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by Alex Bustos
Ottawa Bureau Chief
OTTAWA—A federal New Democratic Party
member of parliament said on Monday that
he overheard solicitor general Andy Scott
admit to being a "cover" for Prime Minister
Jean Chretien in the current APEC scandal
facing the federal government
Dick Proctor, the NDP's agricultural critic, told reporters that he eavesdropped on a
conversation between Scott and a person
seated next him while both politicians
shared an Ottawa to Fredericton flight last
week
I'roctor, who was sitting in an aisle seat
across from Scott, took notes as he listened
to the solicitor general.
"[Scott] talked very openly about the
APEC inquiry and he said that as far as he
was concerned it would come out that there
was excessive force used by four or five
Mounties," Proctor said outside the House
of Commons.
"[Scott also] said, 'I'm the cover. I wanted
to go to the world series in New York next
week but I can't because I'm the coven"'
When asked to interpret the meaning of
the word "cover", I'roctor said it meant the
solicitor general was protecting the Prime
Minister from the RCMP public complaints
commission which resumed hearings
Monday.
The commission is currendy looking at
the Mounties' role at last November's APEC
summit in Vancouver.
Dozens of students were pepper sprayed
and arrested without charge during the
meeting of 19 Pacific Bim leaders.
Proctor also raised the possibility that the
government Jiad decided to make Hugh
Stewart, the RCMP officer caught on camera
pepper-spraying students, the fall-guy.
"[Scott] said, 'Hughie may be the guy
who takes the fall for this.' Hughie, I
believe, is Hugh Stewart, who was the
RCMP officer that used the pepper spray
on the students, but he didn't give a last
name, he just said Hughie," said Proctor.
The NDP used Scott's alleged comments
as proof the government has prejudged the
inquiry—an allegation Scott firmly denied.
"I can't imagine drawing conclusions I
haven't drawn," he said.
When asked by reporters about Proctor's
comments, Scott said he could not recall the
conversation in question.
"I have not drawn any conclusions [on
the APEC inquiry], and I know I wouldn't get
into matldnd of conversation,'' he said. ♦
VOLUME 80 ISSUE 8
TUESDAY. OCTOBER 6. 1998
CRAIG JONES: The UBC law student looks on as lawyer Joseph Arvary reads from a letter he wrote for the RCMP complaints panel
to send to the federal government asking for funding, richard lam photo
APEC Fallout
The truth is out there
by Douglas Quan
The panel investigating complaints of
RCMP misconduct during last year's APEC
summit agreed Monday to send another
request to the federal government that it
pay complainants' legal bills.
Students and their lawyers were also
encouraged by the three-member panel's
willingness to examine the role the Prime
Minister's Office played in security arrang-
ments—if evidence warranted doing so.
Complainants have said they want to subpoena Prime Minister Jean Chretien and
key senior government officials.
The decisions came at the end of a long
day of procedural motions in an inquiry
that has been bogged by delays and legal
wrangling.
"There are more lawyers involved in
this than there were in the Somalia
inquiry," quipped one observer.
In making his case for funding, lawyer
Joseph Arvay (who represents law student
Craig Jones) argued that because the proceedings are expected to drag on for six
months and are likely to take on an adversarial nature, the government should pay
the students' legal fees.
"The only reason the government
would say no [to funding] is because they
don't want you to get to the truth," Arvay
said.
Arvay surprised the packed room when
he revealed that Liberal backbencher Ted
McWhinney had been removed from the
government's foreign affairs committee.
McWhinney, whose riding (Vancouver-
Quadra) encompasses UBC, said last week
that the federal government should pay
complainants' legal fees.
As it turns out, that committee was to
make a decision on the funding issue
"The only reason the
government would say
no [to funding] is
because they don't
want you to get to the
truth/'
Joseph Arvay,
Lawyer representing Craig Jones
today, and according to Arvay,
McWhinney's vote could have tipped the
balance in favour of the complainants.
In another motion, lawyer Cameron
Ward requested the panel declare it had
the jurisdiction to investigate, make findings, and make recommendations on allegations of political interference by the
prime minister in APEC security.
"If it's proven...that the prime minister
directed the RCMP in a way that violated
my clients' constitutional rights and freedoms, then we have to question whether
we've moved in the direction of becoming
a police state," Ward said.
But panel chair Gerald Morin said it
was a non-issue: "In our opening statements, we made it clear that we have jurisdiction to deal with these issues."
After the hearings, Ward said the affirmation would help his application today
to have the prime minister appear at the
hearings. "I'm going to keep trying," he
said.
Government lawyer Ivan Whitehall said
while he didn't have a problem with the
commission expanding its jurisdiction, he
didn't think it was necessary to subpoena
the prime minister or other key senior officials. "I don't think any of those people
have any relevant evidence to give."
Earlier in the day, Whitehall gave a taste
of the government's case. In reference to
the allegations that the RCMP and the federal government worked in concert to suppress the rights of protesters to avoid
embarrassing then-Indonesian president
Suharto, Whitehall said: "There were no
special favours to Suharto. The RCMP on
behalf of Canada attempted to ensure this
meeting would take place as required and
ensure security arrangements were appropriate.
"It was simply the way major international events are run."
Despite the victories, Ward said that he
still believes there is an "institutional bias"
within the Public Complaints Commission
(PCC).
During Monday's hearings, Ward cited
a Statistics Canada survey of complainants
and members involved in complaints from
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1993 to 1994. Fifty-four per cent of
respondents said the PCC was
biased towards the RCMP and 70
per cent said a new agency was
needed to investigate the RCMP
But Ward's application for a
declaration that the commission
does not have the jurisdiction to
proceed because it lacks independence from the federal govern
ment was dismissed by the panel
because the issue is currendy
before the Federal Court.
The commission panel also
granted intervenor status to the
City of Vancouver and to the
Attorney General of Canada.
Today, the panel is expected to
hear another motion from Ward
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the iihyssey THE UBYSSFY * TUESDAY OCTOB
UBC sets up
ethics for
future deals
Piper to take the stand
by Cynthia Lee
Ethical guidelines for negotiating preferred supplier agreements at UBC will soon be formalised,
but will likely affirm criteria which UBC lias set
for itself all along.
Current negotiations with the Royal and
Hongkong banks and any otiier confirmed UBC
dealings will not be affected. According to university administration, these guidelines are no
different from what UBC has done all along.
Debora Sweeney, associate director of UBC
business relations, says the proposed ethical
guidelines only formalise the university's current
practices for negotiating preferred supplier
agreements (PSA).
"The processes you see outlined are the
processes we have been using anyway. The committee's recommendations underline what
we've already been doing."
In 1995 UBC discussed developing ethical
guidelines at the onset of its agreement with
Coca-Cola. At that time, only two American universities had ever signed PSAs. But it was not
until earlier this year that UBC's Board of
Governors (BoG) decided to draft an official set
of guidelines more specific to the university. It
wfll be ready for approval in November.
Concerns about the nature of PSAs have been
raised by AMS president Vivian Hoffmann, the
sole student representative on the univeisitys
Advisory Committee on Business Education
I>artnerships.
