UBC Publications

UBC Publications

UBC Publications

The Summer Ubyssey Aug 1, 1996

Item Metadata


JSON: ubysseynews-1.0128151.json
JSON-LD: ubysseynews-1.0128151-ld.json
RDF/XML (Pretty): ubysseynews-1.0128151-rdf.xml
RDF/JSON: ubysseynews-1.0128151-rdf.json
Turtle: ubysseynews-1.0128151-turtle.txt
N-Triples: ubysseynews-1.0128151-rdf-ntriples.txt
Original Record: ubysseynews-1.0128151-source.json
Full Text

Full Text

Redesigning ourselves since 1982
volume 13 issue
Thursday, August 1, 1996
of events
GSS holds Annual General
Meeting; new executive takes over.
1995 audit shows a $19,848
loss in the Food and Beverage
operation despite a $121,724
increase in sales.
Overall, the student society runs
a $28,333 deficit, bringing its accumulated debt to $104,926.
Members of GSS exec express
concern with Food and Beverage
operation, review the situation with
the university detachment of the
RCMP, who consult the RCMP's
Commercial Crime Unit .and recommend a forensic audit.
After soliciting opinions from
B.D.O. Dunwoody accounting
firm and UBC Internal Audit,
executive decides to assume emergency powers to order forensic
June 3:
Forensic audit begins, pub manager Dale Read is suspended with
pay pending. Memo is sent to pub
staff advising them not to contact
Read under threat of termination.
June 6:
Second memo sent to pub staff
imploring them to limit contact
with Read to personal business
only. Staff" and union meet with
GSS holds emergency meeting.
Pub staff present petition to
Council urging them to insist upon
the resignation of the GSS executive if investigation tails to reveal
significant wrongdoing by Read.
GSS goes into closed session to
hear details ofthe executive's decision to conduct an audit. Council
ratifies the executive's decision.
Had morion failed, the GSS executive would have been forced to
June 17:
GSS councilor David Murphy
submits letter to The Graduate and
UBC Reports, expressing concerns
about the GSS executive and the in
camera meeting.
June 18:
GSS receives preliminary results
ofthe forensic audit. To date, it has
not been made public.
June 20:
Pub worker Csaba Nikale'nyf
expresses concern about tjie
memos sent to staff and asks
whether employees have been
Council goes in camera to
receive the report of the foreijsic
auditor, decides to terminate Dale
Read's employment.
Notice of motion is given to
unseat David Murphy, alleging that
letter June 17 letter   broke confi
dentiality ofthe June 6 meeting.
July 4:
Koerner's staff are informed that
Dale Read has been terminated.
July 18:
Pub staff return to Council
complaining that GSS exec has still
not met with them.
The GSS appoints committee to
hire a new pub manager.
David Murphy is impeached.
KOERNER'S PUB bartender Peter Santosham draws a pint. He and his fellow workers recently submitted
a petition to GSS Council in June. Find out why on page 3. (SCOTT HAYWARD PHOTO)
GSS impeachment out of order
GSS council impeached political science representative
David Murphy for revealing
confidential details, and later
determines they were three
votes short of quorum.
 by Scott Hayward
"This looks to me like a witch-hunt, and
I'm very, very, very upset to see this here."
That was the description of one Graduate
Student Society councillor over the July 18
impeachment of one of its directors.
The GSS voted to kick Political Science representative David Murphy off council after he
disclosed confidential details about the suspension of a society employee.
Using emergency constitutional powers,
the GSS executive suspended Koerner's pub
manager Dale Read pending the outcome of a
full forensic audit on the pub's books.
A preliminary report from the auditor
arrived June 18; the society voted to terminate
Read June 20.
Murphy alleged the executive "usurped its
power" and failed to properly account for its
actions at the council meeting that followed.
"We weren't given information," Murphy
said ofthe June 6 closed-session. "We weren't
making an informed decision."
Murphy also complained the executive
sought council's approval three days after
Read's suspension.
"We were being asked to retroactively okay
actions that had already been taken," Murphy
said, adding the executive would have been
forced to resign under GSS bylaws if council
had voted against the decision, .
Murphy's trouble began when wrote a letter to the campus media commenting on the
issue. An edited version appeared in UBC
Reports,   while   the   GSS   newsletter   The
Graduate refused to print it.
In the eyes of many councillors, Murphy's
letter broke the confidentiality of the June 6
meeting. Ten councillors filed notice to have
Murphy removed for breach of confidentiality—a motion councillors later passed at the
July 18 meeting.
But Zoology representative Shaun Foy said
councillors should have discussed Murphy's
alleged breach of confidentiality in camera.
"There is only one point in [Murphy's letters to The Graduate and UBC Reports] that
should not have been repeated outside of the
[June 6] meeting," Foy said.
"It is that point which I would vote to
remove David Murphy on. If we can't discuss
that point—and I certainly won't—then it all
becomes a moot point. I can't voice my opinion."
Foy later resigned over the issue.
...please see page 2
Acadia families quash massive rent increase
by Sarah O'Donnell
Students in the Acadia Park
family housing complex got more
than they bargained for during a
recent fight against hefty rent
increases—they won.
Acadia residents first received
notice of rent increases ranging
from 5.2 to 16 percent from UBC's
Housing Department in April.
General Coordinator of the
Acadia Tenants Association (ATA),
Toby Willis-Camp, said it was not
long afterwards she started to
receive concerned phone calls.
After discussing the ATA's
options with NDP candidate Jim
Green   and   members   of   the
Tenants Rights Action Coalition,
Willis-Camp started encouraging
Acadia residents to "kill the
bureaucracy at its own game."
Under the provincial rent protection act, renters have 30 days
to challenge any rent increase they
consider inappropriate.
Three Acadia tenants had their
cases heard by the renter review
"We started a campaign of if
you can do it, go for the arbitration, because for every tenant that
goes down there, housing has to
send a representative...It takes
time for you to do it, but it takes
their time too," Willis-Camp said.
"The three people who did it
won it for us all."
But Assistant Director of
Residence Administration Robert
Frampton said the ATA's victory
comes at Housings' expense.
"We're caught between a rock
"Kill the bureaucracy at its own
—Toby Willis-Camp
and a hard place," Frampton told
The Ubyssey.
Since the provincial rent calculation  only  allows  landlords  to
increase rent on the basis of the
past year's expenses, Housing was
"found to not have conformed to
the formula...because we project
our rent increases based on what
our future expenses were,"
Frampton explained.
The university assessed
Housings infrastructure charges
for the first time to help cover the
costs of things like campus roadways and lighting.
"I don't think the legislation
really benefits UBC as a landlord
because it prevents us from building reserves and revenues to build
more student family housing,"
Frampton said. "It really restricts
our abilities." THE UBYSSEY
AUGUST 1,1996
GSS impeachment
Political science graduate student Hamish Telford, however, countered that "it is a principle justice that all trials be
held in public."
Adam Jones, also a Political Science graduate student,
called the unseating "part of a wider agenda, part of which
targets the duly chosen representatives of the Political
Science department to the GSS."
Despite the impeachment, Murphy has no regrets. "I
felt I owed it to my constituents, and graduate students in
general, to inform them what had been happening in
regard to Koerner's."
Council eventually voted to impeach Murphy by a 2/3's
majority. The vote may be invalid, however, given that the
21 votes cast in the decision falls short ofthe 24 councillors needed for quorum.
