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Tuesday, March 23, 2004
Volume 85 Issue 46
Jon for BCBCI since 1918
UBC acquires Okanagan campus
OUC students wonder why government did not ask them if they wanted UBC takeover
by Megan Thomas
It's official. After months of refusing
to confirm rumours, UBC
announced it will be expanding to
the Okanagan by taking over the
Okanagan University College (OUC)
campus in 2005.
The announcement, made last
week   hy   BC   Premier   Gordon
Campbell, will create 5,500 more
post-secondary spaces in the
Okanagan by 2010.
UBC President Martha Piper said
the announcement was a historic
one for UBC. "I equated it to the
great trek in 1922 where the first
UBC campus was established in the
Lower Mainland. We see this as just
as memorable."
The merger would not reduce the
It's all in the blazer
Noam Chomsky mingles with the press and fans just before
taking the stage at Saturday's peace rally. See Page 3 for full
coverage of rally and Sunday lecture, anton bueno photo
Exclusion of Safewalk patrols
illogical, say safety staff
by Jonathan Woodward
Safety leaders at UBC are calling the
Arts Undergraduate Society's (AUS)
decision to keep Safewalk from
patrolling the inside of Arts County
Fair (ACF)'illogical.'
Safewalk, a student-run service
that accompanies students walking
around the university at night, provided 15-20 volunteers—eight
teams—that patrolled the grounds of
ACF last year. Combined with four
others from the AUS, there were
twelve teams on patrol, who worked
with the RCMP and private security
With the removal of Safewalk, the
number of student safety patrols is
reduced to only four teams—something that Sue Brown, the Campus
Security student liaison, says" is
'If they get 10,000 people [at the
fair], which they probably will, four
teams won't be enough,' she said.
Safewalk-provided volunteers
would be trained in radio use, identifying risky situations and would be
more experienced in safety situations, she said. ACF could use the
patrols for high-risk places such as
the bathrooms in Thunderbird stadium and preventing violent incidents, at no cost—any money to run
the teams would come out of
Safewalk's budget, not the budget of
See "Safety" on page 2.
autonomy of the OUC campus, said
Piper. She compared it to the
University of California system,
where there are several campuses
across California.
"Each campus in that system,
and I think what we would see here,
has its own distinct programs and
its own culture and its own role in
that community,* said Piper.      --- >'
UBC Okanagan will be governed
by its own senate, but will share a
Board of Governors and President
with UBC Vancouver. An advisory
council will also be set up to guide
the transition period for OUC.
Piper also said it is too soon to
tell if entire programs at UBC
Vancouver, like Agricultural
Sciences could be moved to
"We have some programs that
make sense to have some presence
[in Kelowna]. But I think we have to
work with the community and see
what would make sense to do here
versus do at UBC Vancouver,'
she said.
But the plan is not sitting well
with some OUC students who are
angry they were not consulted about
Sixteen per cent increase confirmed
But graduate students won't see tuition rise until September
by Jonathan Woodward
NEWS EDITOR        ''■'-:'
UBC's Board of Governors, the highest decisionmaking body at the university, approved a 16 per cent
tuition increase last Thursday,
bringing the tuition of a typical
undergraduate student up $533
The motion was opposed by staff
and student Board representatives.
The hike means there has been an
84 per cent tuition increase in just
three years at UBC.
The jump will hit undergraduates for their summer courses, but a
last-minute amendment at the
Board meeting means graduate students won't see ihe increase until
September, reducing their increase
to slightly more than ten per cent
Graduate students will save
about $ 170 each in the summer, a
small respite, said Graduate Student
Society President Carey Hill.
"This is money that students can
use to pay their rent, money that
they wouldn't otherwise have,'
she said.
The concession means about
$230,000 less revenue for UBC,
reducing the university's projected
surplus to about $8.4 niillion, said
Board member Brice Rositch.
"It's a pretty dramatic increase,*
he said. "It's lessened this way.*
But any increase in graduate
tuition is unacceptable, said staff
representative Ben Pong. Graduate
students are moneymakers for the
university through the research they
do, and increasing tuition will keep
the good ones away, he said.
"This is harmful to us,* he said.
"This short-term revenue is. small
compared to our future loss."
While she acknowledged support
for the graduate tuition decision.
Alma Mater Society President
Amina Rai was unimpressed with
the effects of previous tuition
increases. Three years of higher fees
has not brought students a better
education, she said.
There was also some confusion
on the Board as to exactly why the
increase was needed.
The cost of education is increasing, driven by the rising cost of electricity, gas and insurance, said
Chancellor Alan McEachren, whose
views were echoed by other Board
members. "The bottom line is that
this is driven by what it takes
to make an education,* he said.
"These are economics we can't
escape from.*
But utilities can't be the reason,
said Gregory Lawrence, a faculty
representative on the Board. "None
of these things is going up by 16 per
cent,* he said.
The reason for the increase was
to meet commitments that the university had made, such as a $5 million investment in student financial
aid, said VP Students Brian Sullivan.
Other important investments were
continuing the PhD tuition award,, as
well as $ 11 million to pay for students that the university accepts
beyond what the province funds,
he said.
The $8.4 million will be split
between improvements to education and an increase in faculty
salaries that has not been negotiated
yet, he said.
If tuition wasn't increased and
commitments were held steady, the
university would be forced to see
dramatic cutbacks in staff and faculty, added Sullivan.
But behind the tuition increase is
an ideological shift in the proportion
a student is expected to pay for his
education, said Sullivan.
Currently, the government pays
for 77 per cent of each student's
education, a number that will drop
to 71.5 per cent next year. The number varies across Canada, but is
highest in Quebec, where the government pays for 80 per cent, and
lowest in Ontario, where some universities receive less than half
of the cost of education from the
See "Tuition" on page 2.
LET THEM EAT CAKE: Despite a student society protest in honour
of tuition hikes, fees will go up again, michelle mayne photo
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Angry OUC students not invited to
the announcement protest outside
"OUC" from page 1.
the future of their institution. The
campus will be home to 7000
undergraduate and 500 graduate
students. Currently OUC has 6600
spaces in trades, applied programs
and university classes.
'It is mostly just shock that this
has happened without anyone ever
really being told about what is going
on/ said Karina Frisque, OUC
Kelowna Student Society President.
"We had no idea they were going to
just throw this on us without any
The college portion of OUC will
become an independent institution
offering trades, applied training
and university transfer courses.
Frisque said many students see the
loss of ties with a university as a
'There are a lot of angry students
definitely, specifically from the
smaller outlying campuses which
will be turned into a college,* she
said. "They definitely see this as losing something."
About 20 angry and vocal students yelling 'Whose school? Our
school!" were not allowed into the
Kelowna announcement but could
be heard inside. Eventually police
had to intervene to break up
the group.
One student who was invited to
hear Campbell was the president of
ihe OUC Young Liberals Club, Tyler
Beatfy, who supported the merger.
Not inviting an elected student
representative to speak about the
merger angered Dave Westmacott, a
student representative to the OUC
Board of Governors.
"It's a slap, in my face," he said.
"They...put someone up there who
doesn't represent students." Students were not adequately consulted, he added. "They want to make a
decision about what happens to a
public institution. They have done
everything but consult the public."
A takeover by an existing university was not what OUC had in mind,
said Alan Coyle, a spokesperson for
the OUC administration.
"It is not the vision we'd laid out
in terms of development of post-secondary education in the region,"
said Coyle. 'But is does address several of the concerns arid'some of the
focal points of the agenda here, 'in
terms of creating access."
Coyle also responded to student
concerns about what will happen to
degrees and credits granted in the
next 18 months before OUC
becomes UBC Okanagan. But he did
not yet have answers.
"Students are going to be at the
forefront of our thoughts. We are
going to try and provide some solid
answers as quickly as possible,"
he said.
Coyle urged students to accept
the decision and look to the future.