Hofiroann said the confidential nature of
exclusive contracts is questionable.
UBC's cold beverage agreement with Coca-
Cola got a negative reaction when both parties
announced that the contract details were confidential. Since then many Canadian universities
have gone on to sign similar beverage agreements.
"1 question the logic there in the long tenn
because there are a lot of universities bargaining
with a few corporations... Coke and Pepsi know...
which deals were favourable and which weren't,
but the universities don't.
"We're setting ourselves up as public institutions for having the wool pulled over our eyes
when we buy into (he line that 'we only giw you
the best deal if you keep it quiet'"
But Dennis Pavtich, associate vice-president
oi academic and legal affairs, disagreed. He said
most contracts in general are negotiated in private and would bring more benefits to die university if they remain confidential. Benefits to
the university from PSAs usually take the form of
money, but can also be goods and services.
"If |thc corporation! cant be assured of some
kind of confidentiality, then the benefits that
come to the university is that much less." Pavfich
added that the role of the ethical guidelines Ls to
regulate the secrecy surrounding ITSAs.
"Even though you may not know about the
contract the fact of the matter is it's got to pass
through these ethical guidelines. The idea
behind these ethical guidelines is to, in fact allay
that fear and at the same time assure that UBC
gets the best deal," he said.
Hoffmann also questioned whether UBC
should be considering the ethical records of
companies it deals with.
"I wanted to make sure that these issues of
environmental standards and labour practices
were taken into consideration when the university chose their major business partners," site
said.
Pavlich said the ethical guidelines will be in
place to make sure that the university will not
enter into any PSAs with firms whose business
practices are determined to be "ethically deficient."
Since 1995, UBC has signed exclusive contracts with Cocu Cola and Canadian Airlines.
The university is also currently negotiating a PSA
with BC Tel and the Royal and Hongkong
banks.*
"We believe
she had full
knowledge
of the
Indonesian
concerns
and did not
act on it,"
Jonathan
Oppenheim
UBC Student
by Sarah Galashan
UBC president Martha Piper will appear as
a witness in the RCMP public complaints
commission hearings, says counsel for-
hearings Chris Considine.
The hearings began Monday and will
investigate the actions of the RCMP during
last year's APEC summit.
Protesters responsible for requesting
her testimony say Piper should be questioned at the hearings because she knew in
advance of the summit, including the
extent of Indonesian concerns regarding
campus protest
Leaked documents
show these concerns
were primarily over
potential embarrassment from protests
directed at then-
Indonesian President
Suharto.
Protesters say Piper
knew how these concerns would affect the
security arrangements
for the meeting of the
18 Asia Pacific leaders
at UBC's Museum of
Anthropology, and
that she failed to act in
the interest of students.
"We believe she had full knowledge of the
Indonesian concerns and did not act on it"
said Jonathan Oppenheim, a UBC student,
and a complainant in the hearings who has
requested Piper's testimony
Oppenheim, who has access to internal
documents released by the commission to
complainants for the purpose of compiling
evidence, says Piper was aware the
Canadian government "was going to try to
arrange things so that students wouldn't get
a chance to try to voice their opinions."
Throughout the months approaching
the November summit Piper and other UBC
administration repeatedly promised students that security arrangements would not
be enforced until November 24 at 6pm—the
night before the leaders came to UBC.
But the MOA and surrounding area was
leased to the government two days before
schedule. The students protesting there at
the time were arrested.
"[Piper] had made a promise that as long
as protests were lawful that they would be
tolerated and she went back on her
promise," says Oppenheim.
Oppenheim says UBC knew that once
the area was signed over the students would
be arrested.
"[Piper] had no legal obligation to capitulate to the government,"
said Oppenheim. "She was perfectly within her legal rights to say,
'No, we've made a promise to students that they would be allowed to
protest as long as it was non-violent and non-destructive.'"
MARTHA PIPER: The UBC President may face some tough questions if she is forced to appear
at the RCMP Public Complaints Commission hearing. Students allege that she had prior
knowledge of the security arrangements for the Indonesian delegation, juuan dowling photo
Stephen Forgacs, a spokesperson for UBC, says "The university
was not aware of special security concerns regarding [then-
Indonesian President] Suharto."
Piper has refused to speak to the press about APEC until she is
officially subpoenaed. ♦
Out of province fee hike?
by Leigh Phillips
the Martlet
VICTORIA (CUP)—Premier Glen Clark
believes that a potential flood of students
from other provinces may force the BC
government to introduce higher fees for
out-of-province students.
Hints of the potential hike can be
found on the government's Youth Options
BC website, which includes an informal
poll that asks respondents to vote whether
or not they would support higher fees for
out-of-province students. Meanwhile,
Clark says no formal plans are underway
to limit the freeze to BC students.
"There are no plans yet for differential
fees and I don't want to bring them in,"
said Clark at a Young New Democrats
[YND] function. "But if the other
provinces don't make a similar commitment to post secondary education, and
they send a flood of students our way, it's
not fair to BC taxpayers to be left respon
sible."
But some YNDs, disagreed. "If they go
ahead with it, YND should take severe
action against [differential fees]," said
Nikki Hill, the group's former co-chair.
Nathan Allen, the group's current co-
chair and an AMS councillor, was just as
upset. "We'll put forward a motion condemning differential fees at the next convention, and if that doesn't work, start a
letter writing campaign, and work with
the CFS in any action to defeat it»
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A drop at a time
LONG WAY DOWN: The cliffs are being eaten away by the tides, tara westover photo
by Kala West
UBC buildings at the western edge of campus might
soon be floating out to sea if the gradual erosion of the
cliffs at Point Grey aren't averted, according to a recent
report by campus planning and development. Among
the solutions proposed in the report is a $3 million,
high-capacity drain to replace
the existing drain.
The cliffs are susceptible to
erosion both from wave action
on the beaches and severe rain
storms. And while severe rain
storms happen only once every
50 to 100 years, safety concerns
have resulted in the evacuation
of the building closest to the
cliffs.
The Ubyssey first reported on
the possibility of a new drain
last spring. Since then the Cecil
Green Coach House, home to
UBC Ceremonies and Events, has been almost entirely
evacuated.
An official report regarding the erosion was made to
the university's board of governors at a summer meeting.
"Definitely the message I got from the Board of
Govenors is that this issue has been left for too long and
that we should resolve it for once and for all," said
David Grigg, manager of urban planning and infrastructure for UBC campus planning and development,
who will present the BoG with possible options in
November.
Before any money is spent, the nature of the erosion
will first be studied. An analysis is currendy underway,
including an experimental model using a $50,000 replica of the existing drain.
"We want to see if the drain can't be improved at a
cost cheaper than replacement," says Grigg.
Public discussions are planned but no date has
been set.
"We have to work out how to plan the process first
and that's where we are at the moment," said Grigg.
The Vancouver  Natural  History  Society,   the
Musqueum Nation, the Fraser River Coalition, and the
Wreck Beach Preservation
Society are local groups with
an interest in the area.