Former GSS Director of Student Affairs Steve Wilson
said the mix-up stems from a GSS convention. In the past,
council has continued with motions even if Councilors
leave during the debate as long as quorum was present
when the motion was moved.
The practice does violate Robert's Rules, Wilson said,
adding that if a meeting losing quorum, there is nothing
left to do but adjourn.
"On an issue like this we have to decide whether to go
with Robert's Rules to the letter or to let [the unseating]
stand," GSS President Kevin Dwyer said. "My inclination
is to re-address this at the next council meeting, and then
make it unequivocal whichever way it goes."
Dwyer said the Koerner's audit is still considered a
"privileged, confidential document" and will not be made
public until Read and his former GSS employers negotiate
a settlement.
Either way, Murphy may reappear at the council table.
"If I'm nominated, then I'll run," he vowed. "If people
want me to be there, I'll be there, and if they don't, I
mmmkm ..J^^^r^mmmm.
There's always next season.,
f^Kt     jHfH&tift     WfSfcSWHiW&fk'y •*/$$$$&■ /jf,,^ r
join the ubvssefs sports department /
no experience necessary
'tween classes
Wednesday Aug. 7
Vancouver Public Library
Tim Ward will read from his new book Arousing the
Goddess, the final volume of the Nirvana Trilogy.
Central Library, 350 W. Georgia Street, 7:30pm.
International House
Volunteers needed for airport reception booth (mid
Aug-mid Sept) and orientation week (Aug. 26-30).
Call or visit: Wendy Ma, International House, 822-
Come join The Ubyssey
Staff meets Monday, August 5
12:00 noon in SUB 241K
everyone welcome
What We Did on Our Summer
Highlights from the Summer of 96
Elections 101
During the BC Provincial Elections, we pushed the
issue of post-secondary education funding to the forefront by coordinating the Elections 101 campaign. Print
ads were placed in local papers, press releases sent, an
All Candidates Forum was organized at UBC — and we
even struck some controversy with Seaboard Advertising when they refused our bus ads. Needless to say, the
campaign drew considerable attention from local media and helped in securing a two-year tuition freeze from
the NDP government.
AMS Affinity Plan
The AMS is proud to announce its new long distance calling plan. Due to size of our membership, we
were able to work out a unique group plan with ACC
Long Distance Incorporated. The plan will give each
plan member $10 of free long distance calling and sub-
The AMS UpDate is published
weekly in The Ubyssey. Should
you have any questions
regarding usage of this space,
please contact Faye Samson,
AMS Communications
Coordinator at 822-1961, drop
by SUB 266h, or email at
stantial long distance savings. Enrolling in the service
is, of course, voluntary. Keep on the lookout for more
information regarding this service.
Tuition Fees
Despite the announcement of a two year tuition
freeze in May of this year, the University attempted to
raise tuition fees. The AMS appealed to the government, asking them to block the decrease that would
have circumvented the tuition fee freeze for which students had loudly protested. The government forced the
UBC Board of Governors to eliminate the offending
item from their agenda and tuition fees will remain at
last year's levels.
We are now working to reach an agreement with
the University on ancillary fees increases. Ancillary fees
are the extra fee you pay in addition to tuition fees, the
largest of which is the Student Activity Fee of $125.33.
Student council has developed a policy stating that it
will oppose the introduction of all new ancillary fees
and increases to existing ancillary fees unless approved
by the student body through a referendum. We are presently lobbying the University and government on this
Deficit Repayment
The finances of the Society are healthy, despite a
deficit of approximately $200,000 on the general operating funds of the Society from a few year ago. Last
year, student council decided that debt left over from
operational overspending should be eliminated over a
period of five years. Student council takes the finances
of the Society very seriously and wants to honour the
commitment to eliminate the internal debt that was cre
ated in 1994. It is important that the AMS make efforts
to eliminate our debt and avoid overspending. This year,
student council has opted to eliminate $85,000 of the
debt by using revenue received from the Cold Beverage
Agreement. Other revenue received from the CBA is
going towards the creation of a new Magazine and renovation of the AMS website.
A New Place to Eat - Asian Food
For a long time now the AMS Food and Beverage
Department has been planning a new take-out restaurant serving primarily Chinese food. The plan is now
coming to fruition and the construction is about to
begin. The restaurant is located on the lower level of
SUB adjacent to the entrance to the Pit Pub and the
projected opening date will be in late October, 1996.
As with all AMS food outlets, the emphasis will be on
fresh, healthy food with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian menu selections. The menu will consist primarily of noodles in homemade broth with a choice of
freshly prepared toppings. Simplicity, freshness, authentic flavours and good value for the student dollar.
A New Place to Shop	
SUBcetera and the Box Office are moving across
the main concourse of the SUB in August 1996. The
new store will offer a wide range of new candy as well
as magazines, newspapers and greeting cards. Also, you
will be able to buy that last minute gift of Body Shop
products or Over The Moon Chocolates, all priced
under $10.00. SUBcetera will still be the place to find
bus passes, stamps, chocolate bars, cold drinks, and so
much more.
For more information, please contact David
Borins, AMS President, at 822-3972 or email
at president@ams.ubc.ca. rHE UBYSSEY
AUGUST 1, 1996
Intent unclear as AMS negotiates telephone deal
by Federico Barahona
The Alma Mater Society is talking exclusive
deals with a long distance phone company, but
students worry it may not be able to hang up.
Almost one year after the AMS signed an
exclusive agreement with Coca-Cola Ltd., the
student union is contemplating a deal with
long-distance phone company ACC
The two-year agreement, as proposed in a
letter of intent presented to council July 24,
would give the AMS a seven percent commission on all UBC students' ACC bills in
exchange for "exclusive rights to
market...telecommunications services to AMS
members." That could mean $25,000-30,000
a year for the student society, according to
AMS President David Borins.
The strength of the deal, says Borins, is that
a petition of 1000 students will kill the deal
instandy, unlike last year's cold beverage agreement which had no escape clauses.
But while the letter of intent does say the
"agreement is cancellable upon the AMS
receiving... 1000 current members' signatures," some Council members worry it does
not commit the AMS to cancel the deal.
Jonathan Oppenheim, a temporarily-
appointed Graduate
Students Society representative, pointed out
the wording is "cancellable," not "will be
cancelled." To clarify
the intent ofthe clause,
the Graduate Students
Society tried to have
the wording changed
to "will be cancelled."
That motion was
In an interview
with The Ubyssey,
AMS Policy Analyst
Desmond Rodenbour ■■■■■■^^■i
explained   the   clause
provides students with the legal means to get
out ofthe contract.
Almost one year
after the AMS signed an
exclusive agreement with
Coca-Cola Ltd.,
the student union is
a deal with long-distance
phone company
ACC TelEnterprises.
"As it stands, the deal is cancellable if 1000
students sign a petition," said Rodenbour,
adding that ACC originally opposed including
the clause.
But GSS representatives argued there is a
difference   between
what one intends to
™~—■——^— do   and   what   one
"David [Borins]
said that his intention
was that if there were
1000 signatures, the
deal would be cancelled," Oppenheim
told The Ubyssey.
"The letter of intent
doesn't say that."