'The path has been set, so let's
knuckle down and get to work on it,"
he said. ♦   -
Tuitiaamust gp up or staff and faculty
would have to be cut, says; UBC Wff9al
"Tuition" from page 1.
Rositch said 71.3 per cent is an
acceptable ratio. "I'm impressed
that they've come out with a civil
amount for students to pay for their
tuition. It still puts the onus on society to contribute, but education is
not something you're likely to take
It also brings UBC to just below
par with other universities, said Jay
Grewal, chair of the Board finance
"The tuition increases measure
us to our market comparators in a
very favourable position. We are not
at market, we are below market,"
adding that tuition could go up even-
more and students would still
choose UBC.
But Pong said it is dangerous to
let education be determined by price
comparisons in an educational
'Education is a public investment," he said. "The real debate
should be between the government
and the students. It's up to them to
sort this out' ♦
Campus security liaison- not :;
satisfied with safety arrangements
"Safety" from page h
ACF, she said.'
"To remove it, the AUS would have
to prove that Safewalk is more of a
hindrance than a help," said Brown.
"They haven't done this. There's no
logical reason to exclude Safewalk."
But Virginia Lindstrom, the ACF
safety coordinator, said Safewalk was
not invited into the Fair purely
because of logistics. Safewalk fits better into ACF's safety system as an
organisation that specialises in what
it does all year round: walking people
home, she said.
"Safewalk has had concerns in the
past as wanting to be seen as more
than a walking capacity," said
Lindstrom. "One thing that our staff
can't do is walk people home, direct
people to shuttles, or walk them back
to [residence]," she said.
Some AUS staff have experience at
Arts County Fair, but all safety staff
will be trained in the use of walkie-
talkies and will meet with university
safety staff before the event they will
also be proactive in postering the
grounds, she said.
The AUS staff will also be working
with the RCMP, a security firm and
emergency medical staff, she said. "I
don't really think there is a diminished safety capacity. I think our
teams are well-equipped to see what
is going on."
While he does not doubt the ability of those teams, Safewalk coordinator Tyler Bryant said the Safewalk
jacket is more recognisable than the
yellow shirts and red hats of the AUS
teams, and would be approached
more by students in trouble.
"I don't know how comfortable
people would feel walking up to a six-
foot 210-pound security staffer, compared to a group of students they
probably go to class with,"
he said.
ACF is a yearly concert put on by
the AUS at UBC's Thunderbird
Stadium. Oyer 14,000 people attended last year, said AUS organisers. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
Chomsky describes "unofficial" history of Israel
by Neil Braun the   Orpheum   Theatre   Sunday
NEWS WRITER morning.
Chomsky's speech, presented by
By historically favouring expansion the Alma Mater Society (AMS),
over security and relying on the US, described the history of Israel's con-
Israel has invited "misery and flict with neighbouring Arab states
destruction' upon itself, MIT pro- . and with Palestinians in Israel,
fessor and renowned scholar Noam Chomsky harshly criticised Israeli
Chomsky told a sold out audience at     and    American    objectives    and
STAR POWER: Noam Chomsky talks to a sold-out Orpheum crowd,
while AMS President Amina Rai looks on. Patrick Ingram photo
attempts to obscure these objectives
in "propaganda."
In 1971, the Israeli government
rejected Egypt's offer of a full peace
treaty in favour of settling the Sinai
Peninsula, which Israel had appropriated from Egypt following the Six-
Day War in 19 6 7, he said.
"They [the Israeli government]
decided it was better to expand into
northern Sinai than to end the conflict and have security,' Chomsky
Chomsky argued that this policy
of expansion over security is related
to the Palestinian conflict.
Regarding Israel's US-approved
1982 invasion of Lebanon, Chomsky
said, "Ihe goal of the invasion...was
to try to compel the Palestinians to
end their negotiating efforts.'
Palestinian terrorist activities
would justify Israel's 'continued
takeover of the occupied territories,'
he added.
Addressing US involvement in
Israel, Chomsky said the official policy is peace for the region. But he
also said this is contradictory to US
"The US involvement in seeking
peace is an involvement in preventing peace," he said. "[US citizens] don't see it as a contradic-
tion.:.that's one of the advantages
of owning history."
Chomsky continued by calling
the US Israel's "bossman-called-part-
ner," and said the US provided support for Israel's "murderous, terrorist operations* during the 1980s
and 1990s.
Chomsky was also critical of the
mainstream US media's attitude
towards the Israeli/Palestinians
conflict, saying the deaths of
Palestinians are not being portrayed as terror.
"Extreme racism of the civilised
world is hard to ignore," he said.
The AMS's endorsement of
Chomsky's speech was a subject of
controversy last week when UBC's
Israeli Advocacy Committee (IAC)
and the Jewish Student Society presented a letter to the AMS demanding it withdraw its "formal support'
of Chomsky. They claimed the AMS
had offended their members by
supporting a speaker they alleged
to be anti-Semitic. :'.
During the question and answer
session, Ariel Zellman, IAC
President and co-author of the letter,
challenged both Chomsky and AMS
President Amina Rai.
"You said there's nothing anti-
Semitic about the denial of the
Holocaust," said Zellman to
"We do support free speech and
we do support your right to speak
here in Vancouver. We simply just
did not support the position of the
AMS to actively support you,"
Zellman added, eliciting heckling
from the audience.
First, Rai responded to Zellman.
'By booking these speakers to come
to our university does not mean that
we are endorsing the opinions, but
that we believe in the mandate of
diversifying opinions.'
Rai added that she would support
creating a campus forum to facilitate a 'Palestinian-Israel dialogue.'
Chomsky then addressed
Zellman's charge, saying that
'crazed fanatics' had taken his statement from a personal letter out of
context to paint him as anti-Semitic.
The speech generated a diversity
of opinions from the UBC students
in attendance.
T liked how he constantly
reminded us that the facts are documented and accessible, and that it
really is our responsibility to make
use of that," said Simon Little, a
political science student
But fellow political science student Joel McLaughlin expressed his
skepticism of Chomsky.
"He makes it seem like Israel is
a bully that has continually tried to
conquer its neighbours when in
fact Israel was invaded in 1948
and then again in 1973," said
McLaughlin. ♦
—with files from Carrie Robinson
Five women arrested after refusing
to leave provincial minister's office
by Alison Benjamin
5 Anggr about the provincial government's decision to stop funding
women's centres came to a head
this month when five women
activists were arrested in the BC
legislature after refusing to leave
the office of a minister.
The women had occupied the
office of Ida Chong, the Minister of
State for Women's and Seniors'
Services, to protest the imminent
closure of women's centres caused
by the loss of their core funding: a
$1.7 million cut in the provincial
During a half-hour scheduled
meeting with the minister, the
women asked Chong if the government would rescind its motion to
cut the funding and provide emergency iuhding to four women's centres that have already closed. The
group alsp': asked the minister to
arrange a *" meeting between
Finance Minister Gary Collins and
the BC Coalition of Women's
On the phone from Victoria,
Minister Ida Chong explained why
the women were arrested.
"We had a meeting that was
scheduled for half an hour from 9
until 9:30. I did indicate to them
that I had a meeting at 9:30 so they
were aware that I would be busy
Chong said after she left the
building for her meeting, the
women refused to exit her office,
and security was called. The five
women were arrested and taken
away in handcuffs. Chong said she
was not aware of the arrests until
later on in the day.
. . But one of the-wome,n arrested
said her group, resisted leaving
because they did not feel
their requests were adequately
addressed..   .■-,-,.-
, The government should contim-
, ue funding women's,centres, even
though it deems them non-essential
services, said Michelle Dodds, a
representative from North Shore
Women's Centre.
Dodds argued that all the work
done by women's centres is essential. "Currently,' she said, 'centres
provide services to women targeted
to the needs of individual communities. These can include free food,
clothing, support for single moth-
ers, sexual assault prevention and
counselling, pro bono legal advice
and aid for women and their children fleeing domestic violence.'
