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Don't do it!
Say no to "University Town." Page 14.
Heartbreak, hot dogs and history:
Brown Cup coverage and UBC baseball.
Pages 15-16.
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nicole giibertson
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caitlin reid
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Piper threatened with death
Teaching assistant charged last Friday
by Kathleen Deering
UBC President Marth Piper was
threatened with death in an e-mail
two weeks ago. Teaching assistant
(TA) and graduate, student Amirali
Mirsayah was charged March 28.
The author of the e-mail, which
the RCMP said was sent March 17,
warned Piper that her life and her
children's lives were at serious risk.
"You have initiated a lot of hate- and
resentment among students, and
I'm afraid this may lead to violent
and life-threatening actions against
you and "your family members,*
it said.
Mirsayah was charged with
intimidation by threatening violence
of damage to property, uttering
threats to cause death or bodily
harm and to burn, destroy or damage property, according to the
Criminal Code of Canada.
When contacted at home, the
Ubyssey was told that Mirsayah had
no comment about the accusations.
The 36-year-old suspect's house
was searched March 20 and he was
released on the grounds that he not
contact Piper or go to campus. He
was contacted by the Vancouver San
Friday night and denied tha allegations. "I did not do it," he told the
Vancouver Sun. "They've got the
wrong guy.'
Constable Danielle Efford would
also not comment on specific aspects
of the case, as Mirsayah's court
appearance is on April 10, 2003.
"Everyone is innocent until proven
guilty,' she said.
She said that the ROMP'S
Integrated Techonological Unit was
used to retrieve the e-mail.
The author of the message said a
group of six TAs and four students, of
which he was not a part of anymore,
were planning a 'chain of actions* in
response to the way UBC was handling the labour' situation.
The e-mail pledged to: l-"Rent a
car and investigate the routines of
your older son and then run over
him with a car when and where it
can be reasonably assumed to be a
MVA [sic} (motor vehicle accident).
They don't want to kill your son but
even if that happens it is deemed just
an accident and it is assumed that
ICBC would pay for that'
2-Put your mansion on fire [sic]
by fast motorcycle(s) that pass by
after midnight or any other slow
hours to be decided later and throw
explosives that they* call 'koktel
3- As far as I know as of yesterday
(March 15, 2003), the team was
planning to bring in a shot gun [sic]
one of them has purchased with a
fake ID in Washington state and they
were talking how it could be safely
brought to Vancouver and used in an
attempt to shoot at one of yom- children's leg [sic] from a distance (just
to cause injuries and not taking life).
The author of the e-mail said
he/she didn't approve of the violent
actions the group was planning to
take, and wanted to warn Piper. The
author did however, say that they felt
that Piper was in part responsible for
these acts because of her actions
toward TAs.
President of the TA Union, Alex
Grant, declined comment on all
aspects of the matter. "It's in the
courts," he said.
UBC Director of Public Affairs,
Scott Macrae said Piper took the
threat very seriously. "It disrupted
the president and her family's work
and private life,* he said. "You can
imagine if you had a threat to yourself and your family you'd be forced
to take safety precautions."
He said to his knowledge/Piper
has not been threatened before.
Hubert Lai, senior legal counsel
for UBC, said the student's continuation at UBC would be dependent on
university discipline. "Within the
university he is a student and if it
turns out that he did in fact [do] the
things he is accused [of doing], then
he will be subject to student discipline," he said.
"In addition to that, he is an
employee ofthe university. And if an
employee of the university is threatening another employee of the university, that is clearly unacceptable
conduct and they face employee discipline which could be as serious as
termination of employment." ♦
Unions? UBC await decision
The university and the unions on
campus are still awaiting decisions
about their collective agreements
from arbitrator' Mark Brown.
The unions (CUPE*s 2278, 2950
and 116) and UBC presented their
■ cases to Brown last week and all parties will be required to adhere to the
decision he arrives at
The Teaching Assistants- Union
(2278) had asked for binding arbitration after they felt negotiations
were not progressing. TA Union
President Alex Grant described the
move tS arbitration as a "moral victory' for the unions.
The university had not wanted to
go to arbitration, hoping to negotiate
a resolution rather than have a third
party make a decision.
The decision, which both parties
will have to accept, is expected to be
made sometime today or next week
See Wednesday's issue of the
Ubyssey for details ofthe settlement
Pr6:war demonstrators
stage rally    •
About 200 pro-war demonstrators
braved heavy Vancouver rain Over
the weekend to show their support
for the US-led invasion of Iraq.
The "pro-war demonstrators,
some draped in US .flags, began the
Sunday rally at the south end of the
Burrard._bridge   by   singing   the
Canadian and US national anthems,
while a handful of anti-war demonstrators also at the rally called them
"warmongers.* •
They then listened to several
speakers, including BC Unity Party
leader Chris Delaney, while a large
number of Vancouver Police officers
kept watch.
"We are here today because we
disagree with our government's
opposition to our allies and best
friends—the Americans—in this
fight fojr freedom,* Delaney said to
the crowd.
A scuffle broke out after Delaney
finished as a lone anti-war demonstrator condemned the rally before
being led away by Vancouver Police
as the crowd chanted "USAt*
"Canada has every right not to
send their p.eople over to kill other
people," said Paul Boyd, after he was
escorted to the edge of the rally.
"The US has got enough troops to do
it, and Britain has enough to do it'
Foreign* Minister Bill Graham
said his government stands by its
decision not to join a military campaign that has no United Nations
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SUB Party Room, 7:30pm Monday
April 7 Admission by donation.
Spectacular Coffee House fundraiser for the Natural Food Co-op Music!
Dancing! Poetry! 'Twill be a do to
Art experience includes music
and other contributions by the campus community and other
Vancouver supporters of a good
cause. See you there!
A-'door'-able Doors!! Gateway Theatre's Door Drive, 6500 Gilbert Road,
We've all heard of bottle drives, but a door drive? Yep: here's your chance to
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not to mention. Drop your superfluous doors at the Stage Door. ♦
Screenings @ Norm Theatre, SUB
Prices $3.00 Per Ticket @ Box Office
Membership; $20.00 (Including 10 Movies)
Film Society Hotline: (604) 822-3*97
Showtimes May Be Subject to Change
Friday, April 4 - Sunday, April 6
7:00PM - Stat Trek: Nemesis
9:30PM - About Schmidt
Wednesday, April 9 - Thursday, April 10
7:00PM - Roger & Me
9:30PM-City of God
Friday, April 11 - Sunday, April 15
7:00PM - Bowling for Columbine
9:30PM - LOTR: The Two Towers 2
The metric system has made the number five a number to thuik about It's
half of a decade and a quarter of a score. While we are grateful for each
year we are in existence, five years of Rant is a big deal for us here at the
So what the hell is Rant anyway? What does it mean? For some of us,
it's those early morning hours where the only thing that will bring the
morning is an exegesis of words. Maybe it's a pencil and pad on Sunset
Beach. And maybe it's in a dank basement suite, with idle fingers and eyes
bleeding from the glare of a computer monitor.
How does it work? Well, the Culture Department took your submissions
and narrowed the field down to a number of finalists. From there, we
passed your work on to five esteemed judges. Our judges came from a number of different parts of the literary arts community. This year, we made a
concerted effort to invite people who have ties with publishing. Hopefully,
it will result in something good for all of the people who submitted.
For us, co-ordinating Rant has been an opportunity to take a peek into
the dark closet of UBC's emerging literary minds. There have been old
shoes and unworn sweaters, and there have been bowler hats and feather boas—it's been an
absolute pleasure tiying it all on.
So here it isl We hope you will enjoy reading it as much as we have enjoyed putting it together. This zine
would be nothing if not for all of the great contributions. So when you're done reading, and you put it down,
pick up your pen and start writing for next year. The only advice we can give you comes from Bob Dylan: 'Play
it fucking loudl"
Bryan and Aman,
RANT coordinators
Caitlin Reid
Winner, snap non-fiction: "Jean-Michel Basquiat/ page 3.
A second-year creative writing student, Caitlin Reid has previously had her writing
published in the Montreal anthology First Fruits, as well as Wreck magazine. Reid
has recently completed a picture book about sex, tilled Sexation: every line ends
in the suffix "-ation."
Karen Black
Winner, snap fiction: "A Simple Song," page 3.
Winner, long fiction: "Night Thoughts," pages 6-7.
Karen Black is in her first year at UBC, after transferring in last fall. She studies
creative writing, and also teaches preschool and piano.
An actress as well as a writer, Black will be performing in "New York Musical"
at UBC's Brave New Play Rites festival, opening next week.
Nicole Gilbertson
Winner, long non-fiction: "Laundry Mishap," pages ^-5.
Although Nicole Gilbertson has been writing since high school, she has grown
more serious about her work recently. As well as writing poetry and short fiction,
she completed a semi-autobiographical novel last summer. Gilbertson, while pursuing a psychology degree and publication for her first novel, is already planning
another book.
Ori Livneh
Winner, poetry: "Early Morning Song," page 8.
Ori Livneh is a firstyear Arts student who plans to study philosophy. He has been
writing poems seriously for about five years, and doesn't plan to stop. "Poetry is
my life. This is what I want to do," he says.
Aside from poetry, though, Livneh has a strong interest in electronic music and
20th/2 lst-century composers.
Lisa Wong
Runnerup, poetry: "Black Cat Winking,* page 8
A writer since childhood, Lisa Wong joined a creative writing group during her
studies at Templeton Secondary School. Her work has been published in the
Wordscapes youth anthology, and the UBC English Students' Society anthology.
RunneiHip, poetry: "Epitaph," page 8.
Kat Kinch had a short piece published in Archie Comics at the age of 11, and would
later become still more serious about writing after taking an influential literature
course at McMaster University. Now in law school at UBC, the Hamilton native volunteers for the PIVOT Legal Society, plays hockey, and writes poetry.
Melva McLean
Melva has fifteen years of experience in publishing, including eight years
with Mosaic: A Journal tor the Interdisciphnary Study of Literature. She
has a Master of Publishing degree from SFU and is a freelance editor and
current managing editor of New Star Books. She is also a member of the
collective of women who edit and publish Room of One's Own, a feminist
literary journal. In her spare time, Mel enjoys belonging to Wild Rice, a
theatre group making its debut at this year's Vancouver Fringe Festival,
and spending time with her husband Malcolm, and Tabasco, their new
basset hound.