Judy Williams, of the
Wreck Beach Preservation
Society, is critical of the consultation process. "Any kind
of public process needs to
be more open than this."
She says the process is
"being pushed ahead way
too rapidly because of the
Coach House." Despite
expressed concerns, plans
for the development of the
area are in the works, she says.
According to Williams, there is a proposal for Wreck
Beach to be used as a site for offloading construction
materials for a new housing development near 16th
Avenue. A bridge between Richmond's Iona Causeway
to Wreck Beach and up the cliffs to UBC is also being
planned.
But Grigg says that an increase in popularity of the
Wreck Beach area has also intensified erosion due to
human recreation.
The first storm drain was installed after a huge flood
in the 1930's cut out a chasm near the present intersection of Marine Drive and Chancellor Boulevard.
Further efforts to minimise the erosion to date
include construction of artificial cobble beaches, seeding of the beaches, and the replacement of unstable
trees.^
"Definitely the message I got
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that this issue has been left for
too long and that we should
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Debt figures flawed
 by Alex Bustos
Ottawa Bureau Chief
OTTAWA (CUP)—Students are more likely to repay government loans than some of Canada's leading corporations, government figures show.
This past spring, die Canadian Taxpayers
Federation, a conservative lobby group, released a study
examining Industry Canada grants and loans between
April 1982 and October 1997.
The study—based on ministry figures
the group obtained through an Access to
Information request—reveal that during
this period Industry Canada dished out
$3.2 billion in repayable and conditionally-repayable contributions to businesses.
Conditionally-repayable contributions are loans with repayment schedules based on royalty or sales agreements.
According to the group's report, only
15 per cent of all these loans have been
repaid.
One of the worst offenders was aircraft giant
Bombardier. A Consulting and Audit Canada report
made public this summer showed that by 1996, the
Montreal-based company had repaid a mere five per
cent of the millions of dollars it had received in loans
and grants over 21 projects. •
In contrast, the latest federal government figures
reveal that 80 per cent of students pay back their
Canada Student Loans without incident, while 13 per
cent repay their loans after defaulting at least once.
In other words, 93 per cent of students eventually
repay their Canada Student Loans.
Some opposition members of parliament expressed
outrage when informed of the discrepancy in repayment rates between corporations and students.
"If (the federal government) were as stiff on industry
as they were on students maybe we wouldn't have a
debt," said Libby Davies, the New Democratic Party
youth critic. "This is the type of information that
(Finance Minister) Paul Martin must be faced with, to
show the government's hypocritical policies."
Student leaders say the federal government is
being tough on students while letting business off the
hook.
"It's upsetting, to say the least, that there is this
level of deferential treatment," said Elizabeth Carlyle,
head of the Canadian Federation
of Students.
The organisation last week
said it's preparing to launch a constitutional challenge to the bankruptcy legislation on the grounds
that it imposes discriminatory
limitations on students' banking
procedures.
But John Banigan, an assistant
deputy minister at Industry
Canada, says the Canadian
Taxpayers Federation report is
flawed on several grounds.
He says it overlooked the fact Industry Canada loans
would be paid through royalties on future sales.
Banigan also said programs that received Industry
Canada money which failed—thus eliminating royalty
potential—would be offset by success stories that can
bring returns of 150 to 200 per cent.
But Walter Robinson, executive director of the
Canadian Taxpayers Federation, says the government's
attack on the study is a "lie."
"These guys make up figures all the time for political
purposes," said Robinson. "Government officials are
misleading Canadian taxpayers."
He says the government can't accurately estimate
royalty potential or guarantee a project's success, nor
can it assure taxpayers their money will be returned
through future sales. ♦
If (the federal government) were as
stiff on industry as
they were on students maybe we
wouldn't have a debt.
—Libby Davies,
NDP youth critic
TRAC: Renters ripped off
by Simon Grant
BURNABY (CUP)—Too many landlords in British
Columbia are taking advantage of student renters by
refusing to return damage deposits, a tenants' advocacy group says.
The Tenants' Rights Action Coalition (TRAC) says
about a third of callers to the organisation's hotline say
landlords don't want to give them their deposits back—
and now TRAC has vowed to change the situation.
Renters are usually required to pay half a month's
rent to their landlord before they move in to cover possible property damage during the lease, says Vanessa
Geary, TRAC's co-ordinator. If the apartment is in good
condition when tenants leave, they should get their
money back.
But often they don't, Geary says.
"We get about 10,000 calls a year on our hotline
and... about a third of the people who call are calling
because they're having trouble getting their security
deposits back from their landlords," says Geary.
Provincial housing legislation makes it hard for tenants to get their damage deposits back.
If refused their deposit, the onus is on the tenant to
prove in provincial court that the residence wasn't
harmed. The process can often take up to six weeks.
"The'problem right now is that because tenants pay
the deposit directly to the landlord, it's too easy for the
landlord just to keep it," Geary says.
TRAC is proposing a new system that would see
damage deposits held in a trust fund by an independent third party.
The money would automatically be returned to tenants when they move out, and landlords would be able
to claim the deposit only if they proved to the third
party that the residence was damaged.
Geary says the new system will save money by
reducing the number of landlord-tenant disputes dealt
with through the courts and tenancy office.
Landlord groups are less than enthused about the
proposal.
Betty Norfolk, a spokeswoman from the Landlord
Tenant Screening Association, a group representing
landlords in Vancouver, says trust fund systems don't
distinguish between honest landlords and corrupt
ones.
"What we really need are stiffer penalties for the bad
landlords," she says, adding that creating a trust fund
for damage deposits will just be another layer of government bureaucracy. ♦
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UBC TMtion:
At wyat price an education!
UBC is considering changing the way
in which tuition levels are set.   Cur
rently, there is little difference in cost
among most UBC programs.
UBC is considering raising the cost of some
UBC programs far above that of others. Under
such a model, tuition could be determined by
factors such as the cost of providing the
program and the expected income level of its
graduates. For example, the cost to UBC of
granting a degree in Dentistry is far more than
a Bachelor of Arts. Dentistry students, along
with those in Medicine and other high-cost programs, could see dramatic fee increases.
Dentistry students, along with those in
Medicine and other high-cost
programs, could see dramatic fee
increases.
Other programs, such as Law, cost the
University relatively little to provide. However,
Law graduates are expected to earn high incomes once they enter work in their field. These
students may therefore be required to pay a
greater share of the cost of their education than
students destined for lower-paid professions,
such as teaching or social work.
Fees for international students are up for
discussion as well. Last year, UBC increased
tuition for international graduate students by
260%. In the future, students who are Cana
dian citizens, but who are not permanent residents of Canada, may be required to pay international student rates.
Last year many Ontario Universities implemented a tuition model similar to the one now
being considered by UBC. This model has resulted in tuition being as high as $14,000 per
year.
The BC Provincial Tuition Freeze has been
renewed for the past three years; however there
is no guarantee on what the laws governing
tuition might be for September '99. Even if
the freeze is extended once more, the effects of
the Tuition Policy currently being set will be
felt as soon as it is discontinued.