But Chong said her definition of
essential services is different.
Core services are 'directed
mostly at women in emergency situations, such as those fleeing
domestic violence,' she said,
adding that they include providing
women with the contact information for shelters, health centres
and charities not funded by the
Women's centres were given
two years notice that the government would withdraw funding, said
Chong. The Liberals provided the
centres with money so that they
could find alternate donors, she
Chong said the women's centres
were not helping the ministry meet
its fiscal responsibilities, and that
other government agencies in operation would be better providers of
essential women's services.
The BC government will stop
funding women's centres on March
31. The province's 37 women's
centres will lose about $47,000
each. Dodds said that all 37 will
eventually have to close because
provincial funding comprises the
bulk of each centre's operating
.budget.     -
Seventeen centres will close
their doors immediately after they
lose the provincial funding, bringing the total number of centres
closed to 21 by; the end of the
month, say women's advocates. ♦
Thousands gather for counterculture hero
Protest on one-
year anniversary of
US-led war
by Megan Thomas
Noam Chomsky, the counterculture
political analyst with a pop star-like
following, took the stage at
Saturday's peace rally in Vancouver
to a deafening, minute-long roar of
about 10,000 people.
Once the ovation settled, the
massive crowd at Sunset Beach fell
completely silent to hear the words
of their "hero,' dressed in his customary corduroy blazer.
Chomsky praised those who
turned out for the rally. "Small
demonstrations are not going to
stop a juggernaut But if they continue, they will' he said.
He also hailed the work of
demonstrators around the world
who took to the streets last year
before the war in Iraq began. Such
mass displays for peace inspire peo
ple in positions of power to do what
they can to lead change, he said.
Vancouver city councillor Ellen
Woodsworth, who also took the
stage, agreed .with Chomsky that
the public outrage kept Canada out
of the Iraq war.
"Thousands poured into the
streets and stopped Canada from
invading Iraq,' said Woodsworth.
"We are the true super power."
Chomsky also called on activists
to continue to anticipate what is
coming next on the world stage.
"This is just a repetition of a very
familiar formula," he said. "Ihe US
takes the big ones, Britain takes the
small ones and Canada picks up
some contracts on the side."
The surging crowd on the way to
the rally spanned, the entire"
Burrard Street Bridge and was peppered with colourful banners, flags
and creative signs.
One sign, a six-foot tall cardboard cut out of a Gandhi-like figure, read "Violence is the last
refuge of the incompetent."
Another said, "The fish rots from
the head first," and had a picture of
US president George W.  Bush's
head attached to what appeared to
be a salmon.
Many people in the crowd said
they turned out to see Chomsky,
and that he did not disappoint
"He got across what everybody
wanted him to," said Alicia
McLean, a Roberts' Education
Centre student
Another person in the crowd
said he admired the way Chomsky
was able to pull together different
historical events and paint a picture of how government works.
"I had to see him. He's a hero,"
said Vancouver resident J.R.
Charlie Demers, a member of
rally organiser StopWar.ca, said he
was thrilled with the large turnout
for Chomsky, but also pointed to
the success of the ongoing peace
movement. The Vancouver rally
was one of many around the world
Saturday to highlight the one-year
anniversary of the war in Iraq.
"It's been a year, but we know
the war is still going on. We haven't
forgotten when it started," said
Demers. "We were out here when it
did and we are out here today." ♦
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32-foot GAP
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DANGER ZONE: Pro-choice students used a university rule's loophole to put up a 32-foot buffer zone around the GAP display for all
students, not just protesters. Anton bueno photo
Pro-choice students 'reinterpret'university rule
by Megan Thomas
UBC's regulation to create a buffer
zone around a graphic anti-abortion
display was interpreted creatively by
a pro-choice group last week—they
warned passersby that walking near
the display would result in academic
After last term's protest, which
saw pro-choice students who regularly object to the Genocide Awareness
Project (GAP) display circling directly
in front of the presentation, the university took steps to create specific
guidelines about obstructing GAP.
The latest guidelines included a
clause saying campus security would
ensure a 32-foot buffer zone in front
of the GAP display that 'will be honoured by any o_ier group(s) or individuals wishing to occupy the adjoining space.*
The pro-choice group, who interpreted this to apply to all students on
campus, walked lie edge of the 32-
foot buffer zone wearing placards
warning students not to enter the
area because of university regulations. They also wore coat hangers
around their necks to symbolise
unsafe abortions.
"The university always has its bottom line and always follows its policy. We want tp make sure that everybody is safe," said Paul Sutton, a
Students for Choice member,
between telling students to avoid
the area.
"We feel that if the university is
embracing egalitarian beliefs— -
embracing policies of non-discrimination—then those rules should be
applied equally to everyone,* added
Jordana Greenblatt, also a Students
for Choice member. "The university
has to abide by the guidelines that it
itself has set*
Most students looked confused
when told of the regulation, but did
avoid walking through the area. The
only people who braved the zone
were members of Campus Security,
on hand to make sure the afternoon
protest remained civil.
A representative from Lifeline,
the UBC club that brings the GAP display to campus once each term, said
the pro-choice students were not
properly following the guidelines.
"(They are] not respecting the
buffer zone. The idea of the buffer
zone is supposed to allow for free
passage of people,* said Dehise
Schmidt "It's frustrating because
we are not able to talk with
The coordinator for UBC's VP
Students Office, who has been working with both groups to create rules
that will allow each club to safely promote their beliefs, agreed that the
guidelines were not correctly interpreted by the pro-choice students.
"I don't think that was an interpretation that honoured the spirit of
why we set up a buffer zone,* said
Michelle Aucoin.
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policies of nondiscrimination—then
those rules should be
applied equally to
—Jordana Greenblatt
Students for
Choice member
She also said, even as the rule
was interpreted, walking through
the buffer zone would hot mean
students would be subject to university discipline.
"Students who have been
engaged in student discipline
before would know that was not a
disciplinable act," said Aucoin,
adding that she will be meeting
with both groups to clarify regulation for the next GAP appearance.
The GAP display has a history of
causing a ruckus on campus. In
2002, the Alma Mater Society
(AMS) was sued by anti-abortion
groups Lifeline and Students for
Life members, who alleged that
their academic freedom had been
violated after the AMS banned any
GAP materials from the SUB. The
AMS was cleared of all charges in
2003 but spent $100,000 on its
In 1999, a scaled-down GAP display held by Lifeline in the SUB was
torn down by three protesting
students. The students were later
disciplined and suspended by the
university. ♦ • THE UBYSSEY
Rwanda more stable after
economic development
by Kerrie Thornhill
Economic development in Rwanda has made the country
thef^ most stable in the region. World Bank economist
Chukwuma Obidegwu told a crowded audience in the Liu
Institute for Global Issues last week.
Obidegwu analysed the post-genocide Rwandan government by placing it in the context of the entire Great Lakes
region of Africa, including the recent histories of Burundi,
Uganda and Congo-Kinshasa. While outlining the atrocities
in that region over the past IS years, he focused on the
potential to resolve issues through increased economic
"I believe that in the region, the Rwandese are the most
entrepreneurial. There is opportunity to do business," said
Obidegwu, citing Congo-Kinshasa as a vast potential market for Rwandan goods.
Almost exactly ten years ago the tiny country of Rwanda
was shattered by genocide, planned and executed by
extremist Hutu factions within the Rwandan government
The role of the international community in preventing or
ending the genocide was '"not really something one could
write home about,* said Obidegwu.
But, the new .Rwandan' government has done many
things to help restructure the nation and aid the difficult
healing process, said Obidegwu, praising the government's
commitment to youth education and the return of refugees.
"This was useful hi stabilising the economy and revitalising the country," he said, adding that returning refugees
helped the agricultural sector recover and also aided the
reintegration necessary for healing.