Fiona Tinwei Lam
Fiona Tinwei Lam is a writer of poetry and prose. A former lawyer and
recent grad from the Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing at
UBC, she has been published in literary magazines such as Grain, The
Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, Event and Canadian Literature. Her
first book of poetry, Intimate Distances (Nightwood, 2002) has been well-
received. Her poetry is featured this season on public transit.
John Rupert
Dr John Rupert is an English professor at UBC. He has published articles
on Jack Kerouac, as well as his own original poetry and fiction. John is
currently teaching classes in poetry and fiction and Canadian, American,
and British lit in the English Dept here at UBC.
Melissa Edwards
Melissa Edwards' writing has appeared in Geist, Two Chairs and several
business and online publications and she was short-listed for the 2000
Federation of BC Writers Literary Writes award. She is a freelance writer,
a project manager with the BC Association of Magazine Publishers and
an associate editor at Gei'st, where she assesses manuscripts, writes
reviews and compiles the regular 'Caught Mapping" feature. She lives in
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New plans tower over UBC
Faculty, community and students object to
UBC's development plan
by Chris Shepherd
A final consultation forum about the
development of the University
Boulevard area was held Tuesday
night and some students, community
members and faculty were not happy
with what they we're being shown.
The development would see
three 18-storey residential towers
built along with retail and several
low-rise buildings in the area
between Wesbrook Mall and East
Mall. In addition the development
plans call for mpving the bus loop
underground to allow for a larger
loop, and more construction above
Professor Emeritus Alan Lewis
has been a vocal opponent of the
proposed development since he first
learned of it Lewis came to UBC in
1964 and he feels the administration is going to ruin the unique
atmosphere on campus by creating a
downtown feel at UBC.
"Thia is the core of the campus,"
Lewis said. "They're putting market
housing on the University Boulevard,
which we don't think belongs here."
UBC-Vice-President, External and
Legal Affairs, Dennis Pavlich began
the forum and explained the reasoning behind the development The
intent, he said, is to create a "university town* on campus.
Pavlich said that a university
town would create a place where
people would want to stay and enjoy
themselves, rather than simply
come to campus for class, then
"We want the people on campus
and we want them to tarry on campus," he told the audience of around
2 50 people.
The draft plans also call for the
outdoor pool to be moved closer to
the SUB in Maclnnis field. Maclnnis
field would be kept the same size by
removing most of the parking lots
near the Student Recreation Centre.
The plans also suggest making
University Boulevard a continuous
road through the campus to connect
with SW Marine Drive.
Harold Kalke, chair ofthe development steering "committee, spoke
next and gave njore concrete reasons for the development, including
the expected 30 to 40 per cent
increase in bus traffic to UBC.
Kalke also said that the 18-storey
residential towers, which would be
market housing, are a more sustainable option, especially when compared to people commuting onto
campus in their own vehicles. Kalke
added that parents would be able to
purchase an apartment for their children while they attended UBC.
But Alma Mater Society (AMS)
Vice-President, Academic and
University Affairs, Laura Best felt
that the student input has not been
considered in the creation of the
plan and that there is not a place for
HASHING OUT THE DETAILS: 18-storey buildings could greet future
students, nic fensom photo
the majority of students in the plan.
Some students, she said, may be
able to afford the market housing
but many will not
"There is a large number of students that are being excluded by the
focus of this plan," she said.
When asked if the plans would
clash with student life and events
(such as Storm the Wall or the AMS
Welcome Back Barbecue), Pavlich
said no.
"It's supposed to be social space
that has a strong student orientation,* Pavlich said. "And when we
talk about students we're talking
about [their] activities."
After,Kalke gave his presentation, the floor was opened up for
questions and comments.
Over 40 members of the audience then shared their impressions
of the development proposal during
tie comment period. The majority
spoke against the plans for a variety
of reasons.
„ A frequently heard criticism was
that the consultation process itself
was flawed.
A group of Master's students
from the School of Community and
Regional Planning (SCARP) presented the speakers with an alternative
procedure to create plans for the
University Boulevard.
"The process hasn't been a model
to uphold as a proper consultation
process," said Peter Russell, a SCARP
student who helped create the alternative planning procedure.
"There's a sense that we've been
brought in at the end of the [planning] process," Russell said, "and
they're just showing us the plans
and defending them now. We're asking to be engaged from the start as
Chair of the UBC Board of
Governors Larry Bell, who ran the
forum, said that the process would
carry on as it had been and that it
was at events such as the one that
night where people could voice their
Peter Busby, an architect and UBC
graduate, was one of the few people
to speak in favour of the plans.
"It's absolutely necessary that we
get more people living here," Busby
said. "We get better shops and retail
services for students and staff that
are here, better night time activity... [These are all] reasons to stay
here rather than commuting to and
from [campus]."
The cost of the development is
expected to be around $34 million.
Al Poettcker, president and CEO of
UBC Properties Trust, said that revenue generated from selling the
condominiums would be used to
pay for the buildings and infrastructure. This infrastructure includes
the sewage, landscaping, sidewalks
and new roads. UBC Properties
Trust is a company that provides
market and pricing information to
the university, as well as performing some construction.
On May 15 the UBC administration will present the plan to the
Board of Governors for approval. If
the Board approves the plan as it is
(without changing the 18-storey residences, specifically), then UBC must
apply to the Greater Vancouver
Regional District (GVRD) to go ahead
with the plans. The university and
the GVRD have an agreement outlining what can be built on campus. •>
Women still underrepresented in engineering
by Nicholas Maggisano
When the Faculty of Applied Science was founded in 1915 at
UBC, all but one of its students were men. Eighty-eight years
later, not much has changed. Today only 20 per cent of UBC
engineers are female, the most one-sided gender ratio of any
field at UBC, according to UBC's Planning and Institutional
Research office.
An enrollment trends report released by the Canadian
Council of Professional Engineers in 2000 reports the lack of
female representation in engineering is part of a nation-wide
trend. Since then, the organisation says that enrollment has
levelled off, and that 20 per cent of engineering students
are women. -
Bruce Dunwoody, associate dean of engineering, believes
that the problem lies in society's continued perception of gender roles.
"Engineers are stereotypically men," said Dunwoody, citing
this as a reason that women may not be encouraged to pursue
a career in the applied sciences. Coupled with this is the overall lack of female interest due to the perception that engineering "isn't the sort of place where there's a lot of impact on an
individual helping basis."
In other words, women are taught to be community-oriented, said Dunwoody, and as a result they are more interested in
professions in which they will be able to "help people directly.*
Robin Farnworth, one of the senior members of the now
BLAZING TRAILS: Ka-Hay Law, one of the few women in engineering's male-dominated world, nic fensom photq
inactive Association for Engineering Women (AFEW), feels
that UBC, as compared to other post-secondary institutions,
could be doing a lot more to promote engineering to female
"Some universities actually pay a staff member to work on
the initiatives and do not rely on student clubs," said
Farnworth, "who are often time-pressed, to increase the
numbers of women in engineering."
While fourth-year materials engineering student Ka-Hay
Law agrees with Dunwoody about the sociological causes ofthe
trend, she also feels that UBC could be doing more to increase
awareness about engineering for women.
But Dunwoody said UBC is doing as much as any other university to promote awareness of engineering to women, including having a presence at info fairs for university students and
putting aside 40 per cent of spots at children's summer programs specifically for women.
The department of engineering at UBC also organises a
workshop each year to promote awareness about engineering
as a profession for young female students around the Lower
Mainland. The conference, called, Women in Engineering, has
been organised annually for 14 years.
"We try to bring in grade 10 and 11 girls and have speakers
who are first-year engineering students, fourth-year engineering students, all women, to show them that women can do engineering too," he said. "To counteract any cultural preconceptions that they have."
He acknowledged that UBC could be doing more. "We certainly are doing as much as is required to get to the national
average," he said. 'And nobody, no matter how much they're
doing, seems to be getting beyond the national average."
Law has experienced gender stereotypes first-hand.
According to Law, women are "not encouraged to explore [engineering because] it's a very technical, scientific education."
Women are encouraged to pursue careers in the humanities and meet their gender expectations by helping people, and
so when they become engineers, at least in Law's case, they feel
that the humanitarian aspect is missing.
"Engineering I think is inherently very left-brain thinking
and with less of a focus on humanities," she said, "and I think
you need to have very multidisciplinary engineers in order for
whatever you're designing to be properly integrated into society, sustainably, economically, socially." ♦
—with files from Kathleen Deering Jean-Michel Basquiat
by Caitlin Reid
Sixteen-year-old Jean-Michel Basquiat has been missing for two weeks. After
finding him in a local park, Gerard Basquiat tells his son he is taking him
home. Jean-Michel turns to his father, whose support and approval he will
never win, and says: "Papa, I will be very, very famous one day."
Born in Brooklyn in 1960, Basquiat grew up in a mixed Haitian-Puerto
Rican family. It was at the age of four that he began to draw, copying television cartoons on paper his father brought home from the office. His mother
encouraged his artistic inclination and, by the age of six, Basquiat was a card-
carrying "junior member" at the Brooklyn Museum.
Basquiat moved several times during his childhood and attended various
schools, but eventually dropped out just one year
short of earning his high school diploma. The rea
son, as he would later write in his Untitled
(Biography): "[I] put a box of shaving cream in
[the] principal's face at graduation no point in
going back."
At 17, with friend Al Diaz, Basquiat creates a
fake religion called SAMO. The pair spraypaint
clever but cryptic philosophical statements in
SoHo and on the East Side, especially at artistic
events: "SAMO as an escape clause," "Plush safe
he think; SAMO."
Although Gerard Basquiat had convinced his
son to return home once before, when Jean-Michel
runs away in 1978, he does not look back. Living
in parks, he sells hand-painted T-shirts and postcards to passersby. When he stays with friends, they kick him out for painting on refrigerators, doors, cabinets, clothes—even other artists' paintings.
When Basquiat's first pieces show at the Times Square Show, a group exhibition in 1980, a star is launched. His first paintings, on typewriter paper
smeared with his footprints, sell for $50 to $100 apiece. This is enough to
briefly satisfy Basquiat's budding drug addiction.
