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The Ubyssey Oct 16, 1996

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Array Scary
"Date rape pill"
comes to Canada
UBC athletes win big
on weekend
British director, Mike
Leigh, on his new film
Avoiding lawsuits since 1918
Students to pay to apply for exchanges
 by Catherine Chan
UBC Students applying for foreign exchanges
will need deeper pockets this year foUowing
the introduction of a $50 application fee and a
$200 fee for successful applicants.
The fees were approved by the Board of
Governors (BoG) at their October 10th meeting.
The hike, according to Assistant Director of
International Student Services, Thevi Pather,
comes in the face of a doubling of student
interest in the programme.
AMS President David Borins is angered by
the new fees. "We are concerned that the
increases will limit access to the exchange program for some students," he wrote in an
October 11th letter to the Minister of
Worse, Borins said, is the fact that students
had very little say in the introduction ofthe fee.
"Because of a lack of notice by the University
on this new application fee there was no real
consultation in which this concern could be
addressed," he wrote.
"It's unfortunate that this particular burden
has to be shifted to the consumers, especially
to students who are interested in this service,"
Pather told The Ubyssey.
But, he added, the fees are unlikely to cause
a decline in the number of participants in the
programme. He cited the University of Alberta
which implemented an application fee two
years ago. Instead of a drop in applications,
enrollment increased the following year.
Other institutions in Canada and the States
also charge application fees, ranging from $ 10
to $300, he said.
But Tara Ivanochko, student BoG representative, says that betrays a problem with the university's reasoning. "There shouldn't be a fee
just because other universities have them. If
other universities can charge $ 10 as an application fee, rather than charging $50 we should
be asking why we can't do it for $10 as well,"
she said.
"I have asked [UBC Vice President of
Student and Academic Services] Maria Klawe
for a detailed account of what is involved in
processing an application. Then we'll see what
it actually costs," Ivanochko said.
The fees are intended to do more than simply cover costs, Pather said. It will also help
address the problem of students who are
accepted to the programme, but decide to drop
out at the last minute. Of 280 applicants since
1995, 236 were accepted; 50 later withdrew.
Not all of the 50 seats could be filled, meaning
wen    I'.i i i '1
interested applicants
away while places went unfil
"Hopefully [the applicati
forces students to be more si ■ n u
to make choices," he said.
The $50 application fee i "i i
refundable; the $200 fee is rcluii'l
able in some circumstances.
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shouldn't be a barrier for a|>| I1
cants. "Most students applyin- !■ ■
the exchange programme qu-ili
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explains. This year  65%  "I
selected   students   receive' I
scholarships     ranging     ii
amount from $500 to $5000.
And there are resources
beyond scholarships for th
truly cash-strapped.  "\\<
would certainly considi i
looking at individual caui
es for whatever reason    "^rih.
students can't afford the      ^1*
fees," Pather said. ™'«
The new fees will be    w"fle
in effect for students
applying for the 97-98
student exchange programme
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Science students must pay
LORI DURWOOD runs away from the competition at last weekend's Pacific
Northwest cross-country championships (see p8-9). richard lam photo
By Kersi Regelous
Science undergraduate students
will likely see an extra two dollars
on their bills come January.
The amount is being collected
to make up $10,000 the Science
Undergraduate Society (SUS) is
out following an AMS mix-up.
The two dollar amount should
have appeared in September after
a Janaury 1996 referendum gave
SUS permission to raise society
fees from $10 to $12.
Science students passed the
motion and placed the matter in
the hands of the Alma Mater
Society, who ratified it on
February 28 and should have then
referred   it   to   the   Board   of
Governors for approval and inclusion in the Calendar.
But the AMS never passed on
the information to the BoG, so the
extra fees were never collected.
SUS is "pissed off", president
Tracy MacKinnon told The
Ubyssey, because "this is not the
first problem that we have had
with the AMS this year."
MacKinnon added that while
she was confident the oversight
was not intentional, she is angry
because "this has happened all too
often, and nobody ever takes
responsibility for these things."
The Board of Governors (BoG)
agreed to make an exception in the
SUS case. Student BoG Representative Tara Ivanochko said that the
matter was passed quickly with little discussion. "The Board added
the requirement that the AMS publicise it widely," she said.
SUS only become aware of the
oversight this September, after
having already budgeted the
year's expenditures with the extra
cash in mind. The additional
money is needed for the upkeep of
clubs, sports rebates and the SUS'
newspaper, The 432.
According to the AMS, responsibility for passing the fee
increase request on to the Board
of Governors is part of the Vice
President's portfolio. Lica Chui
was out of the country and could
not be reached for comment by
press time. ♦
Administration to regulate bzzr guzzling on campus
By Luke McCann
UBC is brewing a campus-wide alcohol policy that will regulate student beer gardens
and pubs.
Vice Provost Libby Nason will oversee
the policy formation. She wants a draft proposal on campus-wide alcohol use from a
working committee of thirteen. "We hope to
talk to students, experts and social groups
with interest in the policy," she said.
Associate Dean of Commerce Derek
Atkins expressed concern over centralising
the issue. "Let's gain evidence before we
review things," he said, adding that while
campus-wide policies can be positive, they
can also be "straightjackets."
Last May, Associate Vice President of
Legal Affairs Dennis Pavlich asked all deans
to consider the implications of the recent
Supreme Court ruling in which Nike
Canada was held responsible for a employee who crashed his car after he had been
drinking at a company-sponsored event
As it stands now, deans sign the liquor
licenses for their departments' beer gardens, and are therefore liable for any
occurred crimes or misdemeanors.
The Nike precedent "heightened nervousness," said Pavlich.
In September, Pavlich's request effectively shut down POITS, the Commerce
Undergraduate Society's (CUS) weekly beer
garden. "We have to prove to the deans that
we're rurming a very controlled event," said
CUS President Jay Sharun.
So CUS moved POITS to Thursday,
increased staff and bought bus tickets for
beer gardeners.
POITS re-opened Thursday, October 3.
Sharun expects POITS to return to Fridays
by November.
Thursday morning Sharun also prophesied, "It's mid-term exam schedules for
everyone, so I don't expect [tonight's]
turnout to be too huge."
And he was right. For the first hour there
were as many staff as customers and no one
needed complementary bus tickets.
Janitors gave POITS their blessings the
next morning. "Things were in good
shape," said Atkins, who quizzed staff about
how they found Angus after the beer garden.
Atkins said he will review and sign CUS's
liquor licence on a week-by-week basis. ♦ 2   THE UBYSSEY, OCTOBER 16, 1996
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E-mail angers UBC developers
by Bradley Davis
UBC English professor Dennis Danielson faces a
possible lawsuit from a UBC company following
an e-mail letter he sent to a large US software
The e-mail concerned a contract between
Electronic Arts (EA) and Discovery Parks
Incorporated (DPI), which is partly owned by UBC
and is run by the UBC Real Estate Corporation
The companies are negotiating the sale of a
20-acre urban forest adjacent to BCIT that is currently owned by DPI.
The Friends of Discovery Park Citizens'
Advisory Committee, a Burnaby community organization to which Professor Danielson belongs,
has been demanding more public input into the
negotiations because of the land's inherent value
as an urban green space.
The e-mail controversy began on October 3,
when Danielson, speaking on behalf of the group,
sent an open letter via his UBC e-mail account to
40 employees of EA, the entertainment giant
which produces computer video games such as
John Madden Football and Wing Commander.
The letter's purpose, Danielson said, was to draw
EA's attention to the environmental concerns of
the group.
"We wanted EA to know the type of land we're
dealing with here. It's a beautiful piece of urban
forest...simply stunning. We don't believe it
should be destroyed for a software factory," he
According to Parvin Chami, chairperson ofthe
citizens' advisory committee, the e-mail got an
immediate and angry response from Mark
Betteridge who heads up both DPI and UBCREC.
Betteridge, Chami said, telephoned to say he
was considering legal action against Danielson
over the letter.
In response to Bettridge's comments,
Danielson wrote a letter to UBC President Dr.
David Strangway to inform him of the events of
the previous week and to express his concern
"that no member of the University or of the community at large should have his or her exercise of
freedom of speech threatened in the way mine
appears to have been."
According to Dennis Pavlich, UBC Vice
President in charge of legal affairs, Betteridge felt
that Danielson's letter broke the Citizen's
Advisory Committee's oral agreement with DPI
not to contact EA on their own and to wait until a
meeting could be set up between all of the parties.
Pavlich also said that the e-mail sent from
Danielson's UBC e-mail account was interpreted
at EA as a mixed signal from its negotiating partner UBCREC. This confusion is a cause for legal
action, he said.
Danielson said he feels that the potential lawsuit is being used as a means of intimidation
against him and his altruistic protest to save the
urban forest.
Pavlich, though, said that the property adjacent to the disputed lot is owned by Danielson
and that "clearly his own interests are at stake
Any decision to proceed with a lawsuit will
come from DPI's independent board and not the
university, Pavlich said.
It is unclear whether UBC would fund any legal
action against its own professor, but according to
Chami, the Sierra Legal Defence Fund has agreed
to defend Danielson should a suit be brought
against him.
The President's Office had not returned The
Ubyssey's calls by press time. ♦
BoG unveils
by Nina Greco
UBC students hoping for financial
awards got some good news from the
Board of Governors last week. Twenty-
five new scholarships are available to
students following approval by the
Board at their October 10 meeting. The
scholarships had all been recommended by Senate for approval.
"I was fairly impressed with [the
scholarships] this time because they
weren't all for first year students." Tara
Ivanochko. student BoG representative
said after the meeting.
Among the larger scholarships are:
The Patrick David Campbell
Graduate Fellowship which is offered to
graduate students in a master's or doctoral program and is made on Ihe recommendation of the Faculty of
Graduate Studies. In the 96W Session,
$ 15,000 are available.
Also in the 96W Session, the Leslie
and Greta Carter Memorial Scholarship
in Engineering ia available equal to the
current tuition in second year Applied
The Mary E. and James E. McEwen
Memorial bursary offers $2000 to a
student in any year of an undergraduate program.
The Dean of Science Scholarships
are awarded to undergraduate students
in Science and are made in the recommendation of Faculty. In the 96W
Session, there are $7000 available. ♦
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2. libel serrtktar
3. Elections
4. T-shirts (new design)
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6. Tuesday Issue
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9. Day ofthe long Boat WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1996
The date rape pill,
rohypnol, makes its way
into Canada.
By M-J Mi Hoy
MONTREAL (CUP) - Brad Millson knew it wasn't just beer
that was making his girlfriend see giant neon daisies, as big
as traffic lights.
They had been at Gert's, a McGill University campus bar,
for only half an hour when his girlfriend started stumbling,
slurring her speech and feeling ill—all the signs of a big
night at the bar.
"I took her outside to get a taxi and she couldn't even
stand/ explains Millson. "She lay down on the pavement
and that's when she started hallucinating."