Another important step was the establishment of the
Gacaca justice and reconciliation committees—local councils with elected jurists who expedite the justice process
and create space for local dialogue and resolution.
"The legal purists had very strong doubts,* he said. "But
I haven't seen a parallel in any other country".
A vital part of this process, he said, is the active engagement of women in governance in the post-genocide period.
Rwanda today is tlie world leader in female participation in
government with 48 per cent gender equity in parliament
Audience members had a positive response/saying
Obidegwu's commitment to the Great Lakes region put a
human face ont the World Bank, an institution some see as
uncaring towards the concerns of developing countries.
The talk was part of a series of events organised at UBC
in memory of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. ♦
"This nation is a leadership nation"
by Sarah Bourdon
It is imperative that Canada realises its
responsibility toward humanity and
accepts its role as a powerful peacekeeper
in the global community to prevent future
humanitarian crises, said retired general
Romeo Dallaire to a packed house at the
Chan Centre, last week.
The former United Nations commander during the 1994 Rwandan genocide
shared his experiences of the war-torn
country along with his view that Canada,
as a middle-power nation, has the ability to
influence the decisions of larger powers in
situations such as Rwanda.
"What makes us different as
Canadians?" asked Dallaire. "Our belief
in human rights, our belief in the individual. That makes us different, that
imposes on us a moral and ethical
The 100-day genocide in Rwanda killed
an estimated 800,000 people, primarily
Tutsi tribe members and Hutu moderates.
Dallaire said the atrocity could have been
prevented if powerful nations had taken
action. He said he attempted to draw the
attention, of the UN countries to seriousness of the conflict, but that bis calls were
largely ignored.
"They said, 'Rwanda is of no strategic
value. The only thing [there], and there's
too much of them, is humans, so we're not
coming," explained Dallaire. He cited the
African nation's lack of desirable
resources as a reason for refusing to
intervene.     -
He recounted how officials from one
country explained that to garner enough
public support for a mission to Rwanda,
there would need to be 85,000 dead
Rwandans for every casualty sustained by
their own country.
"I was sure they would come and provide me with the troops to reinforce us to
stop the slaughter before it spread around
the whole country,* he said. "But the ques-
NICE HANDSHAKE: Students converse with retired UN Commander Romeo
Dallaire after his talk on what went wrong in Rwanda, peter klesken photo
tion became, are some humans more
human than others? Do some actually
count more than others?*
Dallaire's talk coincided with a series of
events organised by UBC in memorial of
the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan
genocide. High-profile speakers such as
Dallaire have done a great deal to shed
light on Rwanda's past, said Lama
Mugabo, a reseach associate at the Liu
Institute for Global Issues, and
Coordinator of the Rwandan Association
"He is a voice that we need to hear,"
said Mugabo.
But he also said while Dallaire has had
a significant impact, the voices of the
Rwandan people should not be ignored.
"If we listen only to Dallaire we miss
the point The stories of Rwandans Ire
very important also. Ultimately, they are
the ones we need to hear," he said, adding
that he hopes the world has learned from
Rwanda's tragedy—countries need to act
on their promises to intervene.
"If major countries don't have political
will, it's all rhetoric," he said. "There's a
difference between talking about it and
actually going out and doing it We need
to get down to business and do the
Dallaire said that where Canadians can
make a difference is by playing a leading
role in resolving conflicts in troubled
"I believe that the Canadians are capa-
hle of being able to work in the ambiguity
and complexity of conflict resolution,* he
said. "The world powers are involved in
humanity based essentially on their own
self needs and that is a significant difference from what this nation stands for. This
nation is a leadership nation, it is far
undershooting itseE" ♦
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UBC baseball wins first home game of season
by Jesse Marchand
After a month on the road, the
Thunderbird baseball team finally played
their first home game yesterday at Nat
Bailey stadium. While their first home
conference game is set to play this weekend, the Birds broke in Nat Bailey by
crushing NCAA division three team the
Pacific University Boxers 7-2.
It was an incredible feat considering
they just came off a four game away
stretch against Oregon Tech over the pre
vious two days, three of which were games
that UBC won. But senior pitcher Dan
Osachoff didn't feel that the team was too
tired out
"We practised at 6am, actually like
5:30 all through Januaiy and a little bit of
February, so we're in the best shape right
now. And it gives us a chance to break
ourselves down and recover quickly,' said
These early practices also prepared the
Birds for the gruelling schedule on the
road, where lack of sleep threatened to
hinder play.
"We've been on the road for, I think, at
least 20 games now and come out for
beautiful weather here,' said Osachoff of
the first home game. "We've been working
really hard on the field so it was nice to
have our own home crowd out here so we
get to go home and do homework rather
than go back to the hotel.'
And with the sun shining on Vancouver
the Birds made last afternoon's game look
Starting out with Osachoff on the
mound, the Birds made a quick shut-out of
the first six innings, allowing very few hits
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BIRD IN THE BOX: Chris Ames lets his
bat do the talking, kevin saborit photo
while managing two runs of their own.
In the fifth, the Birds were on fire when
Jeff Tobin's triple eluded the Boxers' outfielders batting two runners on base home.
But the seventh inning saw some problems from the T-Birds. The first pitcher
was rookie Jordy McNiven who allowed a
couple walks. The Birds relieved pitchers
three times during the inning where the
Boxers had their only runs of the game.
"There were a couple of walks in those
innings," said Osachoff. "Walks they
always hurt no matter what...they seem to
hurt more than hits.'
But the Birds were not perturbed by
the runs, taking three runs of their own off
of southpaw Boxer pitcher Chris Loo. The
eighth inning was uneventful on the score
boards but had one close moment when
the T-Bird second basemen tried to throw
out Boxer Jerimy Kelley from stealing second but first baseman Johnny Yiu fumbled
the catch and it skirted past the foul line.
This allowed Kelley to steal second and
almost allowed him to steal the third but
quick tossing Birds tagged him out before
he fully slid to the base.
The game ended with the T-Bird pitch
in the ninth, with no need for UBC to step
up the plate again.
The Birds play Concordia at Nat Bailey
this weekend for their first home conference play. The first pitch gets tossed at
noon on Saturday. ♦
At least they won
frequent flyer points
Early loss sends UBC out of Nationals
by Dan McRoberts
For the second year running, the UBC Thunderbirds lost
their opening round game at the Men's Basketball
Nationals in Halifax. Set up against the tenth-seeded York
Lions, the seventh-ranked UBC lost 64-89 and were
knocked out of playoff contention.
The Birds were clearly outmatched in the low post by
the larger Lions on Thursday, but hung tough and were
only three points in arrears at the half. York took control
of the game as soon as the second half began, churning
out a 9-0 run. The Thunderbirds' accuracy let them down
as they attempted to catch up, and the final margin was a
gaudy 25.
The Birds, who barely managed to hold on to the
Canada West championship the previous weekend,
dropped to the ninth place game Friday morning, where
they managed to do away with the Brandon
Bobcats 76-69. _ .
With the competitive part of the season behind them,
UBC moved on to play the Bobcats with pride on the line.
Ryder McKeown responded with a fine effort, earning the
player of the game award for his 15 points and 12
rebounds. The Birds had a four-point advantage at the
half and shot well in the second frame to coast to a comfortable win. But winning their last game of the year will
be cold comfort to the Thunderbirds, who had hoped to
reach the quarterfinals, at least
UBC's tournament was long over by the time the
defending national champion Carleton Ravens, took the
floor at the Halifax Metro Centre. The Ravens extended
their CIS-record winning streak en-route to a successful
defense of their title, winning Sunday's championship
game in a dramatic 63-50 score against Saint Francis
For UBC, however, a scintillating playoff run fell flat in
the spotlight of the national stage and there is little for the
team to do but be thankful that the majority of their core
who will be returning next year. Only Pat McKay, who had
a fantastic post-season, and Jama Mahalela, the Bird's
inspirational co-captain, have played their last games in a
UBC uniform. ♦
End of Clan's rugby reign
They went into the rugby finals in last place,
slated to play the number one SFU Clan in
do or die fashion. But despite all odds, the
T-Bird women's rugby team won 22-10,
advancing to the finals and knocking SFU
out of medal hopes. Out of the 22 points
scored only three T-Birds made tries; Pilar
Nunez, Amanda Gallant and Ellen Leung.