Rodenbour  conceded the terminology of the document
^^ammmi^^^^ did  not  reflect the
intent expressed by
Borins. Asked whether the AMS would be able
to guarantee the cancellation ofthe deal if pre
sented with 1000 signatures, Rodenbour
responded: "With this wording, I don't think
that it's clear enough to guarantee anything,"
adding that changes to the clause would follow.
Borins told Tibe Ubyssey that he didn't
consider the implications ofthe wording of
the clause when he wrote it.
"I only became aware of the language
when it was raised at council," he said.
When asked if he could give UBC students
a guarantee that the deal would be cancelled if they gathered 1000 signatures,
Borins deferred to council, adding that he
hopes council will "clarify" their position at
its next meeting.
"I'm hoping that it will be council's position that they'll bind themselves," he said.
Oppenheim, however, urges Borins to
put it in the contract, if that's what he initially intended. "If their intention is to
have it cancelled, then they should put it in
the deal,"  he said.
Smokeless cigarette ignites ethics debate
by Faith Armitage and Neal Razzed
Research on a smokeless cigarette at UBC has anti-smoking activists and faculty fuming about the ethics of industry-sponsored research.
At issue is a $300,000 research grant to UBC's faculty of
medicine by US-based RJR Nabisco to study the effects of
a smokeless cigarette on smokers' white blood cells and
bone marrow.
The company claims the "Eclipse" cigarette reduces
smoke by 90 percent.
Dr. Robert Woollard, an associate professor 'of family
practice, worries that ethical and philosophical questions
are not being asked.
Ethics boards, Woollard says, are merely technical, concerned with protocol details, such as the treatment of
human subjects and full disclosure of findings.
The cumulative effect of not asking whether this
research should be done risks "creating a whole professional class of academics committed to the corporate
research agenda: well-intentioned bright people never
taught to ask the right questions," according to Wollard.
But the two researchers charged with the study feel
they're doing nothing wrong. "There's nothing sinister
about it," said Dr. Stephen Vaneeden, a UBC researcher
whose tobacco-funded research spans 25 years.
Both Vaneeden and his partner, Dr. James Hogg, said
they mean well. "Tobacco smoking is bad for you," Hogg
said, "I wish people didn't smoke. But they do and I suspect that they're going to continue. We're hoping that we
might make things better.
"Our job as physicians is not to make judgements
about people's lifestyles," Hogg said.
Anti-smoking   activist  Deborah  Wotherspoon   disagreed. "The work that Dr. Hogg is doing isn't going to
help smokers. The best way to research lung disease is to
look into the way the tobacco industry works and what you
can do to put roadblocks in their way."
Bob Broughton, president of a Vancouver anti-smoking
group, argued that public institutions like UBC and St.
:|;JS,       'MkXMt
Ethical questions arise over RJR Nabisco's funding of UBC research on the "smokeless" ciqarette
Paul's Hospital, where the study is being conducted,
should not host research projects funded by tobacco companies.
"If they've bought into UBC, they've bought access to
that facility," said Broughton, of AIRSPACE Action on
Smoking and Health.
Hogg, however, defends the ethics ofthe study. "We're
not beholden to anybody and we publish our findings in
open literature and it's reviewed by our peers."
RJR Nabisco did not return The Ubyssey's calls.
Koerner's Pub suffers from loss of manager, staff say
by Scott Hayward
Staff at Koerner's Pub want the
GSS to know they're not going to
be pawns in a political game.
At issue is the forensic audit
and threatening letter that met
Koerner's staff when they showed
up to work on June 3.
The letter, from Graduate
Students Society (GSS) President
Kevin Dwyer, informed staff of
pub manager Dale Read's suspension with pay, pending the results
of an audit.
It also advised employees to
refuse contact with Read, explaining this was a necessary part of a
forensic audit intended to protect
all employees.
"If any employee fails to abide
by these instructions," Dwyer
wrote, "discipline, up to, and
including dismissal, may result."
A subsequent letter asked
them to "restrict their contact
with Mr. Read to personal business only."
Reaction among the close knit
staff was of shock and disbelief.
"We all felt for Dale, and there
was not ever a second when anybody thought that he had done
anything wrong," Assistant Pub
Manager Catherine Graham said.
Seven workers went as far as
writing a letter to council, charging the methods used were
"designed to impose the maximum degree of distress and indignity not only upon Mr. Read, but
upon the entire Food and
Beverage staff."
Dwyer, however, defended his
actions as standard procedure.
"It's a legal audit and there are
certain protocols that need to be
met," he said. "Among those are
notification of various parties that
you are not to get involved."
But Koerner's staff say the situation is not that simple; they
believe they are also under suspicion. "So long as we expressed
our emotional attachment to
Dale, they want to show that we
were in cahoots with Dale," bar
staff Csaba Nikole'nyi told The
Council instructed Dwyer to
meet with staff once a settlement
is reached with Read. "When the
negotiations are complete can we
start to release information," he
explains. "We don't want to prejudice our legal position."
Meanwhile,  workers   rely  on
leaks from GSS councilors to
obtain information.
In retrospect, Dwyer conceded
he should have called a staff meeting to explain the process. "For
the delays, the executive committee apologises to the staff," Dwyer
said. "We should have established
a date early on and stuck to it."
According to Graham, who is
now the Acting Manager, the pub
is holding together. "Staff is going
about their business," she said.
"But as for their feelings as a
whole, obviously they're not
going to feel the same." THE UBYSSEY
AUGUST 1,1996
Arts festival brings peace in the Valley
by Peter T. Chattaway
1996 Fraser Valley arts and
Peace festival
at the University College of
Fraser Valley until Aug 11
Canada considers itself an international peacekeeper, but it is also
one of the largest suppliers of
arms and weapons in the world.
Nowhere is that paradox more
pronounced than in the Fraser
Valley, home to both B.C.'s pacifist Mennonite community and
the Abbotsford Air Show, a jamboree with military overtones.
Enter the 1996 Fraser Valley
Arts and Peace Festival, which
will feature an art gallery, a film
festival, workshops, a reading by
two-time Governor General
award-winner Rudy Wiebe, and
Points of Arrival: a Jean Donovan
Journey, a play based on the hie oi
a woman killed in El Salvador in
Organizer Henry Krause says
the Festival is meant to make
locals more aware of the Air
Show's more sinister implications.
"Sure, you believe in non-violence," he says. "Well, violence is
at our back door step."
Krause says the festival takes a
"two-pronged" approach.
First, it presents peace as a
desirable alternative to war.
However Krause notes that
"peace is much more than anti-
militarism" and the festival goes
beyond mere combat to analyse
the larger issues of social justice.
But Krause emphasises that the
Festival is meant tf) have a "joyous" feel. "Peace and justice folks
Daytona - Sustain
Daytona finally released their
much anticipated follow-up
to Chicane in grand style at
the Starfish Room earlier this
summer, winning over a new
horde of zealous converts in
what may have been the best
bash ofthe year. When ya get
right down to it, there is no band in Vancouver who can wow an
audience like Daytona. They got double encores and doubtless
would have garnered more had not Colin informed the audience
that he wished to get a beer before the barkeep called those words
all us merry boozers dread to hear.
If only Daytona could deliver as well on CD. Musically, the new
album, Sustain, is harder than Chicane with far less ofthe experimentation which could alternately enthrall or annoy, and which
originally attracted me to the band. Don't get me wrong.