The timing is perfect. Painting had been declared dead a decade earlier,
and collectors are starved for something new, so much so they are practically salivating when a withdrawn, messy, dreadlocked 20-year-old shows up
offering crude images interwoven with choice words and symbols. Not only
is Basquiat new to the scene, he is exactly what the art world had always
feared and never understood—much less wanted—until now: a talented black
Basquiat's first art dealer is Annina Nosei. Basquiat does not hide his
growing habit, nor does he limit his indulgences as the money becomes
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available, so when Annina offers him the basement of her gallery rent-free,
he accepts. Almost immediately, Basquiat's private workspace is a showroom full of buyers and he is forced to churn out paintings at a rapid pace.
Most of them sell before the paint is dry, or the piece finished.
Basquiat's next dealer, Bruno Bischofberger, who will remain his world
exclusive dealer until the time of his death, also exploits the young artist:
selling artwork to himself, paying Basquiat in direct rent, inviting him to
Switzerland to escape the city's pressure to produce only to place him in a
studio full of prepped canvasses. Basquiat, outraged at once again being
used, paints not on the canvases, but on Bischofberger's wife's custom-
made mattress. By the mid-eighties, Basquiat is a celebrity. He hangs out at Club 57 and Mudd Club with Keith
Haring, Rammellzee, Fab Five Freddy and Vincent Gallp..
Basquiat is pleased: he has supplies enough to paint as
often as he wishes, he has many girlfriends—Madonna^
among them—and he has a now-dangerous appetite. Iqe
heroin. The best thing to spring from these successful.
years, however, is his friendship with Andy Warhol/At
first glance, Jean-Michel and Andy seem to be opposites: a
black, raw, aggressive wannabe street kid and an older,
white, gay cultural icon. But the duo is symbiotic, each
providing the other with what he most needs: Basquiat
pushes Warhol to paint for the first time in twenty years,
and Andy is not only Basquiat's idol, but a trusted friend
and a supportive father figure. By 1987, they are.co-
dependent, and it is no surprise that when Warhol dies in
February, Basquiat is devastated and follows a year later by overdosing on
Some praise Basquiat's refreshing style, claiming he achieved balance
beyond the spectrum of colours; his words, simple yet provocative; his messages, political yet sensitive; and his images, raw but purposeful. Others
maintain that Basquiat's brushstroke is so primitive it is impossible to distinguish from a child's scrawl. In spite of any such obvious attack, Basquiat's
legacy remains unscathed: he once said, "I like kids' work more than work
by real artists any day...Picasso arrived at primitive art in order to give of its
nobility to Western art. And I arrived at Picasso to give his nobility to thjs art
called 'primitive." In the end, Basquiat was right. Hi' liu-il Id -.ce bis -uc
cess: one man shows in Zurich, New York, Cote D'Koire, K.iss>t'l, Muduna,
Rotterdam, Tokyo, Paris, Diisseldorf and others. He .)< hieved his goals; he
wanted to be famous, and he was; he said: "I want to h\e life like Jami'.s
Dean," and he did; he said: "I want to be a star," and he still is.
Simple Sonq
This is how we sit: my father oii the left side of the bench near the window; me on the
right My four-year-old legs, too short to reach the floor, dangle off the edge. I swing my
feet in the ^ir,"marvelling at the eftdless black and white keys of our tall upright piano.
My father demystifies tjie.i&tes for me: to find Middle C on the piano—the mid-point
> —look for the shiny gold lock just beneath the ivory keys. Trace upwards with your fin-
- ger to the group' of two black notes; Middle C is the white note to the left. From there
3'ou caii use your alphabet to find any note to the piano. Just remember there are only
seven letters in the piano alphabet ArB<>Ei-E-F-G; then it all starts over again at A.
We praptice together every day,' I play songs from my very own book, Gibbedy F &
ACE. It has a red cover. The red book teaches me how to read writing for the piano.
With my father as my guide, I learn the notes one by one. My first piece is called "I
Am C." It even has words so I can sing along, and I do. "I am C/Middle C/Left
Hand/Right Hand/Middle. C." I learn to switch hands, just like the song tells me to and
to hold the notes for two counts at the end ofthe piece. When I finish my practice session, I can chopse a candy or a sticker. I like the stickers.
When I turn six, my parents tell me that I can have piano lessons with a real
teacher. I will go to her house once a week. I am excited, but concerned.
"Daddy," I isk, "does she give stickers?"
"Yes, Karen," he assures me, "she gives wonderful stickers."
And she does. Kathy—who becomes my piano teacher for the next ten years—is a
gentle, kind woman who not only gives stickers for regular practicing, but also
awards "big" stickers at the end of exemplary lessons. I become her devoted student.
My father and I continue to practice together every day. The pieces gradually
become more difficult and I begin to lose patience when it's not easy the first time
through. My father is always patient and soothing but my temper is short and flares
easily. I often end practice sessions with a scream, stomping away. I do not get to
choose a sticker. At the end ofthe day, however, I am always drawn back to the piano.
I cherish the time I spend with my father on our bench, with just the two of us. I love
the pat on my back when I make it through the difficult part of my piece.
When I am eight, I enter my first competition. My parents pack the car with me
and my sister, colouring books, tapes and snacks, and we drive the two hours to
Montreal to meet Kathy at music festival. The trip seems to take forever. We have to
stop twice to pee; once for me, once for my sister. When we finally find the school,
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there are lots of kids running around; everything is chaotic. I'm not really nervous,
but I think my father is; I hold his hand and it's cold and clammy. He makes a joke
about needing mittens for his freezing hands. When it's my turn to play I start my
piece much too fast, but my fingers fly over the keys without slipping and it's a magical feeling. I finish and take a bow and I see my mother and father clapping. I smile.
I run to hold my father's hand: it's warm now. He hugs me and I know he's not nervous any more. I place third and win a certificate. My father buys a shiny silver frame
and hangs it above the piano.
As I grow older, the practice sessions extend longer, the pieces become harder and
my temper grows shorter. Yet still my father practices with me every day. I enter competitions every year now. I place second, third, third, second. The framed certificates
begin to cover our exposed brick wall. First place is still elusive, always reserved for
that little boy from Montreal West named Wonny Song. He practices four hours a day,
his mother says. My father and I always shake our heads in wonder to think about
such dedication.
I have good days and bad days. On the good days we laugh and congratulate ourselves when I make it through tricky passages; my father sits back and listens as I play
in tandem with the scratchy recordings of Chopin, Mozart and Clementi that he
brings home from the library.
On my bad days I grow so frustrated with the pieces that I kick the piano, threaten to quit, and run up to my room screaming that I wish he'd just leave me alone. My
father walks quietly up the stairs and informs me that if I want to quit all I need to do
is call Kathy and tell her my decision. He knows I'll never do it. The truth is, I love my
piano. I wouldn't know what to do with myself without my lessons.
When I turn 13, my father announces that it's time for me to start practicing on
my own. It's lonely sitting at the piano bench by myself. I mess around, doodle on the
notepad that we use for keeping track of how many times I play my pieces and make
up httle ditties; I can't concentrate. Finally, I call upstairs to my father and ask him to
sit in his reading chair.
I hear the familiar swish of his corduroy pants as he walks into the living room
and settles into his chair. Relaxed now, I smile and press down on the cool, smooth
keys under my fingers. I play Mendelssohn's "Song Without Words" to the crinkle of
my father's newspaper behind me. If.weicbuld, we would.
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Laundry Mishap
Is there anything pleasurable about doing your laundry
in residence? I dare say there isn't. Out of the complete
despair I have personally endured with the residence
laundry services, I feel compelled to tell you my horrific and oddly humourous misadventures and teach you
a very valuable moral lesson: never leave your laundry
until the very last possible day, and never do it ALL at
It was a cold day in mid-November when I sat in my
room wasting my night on MSN and looking up random
facts on the internet: avoiding at all cost the large heap
of unlaundered clothing in my closet. Procrastination
took over for the majority of the evening as I tried to
rationalise why I could leave the chore of lugging my
clothes to the basement until the next day, but then
realised that it just couldn't be done. I was on my last
pair of underwear.
So, as I looked at the clock on the bottom corner of
my computer screen, I read the numbers 11:48pm. No
time left to be wasted. I slowly made my way, defeated,
to my closet and heaved the heaping pile of clothing
onto my bed. I had a moment of inspiration, why not
just do it ALL at oncel I bundled my sheets, even the
mattress diaper, my towel, my bathrobe, everything,
and added it to the monstrosity. Amidst another
epiphany, I thought, why not even wash what I am wearing! So, I adorned a dress I made in grade nine sewing
class that was ill-fitting and positively ugly. I was convinced no one would see me in my rather unappealing
garb, with it being so late at night.
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So I made my way, waddled rather, to the basement
and stuffed full, three washing machines. I grinned
from ear to ear when I saw that I had just enough
money on my card to wash all three loads. What luckl I
conspired with myself to sneak over to the laundry
money machine just as my loads were ready to be transferred to the dryers so as to not be seen by anyone.
A half hour passed and I did just as I had planned.
As hurriedly as I could, I took my five dollar bill to the
machine and let it grab at my bill in anticipation. It was
spit back out. I impatiently tried again, to no avail. After
numerous vexing attempts, I admitted defeat, and rang
the bell at the front desk.
I'm sorry, the machine is not in service, she said
with absolutely no remorse. My face fell, this couldn't
be happening. But there must be something you can do?
I asked. She looked at me and shook her head. I'm
sorry, someone will be coming tomorrow to fix it.
Tomorrow? Tomorrow won't do, I had clothes in the
washer TODAYI You don't understand, I said, positively
EVERYTHING I own is in the washer right now. She
looked at me again, not really caring about my distress
and said, Well, you could walk over to Vanier. There was
no way I was going to walk anywhere in the middle of
the night, especially in what I was wearing.
I was just about ready to scream in frustration when
a light bulb quite literally came on above my head. I'll
borrow one of my roommates' cardsl I raced up the
stairs, with renewed hope and burst into my quad.
Momentarily forgetting the time, I wondered why no
one was in the kitchen and all the doors were closed.
They were asleep.