"It's actually a huge upset,' said head
coach Steve long. "No one expected it'
The-Birds go on to play Burnaby this
Saturday at the Burnaby Lake sports
Winning streak cracks
In their last two games of the season, the
men's rugby Birds broke their 11 regular
season winning streak. Playing fellow university team the UVic Vikes on Wednesday,
UBC fell 18-34. But they returned to their
winning strategy on Saturday beating the
Rowers 14-06.
The Birds head to Berkely next for the
second half of th& Berkeley World Cup.
Then they will compete in the division one
finals starting on April 3. ♦
the volleyball standings
T-Bird Steve Corothers makes
the most of last two years
by Gregory Roberts
On the court, fifth-year varsity athlete Steve
Corothers plays the game of volleyball fast,
focused and intense. But coming to UBC to play
volleyball didn't start out as he had planned.
As a highly touted recruit out of the small
city of Lethbridge, Alberta, Corothers had
already built up an impressive resume including a provincial all-star nod, a gold and two silver medals in national competitions with
Team Alberta and was one of the twenty invitees to tiyouts for the junior national team.
Unfortunately, after arriving in Vancouver his
pre-university success proved not to be enough
to let him run with the big boys in the CIS. "I
got put in my place pretty quickly,' said Steve
of his rookie season. "I was just a little bit in
awe, and every one was so much bigger and so
athletic, it was somewhat intimidating.'
The "bigger' players still surround him in
his fifth year, but Corothers is no longer intimidated. The 6'3' star weighs in at a slight 185
pounds but has managed to become one of the
Birds' most effective hitters. According to
coach Richard Schick, "Steve led [the] team in
total number of kills. Mils/set, kill efficiency,
kill per cent, and was among the league leaders
in each of these statistical categories.' His 3.29
kills per game was good for a third-place ranking in Canada West this year.
When asked how a skinny kid from small
town Alberta cap achieve so much in this
league, Corothers replied, "Well, I've always
been blessed with decent jumping ability." But
statistically Corothers jumps are a little better
than decent Reports show Corothers' ups are
in the range of 42 inches. To put things in per-
spective, Michael Jordan, arguably the best
jumper ever in the NBA, was measured in his
prime to jump 48 inches.
Combining remarkable athleticism and
hard work, Steve trudged away for his first
three years seeing minimal time on the court,
until finally, in his fourth year, he came out in a
big way. After spending a rigorous three
months training in Korea on exchange,
Corothers came back not only with refined
skills but also a new nickname.
"When I went to Korea they couldn't really
say my name. They tried to say Steven but they
couldn't, then instead called me Shteeboo so
the guys on the team figured that sounded like
Ski-boot and so that was my new nickname.'
Back at UBC and in his fourth year, Ski-boot
came off the bench with renewed vigour and
ended up leading the team in kills, points and
aces. His performance garnered him attention
from the league and he was named a second
team Canada West All-star.
Even more impressive than Corothers'
hops and kill percentage is his juggling ability.
His busy schedule goes beyond the normal
athelete/school balance. Not only is he a full
time student and varsity athlete but he is also
MMMM...BEER: Steve Carothers unwinds after a long season, peter klesen photo
an owner of his own small business, Varsity
Painting and Power Washing. He also represents the team on the Thunderbird Athlete's
Council, acts as the head coach of the
Thunderbird Volleyball Camps, and holds a
full-time head coaching position at all-girls
Vancouver secondary school, Little Flower.
Despite all these commitments, Corothers
has put a lot of effort into the Thunderbird
team. And his dedication to the team has made
head coach Richard Schick feel nothing but
respect for volley star. "There is one thing that
stands out in my mind when I think about Steve
Corothers: unselfishness. Half way through his
final year with the Thunderbirds, Steve was
asked to switch positions. After playing on the
right side for his entire volleyball career, Steve
was switched to the left side...not only did he
step in and continue to lead his team in the
stats, nothing was ever said or questioned
about the position move," said Schick.
Corothers aspires to play professionally in
Europe, and seems to have a good chance given
that he has already played a few beach matches
at the Canadian pro tour stop at Etsilano
Beach. For Corothers, even if Adidas doesn't
approach him with a multimiUion dollar contract to market a new line, of volleyball shoes,
the chance to keep playing volleyball will be
enough to sustain him long after UBC. ♦
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UBC adaptation drowns at sea
at Telus Studio Theatre
until Mar. 27
by John Hua
Hendrik Ibsen is famous for crafting
the perfectly structured play.
Highlighted by subtlety, the brilliance lies in his plays' ability to convey an extremely strong message
through a short series of ambiguously mysterious events. The purpose of an adaptation is to allow the
playwright a certain amount of flexibility in order to address problematic elements, such as datedness,
while remaining true to the essence
of its namesake. When measures to
update a play are taken too far, as
done by UBC Theatre's adaptation of
Ibsen's "The Lady from the Sea,' the
play's already solid structure is broken and its strong essence is tragically lost
The play opens on the warm deck
and patio of the Setons, a resident
family of a small inland town off the
BC coast. Ellida Seton is a strange
being whose entrance into the Seton
family soon followed the untimely
death of the original wife and mother. Moved from her coastal home,
her mind is wrought with stress as
the isolation from the land which
encloses her and the family that
ignores her become more than she
can bear.
Enter the technically well-placed
visitors, whose presence pushes the
tectonic pressure to its limit, causing a seismic movement in plot and
action. Ralph Gillies, a visiting ailing
artist, recounts the story of a
drowned shipmate he once knew,
who before dying swore vengeance
on his cheating wife—a tale that stirs
panic in the already unstable Ellida,
The potential of Ibsen's plot is
endless, meandering in several different directions, all to uncover
common themes on humanity.
Unfortunately, any exploration is
halted in the adaptation by Bryan
Wade. Ibsen's concrete play is cut
and replaced with mystery-demolishing scenes that spell out action,
eliminating any sense of investment
or risk. Furthermore, Director John
Cooper's decision to sway away
from the tension behind the text-
causing audience members to laugh
rather than be moved—renders the
play lifeless in many crucial
The acting in this production was
far from exceptional. Robin Mooney,
despite the shortcomings of the
adaptation, is still able to embody
the Ellida that Ibsen intended, but
only to the extent that the adaptation
allows. Joel Redmond is monotonous in his portrayal of the pre-mod-
ern husband. Revealing little frustration, Redmond is simply unconvincing in the subtle but dramatic
progression of his character.
Wade's choice to age the snappy
Cecilia Seton into a smart-mouthed
teenager brought too much independence to the character, losing
sight of the necessary insecurity of
the girl who only longs for a moth-
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also loses sight of this primary
motivation, portraying Cecilia as an
arrogant child whose only purpose
is an attempt to add life to the soulless stage.
The tragic loss of Ibsen's play is
personified through Kerry AUchin's
portrayal of George Winlaw, the family school teacher whose agenda lies
more on his pupil Elizabeth Seton
than his past lessons. Everything
from Allchin's quivering voice to
Chaplin-esque walk transforms the
Ibsen tragedy into a distracting
Although Wade's adaptation of
"The Lady from the Sea' is a sound
play in its own right, it unfortunately cannot be regarded as an original
piece. As an adaptation, it calls for
immediate comparison, to Ibsen's
play, which overshadows this
attempt in eveiy theatrical sense. ♦
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at Performance Works
until Mar. 27
by Momoko Price
Every once in a while, say, on a birthday
or anniversary, someone you love
springs for tickets to a great show like
"Stomp* or "The Lion King.* You get all
dressed up and are pretty much blown
away right from the start. But, the element of surprise is lost because you
know it has to be decent for the price
you paid.