By the time the two got in a taxi, he adds, she couldn't
speak or move, yet she was still conscious. Although
Millson assumed she had simply had too much to drink, he
could only remember his girlfriend having had two beers in
the short time they were at Gert's, far below her usual tolerance level.
It was only two days later—after she had woken up the
next morning with no memory of the night before—that
Millson realised that she must have been slipped a spiked
"I was reading about this new drug in Vice [a local alternative weekly] and I realised that all the symptoms they
were talking about happened to my girlfriend," he says.
The drug he's referring to is called 'rootles' on the street,
but is also known by its commercial name, 'Rohypnol.'
Manufactured by Swiss pharmaceutical multinational
Hoffman-La Roche, the drug is prescribed outside of North
America for extreme insomnia. It is illegal in Canada and
the United States.
On college campuses across the United States it is
known by another, more ominous term—'Easy Lay', or the
date rape pill.
Rohypnol is chemically related to Valium, but ten times
stronger and causes victims to first lose all inhibitions, then
black out, and usually lose all memory of the ten to twelve
hours it takes to work through their system, according to
the American Drug Enforcement Agency.
Because of these effects, it has become a popular way for
people, usually men, to drug and then sexually assault
women on American college campuses.
This is what Millson suspects was attempted at Gert's
last week, since his girlfriend had just accepted a beer from
a stranger.
Two other women were approached that night by the
same man—and of those two, the one woman who accepted
the offer suffered the same symptoms as Millson's girlfriend, according to McGill's Sexual Assault Centre.
In the aftermath of the attack—the first reported use of
Rohypnol on a Canadian campus—Millson is worried that
this drug might spread to other campuses.
"It just looked like she was blasted, everyone thought she
had had too much to drink," he says.
"If you want to attack someone like this, it's the perfect
In three short years Rohypnol has gone from being an
obscure sleeping pill to the drug of choice for more and
more southern American college and high school students,
not only to drug potential victims, but as a cheap high.
"Rohypnol first showed up when people started calling
drug-abuse hotlines in Florida and Texas in 1993," according to the Maryland-based Centre for Substance Abuse
Research (CESAR).
And due to the nature of the drug, it is not hard to understand its popularity.
"High school students report use of the drug as a cheap
high and a cure for hangovers. College students report mixing it with beer to enhance the feeling of drunkenness,"
says the American National Institute on Drug Abuse.
The institute also reports that the drug is cheap, only
three to five dollars a dose, and is sold in pill form.
However, like most illegal drugs, the pleasure comes at
a considerable price.
Rohypnol is not only physically but mentally addictive,
and the effect is lessened with more and more use.
Most dangerously, Rohypnol has been blamed for a
number of deaths when users combined it with alcohol. It
even caused pop icon Kurt Cobain to fall into a short coma
when  he   combined  it  with
champagne a month before his
But this has not stopped
Rohypnol from growing in popularity in the southern United
States. An American drug institute called it the "biggest new
drug concern" in the summer
of 1995, the same year that the
DEA seized over 100,000 doses
in over 2,000 incidents in thirty-two different states.
Beyond the concern for the
health of those who chose to
take 'roofies,' many drug abuse
agencies are more concerned
for the safety of people who are
slipped the pill.
Although few statistics have
been compiled about sexual
assaults related to the drug,
anecdotal evidence from American campuses from Florida
to Colorado indicate that it is a
growing concern.
In Colorado, The Lumberjack college newspaper reported that a number of suspicious attacks were probably related to the drug. At the University of Pennsylvania, the campus police called it the "biggest new threat to safety on
A college alcohol-awareness counsellor at the Central
University of Florida said that a number of attacks have
occured, and more are feared.
While there is no questioning its impact in the United
States, most law-enforcement agencies in Canada report no
incidents with the drug—although all hope that this is not
another American scourge that might one day travel north
of the border
"It is not perceived to be a critical problem at this time,
and there have been no reported seizures," says Sgt. Donna
Brownley, of the RCMP. Brownley's view was backed up by
officers at other major metropolitan police agencies.
There have been no reports of the drug on Toronto's
streets or campuses, and it is not viewed as a threat, according to Louise Grey ofthe Metropolitan Toronto Police.
On the west coast, Janice Williams of the Vancouver
Police says that there have been a number of small incidents in the past year involving Rohypnol.
However, none of these incidents involved sexual
assault and she did not fear that the drug would be increasing in use in the near future.
But these statements do not mean that the drug is
unavailable. Of course, of equal concern for most drug dealers is not only making cash from their products, but avoiding the detection of law enforcements agencies.
However, casual interviews with students and dealers in
Montreal did not turn up any first-hand knowledge of the
drug. Although many people admitted to hearing about
Rohypnol, none admitted having tried the drug. Rather, they
usually said that "a friend of a friend of mine once tried it."
And, of course, police agencies may not know about
Rohypnol because they are not looking for it. As Bob
Broward, a prosecutor in central Florida, admitted in an
interview with Newsweek, rohypnol attacks are very difficult to detect and to successfully prosecute.
Since the women can usually not remember any incidents of the attack, Broward said, prosecutions are rarely
Again, this is the situation with the recent alleged
Rohypnol attack at McGill.
"She has only vague recollections of the entire evening at
the bar, and only remembers things if I remind her,"
Millson says.
rohypnol: the effects can be scary, richard lam photo
His girlfriend "didn't think of laying charges since she
can't remember anything," he adds.
Instead, Millson and his girlfriend decided that the best
reaction would be to educate other people to the dangers of
being attacked in the same way. They reported the attack to
McGill's Sexual Assault Centre, and distributed flyers
around the campus describing the attack, urging people not
to accept drinks from strangers.
Barbara Timmins, the external coordinator ofthe Sexual
Assault Centre, is not sure of the best way to respond to the
attack. However, she is concerned that the drug may soon
spread to Canada.
"Awareness is always the key in these situations, particularly when someone wakes up the next day and doesn't
realise what might have happened," she says.
Most importantly she wants to place the whole burden of
responsibility for this drug on possible attackers, so that a
woman who survives the attack does not feel that she was
to blame.
"If these people drug someone and attempt to rape anyone—then they must know that they will be dealt with
severely," she says. ♦
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experience, making great contacts and meeting lots
of cool people!
■=£     Elections Administrator:  Responsible for
conducting the annual AMS Executive Elections in
January and chairing the Elections Committee.
Requires an intensive time commitment during
January (up to 30 hours per week) but very litde
during the rest of the year. For more information
about this position, please contact David Borins,
AMS President, at 822-3972.
■=>     AMS Programs Student at-Large: Part of
a committee which makes recommendations to the
AMS Programs Department. Includes coming up
with event ideas, helping with the budget and
Programs reviews. For more information about this
position, please contact Allison Dunnet, AMS
Coordinator of External Affairs at 822-2050.
AMS Jazz Festival, featuring Slick
12:30 to 1:30 pm
Gallery Lounge
AMS Jazz Festival, featuring
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12:30 to 1:30 pm
Gallery Lounge
■=!> Student Administrative Commission - Clubs
Commissioner: Responsible for the administration
of the 200 AMS clubs and constituencies. For more
information about this position, please contact Jennie
Chen, AMS Director of Administration at 822-3961.
■^ 3 at-Large positions on the AMS Ad-Hoc
Financial Committee: This cornmittee was recently
established by AMS Student Council to review financial
information from the university with an eye to student
concerns. For more information about this committee,
please contact Ryan Davies, AMS Director of Finance
at 822-3973.
Oct 19 - Furnaceface
8:00 pm to midnight
The Pit Pub
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Speaker: Miranda Holmes
Lecture: The Politics of
Women's Health
12:30 to 1:30 pm
SUB Room 212A
The deadline for all positions is Friday, October 18th, 1996 at 4:00 pm in SUB Room 238.
Please enclose a cover letter and resume with all applications.
For general inquiries about the above positions, please contact Jason Hickman, Chair,
Nominating Committee, at 822-6342 or 221-0532, or via email at jhickman@unixg.ubc.ca.
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Apply NOW to the
AMS Innovative
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Deadline for all IPF applications is Friday,
November 15th in SUB Room 238.
Don't forget that the seating
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and Trekkers Restaurant will be
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The Alma Mater Society is inviting all students,
staff and faculty to apply now for funding of
visible and innovative projects from the AMS
Innovative Projects Fund (IPF). A total of
$ 150,000 will be available for 1 996/97.
Support for each projects will be normally
limited to $35,000 per project annually.
The fund can be accessed by students, faculty
and staff of the University community for projects
which are innovative, visible and of a direct
benefit to students.
Applications are available from SUB Room
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Please drop off or send your completed
application form to:
The President, Alma Mater Society
c/o SUB Room 238
Student Union Building
Campus 1 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1996
.Low .performance .profs should face dismissal report »ys
Sy David Alan Barry
TORONTO (CUP) - Uaivei-sify professors
who fail to adequately perform their
teaching duties should face the possibility
of dismissal, says a report recommending
changes to the current system of tenure at
Ontario universities.
The recommendation appears in
Tenure, Teaching Quality and Accountability, a report commissioned by the
Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance.
Jane Orairod, the report's author, says
dismissing professors for poor teaching
performance does not undermine the pur
pose of tenure, a form of job security
which is meant to protect academic freedom and critical inquiry.
She says there is a difference between
dismissing someone because they are
engaged in controversial research or hold
or teach views that are unpopular, an
issue of academic freedom, and dismissing someone because they are unable to
communicate with students, an issue of
teaching ability.
'The two [issues] are not divorced, but
there are elements in teatidng- performance that don't affect academic freedom/ she said.
But faculty say the issues of teaching,
research, and academic freedom are not
so easily separated.
*You can't make a distinction between
teaching and research. They are both
parts of the same person/ said Bill
Graham, president of the University of
Toronto's Faculty Association.
"My research indicates that the university is reluctant to initiate this act of
releasing a professor, unless in the most
flagrant of cases/ Orrarod said.
"Incompetence should not have to reach
the  point of flagrancy for  it to be
Football team splintered after failed drug test
By Greg Quinn
SACKVELLE, N.B. (CUF)-Th« suspension of
a varsity football pkiyer for steroid abuse
has started a stream of events that has decimated Mount Allison University's football
" Hoggie' MacNeil was named new interim
head coach.
Now the football team is preparing to
continue ihe season, in spite of all the
Benoit Goyette, who was handed a four
year suspension mat effectively ends his
football career, has refeised al comment
Since the announcement, the Mounties
conceded the points from their only win of
the season, bead coach Marc Granger was
fired, prompting a media Msge as well as a
player revolt and former coach John
"We were disappointed when we were
informed of this positive test" said Mark
Lowry, executive vice president of the
*Whfle we regret the obvious impact on
Mr. Goyette and his future in mteruaiver-
stty sport, tbe CIAU remains steadfastly
opposed to the used of banned substances.
We wffl continue to do our utmost to eradicate these unacceptable practices/
Goyette is the fibrst Mount Allison athlete to test positive for a banned substance.
