiaira
APPENDIX: MOTION PASSED AT
GSS COUNCIL MEETING
OF16JANUARY 1997
Whereas UBC has approved, in
principle, an increase in all nonprofessional international graduate student fees; 24% for currently enrolled students and 310%
for new students;
and
Whereas, international graduate
students provide great benefits
for UBC in terms of teaching and
research and enrich a uniquely
diverse graduate student population which allows UBC to be a
world class research university;
and
Whereas, 22% ofthe membership ofthe Graduate Student
Society are international graduate
students;
and
Whereas many international
graduate students will not be able
to bear the cost of living at UBC
with increases in tuition in light
of what may be inadequate graduate fellowships and financial aid,
and declining funding council
grants;
and
Whereas similar changes in
Ontario have led to greauy
reduced international graduate
student enrollment;
and
Be it Resolved That the Graduate
Student Society Council stand
opposed to the introduction of
differential fees for non-professional graduate students.
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