And then there's the rest of the theatre world: small productions that
receive great acclaim, but get overlooked
without the familiar Broadway name.
Stop. Look again and reconsider.
Theatre SKAM's production of "The
Wedding Pool' will have you walking out
of the theatre bubbling with enthusiasm
and laughterf You'll be amazed how a
handful of actors, a table, some chairs, a
phone and a couple of lamps can completely mesmerise you.
"The Wedding Pool,* written and
directed by Amiel Gladstone, is a story
about three 30-year-old singles who
can't manage to find a meaningful
romantic relationship. No, this isn't a
sitcom. Sylvia, a disgruntled waitress,
gets her two best friends, Myles and
David, to open a joint bank account with
her. They each put $50 a month into it
until one of them gets married—whoever gets hitched first gets the loot. Before
long, Myles is dating the bank teller that
opened the account and tensions begin
to rise.
I admit, this doesn't sound like a very
innovative plot. However, it is a manageable skeleton with which Gladstone
showcases his talent for choreography,
design and narration. Gladstone cuts up
the plot, inserts witty time-out narratives, shuffles scenes and then sets them
up side by side to play out simultaneously and seamlessly. The story alternates
between a hilarious 'mockumentary' on
the progression of the long-term heterosexual relationship and the more concrete events concerning each character's
personal life.
Gladstone's innovative use of limited
props really pulls you into the play. The
set is a simple white square atop a black
floor, a black backdrop and two lamps
hung overhead. The lamps are turned on
and off sequentially and moved around
according to their role in the scene,
somehow managing to make each scene
come alive with the viewer's own imagination. With two lamps, the setting could
change from a loud concert to a yoga studio to a movie theatre in a matter of seconds.
Of course, this method of presentation could be a complete failure if the
actors can't act. l_.ankfully, the foursome
plays the characters naturally and with
great attention to expressive detail.
Camille Stubel and Lucas Myers stand
out as Sylvia, the sarcastic waitress-by-
day aspiring dancer and Myles, the desperate nice-guy pop music critic.
"The Wedding Pool* is a hilarious
comedy from start to finish, full of witty
dialogue and innovative choreography.
Don't ignore this review like all the others. Pickup a phone and treat yourself to
a good time. ♦
Honeymoon phase over
at the Stanley Theatre
until Apr. 11
by Ania Mafi
"Private Lives,' written in 1930, is one of many
successful works by English playwright and composer Noel Coward. The Arts Club Theatre's production of this piece is a comedy about adultery,
juxtaposing two old flames, reunited by chance,
who rekindle a passionate yet destructive bond.
The play opens at a seaside Normandy hotel
with Sibyl, played by. Mia Ingimundson, and her
new husband Elyot, played by Kevin Williamson,
basking in the glory of the first day of their honeymoon. As Sibyl coaxes Elyot to reveal details about
his ex-wife, the dormant balcony next to theirs
begins to house some interesting company.
Amanda played by Gabrielle Rose, is on her own
honeymoon with proud new husband Victor,
played by Jerry Etienne.
As "20th Century Blues,' a song written by Noel
Coward, plays in the background, Amanda begins
singing to the surprise of the neighbouring Elyot
who recognises her voice as that of his ex-wife.
Outraged and fascinated by this unlikely turn of
events, the two begin arguing and soon realise that
the love they had still burns uncontrollably within
both of their hearts. They devise a plan to leave
their newly committed relationships and run off to
Paris together.
Unfortunately, the next couple of acts are somewhat repetitive and tedious. The entire duration of
the second and most of the third act follow Elyot
and Amanda to a Paris apartment where they are
either discovering their rekindled love, or arguing
that their rneeting was a tempestuous curse. The
witty banter wears a little thin, and the rest of the
play does not live up to an eventful and clever first
act There was little action, and nothing new was
added to the plot
Focusing on the trivial banter of the two main
characters, the repetitive nature of the plot was
made more tolerable by Kevin Williamson's magnificent portrayal of Elyot A unanimous crowd
pleaser with his nervous and fancy footwork and
his cunning, and persuasive tone, Williamson truly
became the charmingly smooth sweet talker that
defines Elyot. Unfortunately the depiction of
Amanda by Gabrielle Rose was at times overdone
and exaggerated, and may have been more suited
for a musical rather than a Coward play.
At the Sunday Prologue Lecture Series that
took place this past weekend, guest lecturer Errol
Durbach, a professor at the UBC Department of
Theatre and Film, described the play as 'one of
the greatest modern comedies of our
time...break[ing] all the rules of a comedy.'
Seeing "Private Lives* performed over 15 times
by various theatre companies, Durbach added,
"You can speak just three words in a Noel Coward
comedy and be funny.*
Indeed the play requires one to hear what is in
the subtext of this 'unusual comedy,' because
many of the humorous innuendoes can be easily
missed especially the British era-jokes that this
generation may not understand.
Although Durbach praised the playwright and
the play, it lacked suspense due to the predictability of the plot In keeping with Coward's simple
style, the play could have merely been improved by
shortening the lengthy and uneventful second act
giving the production the perfect dose of couples
quarrels and coincidental comedy. ♦ 10
Hywel Tuscano
Megan Thomas
Jonathan Woodward
John Hua
Jesse Marchand
Heather Pauls
Michelle Mayne
Paul Carr
Iva Cheung
Sarah Bourdon
Bryan Zandberg
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It being warm as spring, the Ubyssty folks decided to stay
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Ursic and Alison Benjamin wbipped up some raisin roundies,
but Kevin Saborit and Peter Klesken devoured them hot offlhB
trayi AnlonBueno showed Michelle Mayne, Megan Thomas and
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ingredient is couscousl'} Momoko Price, sporting a jaunty
baker's hat chased Greg Drsic and Nell Braun, yelling "Poke
ME in ihe stomach, will youl" Kerrie Thnmbill produced a
■ miniature House of Parliament made entirely of molasses
which she and Sarah Bourdon molded all weekend, thereby
missing ihe Abbotsford Mock Tulip Festival, Iva Cheung Bryan
Zandberg and Jesse Marchand found a batch of rancid fig new-
tons dated May 1987 and made with saccharine {"the Diet
Crack]") and munched contentedly, giggling about the crawly
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Prescription the first step
Coming to a pharmacy near you: medicinal marijuana. Too bad only 78 people across the country
are registered with Health Canada to use the stuff.
But nonetheless. Health Canada is considering
the progressive step of making that flin Hon,
Manitoba bud available without a perscription to
registered users at local pharmacies.
Will this step prove to be a boon to increase the
number of people registered to recieve government-issued pot? It seems that registered users
have complained Constantly about the quality of
the pot with one user even calling it a "very
raunchy, poor quality smoke.'
A Health Canada survey estimates that seven
per cent of the Canadian population, about
290,000, illegally use marijuana to relieve their
symptoms. Getting the stuff into drug stores may
not ensure that those who need it will buy it legally from the government, especially considering
the legendary BC bud is likely grown in your
neighbour's basement
How the government struggles to grow a plant
that is actually a weed, with all the legal hydroponics needed, is hard to fathom. But perhaps we
could save the tax dollars being poured into Hin
Hon and the BC resources used to bust those illegal, albeit high quality, grow ops to come up with
a solution where pot could be grown locally and
legally for medicinal purposes. But then again,
government never likes competition.
Currently, registered users are allowed to
grow pot themselves or have a representative
grow it for them. If the government goes ahead
with the plan to have it available in drugstores,
there is concern that eventually you will not have
the option of growing it yourself. Alas, you'll be
stuck with the weak government-issue brand.