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Racking my brain for another option, I decided to
check my MSN list to see who was still up and online.
No one. I thought about it for quite some time until I
realised I would just have to hang the clothing to dry
overnight, otherwise I wouldn't be able to go to class in
the morning.
So I took my rather sad-looking cardboard box
(because my laundry basket had been stolen at the
beginning of the year) and slowly trudged back down to
the basement. I loaded my box, once, twice, three times
with my sopping wet laundry. As I waddled over the elevator, I could feel the bottom ofthe box beginning to get
soggy and I knew if the elevator didn't come soon, I
would be standing in front of my rather heavy load on
the floor. By some stroke of luck, if that's what you call
it, I managed to get the heap to my room without
I hung everything I could on hangers, along the curtain rod and shelves. I pulled out every drawer and lay
out shirts and pajamas to dry. My windowsill housed
the majority of my underwear. I hung as much as I
could in my closet. Lastly, I draped my sheets and blankets on my closet door and the last of my shelves. After
this lengthy task had been accomplished, I realised the
humidity in the room was stilling. If I wanted to breath
through the night, I would have to open a window. Well,
opening it didn't do much, and after another brainchild, I thought, why not open my bedroom door too, so
that a draft will float through and dry my clothes even
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by Nicole Gilbertson
So after this had been done, I was quite exhausted
and went to crawl into bed, but I soon realised I had
nothing to keep me warm. No sheet, blanket, or even
the mattress diaper. So, I managed to find a few clean
towels and literally huddled with them on my bed. After
a few minutes, though, I was near shivering due to the
cool draft that was flowing through the room.
By some miracle, I fell asleep that night. When I
woke up and opened my eyes, I had temporarily forgotten why I was laying in the middle of a clothing jungle.
Relieved, though, that I would have clean clothes for
class, I had my shower and came back to my room to
dress. To my further distress, I realised not a single
article of clothing had dried overnight. Convinced I
could defeat this frustration once and for all, I got out
my handy hairdryer and sat on my bed hoping to have
something to wear, at least for my second class. After an
hour and a half of deliberation and building desire to
just get dressed and get out of my room, I finally had a
pair of pants to wear. The shirt didnt take quite so long
and I had enough time to make it to my third class.
But wait, the story isn't over yet. It seems that fate
finally got the last laugh, because, by the time I had
made it to Wood 2 in the pouring rain, my pants were
soaking wet once again. Oh, the bitter irony.
Many lessons were learned that day and I hope that
you can benefit from my pain. Never, EVER, do your
laundry all at once.
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f riday, April 4,2003
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Dependence on debt growing: survey
Student groups say answer to the problem
of growing debt is lowering tuition
by Chris Wilson-Smith
TORONTO (CUP)-A national survey released
last month has found that three out of four students rely on incurring debt to make it through
their post-secondary education programs.
The average accumulation of debt is $ 5 600
per year, with the overall accumulation estimates as high as $20,000 for some students-.
The survey was commissioned by the
Millennium Scholarship Foundation (MSF),
which offers financial assistance to students
across the country.
'While the survey shows us that students
have varying financial circumstances, student
financial aid programs tend to treat students
as being the same," said Alex Usher, the foundation's director of research and program
"Very httle is actually known about how
much money students earn from the numerous
sources available to them, [or] what they choose
to spend then" money on," he continued.
The survey, revealed that students aged
20-21 face the largest monthly budgetary
deficit, with an average shortfall of $142.
Usher explained that this group experiences
less support from parents or other family
members than younger students, they are
not eligible for the kinds of public and private debt-based financing older students
have" access to and they generally earn less
than older students.
The survey found that nine out of ten students earn an average of $4000 in the summer, which still leaves most students with a
monthly shortfall of $56 during the school
In general, as students age, their family
circumstances and lifestyles change, resulting
in increased income and expenditures, as well
as increased debt, the survey says. Young
students have lower educational costs, are
more likely to live with their parents, and are
more likely to receive financial support from
their family.
Usher asked, "These findings beg the question: Do our student financial aid programs
have the right clients, and are we providing
them with appropriate support?"
A representative of a major student organisation in Ontario says the answer is an
emphatic 'no."
'Students are relying more than ever on
debt to pay the high costs of education, yet the
loan system that the government expects
students to use is woefully insufficient to meet
their true costs," said Leslie Church, executive
director ofthe Ontario Undergraduate Student
Alliance, which represents full-time and part-
time students across the province.
"In order to ensure true financial accessibility to post-secondary studies, students must
have access to a student aid plan that effectively reflects the resources at their disposal to
apply against the costs of post-secondary education,' Church continued.
The Canadian Federation of Students (CFS),
a national student lobby group, says that a
needs-based student aid program is "desperately needed," and disagrees over many of the
conclusions drawn from the survey.
Joel Duff, the Ontario chairperson of the
CFS, said that the MSF 'underestimated the
student debt crisis in Canada.'
According to Duff, the conclusions the
foundation draws from the survey falsely
represent the accumulated debt-load of the
average student by averaging the debt of 'first-
year students to graduate students.'
"fo be honest, they have to average the
debt load of students after they graduate, to get
a real idea of what students pay throughput
their post-secondaiy careers,' he said.
Duff said he is concerned that the foundation is coming to "pretty scary conclusions."
"They are saying that the best way to solve
the student financial shortfall is to increase
the amount of loans available to them," he
Duff said the real answer is 'right tinder
their noses."
'Instead of increasing student debt, why
don't they just lower tuition?* ♦
University grads earn more than college grads: survey
by Adam Grachnik
OTTAWA (CUP)—If you're in it for the money, university is" your most
dependable route to riches, according to new census numbers.
Based on information from the 2001 Census, 'Education in Canada:
Raising the Standard," the income numbers reveal that on average people with a university degree earn $61,823, which amounts to $20,000
more than people who are college educated University graduates earn
almost $25,545 more than Canadians with only a high school diploma.
"Today a university education buys you what a high school diploma
bought you ten years ago," said Barbara Moses, president of BBM
Human Resource Consultants Inc., a consulting firm specialising ih
career management.
"Employers want university education. It's a symbol of higher-level
thinking and problem solving,' she added.
According to Christine Tausigford, director of communications with
the Association of University Colleges of Canada, these numbers won't
trigger a large increase in the demand for post-secondary education
"These numbers aren't new,' she said, adding that numbers wouldn't influence demand for university because people already know the
value a university degree holds. »
However, Moses admitted that there is a "huge strain on the
system," especially with Ontario's incoming 'double cohort.'
In terms of Canada's half-million six-figure income earners in 2000,
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60 per cent of them had a university degree. Ofthe 182,000 high-income
earners in 2001, two-thirds hold a university degree. At the start of the
1990s, Canadians with a high school diploma accounted for 33 per cent
of high-income earners; they currently fill 19 per cent of the total.
Moses warns that prospective students shouldn't opt for university
simply because of the potential for wealth. ■,   ,
"Don't go to university for the money [or] to get a job," she
suggested. 'Go to test yourself intellectually and personally and" to
explore ideas.*
She said that through her work she has seen many cases of a university education not offering 'all the goodies [students] thought it
would bring.' - 7  *
She suggested students' take a general undergraduate degree and
then go into specific programs for post-graduate work.
The 2001 census also reveals that the number of people with trade,
college or university credentials increased by 2.7 million in Canada, a
39 per cent increase. The number of university graduates increased 51
per cent over the decade, while growth in trades was 13 per cent.
In 1951, only two per cent of aU Canadians had auniversity degree.
This figure climbed to five per cent in 1971 and 11 per cent in 1991.
Currently 22.6 per cent of Canadians have a university degree and
roughly one million people hold Doctorates, Master's degrees/and
other qualifications above the Bachelor's level, a 50 per cent increase
from 1991.
"University is obviously valuable,' added Tausigford. ♦
Public Information Meeting
for the campus community
For   The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
When: Tuesday, April 8th, 2003,12:00 ■ 1:30 PM
Where: Dodson Room, Main Library, 1956 Main Mall
To present and review the schematic design for
the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.
Constniction of Phase I is to be started in
September 2003 with occupancy in Winter 2004.
$ervmg student & budget travellers for over 30 years with over 70 offices across Canada.
Owned and operated by.the Canadian Federation of Students. Alt offices registered with the BC Travel Registrar
This event is wheelchair accessible. Please contact
Karly Henney, Campus & Community Planning, at (604) 822-
6930 for information on the location of the meeting or if you
need assistive listening devices, captioning, or information on
alternative media.
FREE PARKING will be available in the North Parkade - please pick
up a parking pass after the meeting in order to exit ttie Parkade without
Questions or for further info contact:
Jim Carruthers, Campus Planning, at 604-822-0469 AMS Volunteer Services Assistant Coordinator
« Assist Coordinator in promoting the service
« Hofd regular office hours and be available to students looking to find volunteer;
» Maintain contact with member organizations and solicit additional volunteer
Organize VeX volunteers as well as its programs and events.
Assist the Coordinator in tfte organization and implementation of service events
and programs as they arise.
Time Commitment:.5 hours/ weekfrom May 1*2003- April 30,2004
AMS Joblink Assistant Coordinator
Post part-time positions on the Careers Online website
Follow up arid liaise with employers (
»       . „ Provide resume andcoverl^terconsuftaoons
Help plan the Summe|]o.g Fajr" I
♦ Help oin our workshdpsl^l^ ^
• Provide general job search'aidvice to students
• General office administration        . ,
• Minimum of 15 office hours in lhe summer and a minimum of 10 hours during,
the school year. ,
AMS Orientations Assistant Coordinator;
Duties: . \ /
« Leading Information sessions at local high schools    "' »
Orientations guide /
* Coordinating requests fbrpnzes and sponsorship „
Planning the Orientations session 	
Hiring, training, and motivating the Orientations Guides
Promoting the Orientations program
Full time Mondays-Friday from May-August; plus September 1-2, part time
commitment during the first week of September.
AMS Safewalk Assistant Coordinator
Assist the Safewalk coordinator in ensuring that SafewalkIs adequately staffed
and is open to m^et student needs throughout the year
Assist in the recruitrnent hiring and training of new staff       *     • »    »■
* Liaise with Campus community including assisting with Outreach efforts
»            Responsible for payroll *
Responsible for scheduling and staff supervision of approximately 100 student
staff. ,k
Oversees equipment email Hst-serves and office organization and maintenance
Shares on<all duties with other Coordinators
Part-time throughout the year. Service operates year-round.