Musically, Sustain is a fine effort and still very recognizably
Daytona. Once again, the problems with the CD are in its vocals
— neither Colin nor Jenny individually has a strong enough voice
to carry the band's music — and its production. Although it is
markedly better, it is still a bit rough around the edges, lacking the
polish which might otherwise have put Daytona in a category with
U2, say. So far as the vocals are concerned, harmony between the
band's two singers is the only answer since, when Colin and Jenny
sing together, the resultant mix is a delightful blending of voices
reminiscent of early Ramones.
If the Commodore Ballroom was still around, I would have
said, "Expect to see Daytona play there within a year's time." Alas,
since the venue is no more, I don't know where they'll pop up
next. If the Coliseum doesn't likewise shut down in the meantime,
perhaps we'll see them playing there in a couple of years. Watch
for it. - Andy Barham
Pluto - Pluto [Virgin]
If you've already heard
Pluto's latest release, 'Paste,'
chances are you can't help
being captivated by its undeniable appeal. What could
turn out to be another case
of Veruca Salt's 'Seether' or
The Breeders' 'Cannonball'
— in which the rest of the
album does not measure up
to the single — has not
cursed Pluto's self-titled
album. 'Paste' unquestionably stands out, but the rest of the CD
does have some potential.
This Vancouver band could be looking forward to a promising
musical career. 'Paste' is a rare gem. Once you're hooked by its
melody, the genius of its lyrics becomes quite clear. "I can taste the
glue holding the smile upon my face" is a sample ofthe band's creative ease with words.
The 'My Sharona'-like 'When She Was Happy' is also worth
noting. So is the psychedelic 'Blaupunk,' though the drummer
needs to wake up; the song could be sharply improved with a more
daring use of percussion.
Pluto is recommended to those who thrive on the current wave
of retro-grunge bands dominating the music scene.
- Janet Winters
tend to be too serious," he says,
so the idea behind the Festivai is
"to come away having fun, not
just being bombarded with information."
Hence the second prong: a celebration of artistic creativity to
counter the technological "creativity" ofthe military.
"Part of what the Air Show
espouses is that it's a celebration
of what the human mind can
invent," he says, "and our
response has been that all that
stuff has been created to bring
death and destruction.
"We want to provide alternative ways of celebrating creativity
and human ingenuity through the
visual arts, through drama, and
through writing, so the creativity
that humans have is life-affirming
rather than death-affirming."
The Festival has its roots in an
"Evening of Peace" protest started by Krause and his Mennonite
church in 1986. The mandate
broadened in 1993 with the
launching of the first Arts and
Peace Festival to include other
groups, both inside and outside
the Valley's Bible Belt.
Two-time Governor General
award-winner Rudy Wiebe
will read a new work at the
Arts and Peace festival.
Krause savs things haven't
improved in the past decade.
"There's still a tremendous sup
port for the military," he says.
"There was an editorial last year in
our local paper that just shot
down the 'hippie consciousness of
these peaceniks.' He said we're in
a different world, the Cold War is
over, militarism is on the wane,
and there's no problem any
Krause laughs. "That's just blatantly wrong. If anything, we've
increased our technology militarily and I don't think we're necessarily in a better place than we
were in the '80s, it's just refo-
cused from the big powers to the
small powers, and we're selling all
our stuff to them."
The Festival will come into
direct contact with that military
hardware when Krause will lead
two tours at the Air Show.
"It's not a confrontational
thing," he says. "There's no placards. We're giving the same information in our tours that they
would give, but rather than glorifying it, we're asking people to
think about it."
More Powell to ya!
by Tanya Dubick
Aug 3-4 at Oppenheimer Park
Where can you see a sumo tournament, hear taiko
drumming, eat salmon teriyaki, and experience live
theatre, music and cabaret performances all on a
summer's weekend?
Why, at the annual Powell Street Festival of
course. This year marks their 20th anniversary celebrating Japanese Canadian art, culture and history.
All events will be held this weekend at Oppenheimer
Park (400 Powell Street).
Healing arts, martial arts, a tea ceremony demo,
traditional music, dance and special events for children are all part ofthe festival. Children's activities
include Kiai (a yelling competition), tug of war, and
the Watermelon game in which free watermelon is
served after the event.
In addition to these regular events are performances by the Los Angeles group Sounds of the
Moving Rainbow, music by Ron Yamauchi, slides
and origami by Seattle's Munio Makuuchi, a perfor
mance piece by Kokoro Dance, theatre by Za-
Daikon, and music by Hiro Kanagawa and Maiko
This year's theme is a celebration of Asian
Canadian Women, acknowledging the roles women
have played in organizing, coordinating and volunteering for the festival. Women artists and performers from different Asian and South Asian Canadian
Communities have collaborated to bring us a number of projects.
A cabaret night will top off the exciting events
Saturday at 8:30pm, featuring a performance by Dim
Sum Dykes, poetry by Michele Wong, a multilingual
performance and play readings incorporating women
from Chinese history and mythology.
Scheduled for these two days is a spoken word
performance by Jen Lam; three visual artists; and
readings by Hiromi Goto, Tamai Kobayashi, Lydia
Kwa, Larissa Lai and Kyo Maclear set for this Sunday
Don't miss this event if you are interested in sampling a taste of Japanese Canadian culture and experiencing this annual celebration of food, music,
dance and art.
Sumo wrestlers entertain the masses at last year's Powell Street Festival; if either of them
survived, ya might get to see them this weekend too ... THE UBYSSEY
AUGUST 1,1996
Sex, drugs and ... um ... film noir
■ ■ ■
by Peter T. Chattaway
Maybe ... Maybe not
opens Aug 2 at the 5th Avenue theatre
The ads say this German export will "make
you blush," but don't believe them. Thanks
to a pleasant cast, a bouncy script and the
ubiquitous drag queens, Maybe ... Maybe
Not will probably make you laugh, but
odds are your cheeks won't flush an embarrassing shade of red.
Instead, leave the flummoxed head-
hanging to the film's "hetero-psycho men's
club," whose member meet to commiserate
over their common crime: finding women
sexy. (One participant berates himself for
thinking that a woman he met had "great
tits," not a "bosom"; another stuffily
defends his visit to a porno theatre as
"research" for an essay on the degradation
of women.)
When Axel (Til Schweiger), one of the
group's more promiscuous members, gets
the boot from his girlfriend Doro (Katja
Riemann), he turns to a transsexual named
Waltraud (Rufus Beck), a recent guest
speaker at the group, for a place to stay.
After a night in Waltraud's favorite watering hole, Axel soon finds himself the object
of intense desire among Waltraud's friends.
If Maybe ... Maybe Not were a typical
farce, we might expect Axel to flee his
amorous acquaintances in homophobic terror. Alternatively, this could have been a
story in which Axel undergoes a sexual conversion of sorts. But writer/director Sonke
Wortmann, working from the underground
comics of gay author Ralf Konig, avoids
both cliches by respecting these people for
who they are, allowing them a reasonably
Renton (Ewan McGregor) lays it on the line in Trainspotting, arguably the most exciting film so far this year.
contoured share of romantic hopes and
frustrations, and then spreading that sensitivity between the characters themselves.