University president Ian Newbould
worked quickly to establish the school's
stance against drugs, alongside the CIAU.
'Mount j^hson in no wjjgf condones this
behaviour. It is completely unacceptable,
and we will take all me necessary steps to
ensure it does not happen again,* be said.
*We do not accept a "win at aH costs'
attitude that prompts violation, of rules. If
you have to do this to win, then perhaps
the time has arrived when academic values call into question the existence of
higttpressixre intercoltegmie athletics/ ♦
Professor fails to stop harassment hearing
By David Cochrane
ST. JOHN'S, Nfld. (CUP) -A Supreme
Court judge has ruled that a Memorial
University professor accused of sexual
harassment will have to face a university
hearing committee despite his claims of
Tbe faculty lawyer filed for an injunction to prevent the committee from hearing the case, stating in the application that
'the committee has lost jurisdiction to
hear the complaint by granting the post-
fairly in accordance with the i»rocedures
and I find this has been done," Barry's
WMle the professor appeared before
the committee represented by a faculty
association lawyer, the student requested
a postponement so she could also get a
The committee granted a two day
adjournment to allow the student to get
legal representation, but the professor's
lawyer objected saying the delay would be
a procedural violation.
But in a written decision late last month.
Supreme Court Justice Leo Barry upheld
the committee's jurisdiction and supported
the ruling mat the hearing kid in feet commenced according to Memorial's sexual
harassment procedures.
"The Court having decided the Hearing
Committee was correct in ^interpretation ofthe Procedures, [the professor] has
not established the infringement of any
right which would entitle him to an
injunction. He had the right to be treated
The university's administration is supporting the court's derision and at the
same time says the injunction was an
attempt by the faculty at 'getting around"
the hearing process.
"The university is really concerned the
faculty association would use a technicality to try and prevent a student's complaint
from being heard," said university
spokesman Peter Morris.
Student council president Robert
Mendoza also supports Barry's decision.
'I don't see how [the faculty association)
could justify, in any way, shape or form, a
student's complaint not being heard." ♦
Art instructor
raises concerns
over VDTs
by Neal Razzell
Pregnant tudents at the Emily Carr
Institute of Art and Design (ECIAD) are
being advised to take computer classes
after term. Their baby's term.
Controversial research suggesting
video display terminals (VDTs) endanger
pregnant women and their unborn children prompted fine arts and computers
instructor Gary Lee-Nova to "recommend
[pregnant women] seriously think about
taking the course at another time/ he
said in a telephone interview last week.
UBC issues no similar warnings.
Here roughly 10,000 VDTs expose users
to a range of electromagnetic radiation,
from X-ray, ultraviolet and infrared, to
low, very low and extra-low frequency
Measurements made by provincial
and federal agencies indicate VDT emissions in Canada are either non-
detectable or at levels well within current standards. The Director of the
Radiation Protection Services Branch of
the Ministry of Health, Brian Phillips,
said VDTs pose no threat to pregnant
women or their babies.
Lee-Nova isn't satisfied. "I don't believe
anything the government tells me... They
just want it status quo all the way."
UBC's Director of Occupational
Health and Safety Wayne Greene, a former employee of the Radiation
Protection Services Branch, calls Lee-
Nova's warning "irresponsible."
Greene feels pregnant women have
enough to worry about, noting X-rays
from VDTs cannot penetrate the abdominal wall and damage a fetus. "There is
nothing to support that women are at
risk from radiation exposure/ he said.
TRIUMF researcher Lutz Moritz,
organizer of the 1994 International
Radiation Protection Association's conference on non-ionizing radiation,
agrees, but says he suspects "there could
be long-term effects."
Greene admits there may be effects
from magnetic fields, but says "if they
exist, they're very small."
Pearl Wierenga, Coordinator of
Health Education Outreach, had no
information on the effects of VDTs on
pregnant students.
Exactly, said Lee-Nova. "There are
forces being unleashed here that really
we don't understand that deeply...
There's all sorts of other things about the
electromagnetic fields and their frequencies that we're just beginning to
make a commitment to studying and
understanding a little better." ♦
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Student Discipline
Under section 58 of the University Act the President of the University has authority
to impose discipline on students for academic and non-academic offences (see page
65 of the 1996/97 University Calendar). A summary of such disciplinary cases is
published on a regular basis, without disclosing the names of students involved.
In the period November 1, 1995 to August 31, 1996, 33 students were disciplined.
For each case, the events leading to the imposition of the discipline and the discipline imposed are summarized below. Discipline may vary depending upon all the
circumstances of a particular case.
1. A student was alleged to have committed plagiarism in
the preparation of assignments.
Outcome: charge dismissed, allegation not
substantiated on consideration of all evidence.
2. A student misrepresented questionnaires that were
administered to students.
Discipline: suspension from the University
for 12 months*.
3. A student committed plagiarism in an assignment.
Discipline: in the special circumstances, a mark of
zero on the assignment and suspension from the
University for 4 months*.
4. A student committed plagiarism/cheated on a term
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and suspension from the University for 12 months*.
5. A student wrongfully attended a mid-term examination
and submitted the work as that of another student.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and suspension from the University for 12 months*.
6. A student committed plagiarism in an essay.
Discipline: in the special circumstances, a mark of
zero on the essay and a letter of reprimand.
7. A student wrongfully attended and submitted an examination under a false name.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and suspension from the University for 12 months*.
8. A student committed plagiarism in an assignment.
Discipline: in the special circumstances, a mark of
zero on the assignment and suspension from the
University for 4 months*.
9. A student forged the signature of a guarantor on a loan
Discipline: a letter of reprimand*. An appeal to the
Senate Committee on Student Appeals
was dismissed.
10. A student was in possession and used unauthorized
materials during an examination.
Discipline: in the special circumstances, a mark of
zero in the course and a letter of reprimand*.
11. A student was in possession and used unauthorized
materials during an examination.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and suspension from the University for 12 months*.
12. A student submitted false information on a University
Registration/Change of Registration form.
Discipline: in the special circumstances, a mark of
zero in the course and suspension from the University for
4 months*.
13. A student submitted false information on a University
Registration/Change of Registration Form.
Discipline: in the special circumstances, a course
grade corresponding to work completed in the course in
accordance with University regulations and a letter of
14. A student repeatedly failed to respond to notices of a
hearing to deal with allegations of submitting false information on a University Registration/Change of
Registration Form.
Discipline: registration permanently blocked until
appearance before the Disciplinary Committee and note
on transcript to this effet.
15. A student submitted false information on a University
Registration/Change of Registration Form.
Discipline: in the special circumstances, a mark in
the course corresponding to work completed in accordance with University regulations and a letter of reprimand. '
16. A student failed to disclose on a University application
prior attendance at another University and also misstated
other relevant information.
Discipline: in the special circumstances,a letter of
17. A student failed to disclose on a University application
prior attendance at another University.
Discipline: in the special circumstances, suspension
from the University for 4 months*.
18. A student included unacceptable comments on a final
Discipline: a letter of reprimand.
19    A student was alleged to have committed plagiarism/
cheated in the preparation of an assignment.
Outcome: charge dismissed; allegation not substantiated on consideration of all the evidence.
20. A student submitted false information on a University
Registration Form.
Discipline: a course grade corresponding to work
completed in the course in accordance with University
regulations and a letter of reprimand.
21. A student repeatedly failed to appear at scheduled
hearings to deal with an allegation of submitting false
information on a University Registration/Change of
Registration Form.
Discipline: registration permanently blocked until
appearance before the Disciplinary Committee and a
note on transcript to this effect.
22. A student altered a returned examination paper by
replacing portions of it with another student's work
and attempted to secure a revised grade in the course.
Disciplines mark of zero in the course and a
suspension from the University for 20 months*.
23. A student had and used unauthorized material
in an examination.
Discipline: in the special circumstances, a letter of
24. A student permitted another student to copy portions
of his term paper.
Discipline:in the special circumstances, a letter of
severe reprimand*.
25. A student plagiarized in the preparation of a paper.
Disciplines mark of zero for the course and a
suspension from the University for a period of 12
26. A student failed to disclose on a University application
form prior attendance at other post-secondary
institutions, including one from which there was a
requirement to withdraw.
Discipline: in the special circumstances.a suspension from the University for a period of 4 months.
27. A student plagiarized in the preparation of a paper.
Discipline: in the special circumstances.a mark of
zero on the paper and a letter of reprimand*.
28. A student altered a returned mid-term examination in an
attempt to secure a revised grade.
Discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the University for 12 months.
29. A student plagiarized in the preparation of an essay.
Discipline: in the special circumstances, a letter of
30. A student plagiarized/cheated in the preparation of an
Discipline: in the special circumstances.a mark of
zero in the course and a suspension from the University
for 8 months.
31. A studentparticipated in a cheating incident in an examination.
Discipline: in the special circumstances.a mark of
zero in the course and a suspension from the University
for 4 months*. An appeal to the Senate Committee on
University Appeals on Academic Discipline was allowed
in part.
32. A student was alleged to have cheated in the preparation of an assignment.
Outcome: charge dismissed; allegation not substantiated on a consideration of all the evidence.
33. A student brought unauthorized material into a final
Discipline: a mark of zero on the course and suspension from the University for 4 months*.
* In all cases indicated by an asterisk a notation of disciplinary action is entered on the student's transcript and in the student's file. At any time
after two years have elapsed from the date of his or her graduation the student may apply to the President to exercise his discretion to remove
the notation. Students under disciplinary suspension from UBC may not take courses at other institutions for transfer of credit back to UBC.
Radical or Traditionalist?
Patricia Marchak, formerly Dean of
Arts during the UBC Political
Science department racism-sexism
uproar last year, has other topics
on her mind these days. She leaves
this week for a two-year trip ("I've
saved up all my sabbatical time") -
first to Finland to give a paper on
forestry, and then to Argentina to
study ideologies. Then she'll return
to UBC to teach sociology, though
she promises that "I'll never be
candidate for UBC president and I
wouldn't wish it on anyone."
Over 300 mostly older people
had come to the Woodward Centre
on October 5 to hear Marchak
speak on "Universities After a
Millennium: Whither or Wither?"
There she noted the economic and
social pressures bombarding universities from all sides, and
lamented that UBC's current mission statement ("Second to None")
is completely devoid of content.
She later said she had expected a
much more hostile turnout and
was baffled and delighted by the
warm reception.
Marchak was asked there if she
approved of the wording of the ad
for a new UBC president, which
stated that minority applicants
were "especially" welcome. She
replied that "the word 'especially'
is extreme and
probably unnecessary. On
the other hand,
I do think that
a leveling of the playing field was
required. These groups did not apply at an earlier time and are now
applying. But I'm not in favour of
quotas and we don't have quotas."
Although Marchak described
herself as a "traditionalist," the
Vancouver Institute president
stated she was "perhaps even a
radical" while serving as editor of
TheUbyssey, then situated in the
old Brock Hall, in 1957-58. (I wondered what would qualify as "radical" within the context of ultra-
conformist 1950s.)