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AMS Speakeasy Assistant Coordinator
Assist the coordinator in ensuring that the SUB info desk Is staffed with informed
Assist in ensuring that Speakeasy maintains a visible presence year-round in the SUS
♦ Assist in organizing a team of volunteers fw caIMn or drop-in peer counselling
Time commitment 10-15 hours per week throughout the year. Service may be open
during the summer months.
AMS Tutoring Services Assistant Coordinator
Responsible for tutoring programs, tutoring workshops, the tutor registry and other
initiatives. •
Assist in long term fund development for the service.
Service dosed during the summer months.
Time commitment 10-15 hours per week throughout the year.
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* Remuneration for all of the above positions will be subject to a review by the
Compensation Review Committee. Deadline for the above positions Is April 11,2003.
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AMS Deputy Ombudsperson '
The AMS Ombuds Office receives complaints from students and AMS staff who feel that they
have been treated unfairly. We are looking for a itiotfwt^enthuslasticOe^jty Ombuds that
loves workjng with people and can start on June 1,2003.     7   > \
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You have excellent written and oral communication skills, are organized and have outstanding
analytical skills.You can effectively balance asiertiv^ne&jnd empathy and are comfortable
interviewing a wide array of clients. ^,77~>,.   ,•    >;  '
You can approach and express a problem from an objective perspective and set a collaborative
tone in order to attain a mutually satisfactory outcome. You can probe underlying needs and
interests and generate creative solutions to challenging situations.
You will be committed to assessing your own conflict resolution style and to learn and practice
alternative dispute resolution methods.
Your duties wiil include:
1- Interviewing clients. *
2- Performing formal or informal investigations (at the direction ofthe Ombudsperson).
3- Organizing, planning and facilitating events such as fairs and workshops.
4* Developing and maintaining forms, documents and records.
5- YbumustkeepnolessthanlQofficehoureperweekdunngtheschoolyear.
6- Commit to no less than 20 hours per week during the summer. .
Remuneration for the year is $6000 paid bi-weekly. Deadline for this position is April 16,2003.
subtitles online
Got a textbook to sell - Need to buy a textbook? Come to our online used textbook exchange - AMS Subtitles has your books for less! Log on at: www.amssubtitles.com.
arts county fair
TheT 2th Annual Arts County Fair lands at UBCU Thunderbird Stadium on Wednesday, April 9,2003.
This year's lineup includes 54-40jTrefc!e Charger, I Mother Earth,The New Deal featuring Rahzef of The Roots, Not By Choice, Kazzer, Sweatshop Union, Fourth World Occupants and moref
It's a great way to gather everyone together with one specific goal: fun. -• * , .
university boulevard development
Check out www.unfversttytowaubc.ca for more information on the plans for development of University Boulevard between Wesbrook Mall and East Mall.
Wondering where the outdoor pool is moving?'Or where three new 18-storey towers are proposed to be built? ,
^Fortilofe information contact Laura Best, W^
...at the Koerner Library
new ubc card available now... >>
The UBC card is your new student identification card that serves as your library card, your ID card for the Aquatic Centre, Intramurals and others, your electronic key for doors in residences if you
live there, and soon also your photocopy card.The card is valid for up to four years which means you will not have to fine-up each September to renew your card.
To obtain your new caret you must present one piece of photo identification such as a drivers' icerise, passport or your current U8C Library card
For more information see www.ubccard.ubc.ca or call 604-822-2404
J winner - long fiction
night thoughts
'Look at how self-pitying you are."
The disdain in his words hangs in the dark above the bed. There is a dry
quiet in the air. You turn your head to look out the window at the bare
branches of next door's tree. You imagine drawing pin pricks of blood
along your wrist, length-wise, the long way, the right way. You think about
how the blood would trickle down to the crook of your elbow.
You know he's still standing by the door, even though he won't say anything. His arms are crossed, his brow scrunched. You lie here, looking out
the window at the cold tree. You stay like this. It's warm. Eventually, he
leaves. You don't get up to find your penknife.
The night you met, he arrived at the restaurant ten minutes late. You sat
waiting alone at the table, pretending to study the menu. You watched as he
finally strode in, glanced around the room, and recognised you from your
description. He shook your hand, then informed you he had to pee. When
he came back, he sat down and began to apprise you—without the hint of a
whine or eccentricity—of the list of foods he wouldn't eat due to texture
issues, shrimp and such, and that he couldn't handle meat on the bone. You
thought he was adorable.
After the movie you drove him home.
'Look," you started, with your I've-been-there-done-that voice, "if you
wanted to see me again, I'd be really happy. But I'll be honest with you: I'm
not going to call." He laughed. He thought you were being melodramatic.
Despite your determination to be jaded, you laughed too.
"I'm seriousl" You poked his arm. "I can guarantee if I call, you'll be the
guy who wanted me to wait..Or something." He smiled.
"Ok, I get it." He asked you how you liked to end dates, offered you the
hug, the kiss, the handshake. You realised that you wanted the kiss, but
after your speech, felt you could only ask for the hug. You wished he'd just
gone for it. The hug was a delicate tackle. Awkward. You drove home with
a smile on your face.
You'd just taken off your coat when the phone rang.
"Hey, yourself." You were tickled to hear the soft deepness of his voice.
"Just so there's no confusion," he said, "I'd like to see you again."
The wet leaves blow against the window, stick to the pane. You think
about the sleeping pills in the medicine cabinet in the bathroom. There are
four sheets, blister-packed. In your mind, you start popping the pills out
one by one, feeling the crinkle ofthe plastic as it explodes between your fin-
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gers. You let the pills fall onto the bathroom floor. They roll everywhere,
under the sink, around the edge of the toilet, into the scummy green stuff
by the tub. But right now that's as close as you'll go to them. You turn your
cheek to the pillow and breathe in the smell of his skin in the sheets. It
makes you ache for him. But the gulf between the bedroom and the living
room is too wide. You can't cross it; you can't even bear the thought of moving beyond the bed. You pull your knees into your stomach as another
cramp crosses your abdomen. You close your eyes.
You don't like it when you're like this. The truth is, the day he came into
your life, you stopped counting the number of pills in your cabinet, stopped
sticking your finger down your throat every time you ate, stopped wishing
you had the courage to run a razor across the insides of your thighs like
those girls do, the ones with the scars to prove how fucked-up they are. You
were always too weak to follow through on anything that mattered, but you
were good at planning the small ways to destroy yourself.
The first time you dabbled in self-destruction, you stuck the handle of a
wooden spoon straight down your throat. It was the day Miss Haverly pulled
Jamie aside and told her she wouldn't be allowed to dance on pointe in the
spring classes. You held her hand in the dressing room while she sobbed
and told you how Miss H had said her ankles would buckle under the weight
of her body. You looked at Jamie's body, only slightly stockier than your
own, and were sure she didn't weigh five pounds more than you. At home,
you gagged and retched until it felt like the handle had gouged a hole in the
soft skin of your esophagus, but nothing came up. It hurt too much to try
again. You sat on the floor in your parents' tiny bathroom and cried as you
thought about the four snack-sized bags of chips now turning into fat inside
your 14-year-old stomach, and knew you'd be next on Miss H's list. It always
sounded so easy in the stories you read. All the plucky heroines did was
stuff themselves and puke it all back up. No one ever said it would be so goddamn hard.
It wasn't until later that you learned the tricks, long after you'd walked
out of class in disgust when Miss H wouldn't let you dance in the year-end
show, long after you'd quit ballet and figured out which books to read to get
rid of the food right. When you turned 18 you found a play conceived to
warn high school students against the perils of bulimia; it was literally a
step-by-step manual of how to succeed at purging your meals. You couldn't
beUeve your luck when you stumbled across it, couldn't believe the playwright's stupidity and the publisher's ignorance.
By the time you were 20 you tried your best to never let anyone see you
eat. You hated the act of eating in public, were sure that people passing by
thought to themselves: look at that fat girl stuffing her face, someone stop
her! Were sure they bit their tongues to withhold their pitying comments riday, April 4,2001
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by Dan Enjo
Perhaps you've seen her on
Canadian television or in the theatre.
Or perhaps you've even heard her
previous albums (Shadows Wake Me
and Hyperdramatic) sometime within the past six or seven years.
Newfoundland'3 Damhnait Doyle is a
definite presence in various
Canadian media, and her musical
side does not let her down. In her latest release, Davner (the correct pronunciation of her first name), the
multi-talented songstress colours her
songs with earthy, unpretentious
tones that make the album sound
almost like it was recorded live. Her
acting background is evident in her
clearly projected vocals, and this is
what adds the emotional energy to
the tracks. A recurrent theme of
romantic angst is present through
the album—the singer's voice is perfectly suited to the lyrics that relate
largely to emotional frustration over
a now-absent lover.
The result is far from depressing,
however. Doyle's vocals are smoothly
combined with crisp instrumentals
to form a sound that is relaxing and
pleasing to the ear Each track is distinctive in itself and therefore the listener does not find the album monotonous in any way—as a whole, it transcends genre boundaries. Most inter
esting and innovative are little musical vignettes scattered throughout the
playlist These are short tracks that
are decidedly low-tech in their monaural sound, acting as preludes to the
larger tracks. The first, which doubles
as the opening track, is named
"Sinkin' Stone," and subsequent
vignettes use the same name but are
numbered in succession.
The longer tracks bring the listener back into the modern world of
digital   music-making.    'Another
California Song" combines both traditional and modern instrumentals,
beginning with a simple acoustic
rhythm and then gradually adding
layers of electronic elements onto it
The progression of instruments
towards a sort of instrumental climax
is reflected in the changing vocal
tones of Doyle in tracks like "Deal
with God," where her voice starts in a
quiet lament, rises to an angered climax, and declines once again to an
uneasy tranquility.