The one character who escapes this sympathetic realism is the pert-faced Doro,
who wants Axel back once it turns out she's
pregnant with his child. Perhaps we can forgive her jealous outbursts — she does, after
all, have a habit of bumping into Axel when
he's at his most compromised — but it's
hard to escape the impression that
Wortmann isn't being all that fair to the
only woman who gets any screen time.
at the Capitol and 5th Avenue theatres
Forget Shallow Grave. That slick but hollow
Scottish exercise in style was but a warm-up
to this frenzied tour of an Edinburgh
underworld seething with smack, underage
UBC Theatre shakes off the cobwebs
sex, and toilet scuba-diving.
The most fascinating thing about
Trainspotting is its refusal to moralize.
Sure, it shows the tragic consequences of
addiction, but it earns the right to do so by
taking us on a delirious, glitzy ride through
the minds, souls, and bodily functions of its
dropout denizens. With seemingly boundless energy, mixing a killer Britpop soundtrack with a psychedelic array of cinematic
tricks, director Danny Boyle captures the
allure of heroin the way GoodFellas razzle-
dazzled us with the Mafia (Trainspotting
even has its Joe Pesci figure in Begbie, the
bar-brawling psychopath played by Priesfs
Robert Carlyle).
Near the end, Boyle shifts gears and sacrifices the carefree ambience for a plotty
final act that feels overly familiar; we've
seen these routine  betrayals  before, in
Shallow Grave. But perhaps it's better this way:
after 94 minutes on a celluloid high, going back
by James Rowley
Aug 1-14 at the Freddy Wood
Summerstock Theatre has clawed
its way back into being again at
the Freddy Wood, casting aside its
traditional format in the process.
Not one, but nine, separate performances will hit the stage over
the next two weeks for this year's
"Festival of New Plays and
The UBC Theatre Department
has invited smaller local companies — such as Musical Theatre
Works, Western Gold, Grinning
Dragon, Pink Ink and Axis
Theatre — to try out their new
works alongside UBC's own acting, dancing, directing and play-
writing talents. The result is a program of cheap and exciting shows
that could mark a fresh new direction for the performing arts at
Neil Cadger, festival producer
and director of The Plastic
Project, describes the concept:
"The whole idea of this is to try
and provide a workshop atmosphere so that people can workshop new plays without having to
invest a whole lot of money in
rehearsal space and venue."
But, Cadger adds, the new
Summerstock format will not only
benefit the performers. "We're
trying to bring the small companies out to UBC so that we can
get to develop an audience out
here, to reintegrate the Freddy
Wood as a venue for new plays,
for young performers and theatre-
According to Cadger, there
was a long period during the '70s
and '80s when "any new play in
London would have its Canadian
Premiere at the Freddy Wood. It
was very prestigious, but very
much a British, upper-middle
class type of audience." The
Vancouver scene was disdained as
unimportant and this led to the
present need to "make amends
with the theatre community."
It seems to be working. The
theatre was packed for the first
performance, a July 21 reading of
the new musical Bears with lyrics
by A.A. Milne.
"It was a great success," confirms Cadger.
UBC's contributions to the
festival are: 100% Fat Free opera:
the brothel of Miss Adventures;
Shattered Tongue, put on by MFA
directing graduate Alison
Aylward, BFA acting graduate
Cheryl McNamara and dancer
Tonja Livingstone; Interbastation,
written and performed by MFA
creative writing student Colleen
Subasic; and The Plastic Project,
created by the Summerstock
Company itself with help from
BFA graduates Sophie Yendole
(Dr. Barry in last year's Tiger's
Heart) and Peter Grier (Horatio
in last summer's Horatio's
Notebook) under the direction of
Cadger, himself an MFA directing
Of course, UBC alumni will
appear in other shows as well. Don
Juan in Hell will be a staged reading of George Bernard Shaw's
classic directed by Joy Coghill
(who probably has more Jessie
awards than I have years);
Phaedra's Closet includes UBC
grad Peter Eliot Weiss in its cast;
Grinning Dragon's The Compleat
Works of Love is  a remount of
David Bloom and Linda Quibell's
successful adaptation of
Shakespeare; and Disposing of the
Dead, presented by Pink Ink and
Axis, digs up an unsolved murder
that took place in Vancouver during the Roaring Twenties.
This is obviously not the kind
of festival where one can expect to
make an informed choice. My
advice is: take a chance! If it helps,
Neil Cadger says The Plastic
Project is based on the lives of a
few particularly interesting
descendants of Leo Henrik
Baekeland, inventor of the first
commercially viable plastic:
Bakelite. After his invention made
him rich, his family inherited
three things: buckets of money,
incredible intelligence and ... plastic.
Better than a slap in the belly
with a wet noodle, right?
So why do they commit suicide, sleep with their sons, and kill
their mothers? And how does
their plastic past presage their
These are just some of the
questions that may or may not be
answered in this collaborative performance. Cadger describes the
script as "a collage of culled materials" made up of "letters, interviews and official documents."
Know what to expect? Me neither!
One thing is certain, however:
if this festival is a success, we
could see it used as a model for
creating a more integrated
approach to the performing arts
at UBC — uniting the departments of theatre, music and creative writing and developing closer ties with the "real world"
beyond the gates.
into the real world without a little down time
would be too great a shock to the system.
Film noir series
at the Pacific Cinematheque until Aug 31
The days are hot, the sun is bright, the
world is relentlessly cheery ... what better
time to indulge in the cool, dark, desperate
world of film, noir) The Cinematheque's
latest noir retrospective begins with
tonight's double-bill of Out ofthe Past and
Double Indemnity, future installments will
include the original D.O.A. [Aug 7] and
the Bogart-Bacall classic The Big Sleep [Aug
23-24], whose plot was so contorted even
its author didn't know who committed one
of the murders. Whether you like watching
Orson Welles' bloated carcass eclipse the
Mexican sky in the deliciously perverse
Touch of Evil [Aug 25-26] or basking in a
rain of shattered mirrors in The Lady from
Shanghai [Aug 30-31], there's something
here for every femme fatale and hardboiled
private dick to enjoy.
Escape with thcubyssey •••
j^ti&Ot    SMIL, jtttt       dSHL       JHt J&XP   SIEMUttf
HKS. ^fl^ff   Jvwl    jBjf   surer
Come by SUB 241K and you could get a free double
pass to the Thursday, August 8 preview of Escape
from L.A. if you correctly answer the following:
How many films have Kurt Russell and
John Carpenter made together?
AUGUST 1,1996
GSS justice swift, but not measured
The once quiet, cooperative council meetings of the GSS
have turned into combat central, and all graduate students
should be taking notice.
At a time when the GSS should be pulling together to
deal with its growing debt, structural flaws, and money-losing pub, its councillors are behaving like children.
In a representative government, there are times—
though rare—when the greater good is best served by decisions being made behind closed doors. Constituents trust
their councillors to protect their interests; with a sensitive
issue like the termination of an employee, confidentiality
and discretion are critical.
The GSS started to make some progress by isolating its
structural flaws. Until Read's suspension, it seemed to deal
with events in a careful, considered manner.
But the heavy-handed way with which the GSS handled
its councillors and Koerner's Pub staff taints any sense of
legitimacy the proceedings originally had.
Most disturbing is the way the GSS went about
impeaching councillor David Murphy. While there is no
doubt he breached confidentiality by informing students
Timer 1
August 1,19%
volume 13 issue 1
The Ubyssey is a founding member of Canadian University Press.
The Summer Ubyssey is published Thursdays by The Ubyssey
Publications Society at the University of British Columbia. Editorial
opinions expressed are those of the newspaper and not necessarily
those of the university administration or the Alma Mater Society.