For her role in the 1995 dispute, some had painted Marchak
as a mythical ogre: cold, reactionary, authoritarian. I had
uncritically accepted this opinion
for a year, until speaking with her
last week. (I've since decided to
reserve judgment on others
before I've met them, or tried to.)
Asked if a campus paper
should mainly accept authority or
challenge it, Marchak replied,
"I'm certainly in agreement with
students challenging things, they
should. That's fine. That's great.
But I do think they must do their
homework, and do it intelligently,
and you don't just slam people on
a personal basis because you
don't like the way they look or
something they said.
"I'm sure we did a lot of irresponsible things in the 1950s, we
had our hijinks. But we also
thought at the time that we were
journalists-in-training. So there
were some rules like objectivity."
Although some 1950s topics
are dated, others would be uncannily familiar to Ubyssey readers
today: Marchak wrote editorials
condemning the AMS's control of
The Ubyssey, government secrecy,
underfunding of universities,
Socred anti-Semitism, business
influence at UBC, and the Premier
by Stanley Tromp
PATRICIA MARCHAK as she appeared in her graduation photo
some years ago. photo courtesy
of the day appointing a political
hack to the UBC Board of
One time, the paper risked
being shut down. After Socred
Attorney-General Robert Bonner
spoke at UBC and was heckled by
students, Marchak said, "I wrote a
rather nasty editorial about him,
and UBC President Norman
MacKenzie called me into his
office. He wasn't upset with the editorial himself, but he said if you
wind up with a libel action, then I
as president would be obliged to
intervene. So
if you want to
maintain freedom of the
press, be careful. That was very good advice and
1 followed it."
(In the February 7, 1958 piece
entitied "When Will You Go...?"
Marchak had written: "It was a
spontaneous expression of a long
pent-up hatred for a government
which, in the face of severe criticism and charges of inefficiency,
dishonesty and corruption from
all quarters, refuses to ask the people, whom it supposedly serves, to
decide its fate.")
Two weeks later Marchak printed an editorial apology for "factual
errors." And yet a week after the
apology, Marchak wrote of
Bennett's speech at UBC, "He
spent his allotted time in esoteric
platitudes, empty bellows, ape
gesticulations, and untenable
insults," and she called it "disgusting" how Bennett had used UBC's
President for political gain.
There was more. "I gave the
Dean of Education a mighty rough
time. We reprinted a couple of
examinations at Christmas-time to
show what kind of things were
going on there. They weren't
On The Ubyssey's coverage of
the Political Science dispute,
Marchak said, "It wasn't simply
what they printed, it was the tone
in which they were supposedly
asking me questions. It seemed an
assumption that somehow I was
guilty of something, and nobody's
going to answer questions like
that." (The paper had also supported the McEwen report, which
she had denounced.)
"But it's all water under the
bridge now. I don't have a permanent fight with The Ubyssey. I love
The Ubyssey. I was really upset
with the way they carried on last
year. When you're happy being
with a paper, you don't want to see
it being mistreated later on." ♦ WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1996
Limited nuclear war 'workable' Back in
Limited nuclear war is a workable military strategy, a top
Canadian Armed Forces official
said Thursday.
David Adamson, deputy commander of die North American Air
Defence Command, said that if the
Soviet Union fired a nuclear missile
into a remote area of the North
American Treaty Organisation territory, the US could retaliate similarly without total nuclear war
breaking out.
"Kissinger [former US sectretary
of state Henry] moved the United
States away from the concept that
total retaliation is necessary to
counteract a Soviet limited attack."
Adamson told a group of 100
students in Buchanan 100 that the
US and the Soviets are more afraid
of the use of nuclear weapons by
terrorists or third world nations
than by each other.
He said the proliferation of
nuclear weapons among unstable
nations is a growing threat.
"Imagine Idi Amin with a nuclear
The decision by US president
Jimmy Carter to scrap the B-l
bomber and cruise missile was a
mistake Adamson said.
"You can't bargain from a position of weakness with them," he
said. "We can't scale down our
armed forces unilaterally.
"We should have both the B-l
and the cruise missile and then bargain with the Soviets from a position of strength."
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its potential for "posturing,"  he
said, a technique similar to gunboat diplomacy.
By deploying the bombers in
certain areas or putting them in a
particular stage of readiness,
NORAD can warn die Soviets of
its intent to retaliate against a
Soviet threat, Adamson said.
The cruise missile does not have
that potential, he said.
"The Soviet Union has been
unwilling to settle for parity with
the United States" in terms of military hardware, he said.
But its defence situation is different from Canada's as they must
defend themselves from a Chinese
threat as well as NATO.
Adamson said Canada currently
spends 2.5 per cent of its gross
national product on defense which
is tlie second lowest percentage in
NATO. Luxembourg is the lowest.
The US spends seven to eight
per cent on defense compared to
20 to 30 percent for the Soviet
Union, he said.
But die Soviet Union is having
internal problems with consumerism.
"The government is having a
hard time catering to the new consumer desires," he said. "They
have to make difficult decisions in
deciding how much of the budget
to devote to defence and how
much to consumers."
Canada currendy pays 15 percent of NORAD costs but on a per
capita basis it pays more than tlie
Americans, said Adamson.
major contribution to NORAD,
he said, as the location of radar and
tracking stations in Canada gives
NORAD more time to respond to
a Soviet attack.
The general said Canada should
become more involved in new
technologies at the expense of the
current unwieldly peace-time
bureaucracy ofthe armed forces.
"Space is an example," he said.
"I would be willing to give up a fair
portion of our defence budget for
"We are a young nation with
good technological resources," he
Space is a frontier technology
and Canada should become
involved in this industry, or we will
"lag behind in industrial development and become the hewers of
wood and drawers of water in the
21st century," he said.
The Soviet Union has developed "killer" satellites, capable of
destroying other satellites, he said.
But the use of space for military
purposes is primarily for destroying
the communications and detection
satellites of the enemy, rather than
using space as a place to fire
weapons at earth targets.
The Soviets are far from having
an effective system for destroying
NATO satellites, he said.
Satellites operate on many different orbits and it requires a great
deal of energy to change the orbit
of a satellite to bring it within
range of a satellite it is to destroy.
An alternative is to use many
only have a few, he said.
Adamson said deterrence "is a
medium whereby we can survive
until a point in time when humanity can truly get along."
"But we can't unilaterally disarm or walk away from the situation," he said. ♦
DAVID ADAMSON, then Canada's deputy commander of the North
American Air Defence Command, argued that nukes were necessary.
UBC scientists agree USSR    Back in
technology well advanced
Friday, October 11, 1957
The launching ofthe Russian satellite Sputnik demands that we
change our attitude toward scientists, according to Dr. MacDowell,
head of the Chemistry Department.
"This proves to die world what
Western scientists have always
known...Russia is a first-class scientific nation."
He compared the importance
of the Soviet's advance into space
to the invention ofthe telescope.
Dr. Jacobs of the Physics
Department stressed the fact that
we still know very little about the
Russian mode. "More actual
details are needed before coming
to any conclusions," he said.
"The Americans have concentrated on building a fine model but
have not yet managed to get it off
the ground.
"It is, of course, a first-class
achievement and a major contribution to the International Geophysical Year, but opinions about it
have been distorted from a political
Dr.  Conway, History Depart
ment, said that it is up to us to
"take some lead in another diplomatic field now, while the world is
still in doubt as to the meaning of
the whole thing."
He suggested that a concrete
stand on disarmament could be
"We must realise the importance
of die satellite. They gain in political
prestige by this scientific lead. The
satellite is reverberating terrestrially
as well as stratospherically."
Dr. Conway expressed agreement with scientists who maintain
mm aj^rj
that physicists be substituted for
"The launching of the satellite
reveals Russia's advances in technical education," states Dr. Farr of
the History Department. He said
that participating in the IGY does
show a certain amount of cooperation on Russia's part.
"Of course she gains a large
amount of political prestige by
being the first." ♦
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lets you make long distance calls from any phone. All for a flat
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by Staff
The Football Birds are still very much
alive in the Canada West play-off
hunt, thanks to a 35-18 upset road victory over the top-ranked Alberta Golden
Bears this past Saturday.
Prior to Saturday's game, the Bears' defence had only
given up 5 7 points in four games.
Head coach Casey Smith was ecstatic about the victory.
"It's the biggest win we had in the lasL live years ... and the
guys really needed that. It was just an excellenl Learn effort,"
said Smith. 	
"Our offence played well for once and our defence really
shut them down after the second quarter," said rookie quarterback Shawn Olson.
Starting his first CIAU football game ever, Olson ran for
three touchdowns and passed for 187 yards as he completed
12 for 18 passes.
Veteran running back Mark Nohra was no slouch eilher as
he ran for two touchdowns and 93 yards on 17 carries.
Rookie Akbal Singh also chipped in with 89 yards rushing on
11 carries.
While the offence dissected the best defence in the Canada
West, linebacker Corey Bymoen sparked the Birds' defence.
The Bears were held to one offensive touchdown and 223
yards total offence.
Alberta opened the scoring at 6:52 second quarter on
Simon Baffoe's 22-yard touchdown scamper. The Birds then
scored three touchdowns in the half s final three minutes.
Nohra's nine-yard run tied the game at 12:34. Olson's first
rushing touchdowns and Nohra's second one minute apart
gave UBC a 21-7 hdftime lead.
The Birds increased their lead on another Olson rushing
touchdown late third quarter. A botched snap allowed Alberta
to score a defensive touchdown. But Olson closed the door on
the Bears with his third rushing touchdown late fourth quarter.
UBC's record now stands at 3-3 and the Birds will have
two weeks to prepare for the final home game against the
Calgary Dinosaurs. And just like this past weekend, the Birds
must win next week or else the season is over. ♦
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Track 'Birds leave competition in mud
-by Wolf Depner.
The UBC cross-country running team wasn't
going full throttle, but slill won the Pacific
Northwest Cross Country Championships this
pasL Saturday.
Race conditions were far from perfect as runners from UBC, UVic and the Richmond Kajaks
Track and Field Club had to overcome chilly temperatures and a soggy course.
Head coach Marek Jedrzejek was nonetheless
pleased with the team's fitness level and the times
posted on the slow terrain.
"From race to race, we are looking better and
better," said Jedrzejek.
he 'Birds dominated the women's 5000m race.
Lori Durwood, who has suffered from asthma and
allergies in past weeks, blew away the competition
right off the start and barely sweated as she
cruised past the finish in 17:26 minutes.
"I feel really strong and I'm really gearing up
for- the—national.-1DX .mad champion ships ...this,
weekend in Montreal. I'm looking to have a good
race there, so this was just a good warm-up meet,"
said Durwood who is considered a hopeful for the
2000 Olympic Games.
With Durwood's victory never in doubL, the
race's most exciting battle was for second place.