There is also the cost issue. While charging
and taxing marijuana would be a huge source of
revenue for the government—considering there
are approximately 1.5 million pot smokers in
Canada—will users be willing to pay the extra cost
for something that they could easily buy under the
table from the neighbour down the street? Unlike
cigarettes or even over the counter medications,
pot is something that is easily grown in one's
home, not requiring a multitude of ingredients
like, say, a bottle of Tylenol Three.
The system is also subject to abuse. Could one
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user potentially hit up five or six drug stores in
one day, procuring not only enough pot for their
ailments but also enough for their friends? Or will
pharmacies who cany it be required to install an
elaborate and expensive electronic system for regulating customers?
On the plus side, steps toward decriminalisa-
tion has freed up police resources to more pressing issues. About 25,000 possession charges are
laid in Canada every year. With marijuana being
sold at the local drug store, less charges would be
laid. This is a great step against prohibition.
Medical studies constantly reinforce that there
are minimal health risks of marijuana use.
Additionally, marijuana made available
through a pharmacy would ensure the purity of
the plant preventing the risk of users coming into
contact with pot laced with harsher, more, addictive drugs. ;
Hopefully one day in the future the most deliberation in this area will be deciding between
Tiome-grown' or 'crown.' ♦
I just wanted to express my gratitude to the Ubyssey for their Colours
Issue last week. I think that it covered a lot of important issues and
the articles proved to be interesting
and informative. Specifically, I wanted to thank both Camille Johnson as
well as the Casumpang sisters for
Iheir stories about biracial women.
Being half East Indian and half
Filipino myself, I was so happy to
read about the experiences of others
and how they are so similar to my
own. Thank you for sharing your stories with us.
Furthermore, thank you to
Danielle Nanton and Paul Evans for
their story on the need for African
Studies. Being a member of UBC
Africa Network myself, we sometimes feel frustrated to think that
others are not joining us in our
plight! It is nice to see that other UBC
students are with us and that the
Ubyssey has taken the time to
express such important issues.
—Rina Alluri
Arts 4
Abortion furor forgets
theissue;, ;•//••
So the Genocide Awareness Project
(GAP) has once again ruffled feathers with its presence on campus last
Wednesday. Given how long abor
tion has been legal in Canada (over
20 years), and how commonplace it
how is (one in three pregnancies are
terminated), I am pleasantly surprised the pro-life display still elicits
a response—it means the debate has
not completely died.
However, as with any issue having two equally vehement sides, how
we approach the abortion issue is
critical There is so much rhetoric
from both sides that the core concern—whether it is moral to kill a
fetus if it causes problems for its
mother—has long ago been lost And
yesterday was a good example. To
my understanding. Lifeline applied
to the university to create a barricade policy where no dissenting persons could demonstrate within 30
feet of GAP. This, apparently, was
because last time they set up,
Students for Choice (SFC) were right
in front of their billboards, obscuring other students' ability to see the
display. ,
But this policy was misinterpreted. When I tried to approach the display, a SFC representative told me
no one was allowed to get close to
the GAP, that I had to walk around.
Needless to say, this could not possibly foster healthy dialogue! It turns
out this was not true, that I could go
where I wished on my campus (a
reassuring thought). However, the
SFC person was amazingly unwilling
to explain this to me. Why keep anyone from exercising their democratic "right to discussion?       . .'_■' .'
I think the barricade policy is a
terrible idea. It is just like the bub-
ble^bne policy enforced by the government which states anyone doing
any potentially disruptive activities
(from handing out pamphlets to
even silently praying) within 50
metres of an abortion clinic or doctor's office can be jailed for months.
It scares me that both sides are now
adopting policies to keep the other
as far away as possible.
I do understand why, though.
Activists at both ends of the abortion
debate have been met with hostility,
anger, threats and even violence.
There is so much fear. No wonder
it's hard to have a logical conversation about Ihe issue; it's hard to be
rational if I'm worried about my
physical safety.
I asked a pro-choice demonstrator, if GAP isn't a good way to present and debate facts about abortion
(and I don't think it is), then what
would be a better approach, in her
opinion? She had no idea. Sadly, neither do I. It seems things have long
since passed the point of intelligent
reasoning, and the trenches on both
sides of the battle are dug too deep
for activists to even see the actual
women and children they're arguing about
—Kimberlee Graham-Knight
Music 4
An open letter to
Martha Piper    ,
You will never be Canada's best
university. Your vision lacks any
real integrity and your political pandering broadcast to the student
body is farther evidence of that As
if your blatant alliance with the
Liberals in last year's strike shutdown were not enough, your propaganda broadcast message is over
the top. When will you realise that
you cannot buy the student body's
faith back? I am a successful student here, but I ain irresolvably disappointed. I would not recommend
this school to high-school graduates,
even if they did meet your inflated
average requirements. I would not
attend grad school here, even if the
funding programs were sufficient
I have met individuals—professors, TAs, students and service
providers—who are deeply committed to education. These are the
same people who speak against the
government you praise. These people actually value learning and I
thank them all for their integrity.
But these are also consistently the
people who are marginalised and
downsized in the warpath of your
so-called vision. After four years
here, I can only see UBC as a technical institute for the privileged,
and a mistake for anyone who
My support goes out to
Okanagan University College students, who are fully justified in
protesting the amalgamation of
their school with ours; I only wish
that I could disassociate myself
from the increasingly devalued,
"biz-tech* reputation of UBC.
Most sincerely tired of your *syn-
ergetic visions,' .       -      "
.••.'•■ —Maureen Evany
Israel-related coverage biased
I want to express my disappointment with the
Ubyssey's coverage of recent Israel-related
events, in particular, the article "Ambassador
defends Israel's fence" [Tuesday, March 9,
To begin, the article was Inadequately
researched. Chaim Divpn's talk was sponsored by the Israel Advocacy Committee (IAC),
not Hillel House. Hillel House is a building
that facilitates the '"• Jewish Students'
Association 0SA), and can no more sponsor an
event than can Buchanan Tower or the SUB.
Moreover, the JSA and the IAC are separate
entities * and should not be confused, nor
should they be automatically associated with
one another.
' In addition, the article presented an unbalanced view of the event The views of two people in opposition to Divon were directly and
explicitly quoted multiple times, whereas the
views of the pro-Divon camp were not
addressed at all in the article. Furthermore,
the article was inconsistent The author seems
unable to make up his mind as to whether to
call the Israeli security barrier a wall or a
fence. As Riaz Behra so eloquently elucidated,
the two terms are not interchangeable.
On this note, I would like to clarify that the
Israeli security barrier is indeed a fencfe. It is
only located on the western side of most West
Bank residents, and 97 per cent of the structure is made up of wire fencing, while three
per cent is wall, chiefly in areas along the
trans-Israel highway that have repeatedly been
targeted by sniper attacks: The purpose of the
fence is to ensure Israeli security rather than
prevent movement; Palestinians have free and
legal passage through official gates. It can in
no way be compared, as Behra does, to the
Berlin Wall or Great Wall of China. I suggest
that in the future, Ubyssey news reporters
look up substantive facts oh the issues they are
addressing and not rely simply on the word of
their interviewees.
• Coupled in this issue with the "Streeters"
segment, which presented four statements in
opposition to the "wall," as it was here
referred to, and none in support of it I found
the Ubyssey's treatment of the Israeli security
fence to be an unfortunate example of biased,
poorly researched journalism.
—Tamara Segall-Taub
Arts 3
Unfortunate timing of Irshad
Manji's talk accidental
In the article "Muslim broadcaster urges
reform" {Tuesday, March 9, 2004], the
Ubyssey reported oh a talk by progressive
Muslim activist Irshad Manji on the topic of
"Israel, Islam, and Diversity," put on by the
UBC Israel Advocacy Committee (IAC) in cooperation with the UBC Jewish Student
Association, UBC Political Science Student
Association, UBC Young Liberals and UBC
Young Conservatives.
Concern was raised at the event and in the
article that the event was "deliberately scheduled from 12pm to 1:30pm to prevent Muslim
students who hold communal prayers at that
time from attending." Nothing could have
been farther from the truth.