Editorial Office: Room 241K, Student Union Building,
6138 Student Union Boulevard, Vancouver, BC. V6T1Z1
tel: (604) 822-2301 fax:822-9279
Business Office: Room 245, Student Union Building
advertising: (604) 822-1654 business office: (604) 822-6681
Business Manager: Fernie Pereira
Advertising Manager: James Rowan
Canada Post Publications Sales Agreement Number 0732141
It was the night Prince Ted died. AH the sweet maidens stood in rhe Royal Hall and were
filled with immense grief, but could not mourn for long when Wolf Dcpnet, a Satanic creature from Central Europe, stepped front behind the satin curtain. He had just feasted on
tbe fair Peter T. Chattaway who slept on his study's couch. Court pages Alison Cole,
Federico Barahona, Janet Winters, Matt Thompson, Michael Bucking and lames Rowley
had all suffered the same dreaded fate too. Even the Jester Charlie Cho was not spared.
Faith Armitagc, Tanya Dubkk and Shelly Gornall screamed and ran straight into Iamie
Woods and Pat Hutchinson, two* Princes, valiant and pure, from a Kingdom far away.
They had stain rhe mighty Black Knight Andy Barham and had come to seek an audience
with the King Scott Hayward The First. "Where art tbou going," they asked. "To flee
from tbe dreaded beast," rhcy replied. Chamberlain James Bowan approached with subtle grace and urged haste. "Get thee all to the mighty tower where the Scree Neat Razzetl
and Jamie Woods stand watch and I shall summon Sarah O'Donnell and .Catherine Monk,
the Kingdom's finest warriors." And so it was done and before sunrise the feared creature
laid slain in his own blood.
Coordinating Editor: Scott Hayward
* NewsEditors; tan Gunn and Sarah O'Donnell
Culture Editor: Peter T. Chattaway
Sports. Editor: Wolf Depner
National / Features Editor Federico Barahona
Production Coordinator: Joe Clark
Photo Coordinator: Richard Lam
about the council's closed door meeting, there was something fishy about the way the impeachment was executed.
While it is true that Murphy deserved to be impeached,
had he waited another three days until the next council
meeting, he could have read the forensic auditor's report
and made an informed decision. He had no way to judge
whether the allegations against Dale Read were grounded
in fact before venturing out on a limb.
At the same time, however, Murphy also deserved due
It is on this point the GSS falls short.
One member ofthe GSS executive spoke of an effort to
sabotage, while another complained that Murphy "has
come unprepared many times"—he was fully prepared this
time, just the third regular meeting after taking office in
More disconcerting, however, is the council's impatience for swift justice. At 8:50 pm, several councillors
announced they intented to leave at 9:00 pm. Because
there were still people who wanted to speak to the motion,
the chair encouraged councillors to keep their comments
"Be fruitful
and multiply"
no longer applies
As a Christian I have been
concerned that some environmentalists think religious believers can't avoid
destroying nature because
they believe God gave
them dominion over it.
Recently I read David
Suzuki criticizing some
scientists for claiming that
clear-cut forests, ecosystems that have developed
of millions of years, can be
duplicated by merely
replanting a few trees that
are useful to man. Suzuki
is thus implying that most
scientists understand the
need to avoid large clear-
This suggests to me
that I can remedy my concern by pointing out the
folly of conservative
Christians, thus freeing
other religionists from
being tainted.  This  folly
As people began to pack up their bags moments later,
one councillor noted that "if we're going to vote on
this...somebody's going to have to call the question."
Murphy was summarily impeached, and everyone made
it downstairs to Koerner's Pub in time to watch Seinfeld at
While justice was swift, it wasn't measured. The meeting
was three members short of quorum.
The GSS Constitution and Bylaws are quite specific on
the procedure required to impeach a councillor. Since not
all of the conditions have been met, David Murphy is
unquestionably still a sitting member of GSS Council.
Graduate students have a right to question what's going
on, and many ofthe questions await the result ofthe forensic auditor. GSS President Kevin Dwyer says the report has
been commissioned on students' behalf and that "they
have a right to see it."
As soon as the GSS has settled with Dale Read, graduate students should take their councillors up on Dwyer's
begins with the rejection
of the vast amount of evidence, particularly in the
New Testament, of healing without surgery or
medicine. The argument is
made that God has
worked through the medical profession to give us
modern methods of treatment which the religious
are entitled to use.
Another idea is that
God told Adam and after
the flood Noah, to be
fruitful ad multiply. The
Bible tells us at those
times the earth's population was less than twenty.
Since today the population is 5.7 billion it would
seem that humanity has
obeyed this instruction.
Since population explosion is destroying other
species, for humanity to
go on multiplying is to
thwart God's will when he
told all other life forms on
the planet to 'be fruitful
and multiply.'
Thus religious teachings that flow from 'be
fruitful and multiply'
should be discarded.
These include: sex should
only be indulged in if it
includes the possibility of
procreating, that contraceptives, sterilization, sex
education or masturbation
are evil, that couples
aren't really married
unless they intend to have
children, that large families are God's will. I realize this change from
teaching that has led to
the success of religions in
the past is very difficult.
Preservation of the planet's environment and
therefore avoidance of
environmentalists' condemnation of religion,
make these changes necessary. The whole story of
Noah's Ark is about
preservation of all of
God's creatures.
To  argue   that  God's
will that we must be fruit
ful and multiply, is
unchangeable but that it is
okay to use modern medicine is the height of inconsistency. Since the evidence that Jesus healed
spiritually is enormous it is
'straining out gnats and
swallowing camels.'
Religious objection to
abortion should also be
questioned. There are 55
million abortions per year
on the earth. To attempt
to ban them is to accelerate population explosion
and doom women to sickness and death because of
unsafe abortions. To
demonize contraception is
to guarantee unwanted
pregnancies, which leads
to abortion. This is particularly unacceptable if
instead of just preaching it
to one's followers, one
tries to inflict it on society
as a whole.
Ken McLean
Lower Mainland Sustainable
Population Society
LETTERS POLICY: Letters to the editor must be under 300 words. "Perspectives" are opinion pieces over 300 words but under 750 words and are run according to space.
"Freestyles" are opinion pieces written by Ubyssey staff members. Priority will be given to letters and perspectives over freestyles unless the latter is time sensitive. Opinion
pieces will not be run unless the identity of the writer has been verified. Please include your phone number, student number and signature (not for publication) as well as your
year and faculty with all submissions. ID will be checked when submissions are dropped off at the editorial office of The Ubyssey, otherwise verification will be done by phone. THE UBYSSEY
AUGUST 1,1996
BY INVITATION ONLY—members of the Student Environment Centre hand out pamphlets to guests arriving at a private dinner party held "to honour Coca-
Cola" at UBC President David Strangway's private residence. Campus police were called to keep students off the grounds. (PAT HUTCHINSON PHOTO)
Coke to pay off AMS debt
by Alison Cole
Student groups hoping to come into "new"
money this year are out of luck.
After weeks of discussion, the AMS decided to
use a chunk ofthe Coke money earmarked for "New
Initiatives" to pay off its deficit.
"We felt it would be better to sustain existing programs and services than to be launching off on a
whole new raft of new initiatives," said AMS
Director of Finance Ryan Davies.
Music representative Scott Walker was the only
councillor to vote against the motion.