Kerry MacKelve and T-Bird Heather MacDonald
were coming down the final 500 metres side by
side. But MacDonald turned it up down the stretch
and pulled away with 200m to go, finishing in a
time of 18:53 minutes, seven one-hundreds ahead
of MacKelve.
Other UBC finishers in the women's 5000m
included: Kristine Chambers (7th, 19:21), Zoe
Bennett (10th, 19:41), Sarah Adams (Mth, 21:08)
and Rebbeca Marschall (15th, 21:15)
The men's 10,000m race wasn't nearly as
exciting. A six-man strong lead pack established
itself early on, but the group fell apart halfway
through the race as Kajak Colin Dignum pulled
away in convincing fashion to win in 31:38 minutes.
Birds Matt Coley and Randy Moody had stayed
with Dignum until that point, buL couldn't maintain contact with tlie front-runner.
Moody dropped out of the race with a hamstring injury while Coley, who has been bothered
by injuries for the past three weeks, was content
with second place. He finished with a time of
31:58 minutes.
"1 just wanLed to test my fitness level...Colin
[Dignum] broke away with five kilometres left and
I didn't know how it would feci, so I kinda held
back," explained Coley.
UBC's Oliver Utling, meanwhile, had a strong
race and finished fifth.
Other UBC finishers included: Ellias Abdi (7th,
32:48), Roger Shirt (11th, 34:39), Kevin Cormier
(12th, 34:41), Keith Freeland (13th, 34:45), Chris
Johnson (15th, 35:20), Craig McGarry (17th,
35:47), and ToddJangula (19th, 37:08). ♦
lb 2
MATT COLEY crosses the finish line last weekend.
Flightless Birds bounce the biscuit
WOMEN"S CAPTAIN Laura Bennion..RiCHARD lam photo
by Wolf Depner
The women's ice hockey team suffered
its second defeat in as many games,
losing 0-3 to the three-time defending
provincial champs Britannia Blues this
past Saturday.
The Birds opened the season with a
2-1 loss to the Killarney Knights.
Monica Eickmeier scored UBC's lone
Saturday's loss could have been,
should have been, much worse. But
UBC's goalie Julie Douglas stoned the
Blues all night long and kept the Birds
in the game until late in the third period.
Her most spectular save came late
in the first period when she flung herself across the crease to make a brilliant stick save.
While Douglas stood on her head,
the Birds' forwards generated few
quality scoring chances.
Captain Laura Bennion had the
UBC's best scoring chance halfway
through the first period when she
dinged the biscuit off the post.
"We are having trouble putting the
puck in the net," explained Bennion
who coached the team the past two
years. "But scoring is the last part of
the game that we're concerned about,"
she continued.
"You have to build from your goalie
out and on any team you'll have to play
defence first. That's what we're learning to do right now."
Rookie head coach Hugh Longhurst
is not concerned about the team's slow
start in Vancouver's top division.
"Obviously, we want to win, but at
this point we're looking to come
together as a team and build on
that," said Longhurst, adding, "as
coaches, we are happy about what
The Blues opened the scoring at
9:35 first period after UBC's Kelly
Fiske coughed up the puck deep in her
own zone.
The Blues pounced on the lost puck
and scored on a shot from the slot. The
Birds responded to the Blues' goal with
a better effort up-front, but couldn't
crack Britannia's solid defence.
UBC fell behind 0-2 two minutes
into the second period when the Blues
finished off a perfect three-way passing
play with a low shot that beat Douglas
on her glove side.
The Birds had a chance to get back
into the game on a late third period
power-play, but didn't apply any pressure on the Blues' net.
An empty-netter with twenty-three
seconds left concluded the scoring for
the Blues. ♦
Puck Birds fly into Brandon to tame Bobcats in opener
by Glen Ford
The Quill
The Puckbirds were road warriors over the
weekend as they took three out of four
points from the Brandon Bobcats to open
the Canada West regular season.
And rookie Troy Dalton starred as Mad
Max as he notched a hat-trick in Saturday's
4-3 win, including the game-winner with
23 seconds left.
"It was very impressive the way Troy
stepped up and took charge of the game...
both teams were very equal and we were
fortunate enough to come out on top," said
head coach Mike Coflin.
Including the last four exhibition games,
UBC is undefeated in the past six games
and that has Coflin grining from cheek to
"We have a very young team and I was
happy with a lot of the aspects of our game.
Hopefully as the season wears on, we will
he able to pull out some wins from these
close games," he said.
Friday's game was an indifferent contest as both teams looked rusty and
played without much intensity or emotion.
Grady Manson's power-play marker at
6:48 gave the Bobcats an early 1-0 lead.
Manson then scored his second goal twen
ty seconds into the second period to up
Brandon's lead.
The Birds pulled within one seventeen
seconds later on Pavel Suchanek's first
goal. Frank Crosina and Corey Stock assisted.
Crosina also figured in Cal Benazic's
power-play goal that tied the game at 2:17
second period. Jamie Burt picked up the
second helper.
The Birds came out flying third period
and took a 3-2 lead in less than a minute on
Jamie Burt's first goal of the season.
However the Birds couldn't build on
the lead and conceded the equaliser at
While Friday's game was only mildly
entertaining, Saturday's contest was a
Both goalies were tested early and often
in a scoreless opening period.
UBC's David Troflimenkoff stopped
eleven shots in the first period while his
Brandon counterpart Colin Ryder turned
away nineteen.
Dalton finally opened the scoring on a
power play two minutes into the second
period by slapping a rebound past the fallen Ryder.
The Bobcats rebounded with two quick
goals by Peter Jas and Scott Hlady to shift
the momentum.
Troy Dalton's second goal tied the game
at 13:11. Cal Benazic put the Birds up two
minutes later on another power play tally.
Brandon rookie Grady Manson knotted the game at three 4:33 minutes into
the final period. The score stayed that
way until Dalton's late-game heroics at
Saturday's game was marred by an ugly
incident as Brandon's Dean Rowland
elbowed UBC's top centre Frank Crosina
into the boards.
Crosina lost four teeth, but should be
available this weekend for Birds' home-
opener against the Lethbridge Pronghorns. ♦
Tale of two teams
by Wolf Depner
Six wins in seven games. First place in
the Canada West. Ranked second in the
nation. The men's soccer team has
proven beyond any doubt that last season
was a gross abomination.
The Birds won five national championships between 1989 and 1994, but
missed the play-offs first time ever in
1995 due to injuries and inconsistent
"Yeah, we're really happy with the way
everyttung has gone," said rookie head
coach Mike Mosher. But he is not surprised by the team's outstanding play.
Neither is rookie forward Mark
Rogers who has scored twice so far.
"There is a lot of talent here," he said.
That talent has translated into a balanced attack and stingy defense. Four
players have scored two goals or more;
on the other end, UBC has conceded only
four goals, tops in the Canada West.
UBC's depth is most obvious in the
midfield. Ken Strain leads the team in
scoring with four marks while 86er Nico
Berg has been the Birds' leader and most
consistent player.
"When he has done well, everybody
seems to get a lift off [Berg]," explained
The Birds have also avoided injuries
and that definitely helps in a ten-game
But Mosher and his players know that
no matter how well this team plays in the
regular season, they will be measured
against the great championship teams of
the past.
Barring a late-season collapse, UBC
should finish first in the Canada West
and earn the right to host the Canada
West final.
But winning the Canada West championship is only a step towards the team's
ultimate goal: A national championship.
While the men's team talks about winning it all, the women's team may not
make the play-offs.
The Birds are 0-2-1 in the last three
league games and trail the second-placed
Alberta Pandas by three points. Both
teams have three games left to play.
To qualify, the Birds have to win all
three remaining games and hope that
Alberta picks up no more than six points
in their remaining games.
If that doesn't happen, the women's
team will miss the play-offs for the first
time ever.
So what happened to the team that
was ranked first when the season started?
"Seven goals in seven games is not
enough for a play-off contender,"
explained head coach Dick Mosher.
WOMENS SOCCER coaching staff wonder
where the goals have gone.
"It's not that we're not creating opportunities ... we are just not finding the back
of the net and I'm not sure why," said
striker Brandy Heatherington who has
scored only once this season.
"I'm very upset. That's pathetic, personally." And Heatherington is not the
only UBC striker struggling.
Veteran Zoe Adrian started the season
on a hot streak, scoring three goals in the
first three games. But she hasn't scored
Injuries to key players have also contributed to the Birds' desperate situation.
Veteran striker Tammy Crawford missed
three games with an injury and while she
is playing now, she is far from 100 percent.
Midfielder Jessica Mann and
Heatherington have also played hurt.
"You never want to use injuries as
an excuse, but I guess we had more
than your share," said Mosher. But
Mosher's major concern at the
moment is his team's poor finish in the
attacking zone.
"We just have to start scoring more
The Birds will get a chance this weekend when they host the Calgary Dinos
and the Lethbridge Pronghorns in must-
win matches.
New faces dominate Hockey Birds' new season
 by Wolf Depner
The men's hockey team is heading into the
new season with cautious optimism.
And the emphasis should be on cautious considering what happened last season.
There were high hopes for the
Puckbirds as they prepared for the
1995/96 season, but as sixth-year head
coach Mike Coflin put it, "everything that
we had planned for went wrong."
The Birds suffered through it all, missing the play-offs for the sixth consecutive
year with a 9-17-2 record.
"Unfortunately, last year was a setback," said Coflin.
But there were some positives last season. While the Birds were a dreadful 2-10-
2 through the first fourteen games, they
played .500 hockey in the second half and
were in the hunt for a play-off spot.
Centre Doug Ast had a stellar season
as he lied the 25-year school scoring
record with 52 points in 28 games while
his line-mate Matt Sharrers scored 37
However neither player is with the
Birds anymore. Doug Ast attended the
Vancouver Canucks' training camp and
signed with Vancouver's AHL affiliate, the
Syracuse Crunch. Matt Sharrers, meanwhile, was invited to play for Canada's
national team.
Although Coflin is sad to see Ast and
Sharrers gone, he is confident that the rest
ofthe team can step up offensively.
Coflin up-graded the defensive corps
and on whole is confident that he has
found the right mix of players to challenge
for a play-off spot.
"This is the most cohesive group I have
ever worked with," he said. "They play
together very well."
UBCs' key to making the play-offs is
goal-tending. And the Birds enter the new
campaign with depth at the position.
Veterans Matt Wealick (3-6-1, GAA:4.74 )
and Dave Trofimenkoff (6-11-1, GAA:4.44)
are back. Top Ontario prospect Jon
Sikkema was also recruited. All three
proved they could do the job in the pre-sea-
son. Trofimenkoff should get the most regular-season work, but Coflin said performance would dictate who will play.
On the whole, this unit is better and
more offensive-minded than last year's.
Veterans Pavel Suchank and Loui Mellios
are the only returning blue-liners. They are
complemented by six rookies. Former
Medicine Hal Tiger Cal Benazic is an outstanding player and will play a big role on
the powerplay with his booming shot. Ex-
Victoria Cougar Jamie Burt and NCAA
transfer Chris Kerr should also make an
impact. Tim Davis, Joe Dolling, and
Stewart Weeper add depth.