The entire album takes these
tracks and unifies them into an emotional journey that gives insight into
the feelings and the personality of
Doyle herself. The vocals and the
slower tempo of all ofthe tracks allow
her to show her more creative side
while not being overly melodramatic
in tone. Doyle does an excellent job in
keeping the listener's interest by
communicating her thoughts, and
perhaps even elicits some vicarious
feelings. She artistically fuses emo
tion with music in a way that only one
with an active part in her own creative process can muster. This is
Canadian music at its best—definitely
worth checking out ♦ ;
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by Weronika Lewczuk
The Music is a band from Kippax,
Leeds, England, with powerful
rhythms and guitar styling, wailing
vocals and luscious basslines,
orchestrated by four bandmates who
have been on the scene in England
since 2001. They are new to most
North American ears, however, but
what a sound they are. Their second
release is a self-titled album featuring ten rich tracks. The album also
includes an enhanced CD component, featuring their video for "Take
the Long Road and Walk It* as well as
a five-minute'promo featuring introductions for all of the band mem-
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is cool, but not anything to get too
excited over.
The energy of the Music is evident from listening to the first track,
"The Dance." The music explodes
forcefully with the cumulative power
of the four musicians. When listening to it, one feels as if it has no limit
Listening to all the tracks is an
adrenaline rush bound to get someone through the rainiest day.
Psychedelic effects, various electronic samples and the haunting
voice of the lead singer rev up the
traditional rock song. The psychedelic influence is obvious at times, then
alternately dropped and picked up
again with ease. The songs jump
from one vibe to another, made to
satisfy most appetites. Techno
junkies will find some solace in this
album, a* there are tonnes of fun
samples and experiments with different random electronic sounds filtering through the wall of music that
the boys create. The careful listener
is awakened and invited* to listen a
httle more closely to the creative and
unique sound these guys are making. Robert Harvey, the lead singer,
can vibe through a song repeating a
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few simple messages or just mutter-
ings, making each one sound unique
and fully incorporated into the
music that builds around him.
At first glance, this band may be
compared to the likes of Led
Zeppelin, especially with their first
single, "Take the Long Road and
Walk It," being reminiscent of the
glories of that band in the early 70s.
To make that judgment would be
hasty and presumptuous; only time
will tell if they produce the level of
music with the same deep lyrics that
Led Zeppelin is so reknownec) for.
Harvey has succulent vocals similar
to Plant's, and he even sports the
same shaggy 'do. It's an awesome
start showcasing much potential for
future albums. The Music ha| the
energy and musical aptitude that are
the building blocks in becoming a
true Power Band. ♦
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See you there, square. when they spied you eating alone. You became the Take-Out Queen. The
time it took to wait for the food in the restaurants was painful—the standing
around aimlessly, staring at the ceiling, pretending to wait for someone to
arrive—but it was worth it. You could order copious amounts of food, then
disappear into your apartment and feast in courses—getting rid of each one,
to make room for more. No guilt, no fat. You'd only hate yourself and want
to break out the sleeping pills halfway through the evening, when your stomach was ready to burst and your jaw ached from chewing and you'd stare at
yourself in the mirror and wonder if the cycle would never, ever end. But
eventually, you'd have enough ofthe torture. You'd take out the Lysol, meticulously clean the toilet and the floor in the bathroom, crawl into bed and cry
yourself to sleep.
You open your eyes. In the dark you can make out the white of the stick
on your vanity. As innocent as the remnants of a summer popsicle. Only it's
not. You've kept it all this time, all these weeks through the wondering and
the fighting. Neither of you thought the decision would be made for you.
It was exciting at first. Scary, but exciting. He told you to worry once you
knew the results for sure. He took you to the drugstore and you stood in
front of a wall of pregnancy tests: a sea of questions waiting to be answered.
You chose one with friendly colours; you liked the idea of peeing on a stick
that would turn a sweet shade of pink or blue. You told yourself it was better to be informed of a life-changing event by a soft shade rather than a
harsh plus or minus sign. He paid for it and walked you home, holding your
hand tight. You felt safe.
You sat on the dented linoleum floor of the bathroom with the stick
between your legs and waited. He sat across from you, feet touching yours,
fingers absent-mindedly playing with the hem of your jeans. He picked up
the piece of paper that came in the box and crinkled it loudly. He read it to
himself for the fifth time.
'Fifteen minutes," he said, and stared at the wall. You noticed that the
lines on the linoleum started to creep together in httle patterns.
Fifteen minutes later, the stick turned pink. You felt a wave of nausea
run through you.
"Shit,' he said.
You started to cry.
A strong cramp wrenches across the right side of your abdomen, forcing
you to curl up into a httle ball. Tears squeeze out the corners of your
scrunched-up eyes and drip down the sides of your cheeks. You wish he'd
come back into the bedroom. It's so quiet in here. You want to call his name
so badly, but you still can't bring yourself to do it; you can't figure out if it's
because you're still angry with him or ashamed with yourself.
He told you he'd deal with whatever you decided, but you knew—you
knew—he didn't want a baby. And that was what he said: he'd deal. You
thought maybe he broke your heart right then, right at that moment when
that awful word came out of his mouth. So you thought that maybe you didn't want the baby either, that maybe you should deal with it too. But when
you walked out of the house that day, and every day after that, you were
suddenly aware of the babies around you. The ones in the snugglies being
carried by their mothers, the ones in the carriages pushed by their nannies,
the ones walking hand in hand on the sidewalks with their mummies, the
ones hoisted up high on their daddies' shoulders. Those were the ones that
sent you home crying. You'd rush in the door, and head to the bedroom,
where you'd strip off your clothes and stand naked in front of the mirror.
Sideways, you'd examine your profile. You'd run your hand up and down
your belly, puff it out to see how it would look as it grew. The bigger you
made it, the more you loved it. The first time you'd wanted a bulge on your
belly. You amazed yourself.
It was the day he walked in on you that the fighting started. He accused
you of making the decision to keep the baby without him, of being completely irrational about your reasons for going through with it. You cried
and screamed that he didn't understand you; he shouted that you were acting like a child and could hardly hope to raise one. You eventually came to
a truce, but nothing was solved; it all began again, the next day, and the next.
When he left for work in the morning, you began sticking your finger down
your throat.
You look out the window. It's starting to rain. The droplets splatter
against the window and sparkle in the glint from the streetlight.
Before he'd gone out for the night, he'd hugged you tight and begged you
to listen.
"I'm so sorry," he'd said, "but I'm just not ready. I can't be a good dad
right now. I want to be one and I will be one, but this isn't the right time,
baby. Not for either of us."
You listened from your seat on the couch as his key turned in the lock.
You padded in your slippers to the kitchen, where you pulled a large bag out
from the cupboard by the fridge. You dragged it back to the living room. One
by one, you pulled out boxes of twinkies, and snack cakes, cookies and chips.
You unwrapped them and stuffed them into your mouth, chewing methodically, eyes stony and determined.
Later, stomach aching, you ran to the bathroom and rummaged through
the cupboard under the sink. You found the small bottle of Ipecac you were
searching for, left over from your days of binging and purging when you
sweet-talked a pharmacist into giving you extra bottles from behind the
counter by telling her you were putting together a first aid kit for a summer
camp. Usually you'd take two tablespoons of the fluid to make yourself
throw up, but you realised you'd eaten much more than usual. You were
afraid it wouldn't be enough to purge eveiything. You unscrewed the cap
and drank what you hoped was half the bottle.
When you couldn't stop throwing up, you had enough sense to call 911.
It was after the stomach pumping, when he came to get you at the hospital,
that the bleeding started. They said that it could have been the trauma of the
vomiting that kick-started the miscarriage, or it could have been a coincidence. You'll never know.
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You close your eyes and remember yourself laughing. You laid on your
stomach and felt his soft Hps land a kiss in the small of your back, just below
your butterfly tattoo. Later, as you listened to him snore, gurgling and sputtering away, you knew you would never hear a sound that you loved more.
You kick off the covers and walk, slightly hunched from the pain, to the
bathroom. In the dark, you reach for the door of the medicine cabinet. You
know exactly where each bottle is: the blister-packed sleeping pills on the
first shelf, the round bottle of cold & flu with sleep-aid and the aspirin on the
second, the acetaminophen on the third, the allergy medication on the top.
You take them all down and empty them onto the counter; as you quickly
pop the blister-packed pills they explode towards the mirror, bouncing off
and rolling onto the floor. You sweep the mountain of pills into your left
hand and lift it towards you. You stare at it. Then you walk to the toilet and
dump the pile in.
You flush the toilet and watch as the ghostly outline of white swirls, then
disappears down the hole. You take a deep breath. And walk into the living 8
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For:   Theological Lots 14-20 Residential Development
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presented by the Arts Club Theatre Company
at the Stanley Theatre
until Apr. 6
by Bryan Zandberg
Really good theatre should either be a
superb performance or give you something
to take home with you and mull over in the
days following. The Arts Club Theatre
Company's production of Shelagh
Stephenson's hit comedy "The Memory of
Water" checks out with both of the above
criteria, in a surprising way.
The play itself is alluring because of the
way it unflinchingly tear9 the lid off the
taboo topic of death, all the while treating it
with a deft balance of uproariously funny
dialogue, inane theatrics and warm
humanity.   Stephenson,   an   established
' British playwright, uses death as a vehicle
for discussing a slew of old and seething
skeletons tucked away in the family closet.
And if this seems to you a dry, analytical
undertaking, you will have to see the sheer
■ comedy and the moving drama of the Arts
Club's treatment of it for yourself.
It all begins with the death of a mother
of three English women. Having already
lost their introverted father years previous,
the gals reunite for the funeral at their
childhood home  in a seaside  northern
English town. The siblings suffer from the
usual familial neuroses, and it doesn't take
long for those old animosities to flare up.
Between coping with lingering childhood
jealousies., a covered-up teenage pregnancy, and that ubiquitous sense of 'never having belonged,' Teresa (Gabrielle Rose),
Mary (Megan Leitch) and Catherine (Leslie
Jones) do their best to wade through the
emotional turmoil and the taxing details of
the funeral. The bickering and in-fighting
only get worse when, a 40 of whiskey and a
handful of Catherine's joints surface; it's
all downhill from there.