The IAC believes first and foremost that
peace and understanding is achieved through
open discussion and dialogue; therefore, out
events have always been free and open to the
entire campus community regardless of political affiliation or personal opinions regarding
Israel. It was in this spirit of dialogue that we
invited Irshad Manji to speak at UBC knowing
full well that there would be those on campus
who would oppose as well as support her mes
sage. Our belief was that Manji's forum would
be of interest to many at UBC as an outspoken
lesbian, Muslim and human rights advocate.
Unfortunately, we did make a major mistake
in the scheduling of the event But at no time in
our discussions With Manji our Muslim membership, or with my own Muslim friends on
campus did anyone tell me or anyone else in
the organisation that this was the precise time
when the Muslim Student Association (MSA)
held Friday prayers. The scheduling of this
event certainly was not a focused attempt on
the part of the IAC to exclude Muslim attendance of the event Rather, it was a matter of
sheer ignorance on our behalf. If we had
known, I can assure you that we would have
changed the time of the event
Of those Muslim students who were able to
attend the event and the subsequent book
signing, reactions to Manji's discussion were
mixed but produced the overwhelmingly positive result of constructive dialogue between
them and the memberships of all sponsoring
organisations. It is upon these newly forged
relationships that we hope to see continued
discussion and cultural exchange in the
—Ariel Zellman
Arts 3
An open letter to Gordon Brandt
and Ariel Zellman
I wish to personally thank you both for bringing your concerns of the AMS co-sponsored
lecture by Noam Chomsky to the AMS executives. I also personally appreciate the respectful manner in which you have brought the
issues forth.
It should be clearly noted that the AMS is
not endorsing the views of Mr Chomsky.
Instead, we nave booked this speaker as a part
ottr Events   department mandate   to   _ring  a
diverse variety of topics to the students of UBC
and the campus community. The AMS has
never made it a practice to only bring in speakers whose positions we agree with, but rather
support the principles of freedom of speech
and the benefits derived from open and varied
discourse on subjects. In the past the AMS has
sponsored a variety of controversial guest lecturers such as Jello Biafra, Dan Savage, Sue
Johanson and most recently. General Romeo
Dallaire. These controversial speakers do not
represent any stances of the AMS, except they
are invited to speak to the students of UBC as
a way of engaging students on- diverse opinions on varying topics.
The lecture by Noam Chomsky was approximately one hour, after which there was a 90-
minute question-and-answer period. The AMS
Events department has always striven to create extended question-and-answer periods in
order to engage students in discussion and
comparison of opinions. Often, during this
time, students who agree or disagree with the
speaker's opinions have the opportunity to
come forth and express themselves by either
paying respect to or challenging the speaker.
I would also like to take this opportunity to
extend an offer towards the Israeli Advocacy
Committee and Jewish Student Association for
the AMS to wo_k to facilitate a forum on the
Israel and Palestine issue. The AMS executives
believe that such an event can occur on the
provision that all organisations participating
conduct themselves in a mutually respectful
manner. By holding this forum, we hope to
promote the open dialogue necessary to bring
understanding of differing points of view.
Again, I thank you for voicing your concerns. Please feel comfortable to contact me or
come and talk to me at any time.
—Amina Rai
AMS President
111131*1 HIIlllffM p,ease forward your resume & cover letter for any of these positions by March 31,2004 to: Brenda Ogembo, VP Academic & University Affairs,
Hind 13 nmino. Chair Qf the AMS App0jn{men{s committee, c/o room 238-6138 SUB Blvd., Vancouver, BC, VST 1Z1.
Inside U8C
AMS Firstweek Coordinator
7* e AMS is looking to hire 3 First Week
Crordinator to help organize our week-long
.'.fclcome festival from September 6th to
1""Ji, 2004, The Firsiweek Coordinator is a
s'jdent position requiring limited commit-
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.■" :ment" from' May • 1, 2004 to September.
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J he responsibilities include;,    .
• Arranging for speakers, performers, and all
entertainment with consultation from the
steerage committee.,
• Coordinating all fttarketing endeavors in
cluding mail-outs.        ,   ''' ' ';
• Recruiting, training and coordinating volun
teers and special staff for First Week.  .
■ Supervising assistants, during the- ffrial
month of the summer and during the First;
Week events.- •
• Coordinating activities & events during;
First Week,
• Securing ali necessary rooms, equipment
pcwer, and security needed during First.
• Overseeing first Week budget.
Providing regular progress reports to the J
executives, communication to the steerage |
committee, as well as producing a. final re-1
port to council.   ■ ' .  f
Orientations Coordinator
The AMS Orientations Program introduces
new UBC students to campus life through
a variety of initiatives. Acting as coordinator
and spokesperson for this program, the successful applicant will manage all aspects of
AMS Orientations.
• Assisting in the recruitment, hiring and
training of orientations staff'
• Preparing a detailed budget and operational and financial reports
• Gathering student feedback and statistics
during the orientations.
Time Commitment THe Coordinator's time
commitment will vary throughout the year.
April, 25 hours per week
May-August, 40 hours per week
September -  December,  10  hours  per
The positions responsibilities and remuneration are currently under review.
• Knowledge and enthusiasm about student
, life at UBC
• Strong communication, organizational and
leadership skills.
•Ability to train, manage and supervise staff
*Note: Interested applicants are highly en-
couraged to have access to a vehicle during
Inside UBC is a sfudenf daytimer/caiendar,' campus information kit, with a
foldout map, telephone' directory, and an information guide on all student
services available at UBC. This handbook is designed to be used daiiy by
the student, with space for course schedules, notes, dates and s monthly
events calendar of whafs happening on campus.    - ;
If you Blink you can bring creativity and flair fo this great publication submit your resume for one of the following positions:
Inside UBC Writer/Editor
Qualifications  -        '' .     . . '• ' ■,   '   "
• Be a wordsmith with an eye for editing .
• Have experience writing for a publication ...
■ • Be an expert at issues surrounding campus life •
inside UBC Graphic Mistf Layout Designer
Qualifications    ';•,,"..
• Posses a working knowledge of page layout and design program •
»Possess a working knowledge of Photoshop and Illustrator
•Genera! Design Skills'- '•-
-YOU must both: ' _'    ,
'• Be registered UBC students ' '    '
• Have a sense of creativity and humor    . . '  . .   • •
• Are able to take direction and work in a team environment. \ - ■
These position's are full-time, May - June with fiexib-e hours. The responsibilities and salary for the positions are currently under review. You may
apply as a pair but please note that candidates will be considered as
individuals for the positions they have applied for.    ._	
AMS Service Coordinators
The AMS will start its search for Service Coordinators soon. AMS Services are a vital part
of our society. We are looking for people that
have great initiative, ideas, personality and
that can make a difference.
General Responsibilities
• Manage and oversee all aspects of your ser
• Assist in the recruitment, hiring and training
of employees;
• Convey service goals to AMS Communica
tions Department to ensure proper promotion and marketing;
• Liaise with all relevant on and off-campus
• Attend Student Service meetings and main
tain regular office hours;
• Gather student feedback during the year and
keep statistics on your service; - I
• Provide a final, detailed operation report to
the Executive Coordinator of Student Services;
• Prepare a detailed budget and provide op
erational and financial reports to the AMS
Executive Coordinator of Student Services.
, For descriptions visit www.ams.ubc.ca.
Sign up for our electronic newsletter The AMS
Interactive, and we'l! send you updates on all the
latest events and Issues that affect you. To sign
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Never forget about love
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by Greg Ursic
Heartbreak. It's the risk you take
every time you play the relationship
, When the loving turns to loathing
for Clementine and Joel, she enlists
the help of Lacuna—a company that
erases people's unwanted memories
for a price. Joel is devastated when he
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In the hands of Charlie Kaufinan,
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Joel, played by Jim Carrey, is a
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witty, entertaining and intelligent, an
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