With Doug Ast and Matt Sharrers gone,
a number of players will he asked to pick
up the scoring slack. One of them is veteran Ryan Douglas who had an off-season
in 1995/1996 with 21 points. Second-
year forward Corey Stock is the Birds'
most gifted offensive player and Coflin
relies on him heavily. Alain Suurkask is
also expected to emerge as a scoring
threat. Veterans Frank Corsina, Shea
Esselmont   and   Team   Captain   Brad
EdgingLon should once again play a big
role up-front. Rookie Gunnar Henrikson
impressed in the pre-season with seven
points in seven games and former Prince
George Cougar Trevor Shoaf is another
rookie who can contribute right away.
The Competition:
The Calgary Dinosaurs head into the
1996/97 season as defending Canada West
champs, but the team to beat are the
Alberta Golden Bears. The Manitoba Bison
should also contend for a top spot. The
Lethbridge Pronghorns are strong up-front,
but suspect in goal. Regina showed last year
that goal-tending can make all the difference as the Cougars made it all the way to
the Canada West final. The Saskatchewan
Huskies should be battling for a play-off
while the Brandon Bobcats look to improve
on a dismal 6-21-1 record. ♦
UBC FORWARD Shey Esselmont wires a shot against the Lethbridge Pronghorns last year, scorr hayward photo 1 0   WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1996
Greenpeace makes the media its message
by-Andy-Bafham—SreemreareTsibrlhe^eriesrBnd-m—M^rshaU-McLulian, who first prep— It was  Greenpeace^s  under=—beset by-bitter feuding. The fights-
stephen dale - mcluhan's children:
The Greenpeace Message and the
Media [Between the Lines]
McLuhan's Children began originally as a two-part series for the
CBC radio show Ideas about
Greenpeace and its relationship to
the media. Stephen Dale talked to a
lot    of    former    and    present
the process discovered that the
extraordinary success the organization has had during its 30 year history derives from its canny understanding of mass media and the
media's role in the Global Village.
According to Dale, the handful
of peace activists and environmentalists who founded Greenpeace in
1971 were strongly influenced by
the writings of Canadian academic
posed the concept, of .a_. world
organism whose nervous system
consisted of sophisticated electronic communications networks: in a
word, the Global Village. In his
1964 book Understanding Media,
McLuhan put forward the proposition that "the medium is the message" in essence suggesting that
what one says is less important
than how one says it.
standing of McLuhan's ideas
which enabled what began as the
protests of a ragtag group of counterculture activists to develop into
the world's premier environmental watchdog. Dale explores both
the public face of Greenpeace (its
spectacular successes as well as its
occasional flops) and its inner
workings, revealing an organization that has been repeatedly
between zealous and often visionary activists periodically threatened to rend the organization
assunder, such that its continued
survival sometimes seems like its
greatest achievement.
Dale's account of Greenpeace's
history makes for a fascmating read
which the organization's detractors
and supporters alike will find both
informative and entertaining. ♦
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by Peter T. Chattaway
at the 5th Avenue Cinema
Mike Leigh's films are a paradoxical mix of
tight directorial control and letting the
chips fall where they may. He begins each
film by gathering a cast around a basic
premise, then getting the actors to improvise a storyline. But once a character's next
move has been determined, everything is
scripted, rehearsed and executed with
exacting precision. The result is an
extremely professional work in which neither you nor the filmmakers never quite
know what's going to happen next.
Given his approach, you might expect
all his films would turn out like Naked, the
rambling, off-beat hit that rocketed David
Thewlis into the front ranks of Hollywood
character actors two years ago. But Secrets
& Lies follows a relatively tight plot:
Hortense (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), a 27-
year-old black optometrist, goes looking for
her birth mother, and is shocked to find
that Cynthia (Brenda Blethyn), a factory
worker living in one of London's poorer
sections, is white. Cynthia frequently fights
with her other daughter, the short-fused
Roxanne (Claire Rushbrook), and she
almost never sees her brother Maurice
(Timothy Spall), who's moved to the suburbs with his wife (Phyllis Logan) and his
successful photography business. But when Maurice
offers to throw a barbecue party for Roxanne's 21st
birthday, Cynthia accepts the invite, asking if she can
bring her secret "friend from work" along.
Secrets & Lies borrows some of the themes Leigh
explored in Life Is Sweet the relationships between
mothers and daughters and, in a more indirect way,
between sisters. Though Maurice plays a pivotal role
in the proceedings, this is in many ways a film about
women, which may come as a surprise to those who
associate Leigh with the casual rapists he filmed in
Naked. But Leigh, talking to The Ubyssey from
Toronto, will have none of that.
"People are people," Leigh says, as if the point was
obvious. "I tell stories about men and women and,
you know, the job is to be sensitive about whoever
they are and make each character the centre of his or
her universe, and to make them real and truthful and
sympathetic. I mean, it's weird. With Naked, I was
accused of being a misogynist and making a male
film from a male point of view, and yet it's true that
I've made lots of films which you could say are made,
in a sense, from a female point of view. The truth is
that I try to tell films about people, and that's all I can
say about it, really."
Secrets & Lies is at least the third film this year in
which a main character discovers that one of his or
her parents is of another race, but Leigh sounds sur-
"The truth is that I try to tell
films about people, and that's
all I can say about it, really."
prised when I suggest that, unlike A Family Thing
and Lone Star, his film sidesteps racial themes in
order to focus on the way these people relate as people.
"Certainly I think my film deals very much with
racism, in the sense that when [Hortense] is taken
'round to meet them, they react to her in all kinds of
ways. They do not behave in an obviously racist way,
but that is a very conscious and deliberate racial
statement Their reaction to her is concerned with all
lands of things other than that, because [the racial
element] really pales in significance beside the
things that really concern them. They don't go, 'Uh-
oh, nigger,' all sorts of other stuff is on the go. And in
the end, what we are saying through the film is
they're connecting as people, and therefore that's a
statement about racism."
Alright, so deliberate statements do have a part to
play. I ask if it's significant that Hortense decides to
track down her birth mother without enlisting the
help of professional social workers. "Yes, it is," Leigh
replies. "She's playing with fire, but people do do
that. Sure it's a risk, that's part ofthe tension of what
MIKE LEIGH directs a scene in the brilliant Secrets & Lies.
happens in the story, isn't it? You know she's doing
that, and you just know it's dangerous."
But is Leigh making a statement about the need to
take such risks, or the way in which playing it safe —
for example, by going through social workers —
might just help to preserve the secrets and lies his
film eschews? "That's a little bit academic, it's hard to
say, really. I don't know where that would lead us,
really. .Are you a student?"
Caught somewhat off guard by this tactic, I reply
in the affirmative.
"What are you studying?"
History, religious studies and film, I reply.
"Okay. So you're not heading towards being a
social worker, are you?"
No, no, I assure him,I was just wondering if it had
been a conscious decision not to go the professional
route —
Leigh interrupts me. "Was it a conscious decision?
Well, of course it was a conscious decision. I don't
understand what you mean, it couldn't be an unconscious decision. What do you mean is it a conscious
Well, was the story set up that way to make a statement about professional social agencies, the way he
made a statement about racism?
"No, that was a character decision. That is what
that woman would do. In a quite independent way,
she goes on with it. It's not of itself a comment on professional social workers. Any
comment on them is already made in the
scene where you see the woman."
What that comment, or any other, might
be exactly is hard to tell sometimes, since
Leigh frequently turns the question back on
the interviewer: "Do you think that?" and "What do
you think?" are recurring motifs. Just as Leigh solicits the improvisations of his cast to find out what the
characters will do next, he wants viewers to interpret
the film for themselves and make their own guesses
as to the fate or background of everyone involved.
He reacts strongly, though, to the notion
expressed by some that Secrets & Lies, with its curiously hopeful ending, is somehow too tidy.
"I think that's crap. I think it's the kind of thing
that certain kinds of cerebral and rather anal people
say. It isn't. In fact, there's quite a little bit of untidiness left there in the film. And in any case, even if
there weren't, what is wrong with a piece of work
that, in fact, in a slightly metaphorical way, explores
or expresses something positive? I suppose such people would prefer the end of Naked. It's a different
experience, but it's as valid because life is a complex
thing, because there are all kinds of sides to how we
five and feel."
Indeed. And it is Leigh's remarkable ability to capture all those sides that could make Secrets & Lies the
most powerful film released this year. ♦
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A not so holy night
by Robin Yeatman
Silent Night (Germany)
We Oct 16 7:00pm Van Ctr
Fr Oct 18 4:30pm Van Ctr
If pathetic, co-dependent relationships really turn
your crank, this film is for you. Never in my life has
the wait for Christmas morning been so tedious, not
even when I was seven. This 88-minute monotony
consists of the trials, tribulations and orgasms of
three characters: Julia (Maria Schrader), her lover
Frank (Juergen Vogel) and her husband Christian
(Mark Schlicter). Poor Julia is torn between the two
lucky guys (for reasons completely unknown to the
viewing audience) and goes back and forth countless
times during the evening.
It certainly does not prove to be a silent, or even
quiet, night, as Julia's phone is constantly ringing.
First it is Christian telling some strange lie about
being in the hospital with a skull fracture. Next it's
Frank, and a little phone sex. Then it's Christian and
a little more phone sex. Then it's Frank at the door
with a little real sex. Then Christian phones up again
with the recipe for a really nice fish sauce (meanwhile, the real sex hasn't stopped yet). In between all
this, an attempt at a kind of artsy symbolism is
thrown in. Interpret this: a carp (alive, dead, and
nicely prepared on the table), an Eiffel Tower alarm
clock (constantly going off to the tune of 'Frere
Jaques') and a mechanical robot destroyed in a climactic bang. And after all this, we still don't care
about the characters and their migraine-inducing
The one positive aspect of the film is the music,
thanks to Niki Reiser. The soundtrack seemed too
good for the film. Every time the music started up I
thought something of significance was about to happen. Well, you don't always get what you want, even
for Christmas. We would have all been saved a lot of
grief if they had all simply hung up their stockings
(and their telephones) and called it a night.
A hostage audience
       by Stanley Tromp
Prisoner of the mountains
This film tells of two Russian soldiers captured by a
Chechen elder who hopes to trade them for his son,
a prisoner of the Russian army.
Tension rises as time slips away, the
army   tries   to   negotiate   a   prisoner
exchange, and other villagers demand the
taciturn elder kill the hated Russians (who
are busy planning their escape while slowly
growing fond of their captors). The story
grips one's attention every step of the way
until its surprising finale.
The plot was taken by director Sergei
Bodrov from a century-old short story by Lev
Tolstoi, and Tolstoi's compassion is retained;
there are no villains here, only victims of war's madness in Chechnya's ancient struggle for independence.