Come let the University hear what you have
to say about tuition at the next Your UBC
Forum. Senior UBC Administrators and
members of the Tuition Policy Committee will
be present.
Tuition Policy Forum
October 16, 12:30-1:30
SUB Conversation Pit
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Millenmm Scholarship
Tuition levels have been rising, not only at UBC, but across the country for the past decade. This
year, the Federal Government created the Canada Millenium Scholarship (CMS) to help alleviate
the financial hardships many students face. The government is currently in discussion with educational institutions and student groups to determine how this scholarship can best serve the needs of
students.
The AMS is a member of CASA, a national association of student societies representing 275,000
students from coast to coast.  CASA has succeeded in efforts to establish spaces for two student
representatives on the CMS Board of Directors.
CMS:
NEED
• CMS should be granted on a needs basis,
using newly revised assessment criteria
as per the Canadian Student Loans Program
(CSLP)
• Award of CMS should not count against a
student's eligibility for other forms of
financial assistance
MERIT
• Merit should only be used to narrow down
recipients, and should be broadened to
include extra-curricular activities, and
community service
• CMS to be awarded to outstanding
academic achievers (maximum of 5%)
A summary CASA's recommendations on the
SPECIAL CONSIDERATION /
PORTABILITY
• CMS should not be divided into specialty
scholarships
• No   particular  provincial   residency
requirement for Canadian students
• CASA's Pan-Canadian principles - Equity,
Accessibility, Mobility
UNIVERSALITY
Students at universities that do not fit the
legislated (C-36) definition of publicly financed
post-secondaryeducation institutions should be
eligible.
For more information on CASA please contact Ryan
Marshall, Cordinator of External Affairs at 822-2050.
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Got a great idea? Need funding?
The AMS Innovative Projects Fund is jointly
administered by the University and the AMS, and aims
to fund a broad range of visible innovative projects which
directly benefit the campus community.
Projects which received funding last year include:
Blue safety lights, computer labs,
Bus racks on the 99 B-line buses,
Humanities 101 - an open learning
initiative in the
Downtown Eastside.
Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to apply.
Applications are available from
SUB room 238and the Old
Administration Building.
Deadline: October 16
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Week of Action
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...for accessible education
October 14:
Svend Robinson MP speaks on the
APEC Inquiry, SUB Ballroom, 12:30-1:30
October 15:
Tuition Forum (see left)
October 16:
Picket at the office of Hedy Fry, MP. Bus
tickets to the event provided by the AMS,
contact Ryan Marshall, Coordinator of External Affairs: 822-2050 / external ©ams.ubc.ca
Make an Impact at UBC
Student seats are available on the following UBC
Committees:
Student Info Tech Access Ctte,
Campus Advisory Board on Student Development,
Not on Our Campus Committee (against hate
crimes & intolerance)
The AMS can always use help with communications,
government lobbying, campus housing and transportation, and programming (concerts, speakers).
Contact Vivian Hoffmann, AMS President, for more
info on how to get involved: 822-3972 /
president@ams.ubc.ca ST. JAMES UBC Thunderbird defensive end Tyson St James (below, against SFU in the Shrum Bowl) was dominant during UBC's 38-34 loss to the Saskatchewan Huskies with three sacks, richard lam/ubyssey file photo
by Bruce Arthur
Call it a curse, call it a hex, call it
Saskatchewan in October.
The UBC football team lost a
heartbreaker in the final minute in
the Prairies on Saturday, falling 38-
34 to the Saskatchewan Huskies.
The loss spoiled UBC's perfect season, dropping the Birds to 3-1 in the
Canada West and 4-1 overall.
"They played really well, and I
think we played well at times as well,
but we just didn't come up big at the
end," said UBC quarterback Shawn
Olson. "A lot of times the offence
could have put touchdowns on the
board instead of field goals, we put
our defence in a position to win, and
it's going to happen sometimes
where they couldn't hold them."
The Birds trailed 31-20 in the
fourth quarter before putting up 14
unanswered points, capped by a
Duncan O'Mahony field goal at
13:04. But Huskies quarterback
Ryan Reid marched Saskatchewan
90 yards in the final two minutes
and delivered a four-yard scoring
pass to Todd Lynden with five seconds left.
T-Bird tailback Akbal Singh
made his return to the lineup after
sitting out the Shrum Bowl with
bursitis in his shoulder, and rushed
for 138 yards, while wideout Brad
Coutts had a superlative game,
snagging six passes for 214 yards.
But Saskatchewan's last-ditch
effort in rainy, windy conditions
left UBC gasping.
"We had 'em beat, we had 'em
beat!" said a frustrated slotback Bill
Chamberlain.
UBC will try to atone against the
hapless 0-4 Alberta Golden bears
this Friday at Thunderbird
Stadium.  This  week  has  been
declared "Courage for Casey" week,
and as part of the leadup honoring
UBC head coach Casey Smith and
his battle with liver cancer, anyone
who is innoculated for Hepatitis B
in the SUB this week will be given a
free ticket to Friday's game.
"It's sometfiing the public needs
to know about," said Olson. "Quite
often it takes an extreme and awful
circumstance for [awareness] to
come to the forefront."
Olson says that the joy Smith
receives watching his team play is
an inspiration to the Thunderbirds.
"Every time he comes out to a
game, he gets a certain smile and
an energy about him, and I'm glad
we can give him that kind of energy
and the will to keep fighting,
because he definitely does the
same for us."
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FIELD HOCKEY
The number-one ranked UBC
women's field hockey team came
through the second of three
Canada West tournaments with a 3-
1 record to stay in the top spot The
Birds won a pair of 1-0 games
against Sakatchewan and Calgary,
rolled over Manitoba 8-0 and fell to
Alberta 1-0. The last Canada West
tournament before the CIAU
championships will be played
October 17-18 at Vancouver's Andy
Livingstone Park.
WOMEN'S SOCCER
Well, the season is still undefeated,
for the UBC women's soccer team.
The T-Birds spent their weekend
playing even, as they tied the
Alberta Pandasl-1 on Saturday
before a scoreless draw on Sunday
against the Saskatchewan Huskies.
UBC is now 2-0-3 on the season,
good for second place in the
Canada West behind Alberta. The
draw against the Pandas could easily have been a T-Biid victory, but
Alberta scored with only ten seconds left in the match to tie the
score.
MEN'S SOCCER
The Thunderbirds had a way up
way down weekend as they were
dropped 4-1 by Alberta before
rebounding to post a 4-1 win over
Saskatchewan. The men are 3-1-1 in
the Canada West, which puts them
in third place, behind both Alberta
and the Victoria Vikings, who UBC
tied 1-1 at Thunderbird Stadium
September 26. The Birds play a non-
conference game against the Simon
Fraser Clan October 13 before traveling to Victoria for a rematch with the
Vikes.
WOMEN'S HOCKEY
The women's hockey team demolished two BC Senior AAA opponents this weekend by a combined
score of 10-0. Friday night, Janine
Foisy scored two goals and Julie
Douglas got the shutout as the Birds
defeated the Burnaby Freeze 4-0 at
the Thunderbird Winter Sports
Arena. Sunday, the Birds splattered
the Planet Ice Rockets 6-0.