"It's unfortunate when we don't have to get rid
of this deficit right away—when it is just a debt to
ourselves," Walker said, refering to the AMS' history of covering financial shortfalls by borrowing from
its own cash reserves.
But Davies argues that council is only using common sense. "I think that's responsible: to try to take
care of your internal obligations as quickly as possible."
Last year, council allocated the $130,000 of its
revenue from the cold beverage agreement with
Coca-Cola to a fund designed for student groups
with new projects.
The July 3 decision means $85,000 of that revenue will now go towards paying off its internal debt.
Of the remaining $45,000, little more than $300
remains for new initiatives; council committed $35,904
to a new AMS magazine last spring and $8755 to
upgrading the AMS web site at its last meeting.
Duncan Cavens, Student Environment Centre
president, told The Ubyssey the re-allocation violates
the original spirit of the cold beverage agreement.
The deal, Cavens said, was sold to councillors and
students on the promise its revenues would support
new initiatives.
"[The SEC] certainly didn't agree with...the
Coke deal principle, but [the New Initiatives fund]
at least mitigated some of the worst parts of the
deal," he said.
Prior to the fund's reallocation, Cavens noted the
SEC itself hoped to tap into the New Initiatives fund
for some of its projects.
According to Davies the AMS didn't have much
choice after its financial mix-ups last year. The
$85,000 diverted from the cold beverage agreement
money, Davies said, will cover both this year's allocation and make up the $35,000 not repaid last year.
AMS Vice-President Lica Chui backs Davies'
position. "If we didn't reallocate $85,000, we would
be left in the situation of having to cut at least 75
percent of our student services... I don't think that
budget committee, nor council, was ready to sacrifice that important area to the students," she told
The Ubyssey.
But Cavens still thinks council missed the point.
"They seem to be obsessed with their business interests and with serving themselves... without really
having a vision of what they're supposed to be doing
for students, and I think this is a pretty good example of that."
Student leaders wary of
university expansion plans
by Jamie Woods
UBC is preparing for some
massive campus development.
After years of public hearings
and negotiations, both the GRVD
and the UBC Board of Governors
have approved the university's
sweeping expansion blueprint, the
Official Community Plan (OCP).
The plan, which is expected to
become a reality after one final
round of public input, will generate an estimated one billion dollars in revenue for the university
over the next 30 to 50 years, says
the Board of Governors.
"The Board of Governors feels
that it can no longer rely on government funding or public sympathy for tuition hikes, and that it
therefore has to look elsewhere
for funding," Student BoG representative Tara Ivanochko told
The Ubyssey.
Some student leaders, however, worry that in generating those
alternate sources of funding, the
OCP could short-change students.
The plan identifies large areas
of forest and agricultural land near
the TRIUMF facility as being
suitable for new housing development and allows the university to
sell as much as 50 percent of that
new housing to the public. That
sale—which would generate a significant proportion ofthe OCP's
projected revenue—has been
highly controversial and now has
student leaders concerned.
"No commitments have been
made on student housing provisions, on making major improvements to existing classrooms, or
to increase student grants despite
what would be a large influx of
revenue," says AMS President
David Borins. And, he adds,
"UBC has made no progress in
addressing these concerns."
The President of the UBC
Student Environment Centre is
similarly wary. "That the only
mandate ofthe UBC Real Estate
Corporation is to make money
will also be a stumbling block,"
Duncan Cavens says.
"Community   groups   like   the
Dunbar Residents' Association,
supported the spirit of the OCP,
but didn't trust its bureaucratic
language or, for that matter, the
UBC administration."
And while Cavens concedes
that "the OCP is a progressively
envisioned document" for stressing such concepts as ecology and
community, he warns that it lacks
"the provisions and the clarity
necessary to determine how these
tenets will be met."
Students have some time to
consider the plan. Because of the
controversy surrounding the market housing plans, the OCP has
been sent to undergo a two-year
Area Planning Process, overseen
by the provincial Ministry of
Municipal Affairs. UBC has
agreed to a moratorium on market housing development until
that process is complete.
An open forum on the OCP
will be held on a yet-to-be-con-
firmed date in September and
should give both the students and
the public an opportunity to voice
Not white enough to teach
by Jay Van De VWnt
The Varsity
TORONTO (CUP) — A University of Toronto graduate was
fired from his job teaching English in South Korea because he did
not look white enough.
Dill Boudsmad was hired by the Top Language School, but said
he was told upon his arrival in South Korea that he could not keep
the job because he wasn't a "white Canadian."
"I was shocked," said Boudsmad. "I did not sleep for two
Jennifer You, a foreign personnel manager with Top Language
School said the school does not have racist policies and was acting on
practical considerations.
You said students at the school learn little from teachers who look
Asian because they expect them to speak their own language.
"It does not matter what his background is," she added, "they
don't expect that he will speak English, so they don't speak English
to him. In Asian countries people prefer to learn English from people who look western."
Although Boudsmad said he faxed the school a copy of his passport photo with his application, You said his application was not
immediately turned down because the faxed photo was too fuzzy to
tell Boudsmad was not Caucasian. Such hiring practices are common
in South Korean language schools, said Dawn Michael of the
Canadian Cooperative for Language and Cultural Studies.
"There are very few schools in Korea that would be willing to hire
non-white teachers for full-time contracts," Michael said.
In addition to racial discrimination, Michael said teachers applying for work in Korea have been refused work on the basis of their
age and hair length.
Boudsmad said he was offered him $600 for expenses and a plane
ticket from the school to Seoul after he was fired, but not, however,
until he provided the school with two free days of teaching.
This compensation, he added, did not even cover his travel
expenses, which he estimates are over $1600.
Foreign students9 fees okay
              by Janine Dusoewoir
The Peak
BURNABY (CUP) — Universities that charge higher tuition fees
or set tougher entrance requirements for international students are
not guilty of discrimination, according to a recent ruling by BC
Council of Human Rights.
Protais Haje, an international student at Simon Fraser University,
first brought the issue to the council's attention in 1992, riling two
discrimination complaints against the university, Haje argued the
university was discriminating against him by charging him higher
fees. Council member Barbara Humphreys, however* disagreed anet
ruled that the university's tuition and entrance regulations did not
contravene the Human Rights Act.
In her report, Humphreys supported the university's argument
that its policies distinguished between students on the basis of resi^
dency or legal status within Canada, and not on the basis of race.
"Foreign nationals who have obtained a student authorization to
attend the university come from over fifty different countries*" her
report says. "They cannot be characterized by race or place of origin."
Simon Fraser first charged international students higher fees in
1984. They currently pay three times as much for tuition as domestic students—a fee Humphreys said still only covers 60 percent ofthe
costs associated with the education of an international student.
Haje also argued that SFU's quotas on international students
entering certain departments constituted discrimination.
The council, however, did not agree. "Because ofthe demand on
these programs from both domestic and international students, the
university has had to raise the actual [grades] required for admission
in order to control enrolment. The actual [grades] vary from year to
year, depending on the number and qualification ofthe applicants,"
says the council's report. 8
AUGUST 1,1996
UBC magic man on a roll for Voodoos
by Jeff Gaulin
T-BIRD DOUG AST checks an Oakland player
during the Voodoo's Sunday shootout loss against
the Skates. (Photo by Scott Hayward)
Doug Ast has one goal in mind—a
pro-hockey career.