The film has much to admire: intelligent suspense, a rare authentic glimpse into a remote location, superb acting, droll humour, sharp cinematography and up-to-the minute political reportage. Oddly
enough, even though one may be conscious of the
movie's rather populist formula, it remains deeply
moving and timeless. This is an ideal and entertaining introduction to modern Russian cinema for a
mass audience, and I hope it receives wider distribution in the near future.
A clear focus
by Theresa Yep
[Focus] (Japan)
We Oct 16 7:00pm Cinematheque
Th Oct 17 10:00am Cinematheque
If you are an avid fan of tabloid television programs,
read no further. If you think that these shows sneeze
of sleaze and pollute the pristine airwaves of quality
Canadian TV so much that their producers should be
punished to the fullest extent of the law, then carry
on. [Focus] slags them all and keeps them pinned to
the wall.
Isaka Satoshi's directoral debut is about a three-
person television film crew that puts a young mar
into hot, hot water with the police after dragging him
on a chase for the big scoop. Led by the slimy pseudo-reporter Iwai, the mobile film crew initially
intends to interview the shy and soft-spoken
Kanemaru (played by Asano Tadanobu) whose past-
time involves listening in on mobile phone conversations. When they overhear an exchange about an
illicit gun located in a coin locker at the train station,
the reluctant Kanemaru is pulled along by Iwai in a
mad dash to see if the gun is indeed there.
During the ride to the station, Iwai's attempt to
capture this 'breaking story" reveals some telling
details about the artificial, contrived way in which
news is constructed to evoke a particular audience
response. To Iwai, journalistic integrity is non-existent, despite Kanemaru's repeated reminders to the
contrary, and nowhere does Iwai show this better
than in his instructions to the camera operator. One
funny scene involves Iwai's call for multiple takes of
a "spontaneous" moment in which Iwai commands
Kanemaru to act all awed and shocked at the opening
of the mystery package they find at the station,
although its contents have already been exposed for
._„  all to see.
The lives  of these  characters
spiral downward from the
moment   they  unwrap
the  package,   and  no
character       escapes
untarnished.     The
presence    of   the
camera seems to
breed abuses of
power that are
difficult   to
BATTLE FOR THE AUDIENCES: Not all the entertainment at this year's Film Festival took place inside movie theatres. Stephen Lipscomb (left) enlists the help of vigilant 19th century preachers to promote Battle for the
Minds, his documentary about the fundamentalist takeover-of the Southern Baptist Convention and the
subsequent efforts to expel women from the pulpit, adam bradley photo WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1996
Even more Vancouver International Film Festival goodies...
continued from page 12...
watch. [Focus] is filmed in urban
Japan and almost entirely at night,
a constant reminder of the camera's ability to provide only an
arbitrary, partial view of reality.
Despite Isaka's largely critical
stance towards how the video
medium is used, he does include
one moment of optimism. This bit
of clarity emerges appropriately at
dawn as Kanemura and Co. watch
an ocean sunrise after a night of
hell: the radiant landscape
prompts Kanemaru to say, "That's
beautiful.... get a shot of that."
[Focusj is a lean piece of
moviemaking. A lot gets packed
into this topical little gem making
the 73-minute viewing of it a convincing and satisfying one.
Big & angry
by Andy Barham
The Last Big Thing
If you thought The Player was a
bitingly sarcastic indictment of
modern culture, you ain't seen
nothin' yet. In Dan Zukovik's The
Last Big Thing, it ain't just the film
industry which comes in for a
major slagging; every hyped up
modern medium from television
to music video is shredded and
served up for our examination.
Zukovic takes the lead role, portraying culture basher Simon
Geist as a tightly controlled zealot
barely able to contain his anger
and disgust at the way advertising
and marketing agencies co-opt
great art, while contemporary
"artistes" languish under an insidious inanity fueled by a perverse
need to achieve fame. Geist's
attempts to undermine modern
culture, or the lack of it, are
supremely funny—everything becomes a target for his subversion.
It's dark humour of the worst
kind, and we revel in it!
Although Geist is on a one man
crusade, he does acquire a disciple  (Susan Heimbinder).  Darla,
who is almost as obssessive as
Simon, is still extremely neurotic,
and Heimbinder.plays this twitchy
fucked up character so well that
one doesn't know whether to
laugh at her or cry in sympathy. In
the end, she does indeed provoke
our sympathy, since she alone
remains to carry on the "revolution" after Geist is brought down.
There are a few rough edges,
the sort of cutting and pasting
characteristic of low budgets, but
for the most part, the movie works
well. I found myself laughing as
loudly and as frequently as everyone else; indeed, it was the first
time I've ever seen a film get two
rounds of applause.
Interestingly, The Last Big
Thing was refused entry at two
previous film festivals (Calgary
and Toronto) for being too controversial, too willing to push a few
buttons, or some such crap, so
audiences here were privileged to
see it first, which seems appropriate, considering Dan Zukovic hails
from this rainy burg. If audience
response is anything to judge by,
those other festivals did the good
burghers of their respective cities
a real disservice, since Zukovic
has clearly tapped into some deep
rersevoir of frustration and anger.
I, for one, am looking forward to
future films from this former
Vancouver native.
Shelly makes Manhattan poetic
by John Zaozirny
Don't bother to ask Adrienne Shelly about the current
rush of actors into directing. She's got no clue what's
behind it. "Must be something in the water," she
muses with a grin.
Whatever the cause, Shelly has now joined the
burgeoning ranks of actor-directors with her debut
feature Sudden Manhattan, showing here at the
Vancouver Film Festival. Shelly remarks that she's
got enough fame to make it possible to fund a film,
but she can still walk among the great unwashed in
New York, which is the way she prefers it. "I've had a
few times where I've tasted what it would be like to
be really famous, and it's been uncomfortable to me.
You can't be the same person and be famous. You
have to hide a lot more in life."
Shelly probably won't ever make the cover of
Premiere or Vanity Fair, but if you've ever seen one
of her films, you'll recognize her on sight. She has
that effect. Her debut performance in The
Unbelievable Truth introduced the independent filmmaking world to two bright talents: director Hal
Hartley and lead actress Shelly. Her next performance, in Hartley's Trust, is regarded by many as
both Shelly and Hartley's best work. Since then she's
had roles in the good (Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me),
the bad (Hexed), the okay (Sleep with Me) and the
unreleased (Grind). She hasn't simply concertrated
on film, though; she's also been cultivating her first
love, theatre. "For me, it all represents the same
force," she says. "Storytelling."
Still, she's mostly identified with the Hartiey
films. To most it would get a bit aggravating but, as
Shelly says, "if you're going to be connecting to somebody, for me, I'm glad it's Hal. I'm proud ofthe work
we did together."
This constant connection has resulted in many
reviews describing Sudden Manhattan as "Hartley-
esque" or "Just what I would expect from Hal
Hartley's favourite actress." Of this "Hartley-ness",
Shelly says, "I think it's probably true that Sudden
Manhattan has a similar sort of feel to the early Hal
Hartley movies, such as Simple Men, Amateur, Flirt.
Sudden Manhattan has a much more aggressive
sense of humour than Hal's film, I'd say. There's an
aspect of Hal's films that is almost exaggeratedly
minimalism, my film doesn't have that."
Sudden Manhattan may not have the exaggerated
minimalism of Hardey, but it has many of the exaggerated features, most markedly the character
Donna, whom Shelly plays. The entire film is set in a
kind of half-reality, half-absurdist New York City. So
why make a strange, at times poetic, at times
comedic film? Why not the usual plot-driven story?
"There are other forms of entertainment, aside from
what people are normally exposed to. I think you
should explore them. There's more out there than
what you're being told about than what's being
paraded across the screens normally."
So why see Sudden Manhattan? "Because I'm a
really nice person," she answers, laughing.
Dal Grauer Memorial Lectures
Professor of Law, Waseda University. Tokyo
Japanese Environmental Law & Policy
Assertion of Rights and Legal Culture in Japan
Wednesday, October 23,12:30-2:00 PM
C.K. Choi Bldg., Conference Room, Main Floor
For the Best of All Possible Japans:
Partial Justice in a Consensus-based Society
Friday, October 25,12:30
Law Faculty Curtis Bldg., Moot Court Room 176
What Can we Return to Earth?
Japanese Pollution Experiences
Saturday, October 26, 8:15PM Vancouver Institute
Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, Hall 2 14 THE UBYSSEY.OCTOBER 16
October 16, 1996 • volume 78 issue 12
Editorial Board
Coordinating Editor
Scott Hayward
Ian Gunn and Sarah O'Donnell
Peter T. Chattaway
Wolf Depner
Federico Araya Barahona
Richard Lam
Joe Clark
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Adam Bradley and Nina Greco were
going through the book looking up
baby names. Neil Razzell? Nah.
Catherine Chan? Nope. Kersi
Regelous? Hmmn. Luke McCann?
Nah. Bradley Davis? Probably not
Stanley Tromp? Maybe. Janet
Winters? No. Andy Barham? Nope.
Kaj Paget? Nah. Theresa Yep?
Perhaps. Robin Yeatman? Hmmn.
John Zaozirny? No. Connie Ko? Nah.
Mauran Kim? Maybe. Christine
Price? No way. Jamie Woods? No.
Make it something nice and simple,
said Federico Araya Barahona helpfully. How about Scott Hayward
Richard Lam Joe Clark III? No. Wolf
Depner? No. Sarah O'Donell? Nope.
Peter T. Chattaway? Nah. Ian Gunn?
If you're going to be silly, I'm going
The new world order—old world nukes
The 'evil empire" has disintegrated. The
Berlin Wall has crumbled. The cold war is
But do we live in a better, safer world?
Now that the Soviet threat of global nuclear
annihilation has disappeared in this "New
World Order?"
We think not.
In the 1950s, it was the space race and the
post-war superpowers armed. During the
Cuban missile crisis in the early 1960s,
American school children were taught to
duck and cover under their desks to avoid
God-knows-what in the nuclear attack.
In the 1970s Canadian generals argued
that we could win a limited nuclear war. And
no matter how hard we tried during the early
1980s, we couldn't escape the thought that
the world could come to an end within hours,
even minutes depending on one's position in
the global nuclear chess game.
Hollywood was quick to play on that anxiety and exploited it for its full shock value in
nuclear   holocaust   movies   such   as   Dr.
Strangelove, Failsafe and The Road Warrior,
while the networks chipped in with Amerika
and The Day Alter.
These films conveyed the message that a
global nuclear exchange between the two
superpowers was a distinct possibility, if not
inevitable. While Hollywood was out to shock
the general population (and line its pockets in
the process), scientists were also caught up in
the various doomsday scenarios.
What would life be like in a post-nuclear
world, they asked. Even the most optimistic
scenarios were horrifc and surviving the initial exchange was not seen as blessing.
Politicians did litde to qualm those fears-
remember Ronald Reagan? Prior to a radio
address, he joked that had begun the countdown for a missile launch against the Soviet
Union. Only Reagan was laughing.