Much to the chagrin of Teresa's husband and Mary's married boyfriend, the
sisters tear apart their mother's bedroom
in a drunkeh romp that culminates in a
hilarious dress-up scene in which they don
some of the rnost gaudy getups in their
dead mother's wardrobe. It's a wild departure from the typical conception of the
bereavement process, an observation
Catherine wryly points out when she_
remarks "Poor mum. Even her funeral
is a cock-up."
The outrageous humour, however, dovetails with some very poignant moments,
most notably in the resonating exchanges
between Mary and the ghost of her mother,
. Vi (Linda Sorenson), who finally explains to
Mary why she had always secreted away the
whereabouts of the child Mary had
in her teens.
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Theatre has managed to infuse with both script. You laugh and you laugh and then, only be silent about, "Memory of Water"
nuance and explosive humour, and a per- seemingly out of nowhere, they hit you in gives  bereavement "a "voice   and  three
formance at once, jaucous and sensitive, the gut with a dead-serious bit that reminds dimensions, letting us talk about dying so
The cast is natural in working a life-like you all over again that there's been a death that we can talk about living. ♦
Nicely-aged oils
Collected paintings
by storied BC artist
featured in hometown
at the Vancouver Art Gallery
until June 8 ,
by Lars Goeiler
For 70 years, E.J. Hughes has been
developing bis unique style of landscape painting. The current
Vancouver Art Galleiy display of
Hughes's work has the most significant public collection of his paintings and sketches, and this exhibit
is incredibly deep, with examples of
his work from 1930 through 2000.
Contemporary dance: you gotta!
Hughes, a recent recipient of the
Order of Canada, was born in North
Vancouver in 1913. He graduated
from the Vancouver School of
Applied Art and Design (the precursor to Emily Carr) in 1933 and
began collaborating on murals and'
prints. During World War II, he
worked for this federal government
as an official war artist, and the
exhibit includes some sketches and
paintings of the allied troops.
These early works show the same
use of deep, vivid colour and
stylised form that he uses in his
current work.
When he left the military in 1946,
Hughes settled in BC with his wife
andL began a life-long examination of
the landscape of the province. He
continued the use of simplified
shapes that gives his work a unique
style that is reminiscent of certain
Tom Thomson paintings and
murals. However, Hughes's work,
also distinguishes itself through its
astonishing colours.
Within a painting, each colour is
veiy distinct, which makes objects
separate and jump from the canvas.
Each object seems to stand a|one
and clear against the background:
Though his works go through a distinctly dark period where each
painting appears as if in twilight,
his more recent paintings appear as
if in broad daylight. In several
paintings, he seems to have used a
gloss ov£r the "ocean that makes it
shimmer and move beneath the
boats that are resting on it. His
recent paintings of towns and ferries in the ' Lower Mainland are
beautiful and the landscape'is
instantly recognisable. His images
are engaging—this is an exhibit
worth seeing before it leaves for the
McMichael Gallery in Ontario. ♦
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by Tina Jerabek
I've been to the ballet once or twice. I
have to admit though, lhat beyond thai
and a few embarrassing hip hop classes, my knowledge of contemporary
dance is rather limited. The ternl
'modern dance' has always conjured
up in my mind images of bizarre fetal
poses and the even scarier prospect of
having no clue what it all means. The
2003 Vancouver International Dance
Festival, then, was the perfect, if daunting, solution to broadening my
horizons.    ;      " j
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that dance—in all ifs forms—is a pure
expression   of  life's   complexities.
Barbara Bouxget, festival producer and
founder.of Vancouver-based Kokoro
Dance, explains (hat the event is "an
explosion—of life and heart. It's about
life-affirming connection instead ofthe
destruction we are seeing in
the world."
Now in its fourth year, the festival
showcases a diverse range of artists
and companies from Canada and the
world. This year's program features
everything from modern dance to hip
hop and butoh, with artists from
Germany, New York and Montreal.
Last Saturday's performance by
Ontario's Chitralekha Odissi Dance
Creations was an entertaining introduction to the Indian classical dance
form of Odissi. Bollywood this sure
wasn't Brother and sister duo Devraj
and Ellora Patnaik interspersed the
dance pieces with candid demonstrations of the fundamentals of the traditional temple dance and the Mardal
drum. The expressional, or storytelling, piece Hari Hara (depicting the
relationship between Lord Shiva and
Lord Vishnu) was accentuated by
Ellora's fluid movements and
engaging facial expressions.
Tuesday night's show saw the performance of Co. ERASGA's Flesh and
Blood (part one), an exploration ofthe
physical and emotional complexities
of life. Incorporating intense lighting
effects, cries from the dancers and the
use of red mesh netting, choreographer Alvin Erasga Tolentino created a
passionate and sensual piece focusing on the experience of life
and death.
Tuesday also featured Kokoro
Dance's Sheepman Dreams (choreographed by Bourget and Jay
Hirabayashi), which followed a similar theme in its ethereal expression of
life and time. Ghostly dancers spun
and thrashed in the foreground, while
the Sheepman made a snail-like progression across a backdrop of panels
featuring disappearing images.
Framed with the alternately piercing
and haunting sounds of Lee Pui
Ming's specially commissioned score,
the work was an intense look at how
dreams connect our lives.
"Dance," said the Sheep Man "You
gottadance. Aslohgasthemusciplays.
Haruki Murakami's words, an
inspiration for the Kokoro Dance choreography, are not about fetal poses or
impossibly strange dances. Like the
Vancouver Dance Festival, they
acknowledge that life is itself a dance,
and we, the dancers, just gotta keep
on moving.
In addition to the ticketed performances, the festival includes a
photography and art exhibit, workshops with master dancers and free
performances. ♦
Personal space for everyone
by Aman Sharma
by Fiona Tinwei Lam
[Nightwood Editions] r .
Few things get the Pavlov's Dog
drool going for me like an excess of
adjectives that promise more
words. Naturally, the words*
'female Scottish-born Chinese
Canadian poet" sounded too
savo\iry a mixed grill for me not to
at least sample. Fiona^Tinwei Lanj
serves up generous portions of
poetry in Intimate Distances. She's
a Vancouverite who spent time in
Ontario grabbing a couple of law
degrees from Queen's and the
University of Tee Dot Oh Dot. I
assume something brought her to
her senses, because she came back
to a certain Point Grey campus to
complete an MFA in Creative
Writing. While she's been polished in a number of journals and
Fiona Tinwh Lam
compilations. Intimate Distances is
her first book of poetry.
Lam doesn't seem to present a
homogenized theory that makes the
world coalesce into sense—I guess
the female-Scottish-born-Chinese-
Canadian-poet description tells us
that  much;.   But  her  poems   are
intensely personal, describing
moments and experiences that are
supposedly small in magnitude, and
pervasive in effect Lam deals with
the dynamics of relationships in her
life, be they with people, places or
things. The loss of her mother to
Alzheimer's and the dissolution of a
marriage provide some of the motivation for her narrative verse, and as
you might imagine, the poetry seems
veiy near the poet
I have two problems with personal poetry. First, it can easily become
syrupy and precious, and some of it
stinks of self-absorption. I don't
know how many poems I've read
(and written) that become one note
in the chromatic scale—"me-me-me."
My second problem is that some
poets use language to bar the door
against readers—they make things so
obscure that you can't relate to it.
Writing begs to be read, and Intimate
Distances succeeds because the poet
understands this.
Lam's voice has a mature, cured
quality that is devoid of pretension.
She communicates intensity without
overstatement, and you can feel the
proximity between your life and her
words. If I were to have a hyphenated string of adjectives to describe
me, I doubt I'd share any terms with
Fiona Tinwei Lam. At the same time,
I feel remarkably comfortable with
her poetry. My favourite lines in the
book are about her mother, and
come from the poem "Step On
A Crack":
You can't stop anything—
ethnic cleansing, driveiy shootings,
the way your mother
forgets who you are.
This book gets a respectful grunt of
approval from me, and I have a
strange feeling that getting into her
poetry now may give you bragging
rights later. If her debut collection is
any indicator, she's well worthy of
continued attention. ♦
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The moon—pendulum-heavy, doubloon-bright—stares
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it was under sharp pines and overcast skies
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elves ran there under the high, fat moon
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The draft polky and accompanying guidelines entitled "Visual Identity" were
presented to the Board of Governors for information and review on March 20, 2003.
They were prepared by a review committee of 19 members, drawing from a broad
cross-section of the University community, and are now being presented to the
community for public comments. The members of the committee that formulated the
proposed policy and guidelines were:
Hubert Lai, University Counsel (Chair)
Brian Bemmels, Faculty of Commerce & Business Administration
Eitis Courtney, Ceremonies Office 7
Chris Dahl, Public Affairs, Visual Identity & Design Strategist, Public Affairs
Allan Dejong, Housing and Conferences
Carol DouganS, UBC Robson Square
Marie Edwards, The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
Mary Holmes, Continuing Studies
Miro Kinch, Faculty of Medicine
Angus Livingstone, University Industry Liaison Office
Tom Llewellin, University Architect .
Scott Macrae, Public Affairs
Vickie McLeod, Bookstore -
John Metras, Plant Operations
Deborah Nelson, UBC Robson Square
Dan Sault, impress ITServices
Charles Slonecker, University Relations
David Watson, Design & Marketing Associates Ltd.
Meltanie Wakeland, imPress ITServices
Feedback may be submitted by e-mail to the Office of the University Counsel at
university.counsel@ubc.ca. All feedback should be submitted by April 18, 2003.
Subject to feedback from this public consultation process, it is expected that these
proposed documents will be submitted to the Board of Governors with a request for
final approval at its regularly scheduled meeting in May of 2003.
Policy #94: Visual Identity
Approved: May 2003 (Anticipated) |
Responsible: Vice-President, External and Legal Affairs
The University's visual identity is niade up of many elements, including but noe7 ;
limited to its name, typeface, initials, specified colours and logo, as well as their
relationship to other visual features iit printed and electronic materials.
The appropriate use of these elements enhances the University's reputation,
leverages quick recognition, reduces design costs and inefficiencies, and demonstrates
organizational purpose and accountability to diverse University stakeholders.
Such use will also enable the University to prevent-other parties from trading
improperly upon the University's reputation or infringing upon its marks.
This policy applies to all academic and administrative units of the University.