And to get some professional
experience, the UBC hockey star is
playing pro-roller hockey on the
Vancouver Voodoos for the second
consecutive summer.
Although Ast still has two more
years of a geography degree to complete, he is pursuing a pro-career
now. "School is important to me, but
at my age if I get an opportunity
somewhere, I'm going to jump at it
for sure.
"[Playing for the Voodoos] has
opened some doors for me and given
me some options," said Ast, who
leads Roller Hockey International
with 38 goals. "I'm pretty excited
about that."
While Ast would not comment on
contacts he has made with
Professional hockey teams, he's certainly not invisible to Canucks
General Manager Pat Quinn; the
Voodoos, like the NHL's Canucks,
are owned by Orca Bay. Ast, however, is content to "wait and see what
Since joining the Voodoo in 1995,
Ast has been the team's top sniper.
Voodoo player and UBC Coach
Kevin Hoffman, suggested the team
give Ast a shot in the RHI after
watching him play an outstanding
first season at UBC.
Leading the Voodoos with 34
goals last year, Ast did not disappoint. With his skills honed and mind
toughened, Ast went on to score 23
goals and 29 assists in his second season with the Birds, tying the school's
single-season scoring record established by Bob McAneely 25 years
"Knowing that I could play at a
higher level of competition just made
me that much more confident when I
hit the ice," explained Ast.
This season, he is fourth in RHI
scoring, acquiring points in all but
one of Vancouver's first 20 games.
With six hat-tricks to his credit and
eight games remaining in the season,
Ast hopes to break the 50-goal barrier and contribute to a championship
Playing for the first-placed
Voodoos has got Ast excited about
UBC's chances for 96/97 and
expects newly re-signed Head Coach
Mike Coflin to recruit the players
necessary for a strong playoff drive.
But Winter and Thunderbird
Stadium are still far from Ast's mind
in this seething July heat and he revels in playing at GM Place in front of
hometown fans, friends and family.
"The big crowd builds you up and
gives you an adrenalin boost compared to playing university hockey in
front of few hundred fans. Here,
there are a few thousand. It's more
exciting to be out there," said Ast
after a loss to Oakland.
Being around older, more mature
players from every level of pro-hockey imaginable, Ast said, has helped
the soft-spoken player to assume a
larger leadership role.
"There are a lot of winners in the
locker room, a lot of guys who have
won championships, so it is great to
be around them. This is better than
any other job I could be doing, no
question about that," he laughed.
"Playing hockey and getting paid
for it, playing in GM Place ... it is like
the real deal, like you are playing in
the NHL."
That's one goal Doug Ast will
continue to shoot for.
Ex'Bird migrates South en route to NFL
 by Wolf Depner
Grayson Shillingford has been
given something most Canadian
university players can only dream
of: the chance to make the
National Football League, courtesy ofthe Seattle Seahawks.
Should the former Bird stick,
he would be the first UBC player
to make the NFL since Bob
Crawford played for the New York
Giants in 1960 and 1961.
But as Shillingford, a wide-
out/return    specialist    quickly
"The NFL is starting
to be more aware of
the talent pool that
is available up here."
—Casey Smith,
T*Bmo football head coach
found out, the route to the NFL
is littered with obstacles.
Shillingford missed the first
two days of a three-day rookie
camp due to immigration problems. Matters went from bad to
worse the first day of main training, when he suffered a shoulder
injury that forced him to miss
three full practices.
"It was just a nightmare," said
the 6'0", 195 lb Toronto native
from the Seahawks' training facility in Kirkland, Washington.
Shillingford, however, is not
discouraged by the early set-backs
and is sure that he made the right
choice by leaving UBC a year
early to give the pros a shot.
Nor has he been intimitated by
the NFL stars.
"[They] are pretty easy going,"
he said. "They show up to practice, run through the drills, and
then go play golf."
So far, though, he has been
more impressed by their play on
the gridiron than on the fairway.
"You can not really put a finger on
what makes them so good.
[Football] just comes naturally to
them," he explained.
But the 1993 Canada West
Rookie of the Year and 1995
Second Team All Canadian is no
slouch either.
In his three years with the T-
Birds, he averaged 31 receptions,
1044 all-purpose yards, and seven
In 1994, he set a new UBC
record for most return yards in a
single season (454 yards) and tied
the school record for most touchdowns scored in a single game (4)
last season.
Blessed with world class speed
(4.35 seconds over 40 yards) and
excellent hands, Shillingford is a
scoring threat whenever he touch
es the ball.
"He is probably the purest athlete to have played at UBC and we
did everything we could do to
give him the ball," said T-Bird
Head Coach Casey Smith.
The speed demon would be a
perfect fit for Seattle, a team that
was mediocre returning the ball
and covering downfield. And his
only chance to stick would be on
special teams as Seattle is very
deep at the wide-receiver spots.
"They would be an excellent
Sega Football team," Shillingford
"I do not think they are looking at me for this year. I'm just
plugging away here, trying to
learn American ball."
There are only a handful of
CIAU products playing in the
NFL currently, mostly on special
teams, because of a lack of experience in the American game.
But their numbers may grow in
the near future.
"The NFL is starting to be
more aware ofthe talent pool that
is available up here," said Smith,
who credits the open-style football played at Canadian universities for giving Shillingford and
other top CIAU players exposure
south ofthe border.
Odds may be against
Shillingford making the NFL this
year, but he appreciates the train-
IF GRAYSON SHILLINGFORD makes the Seattle Seahawks
team, he would be the first T-Bird to enter the NFL in over 35
years. (File Photo)
ing camp experience nonetheless.
"My dream is to be good at
this level. Never have I learned so
much before than in the little time
that I have been here. I will be
more prepared for the future," he
And that is something Grayson
Shillingford can look forward to.
UBC students
take the heat
in Atlanta
Athletics: T-Bird Jeff Schiebler
finished 21st in his 10 km Heat
and did not advance.
Diving: International Relations
student Paige Gordon was eliminated from preliminaries in the
10 m platform competition.
Kayaking:   Phys   Ed   student
Margaret    Langford    finished
by Wolf Depner    eighth in the 1 km sprint final.
Rowing: Former T-Bird
Kathleen Heddle won Canada's
first gold medal in double sculls
and a bronze in quad sculls.
Architecture student Laryssa
Biesenthal was also member of
the bronze-winning quad scull.
Swimming: International relations student Sarah Evanetz finished 13th overall in the women's
100 m Butterfly. The T-Bird was
also part of the fifth-placed
women's 4 X 100 medley relay
Volleyball: Former UBC star
Erminia Russo played for
Canada's Women's Volleyball
that finished 1-4 in Round-Robin
play and did not advance into the
medal round.
Yachting: Physiotherapy student Penny Davis currently sits in
eight place overall in the
Women's 470 competition. Med
student Paul Hannam is 24th
overall in the Men's 470 as of
press time Wednesday.
(Sources: CBC. Southam Newspapers.)


Citation Scheme:


Citations by CSL (citeproc-js)

Usage Statistics



Customize your widget with the following options, then copy and paste the code below into the HTML of your page to embed this item in your website.
                            <div id="ubcOpenCollectionsWidgetDisplay">
                            <script id="ubcOpenCollectionsWidget"
                            async >
IIIF logo Our image viewer uses the IIIF 2.0 standard. To load this item in other compatible viewers, use this url:


Related Items