But everything seemed to change
overnight in the late 1980s. Communism
collapsed in the Soviet Union and in
its Eastern European satellite states.
Gorbachev    smiled    his    way    through
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Perstroika and Glasjiost and electrified the
global community. The bi-polar political
order that had divided the globe into east
and west for forty years gave away to a less
rigid international order.
The Soviet Union itself disappeared onto
history's trash heap.
But its nuclear arsenal didn't. Worse, it is
now no longer under one single command-
divided as it is amongst the successor states.
Treaties have been put in place to prevent
the illegal proliferation of nuclear weapons
and materials used in their construction, but
to what end. The nuclear black market has
mushroomed over the last few years and
there is no telling who owns nuclear weapons
or who is on the verge of doing so.
But we don't seem to be concerned. In fact,
we're indifferent.
The nuclear threat still remains; the only
difference between the 1990s and the previous 50 years is that we don't know who sits
on the other side. The cold war may be over,
but doom's clock ticks ever on. ♦
UBC President
responds to
AMS President
I would like to respond to your
October 8 article "Strangway
threatens faculty cuts." The article quotes AMS President David
Borins as saying I am using faculty "as pawns" in funding negotiations with the provincial government over a sewer fee issue
between the City of Vancouver
and UBC. His characterization is
UBC, like other post-secondary
institutions, is severely constrained in its ability to raise
funds to meet operating needs.
The provincial government has
frozen tuition for two years and
blocked other attempts by UBC to
increase fees to cover newly arising costs. The math is fairly simple. Our principal sources of rev
enue are the provincial grant (80
per cent) and tuition (16 per
cent). Close to 83 per cent of our
core operating costs are in
salaries and benefits and the
remainder covers operating costs
and programs. Unfortunately,
because salaries and benefits—
UBC's faculty and staff—are
where the majority of costs
reside, this is also where cuts will
have to be made if we are not
given the discretion to raise
monies to cover new costs, such
as the sewer fee, which arise during this period of tuition freezes
and minimal increases in our
operating grant.
To clarify, we do not believe
the sewer fee is legal. UBC staff
have had exploratory discussions
on the issue with the City of
Vancouver, but we maintain the
position that we are not required
to pay this fee by historical precedent and legislation.
Residents   of   the    City   of
Vancouver are heavy users of
the campus, from venues such
as the Museum of Anthro
pology, Frederic Wood Theatre
and Botanical Garden to the
Conference Centre, which attracts 40,000 people annually. It
is estimated that another 40,000
people register in non-credit
courses and another 40,000
attend public lectures and symposia. These figures do not
include the thousands who use
the campus grounds each year
for outdoor recreation and sightseeing. Yet, we receive no tax
compensation for the services we
provide these users and have no
ability to tax in order to raise
funds to cover costs incurred by
additional users.
It has been suggested by some
that UBC use part of the $85-mil-
lion endowment generated by the
Hampton Place housing development to pay the sewer fee. If we
were to use endowment income,
which is earmarked for programs
such as the School of Journalism,
scholarships, professorships and
chairs, we would need to develop
eight acres of land and housing to
pay a $ 1.5 million bill on a recurring basis. To put this another
way, this would translate into
about 30 per cent ofthe Hampton
Place development, of which the
endowment funds have now all
been allocated to programs and
With a cap on our funds and
new costs arising, The University
of B.C. is truly being squeezed
from both ends as it endeavours
to remain within its budget. As
we believe our faculty and staff
are what makes UBC a great place
of learning for our students, it
would indeed be regrettable to
lose even one because of the
funding environment in which
we find ourselves.
David W.Strangway
President UBC
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Schnabel's film gives
Basquiat his due
by Charlie Cho
opens Oct 18 at the 5th Avenue Cinema
If art is life, then Jean Michel Basquiat truly lived. His
friend Julian Schnabel's film is a humorous and
uplifting dedication to the life and art of this exuberant artist.
It begins with Basquiat's endearing love affair
with Gina (Claire Forlani), a diner waitress.
Enveloped by his creativity and her vitality, the couple basks in the warmth of their young love.
Meanwhile, Basquiat's buddy Benny (Benicio Del
Toro) reveals the rules ofthe fame game. Get to know
the right people and produce a lot of work with a distinct style. Allow two to four years.
And the one to know is Andy Warhol (David
Bowie). Bowie's Warhol is refreshingly cognisant and
alive, unlike the simpering fooljared Harris played
in I Shot Andy Warhol.
Only after journalist Rene Richard (Michael
Wincott) "discovers" Basquiat do people start paying
attention. Mary Boone (Parker Posey), the curator
who snubbed him earlier, is suddenly making offers.
Bruno (Dennis Hopper), Warhol's friend and art dealer, wants to represent him. Suddenly, Basquiat is riding the surf of fame.
Not fortune, mind you, fame. While his work net
ted him a lot of money, he had a habit of practically
giving his work away. Understandable for someone
whose early work was spraypainted throughout the
But if he's so famous, why have you never heard
of him?
Case in point: last summer, The Armand Hammer
Museum in LA presented the exhibit Black Male.
While Mapplethorpe's nudes towered prominently,
unassuming beige canvases—a few words, an iconic
crown—hung in a cul de sac. While the guide
explained that the works were indicative of marginalised cultural experiences (or some such pretentiousness), I admired the charming simplicity and
playfulness of the young artist whose works were
kept to the side: Jean Michel Basquiat. Months later,
the VAG was transformed into a dazzling Warhol
theme park.
There's actually several points one could make
there, but like the film, I'm not going to draw the
lines for you. Basquiat (the film) doesn't preach. It
doesn't browbeat you into admiring Basquiat (the
artist). It invites you to chortle at the fickle tastes of
clueless art patrons and the naivete of highly-touted
Simply, it's about the joy of life. On the street or in
the gallery, whether the media loves or hates you, get
up each morning and do what feels right. It's an
aging world out there, so make it new.
More nudity and sexual imagery
than you can shake a lick at
by Kaj Paget
at the Simon Patrich Galleries until Oct 26
Welcome to the first edition of Drawings & Paintings.
It is here where K-max, the half-man, half-motorcycle
art critic saw the Optic Mystic Paintings painted by
Michael Abraham.
The absolutely craziest trip: take the afternoon off,
cruising along with K-max. He gave the show a lick on
the ruler all the way up to number seven. He got all
hot and readjusted his idle way up high when he saw
all those arms.
"Most definitely, it's absolutely styled on light, my
brain. You could read half-Picasso. But are we jerked
out a bit? Where's the love lost? Thumbs up for the
sexy thrills! Three paintings of People Having Sex?
That's an automatic two on the ruler-licking scale.
Just exposing nudity is one automatic lick. The closer
the objects are on the canvas to a three-dimensional
feel, the cooler they are and therefore deserve a
longer lick."
And there you have it from K-max. Carrote, what
have you to say?
Carrote is the carrot with arms and legs. He covers the horseshoe area around K-max's place: the
mighty area of the hippest art galleries, where it's
guaranteed you can get intoxicated on a good drawing or painting.
"I am Carrote. I get the top of the hill Granville to
critique the craziest place to see. Yeah, cool war
planes up at the Biux-xic; I wouldn't miss a three
course meal for it. On that scale, this unbelievable art
show would be worth missing a beautiful ten-course
meal for, even if you didn't have to pay for it."
The Only Card Store.'
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Lunchtime Reading
After leaving a promising academic career to
marry a ealtle-rancher in southwest
Saskatrhewan, Sharon Butala struggled to find a
connection with the land. In her 1994 national
bestseller, The Perfection of the Morning,
hhe   .shared her eloquent reflection ofthe
connection between the human spirit and nature.
She continues her insightful exploration by
reading from her recent work,
Coyote's Morning Cry.
Fret; admission. Book signing to follow.
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Internet: www.ola.bc.ca 16   WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1996
You didn't work
four years
just to get
a scroll
and ribbon.
Knock down that code
What happens when a band
releases a superb debut CD? I
mean, whadda they do next?
Tain't easy following yer own
act. British bands, when confronted by this dilemma, usually
opt for a major direction shift.
The Clash, for example, followed
up London's Calling with
Sandinista, but American bands usually attempt to
duplicate whatever it was that worked first time round,
usually with less than exemplary results.
Knock Down Ginger's debut Snowman's Land was
just such a superb effort, combining a uniquely feminine take on Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Happiness,
with the kind of spunky power pop pioneered by the Au
Pairs. Alas, Knock Down Ginger has chosen to pursue
the American route: take out sounds too much, both
stylistically and lyrically, like the out-takes from
Snowman's Land, rather than something fresh and
One of the better tracks, 'I'll Say,' begins as an
unprepossessing number, of the sort which makes for
good background music, shifting suddenly into a hard
driving pop song which sounds so like the previous
album's 'gunmouth', it's as though Shirra was lifting
her own material. There's nothing wrong with this of
course. In art, it's what works that counts, and 'I'll say'
does actually work. I wish I could say the same for the
rest of the CD.
— Andy Barham
Pearl Jj\m - No Code [Sony]
For a band that appears to be so anti-establishment,
anti-music industry, and anti-many things, Pearl Jam
does a nifty job of packaging their latest album No
Code. Open up the CD cover and you'll find a lovely collection of polaroids and a unique ouija board on the
disc itself. The album is Pearl Jam's regular mix of mellow moments and heavy grunge.
Pearl Jam's songwriting is still not up to par with
that of their fellow Seattle supergroup Soundgarden,
but it is rescued from boredom by Eddie Vedder's one-
in-a-million voice. The band is at its best when it rocks;
hopefully, hardcore followers won't accuse the band of
selling out. 'Habit' and 'Lukin' should be enough to satisfy the mosh pits, and the group continues to pay
respect to their hero, Neil Young. Influences of the
Godfather of Grunge's signature guitar and harmonica
styles can be heard on 'Smile.'
Grunge haters will want to avoid this album, but
Pearl Jam fans will probably enjoy it. Unlike Stone
Temple Pilots' Tiny Music...Songs for the Vatican Gift
Shop, Pearl Jam has not diverted from their regular
sound with their new album. No Code is not Pearl Jam
at its best, but it is Pearl Jam.
—Janet Winters
Rose Chronicles -
Happily Ever After [Nettwerk]
Listening to Rose Chronicles' latest CD, it is easy to
understand how they became so popular. There is an
ever-contradictory set of emotions. The drums contrast
with the beautiful soprano voice of Kristy Thirsk, a
voice that, by all rights, ought to be back in the age of
In a positive sense, it is definitely not the kind of
music you want to listen to when you're driving your
car. That is to say, the melody draws you in and forces
you to listen, and you really don't want to explain to
your parents why listening to a CD created that big dent
in the front of their car.
This is far more evident in the slower songs like
'Blood Red' and 'Voice In Jail,' my personal favorites.
To round off the disk, you get 'Lovely Psycho,' a song
that is aptly named. Over all, it is a great CD and should
go far in increasing their profile. Alternative in a light
-Nina Greco


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