HALL OF FAME
The UBC Athletic Hall of Fame will
induct five new members in a ceremony October 8.
Two Thunderbird basketball
stars will get in—Nora McDermott,
who played in the 1940s and later
played with the Vancouver Eilers,
and JD Jackson, who set numerous
school records in the late 80s and
early 90s.
furlough O'Hare will be the
third athlete inducted, O'Hare was
one of the first top-level swimmers
under current head coach Tom
Johnson's rebuilding job.
Johnny Owen, who was a coach,
manager, and trainer for some 28
years will be inducted into the
builders category. In addition, the
superbl977-78 women's volleyball
team will be added into the team
category. This will be the sixth
induction ceremony for the Hall,
which includes 68 athletes,
builders, and teams.*
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share our vision for the future.
We are offering permanent positions to
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as employment to senior students
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Check with your Career Placement
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Anthropology & Sociology
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Economics
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IJAZOK BLADE SMILE
Running as part of the Vancouver International Film Festival
Plays October 2nd and 4th.
by Vince Yim
"You think you know all about vampires...believe me...you know fuck all."
With these words, we are brought into the world of a sultry vampire seductress by
the unlikely name of Lilith Silver (played by Eileen Daly). Made into an irnrnortal a century and a half ago by a sinister elder vampire named Sethane Blake, she continues to
alleviate boredom with her state of being. So, what's an undead girl to do, except
squeeze into the tightest titling clothes possible, get out her guns, seduce a tew guys,
and kill a few people for money and blood? LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL (IAVTLAE BELLA)
With that out of the way, let me say this. Running as part of the Vancouver
This film is bad. This film is really, really International Him Festival
bad—yet somehow strangely enjoyable. Plays Oct and and 7th
With all the elements of a direct to video
horror flick—buxom babes, gore, cheesy by Julian Dowling
dialogue, and bad acting—any casual films
viewer would be more inclined to spend This film is described by the director/star,
their money on renting Innocent Blood or sacrifice in wartime Italy, Life is Beautiful
going to see Blade. Still, it is considered to be irrepresible Benigni demonstrates a great
one of the finest British vampire film, you cry, or cry so hard you laugh, you wil
Agreed, it might be, but is far from being the Awards in Italy, and, from the warm rece]
best vampire flick ever. Period. Vancouver Italian Film Community Acadc
Razor Blade Smile has some rather high     The film consists of two acts—the first
production values, shown in the nice overall to his wife and son in the midst of the uns
tone of the film. The film is also a bit of a     Set in 1930s Rome, Benigni plays Guidi
departure from popular vampire lore, with a heart with a series of hilarious Chaplin-es
vampire that can go out in broad daylight terrace'. "Have you ever seen a more hanc
without disintegrating, doesn't sleep in a     Some years after Guido has married D<
coffin (but leaves one next to her computer), daily life in the camp, Guido is able to coi]
and sees religion as the "opium of the peo- prets a German officers' barked orders as
pies" (hence, immunity to crosses). But 'real' tank and, in magnificent scene near
aside from that, it doesn't stray too far away     like Verdi's soaring aria that plays thrc
ram honor film conventions. shivers down the spine. Despite the poteri
That is, unless it's intentional. Razor compassion. We are not laughing at the ho
3lade Smile literally goes tor the throat, then survives even the most barbarous atrocitj
jumps die wound full of processed cheese, fortune but always redeemed by the wonc
<bu can't help but laugh when a female
tated and her severed head goes flying into a puddle. You'll laugh
(to distract two female guards, lilith tosses a cellular phone toward
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CENTRAL STATION
Running as part of the Vancouver International Film Festival
Plays Oct 3 and Oct 7
by Jane Taylor
In its portrayal of the unlikely relationship between an old spinster and a
young boy, Central Station is both entertaining and humorous, both sad and
realistic. This sensitive examination of the fragile nature of human relationships and the way people affect each others' lives will take a well deserved
place in the classic foreign film archive.
The opening scene takes place at the train station in Rio de Janeiro, where
die images uf half-naked bodies squashed on trains and the weariness o n the
sea of faces immediately indicate that life is not easy. This sense of poverty and
the toils of a hard life is developed in the character of Dora, played by the highly regarded Brazilian actress Fernanda Montenegro.
Dora is insensitive and selfish. With a sharp tongue, she seems to have little
regard for others, yet she is lucky in one aspect: she can read and write. She
uses this ability to her advantage by providing a letter writing service—thDUgh
she doesn't bother to post the majority of letters people pay her to write. When
a young boy, Josue, loses his mother, Dora takes him to a somewhat suspect
childrens' home and receives a thousand dollars in return. She starts to feel
guilty, though, and puts herself in danger to rescue the boy.
Having leamt that his father lives in a distant town, Dora and Josue, begin
the long journey to find him, both literally and spiritually. Dora, through her
relationship with Josue, begins to come to terms with some of the difficulties \
of her own past, for Josue's search for his father parallels Dora's painful relationship with her own father.
It is important to note that despite the film's focus on relationships, and ;
emotions, It is far removed from Spielberg-infected sentimentality. The relationship between the two develops at a realistic pace and is based on accepting their distaste for each other, their reluctance to be together, and the fact
that in the remote wilderness nf Brazil, they only have each other.
The amusing aspects of the film, at times light-hearted and at other times
dark, interweave with the seriousness of the situation. Central Station sue-:
cessfully presents the difficulties and sadness in the lives of these two people ;
without becoming overly sentimental or preachy. The end result is a film that
works on several levels: providing the audience with an entertaining film,
forcing us to think about why others behave as they do, and encouraging us to
consider the intricacies of human relationships. ♦
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SOMBRE
Rifnninpr as nstrt nfihp Vanrrniwr Film Festival
Plays Sept 28 and Oct 1
by Kristoff Steinruck
e word 'sombre' evokes a mood, a feeling of
despair and sadness, the colors of blue and black
shadowing the world around us. More than just sim-
/star, Roberto Benigni, as "a tragedy made by a comic." Using humour to tell a dark story of devotion and ply permeating the atmosphere of this film, that
itiful touches a nerve that doesn't leave a dry eye in the house. Heralded as the new Italian Chaplin, the mood seems to rather he trapped within the images
;reat gift for combining slapstick and profound compassion veiled in laughter. Whether you laugh so hard t h em selves
u will be moved. Life is Beautiful deservedly won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes this year, the Donatello The film's plot involves a man named lean (Mare
reception it received from the crowd at the packed Ridge theatre on Friday night, it could have won the Barbe) who moves around trance picking up
icademy Award if such an award existed. women and then killing them during erotic encoun-
first is a fairly predictable love story, and the second is a powerful portrayal of a man's struggle to hold on tens When he meets Clair (Elina Lowensohn), a
3 unspeakable horror of a concentration camp. social misfit, she inexplicably affects lean. The two
juido, a poet and waiter who quite literally falls for a school teacher, Dora (NicolettaBraschi). Hewinsher share a fascination with each other, which becomes
in-esque routines, including a tongue-in-cheek demonstration of the superior characteristics of the 'mas- the transforming element of both their lives—inter-
handsome man?" he asks the bewildered audience. estingly, it is a love between two people who appear
sd Dora and has a child, Joshua, he is deported to aWWII Nazi concentration camp. Amidst the squalor of too existentially detached to feel anything.
d convince his son that the whole adventure is a great big game. In a Monty Python-esque scene he inter- What makes Sombre so impressive is not what
rsasndesforme"game"wimoutreaUyimderstandtogaw the viewer sees on the screen or hears through the
near the end of the film, Joshua gets his wish as an American tank pulls into the abandoned camp. speakers, but what the viewer is forced to infer. At
! throughout the film, Life is Beautiful achieves that exquisite harmony between loss and love that sends (lie beginning of the film, which contains hardly any
jotentially controversial nature of the material, the laughter is always self-aware and underscored by deep dialogue, it is difficult to discern that the women are
lehorrific living conditions or loomingdeath. Rather, we laugh in order to protect the fragile humanity that being killed in the dark, syrupy light Grancirieu,
rority of this century, the Holocaust InBenigni's world life is beautififi, sometimes marred by outrageous employs. Furthermore, the women seem not to
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there been as depressing and realistic a depiction of African-American
life if anything. Slam is even more
truthful and brutal. In Slam, as in
real life, everything moves from
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alienated from each other. It seems natural thai they hardly sneak a word dann?
the interactions between them.
The camera work is staggering, and at times the scene itself can become its ovn
self-contained artistic image. Sombre is not a film for people who need constant
I flowing narrative to stay stimulated, but the techniques used create impression;
■which are stunningly expressive and seem to point to ways w which the use of da
video camera could be progressed as an art form.
Sombre also bears a strong resemblance to lamed director David Lynch's work
iwith its unexplicable jumps from scene to scene and the scarred, psvcho'ogica'b
volatile characters that populate the film. However, rather than I vnclvs glossv, fan-
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So Long intense look at refugees' world
SO LONG
Running as part of the Vancouver International
Film Festival
Plays Sept 29 and Oct 1
by Ciprian Gligor
So Long gives its viewers a realistic perspective on
the present situation of Albanian refugees in
Greece. The film's intentions are multiple, as it
reveals the treatment of the refugees and their difficulties in accommodating to a new cultural context.
The film has the flavour of an epic story, as the
title might suggest, althoughit still conains a bitter
taste of harsh realityfor it is determined to expose
conflict at all levels. Hristos, the protagonist, is a
man who seems unable to satisfy his responsibilities, both as a father and as a member of Greek
society.
This is a film, however, that doesn't take it upon
itself to champion the rights of the oppressed, but,
instead, intends to show the spread of social
hypocrisy. Tension develops between comrades
in survival, and the audience learns of the sometimes violent ethnic conflicts that lie within
Albanian society. Hristos himself becomes a
pawn in a game of selfish interests.
With a quick, inconsequential introduction,
where the camera seems to have stumbled into
the story, this film leaves the impression of a dramatic documentary rather than a movie with a
definite plot. The film seems to be geared towards
an        audience
knowledgeable of
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take it upon incoherem to a
itself to champion the rights of
the oppressed,
but. Instead,
intends to show
Canadian audience. Indeed, it
provides minimal
background
information on
the motivation of
the refugees to
leave their country.
Nevertheless,
So    Long    does
expose        some
important issues
from an insider's
perspective and manages to convey the intensity
of circumstances of the Albanian society at home
and in neighbouring Greece.*!*
the spread of
social hypocrisy.
Two taxing but rewarding
Film Fest choices
FAST FOOD
Running as part of the
Vancouver International Film
Festival
Playing Oct 1 and Oct 5
by Megan Quek
Pop quiz hot shot What kind of
hybrid child would be created if
the parent films were
Trainspotting and Swingersl
Answer: A violent, insightful,
quirky, and romantic film called
Fast Food.
The 95 minute
film follows a
young, lower class,
Scottish man,
named Benny
(played by Douglas
Henshall), who is
trying to find his
place in life. He
returns to his old
neighbourhood
hoping to rekindle
his childhood
friendships,    but
discovers instead with offbeat,
that the past can
never be relived,  inS.ghtf U, and Often
for people, unlike
memories, are not
static.
Much like Trainspotting, the
film's characters are portrayed as
the low life, adult delinquents of
Scottish society who succumb to
unscrupulous acts. However, Fast
Food does not possess the same
hallucinatory creativity as
Trainspotting and here, instead of
drugs, the vice of the film is crime.
The comedy of the film, like in
Swingers, lies in meaningless conversations between a group of
male friends, and these are filled
with offbeat, insightful, and often
bizarre humour.
The pace of the film gets progressively faster, until the end,
where it slows almost to a halt.
The ending of the film is somewhat cheesy though, and,
whereas most of the film is
moody and violent, at the ending, all is suddenly happy and
perfect. This is too drastic a
change,      and
The comedy of the
film, like in
Swingers, lies in
meaningless
conversations
between a group
of male friends,
and these are filled
bizarre humour.
doesn't serve
the film well.
Offsetting the
disappointing
ending though,
is the great
chemistry
between Benny
and Claudia, his
first love. Their
scenes together
are wonderful
and filled with
sexual and
emotional tension, where no
words are
exchanged, but
much is relayed
to the audience.
Henshall and Emily Woof, who
plays Claudia, perfectly compliment each other and it results in
a beautiful relationship.
If you don't let the ending of
the film deter you from watching
it, what you'll find in Fast Food is
an engaging and quirky film. Go
watch it, and enjoy its great lines
and romance.*:*
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ORPHANS
Running as part of the Vancouver
International Film Festival
Plays Oct 4 and Oct 6
by Vince Yim
Orphans opens with an agonising
mise-en-scene in which three brothers and their sister pay their respects
to their recently departed mother.
But this sombre scene doesn't set
the tone for what we are about to
see: a wild romp through the night
in the lives of Thomas, John,
Michael, and Sheila Flynn, all of
whom are separated after a scuffle in
a bar.
An impressive feature debut by
Scottish director Peter Mullan,
Orphans tells the tale of these characters as they try to make their way
to their mother's funeral the next
morning. Each character has distinct personalities, goals, and ambitions.
Thomas is a sttict Catholic who
refuses to leave his mother's side,
while Sheila is the disabled sister,
who tires of Thomas' vigil and
departs, only to have her motorised
wheelchair break down in the middle of nowhere. John, the younger
brother, seeks vengeance against the
one who wounded Michael, who
turns out to be the "normal" one in
the bunch, trying to reconcile all the
family members and bring them
back together for the next day's
funeral.
With its vivid clarity, this is an
amazing portrayal of a family in
obvious turmoil. Michael is slowly
bleeding to death, John is about to
make the biggest mistake of his life,
and Thomas just wishes to watch
over his dead mother's body. j\nd
the three of them have no idea
where their sister is.
With some extremely accomplished acting, solid characters, and
a well written script, Orphans is easily one of the.best films I've seen in a
long time. While some may lose
patience with the slow buildup, the
payoff is ultimately worth it.*> THE UBYSSEY»TUESDAY. OCTOBER 6.1998 1 1
THE IMPOSTORS:
Stanley Tucci and
Oliver Piatt take
slapstick comedy
to new bights in
The Impostors.
Tucci directed the
film as well as taking a staring role.
by Andrea Milek
MxPx fun for all ages
MXPX
At the Croatian Cultural Centre
by Carly Peterson.
Friday night's all-ages show at the Croatian Cultural
Centre brought back fond memories of my younger
years of getting dropped off at concerts by my parents.
The hard core fans of MxPx were out in full force, and
the wide diversity of their listeners was extremely obvious. There were the university students, most cursing
the absence of a liquor license, and then there were the
ten-year-olds with their parents, who stood by nervously, as their litde rugrats scurried in and out of the
mosh pit. Those over 18 were in the minority, and I'd
have to estimate that about two-thirds of the near
capacity crowd weren't old enough to drive.
But young and old alike were there for the same
thing: to take in the loud and fast music of MxPx, the
talented Christian punk trio from Washington, DC.
Opening were small time bands Dingee and Home
Grown who unfortunately fit the stereotype of most
up-and-maybe-coming basement punk
bands. Both showed potential as for as
musical ability, but neither came through
with any sort of unique sound. I was pleasantly surprised with Home Grown's cover
of Aqua's 'Barbie Girl' but their style (or lack
of it) had thoroughly irritated me by the
end of their lengthy set
The tempo of the crowd radically
changed when MxPx took the stage.
Opening with Andrea,' the trio energised the crowd and
had everyone moshing from the get go. They quickly
moved through a wide range of songs, including new
tunes from their recently released album Slowly Going the
Way of the Buffalo as well as old favourites like 'Doing
Time,' 'Chick Magnet' and 'Punk Rawk Show.' The solid
bass riffs of lead singer Mike Herrera carried through the
trademark sound of the group, while the energy and
enthusiasm of Mike, guitarist Tom Wisniewki and drum
player Yuri Ruley were hard to resist The boys did their
best to keep their Canadian fens entertained with their
own 'left coast punk' rendition of Bryan Adam's
At first appearances this movie might
seem like a disaster movie along the
lines of Titanic: an ocean liner sails
across the Atlantic. Passengers race
against the clock to save all aboard
from certain destruction.
Sorry to disappoint any die-hard
fans, but the film I'm speaking of isn't
Titanic 2. This film has what Titanic
didn't a script, originality and a sense
of humour.
I'm talking about The Impostors, a
comedy about two unemployed
actors, played by Stanley Tucci and
Oliver Piatt, in tlie 30s who accidentally stow away aboard a luxury liner and
find themselves embroiled in the various on-board intrigues. 'ITiere's the
suicidal singer Happy Franks, the hip-
swinging Sheik, the communist saboteur, and the love-scorned, whip-
wielding fascist.
With its hilarious mishmash of
espionage plots, love affairs, and characters best termed as 'weirdos,' this
film is Stanley Turd's baby. As writer,
director, and co-star, Tucci takes extraordinary care with every word, every
angle and every expression. I'hr
comedjc talents of co-star Oliver Piatt,
the underrated Campbell Scott and a
great supporting cast of characters
make the film all the more enjoyable.
Never mind that it's all a bit silly,
that it flashes between plots initially
unrelated, or that it borrows heavily
from the screwball comedies of the
'30s and '40s. The fact is, it works especially because of the risks taken. The
two hours are over way before you're
willing to emerge from this fantasy
world of impostors/*
'Summer of 69' and the hard, quick pace of the songs kept
the mosh pit going strong through the whole show.
The enthused crowd managed to draw the exhausted
band out for one encore and, when the lights came on,
the crowd was left hot and sweaty and a little bruised and
battered. Although I arrived feeling more like a chaper-
one at a high school dance than a concert goer, I left feeling stoked, for I too was hot, sweaty and covered in little
elbow marks on my lower extremities. I was pretty happy
to head out for a beer with my friends afterwards, but
then I probably would have been just as happy with a ride
home from mom and dad.*?*
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Thursday, October 15,1998
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Give an Overview of
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Make a mark with your mind.
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was nothing like Lawrence. In fact, no
sane person could possibly be like
Lawrence or Holloman. Playwright and
director Morris Panych, in his two-man
comedy about a new found friendship
between opposite characters Lawrence
the optimist (Richard Zeppieri) and
Holloman the pessimist (Gary Jones),
hopes to add his creation to the list of
famous duos—Sylvester and Tweety,
Elmer and Bugs—but forgets that unlike
cartoons, actors must be somewhat
believable.
Instead, Panych takes the characters to
unrealistic extremes, and Toronto performer Zeppieri and Vancouver
Theatresports veteran Jones exaggerate
their roles to the point that their stage
interaction looks artificial and their jokes
sound forced. Lawrence, dressed in a
snazzy white suit, sits back relaxed with
one arm draped over the park bench while
Holloman, wearing a tacky brown suit,
clutches tensely to the opposite end.
Lawrence brags about himself in a deep
booming voice while Holloman adds his
cynical bits in a high-pitched stutter.
Midway through the first act I felt as
though I were watching a high school play
complete with corny humour and the odd
chuckle from a member of the audience.
Thankfully I got a jolt near the end of
Act I as the plot suddenly picked up the
pace and took on an unexpected dark
twist. Lawrence's perfect life is disturbed
by an apparent "run of bad luck:"
enemies
glorious blue sky is highly symbolic of
Lawrence's gradual flight downward in
life while his head remains high in the
clouds.
Simple seating arrangements for two
are recycled between scenes, leading the
audience through a series of conversations between Lawrence and Holloman
and focusing our attention on the characters. We don't actually see anything
happen, but by reading between the lines
of their dialogue we are shocked to discover what events have just taken place
and are horrified in realising there is no
going back.
The dark comedy gave me shivers
down rite spine and stimulated some
afterthought about philosophy on life; in
retrospect, then, sitting through a dull
and repetitive first act was not a waste of
time. So whether you look at the glass
half full or half empty—that is, whether
you are a self-proclaimed "Lawrence" or
"Holloman"—you may find the play
worth your while.»>
first he is dumped by his fiance and     s
then fired from his job. Wren he    j HANKFULLY
starts suffering from even more serious accidents—involving various
body parts—we realise this is no
innocent act of nature.
If the play were a mystery for the
audience to solve, then it could end
right there. But Panych, two-time
winner of the. Governor General's
Literary award for Drama, should
not be underestimated. In Act II, the
characters are brought to life by a
clever script and convincing acting: s-^ -*■ ~T T~"v T~X T^ TVT T ~\7
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Holloman starts to resemble the
Cable Guy and Zeppieri as the naive
Lawrence becomes incredibly
pathetic. And just as we start to think
the moral of the story here is "ignorance is bliss," Panych surprises us
yet again.
Meanwhile, the set design is
ingenious. Each scene is preceded r-wvr-<
by a giant black projector screen UNEXPECTED
showing an amusing   Frasier-like
title phrase in white letters. An elevator placed against a background of
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FRIDAY OCTOBER 6,1998
VOLUME 80 ISSUE 8
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One fine day Ciprian Gligor and Kala West decided to go hunting. They bought a big 4 x 4, big enough to fit their friends Tara
vVestover, Julian Dowling and Kristoff Steinruck. Then they
went to the gun shop where Cyntia Lee sold them a huge gun.
Andrea Milek owned an army surplus store, so they went there
for some camo. gear and large leather bullet belts. There they
met Vince Yim who also expressed interest in joining tlie outing
On ihe way to me woods, they spotted a bunch of people practising shooting targets. Among them were Richard Lam and
John Alexander, both lousy shots. They hooked their trailer on
vvith the help of Tom Fteacock and Amy Leung, and climbed
aboard. When they reached ihe forest ihey saw Bruce Arthur,
Todd Silver and Sarah Galashan prancing through the trees.
Unfortunately they had forgotten bullets, so Uiey returned to
town, where drey bought some armour piercing full-metal jacket rockets from Megan Queks basement gunshop. "The game is
large" was Federico Barahona's excuse for bringing along a
bazooka. John Zaozirny broughthis music to frighten away the
animals and Douglas Quan had already shot himself in the leg.
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The rules, they are a-changin'
The UBC campus is changing. And UBC is
changing the rules along with it.
Since 1995, UBC has signed two preferred
supplier agreements (PSAs), allowing Coca-
Cola and Canadian Airlines to exclusively supply their goods and services to the university.
As you read this, UBC is deep in negotiations
on two more exclusivity deals—with the Royal
and Hongkong banks, and with BC Tel.
Up until now, UBC has never had a rulebook
to follow when entering into these deals. The
absence of any written ethics for the university
to follow in negotiating such deals has allowed
UBC to sell its students off as an exploitable
market. It's also created murmurs of uneasiness among those who feel the university
should be a sanctuary from the constant
assault of corporate interests.
So now, a campus committee has been set
up to develop a set of ethical guidelines for
these business-education partnerships.
But Deborah Sweeney, associate director of
UBC business relations has said that "the
processes you see outined are the processes we
have been using anyway."
Wait a minute. Let's see if we've got this
straight.
Here we go.
The university has essentially admitted that
these guidelines will only confirm the university's preexisting notions of ethics—ethics which
put into place the highly vilified soft drink and
banking deals.
Instead of exploring the ethical issues
involved in the entwining of corporations and
university funding, UBC will write up guidelines without the intention of challenging its
existing business practices. Or improving the
effect those practices will have on students, for
that matter.
Convenient.
The draft does concern itself with a consultation clause to elicit input from the campus
community. Unfortunately, past attempts calling for campus consultation on various issues
have been relatively unsuccessful. Either no
one cares, or no one knows, or both.
If the university is truly interested in entering into more ethical business agreements,
then it must challenge the ethics of negotiating
exclusivity deals themselves, and of putting the
fate of university funding into the hands of private corporations.
To create guidelines that have been pre-
approved by already existing corporate deals is
as bad as any ethical concerns arising from the
deals themselves. ♦
The AMS Prez
responds
Andy Laycock raises some important issues in his letter last week
(AMS $10,001 a Waste). Yes, as
taxpayers, we are all donating
money to the investigations of
what happened at the APEC
protests last year. But this money
is only covering the costs of one
side of the dispute. Hundreds of
thousands are being provided for
the legal expenses of the RCMP,
but no such funds are going to
cover the costs of the protesters,
despite a Federal Court ruling
that this puts the complainants at
a "great disadvantage." Such a
lopsided situation can only be
expected to result in a whitewash
of the RCMP's and government's
actions. The AMS is trying to level
the playing field by raising funds
for the students' legal costs.
Laycock asks what all this concern over the rights of privileged
Canadian protesters means for
the plight of those people the
protest was meant to be supp-
porting. This is a question that
has been asked by many of the
protesters themselves. But how
can Canada encourage other governments to strive for democratic
reform if we cannot claim realisation of these ideals ourselves?
Canadians are relatively fortunate in terms of the democratic
freedoms we enjoy. But the treatment of protesters during APEC
puts into question the extent of
those rights, and reminds us of
the fact that we cannot take out
freedoms for granted.
Vivian Hoffmann
President
Alma Mater Society
Clinton better
than Chretien
President Clinton can have sex with
any twenty something he wants.
Why can't our dirty, litde street
fighter pick a fight with any individual wuss weakling (if accompanied
by the RCMP), or the entire student
body of UBC (if accompanied by an
international murderer)?
Elmer Wiens
UBCAlumnus
via e-mail
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can make a difference THE UBYSSEY 'TUESPAY, OCTOBER 61398 1 5
he ethics of economics
by Pat Johnson
: end of a rather innocuous lecture by Professor
lan of the economics department he announced that
were "handouts" to be collected at the front of the
These "handouts" turned out to be
r Institute newsletters entitied the
dian Student Review.
jw I should mention that the content
s lecture had been the so-called "costs"
overnment intervention in national       ————
omies such as higher prices and quo-
uersus the blessings of the free market
hich resources are "allocated most effi-
tly."
a an earlier lecture Professor Gateman had said that
cs would not enter into his lectures because economics
thics-free. Perhaps he should have been more specific
t socialist ethics would not intrude on his entertaining,
:-show style lectures. Clearly, handing out copies of such
it wing rubbish as the Canadian Student Review follow
ing a lecture on the great free market is a veiled attempt at
indoctrination of some 500 students.
To give you an idea of the content of this journal, it
includes articles on privatising health care, "when it comes
to health care, socialism doesn't work," the "theft" perpe-
PERSPECTIVE
 OPINION	
trated by evil student unions on unsuspecting students
through fees tacked on to tuition, and a particularly misguided tirade against students "fighting for causes that economically don't make sense, such as opposing tuition fee
increases."
My point here however is not to argue against any one of
these opinions in particular. Instead, I see the distribution
of tiiis literature, without prefacing its perspective, to be
immoral and unethical.
Now if Professor Gateman had presented another journal, more left leaning, such as the excellent Vancouver publication Adbusters, alongside the Canadian Student Review
at least students could read arguments that
question the virtues of the free market. As it was,
students scurried out the door clutching a journal that reeks of the worst kind of narrow minded capitalism.
——■ What's next? Complimentary copies of Rush
Limbaughs autobiography? Please, if ethics are
to be brought into the course (as indeed they
should be) at least let's have some discussion of
different points of view and leave the Canadian Student
Review to the young Adam Smiths at the Fraser Institute. ♦
Pat Johnson is a pseudonym. He/she is a UBC
student, and has withheld his/her
name for reasons of confidentiality.
0RRECTION NOTICE: In the Perspective by Enza Uda entitled "Behind the Revolution" in the September 29th issue of the
byssey, we misidentified the co-operative J'olom Mayaetik as a government-run co-op. It is in fact not affiliated with the
Texican government in any way. The ubyssey sincerely regrets the error.
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