This policy applies: to: 4       7   -<•■",
(a), campuS signage, including both facilities identification and way finding signs;
(b).University print advertising; *      t• "'
(c) University web sites and other forms of electronic promotion/communication;
(d) livery for University vehicles;"        *   Y
(e) University business cards, letterhead, and other stationery; and
(f) University brochures and othe'f major publications..;
This policy does not affect the adtninistratiori! of the University trade-marks licensing
program under Policy #110: Alt Commercial Uses of the University Trade Marks.
UBC Public Affairs is a general resource on all mitters relating to the visual identity
of the Universityt'and its constituent units and is available for consultation*by the
academic and administrative units that make up. the University.
UBC Public Affairs has the responsibility for creating, cpordinating and maintaining
a library of guidelines for the form and manner of use of logos, typefaces, marks,
graphics and other materials used to support the University's visual identity
(hereinafter referred to as the "Visual Identity Guidelines"). •
UBC Public Affair? will publish the Visual Identity Guidelines from time to time and
shall make resource materials, including computer file formats, available on its web site
so as to assist and enable the University academic and administrative units to use and
apply the Visual Identity Guidelines.
Academic and administrative units shall identify themselves as units of the University
on business cards, letterhead, signage, web sites, and similar materials in a manner that
is consistent with the Visual Tdentity Guidelines.1 T°e formal name of the University is
"The University pf British Columbia". Where existing signage, livery, stationery, or
other inventory is not consistent with the Visual Identity Guidelines, the transition to
new, consistent materials will be managed in an orderly and cost-effective manner, such
as through planned retirement of existing assets and through depletion of existing
stockpiles of consumables. Where a unit has undertake any significant investment in
its visual identity within the two years immediately preceding this Policy, compliance
with the Visual Identity Guidelines shall take place within a reasonable period of time
not to exceed two years after the date of this Policy.
Academic and administrative units that wish to deviate from the Visual Identity
Guidelines should consult with UBC Public Affairs to ensure that the integrity of the
University's visual identity is maintained. Where the Visual Identity Guidelines do not
address the reasonable requirements of an academic or administrative unit, UBC Public
Affairs will update the Visual Identity Guidelines as appropriate. If a disagreement
arises and cannot be resolved informally between the head of an academic or administrative unit and the Director of UBC Public Affairs, either party may refer the disagreement to the Vice-President, External and Legal Affairs, who shall decide the matten
A Visual Identity Advisory Committee, including both members from the internal
University community and external advisors, constituted under the authority of the
Vice-President, External and Legal Affairs will provide advice to UBC Public Affairs on
the development of and ongoing updates to the Visual Identity Guidelines and will
provide advice to the Vice-President, External and Legal Affairs with respect to any
disagreements referred to him or her pursuant to the preceding paragraph.
UBC Coat of Arms: The original visual identity designed in 1915.
This identity consists of a shield within which is a'stylized book
containing the words Tuum est and the stylized waves and
sun graphics.
UBC Informal Crest: The simplified visual identity was designed in
the 1980s. This version (now replaced by the UBC logo) was
developed as a less formal alternative to the Coat of Arms for
optional use by the campus community. It is not to be used.
UBC Logo: The current Logo was designed in 2000. This version
was first developed for use in new campus wayfinding signage. Its
use was sanctioned as the preferred visual identity by the UBC
Board of Governors in 2001, with the Coat of Arms reserved for
ceremonial purposes only.
Web site usage
All UBC Web sites will display the UBC Logo, full name of the university and the major
links navigation bar (example 1). The major links navigation bar is available from UBC
Public Affairs and provides the following essential links to top level
university information:
•UBC News
• UBC Events
• UBC Directories
•Search UBC
No version of a UBC Logo other than the official UBC Logo is to appear on UBC Web
sites. Individual UBC unit Web sites may display their own internal navigation and
identity that relates to their particular unit beneath the UBC Logo / major links
navigation bar. - '
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and is t.nwftng feedback frorn the student and
university community. For consultation dates and
other important information, see the|^^^
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Print Advertisements
All UBC aeaefetnie and,administrative units will display the
UBC Log* irt 3. prominent location within the ad.
If the ad is running locally (within BC) the UBC Logo is
sufficient to identify the. University (example 2}.
If the ad is to run nationally or internationally the words
"The University of British. Columbia" must accompany the
Logo (example 3},
lith4 ad Is bkck and white the UBC Logo should appear ir*
black ot while; only, if the ad fjas spot colour available,, the
UBC logo should apped* as black, white or PMS (ftintone
Matcfnng System! £8$ blue* If the a4 is 4 colour process the
UBC Logo should appeac m CMYK (Cyan Magenta Yellow
Black)* Only versions available for download ftom,
www.pubtlcaffairs.ubc.ea/ubclog3 are to be used,
the UBC Logo should always appear no less than 1 cm in
BsdfwdwJ UBC wu'ts qiay display their owij identity along
.with the UBC Logo.
All UBC publications—including newspaper^ magazines,-
Calendars* newsletters,, brochure* and reports, Will display
tfi# UBC Logo fa a proiwnen* location on the cover suck as
fn the examples! above.
If thai publication,.b running locally (within B€| the UBC
toga Is ,s\iffkfeiii to islenw &* Uruyenytys If me
publication is to rurt nationally of internationally the words
*tft& tfttlyMlty t>i JMIlsb <M«nhiy m%% mv&p&r tfie
UBC toga (example 4 J.
0 the publication is black and white the UBC Logo should
appear In black or white only. II the publication has spot
colour available, the UBC Logo should appear as black,
white o* PMS 288 blutf. If the publication is 4 colour
process the UBC Logo should appear in CMYK, Only
versions available for download from
www.publicaffairs.ube.ca/ubcloga are to be used.
The. UBC Logo should always appear no less than 1 cm in
fndividual UBC units may display theiic o'wa identity along,
Ceremonial purposes
The UBC Coat: of Arms k authorised for use by the UBC
CerwWMiss an<£ Events Office only..
UBC degrees, diplomas, and certificates, commemorative
building plaques and formal invitations (only from members
of the UBC Board ojf Governors? may use the Coat of Arms
as the graphic identifier This also applies to gifts and collateral materials issued or bestowed by UBC Ceremonies and
Event*- The Coat of Arms must be accompanied by the
words ''The University of British Columbia'* (example 5).
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Example 7
Pre-printed UBC business cards, letterhead and envelopes displaying the UBC Logo
are available from UBC imPress (example 6). No version of the UBC Logo or Coat of
Arms other than the official UBC Logo is to be used. The words "The University of
British Columbia", (please note the "T" in "The" is always capitalized) must
accompany the Logo.
Digital templates for UBC letter, memo and fax cover for Microsoft Word displaying
the UBC Logo are available for download from www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/ubclogo. No
version of the UBC Logo or Coat of Arms other than the official UBC Logo is to be
used. The words "The University of British Columbia" must accompany the Logo-.
For those units of the. University that are considered to be attractions, an alternative
stationery layout (example 7) that uses the UBC Logo and the words "The University
of British Columbia" along with the visual identity of the units named below may be
used. The units that fall within this category are:
Belkin Art Gallery
Frederic Wood Theatre
Nitobe Gardens
Botanical Gardens
The Chan Centre of Performing Arts
UBC Bookstore
Housing and Conferences Centre
University Centre
Athletics and Recreation Centre
Museum of Anthropology
All UBC vehicles will display the UBC Logo in conjunction with the facility name
(example 8). >
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All Commercial use of the
University Trade Marks
Policy #110 was originally approved by the Board of Governors in February of
1989 under the name "All Commercial Use of the University Trade Marks".
Given the amount of time that has elapsed since it was originally approved, the
University Counsel, in consultation with the Managing Director of the University -
Industry Liaison Office and the Director of Public Affairs, has prepared a draft
revision of Policy #110.
The draft Policy #110 entitled "Third Party Use of University Trade Marks"
was presented to the Board of Governors for information and review on March 20,
2003. It is now being published so that all members of the University
community may comment on it.
Feedback may be submitted by email to the Office of the University Counsel at
university.counsel@ubc.ca. All feedback should be submitted by April 18, 2003.
Subject to feedback from this public consultation process, it is expected that these
proposed documents will be submitted to the Board of Governors with a request for
final approval at its regularly scheduled meeting in May of 2003.
Policy #110: Third Party Use of University Trade Marks
Approved: February 1989
Amended: May 2003 (Anticipated)
Responsible: Vice-President, External and Legal Affairs
A trade-mark is a word, logo, symbol, design, or a combination thereof, displayed
on wares or associated with services, to identify the wares or services to purchasers.
A trademark may be licensed if the trademark owner controls the character or
quality of the wares or services with which the licensee uses the trademark.
However, if the trademark owner does not actually control the licensee's use of the
trademark, the trademark's distinctiveness may be prejudiced, invalidating the mark.
The University owns a number of trade-marks. In addition, the University owns a.
Yriumber of official marks.  A complete list of the University Marks is maintained at
the web site of the Office of the University Counsel. Examples of some of the more
prominent marks are:
UBC Logo
UBC Coat of Arms
Thunderbirds Logo
For the purposes of this Policy, University Marks are those trade-marks and official
marks used by the University to identify itself or wares or services that it offers.
This Policy does not apply to trade-marks that are registered and assigned or
licensed by the University through its University-Industry Liaison Office as part of a
technology transfer arrangement. The University has the exclusive authority to
regulate the use of University Marks. All third parties wishing to use one or more of
the University Marks must secure a written licence properly executed on behalf of
the University by its authorized signing officers. Only licensees are legally allowed to
use University Marks. Users who are not licensed do so illegally and are subject to
prosecution. This applies only to use by third parties. Use of University Marks by
academic and administrative units of the University does not require a licence
agreement but must be done in accordance with Policy #94: Visual Identity. For
greater certainty, faculty may not use University Marks except in the course of their
University duties and may not, for example, use University logos and letterhead
when they are undertaking their own consulting activities.
In considering whether to grant a licence of a University Mark, the University's
primary considerations are preserving the good name of the University, limiting the
legal liabilities arising from association of the University with questionable goods
and practices, and enhancing the reputation and image of the University. To protect
the quality and variety of product selection in the market place, only non-exclusive
licences will normally be granted for University Marks.
Various retailers and distributors have found that University endorsement of a
product can substantially add to its value and marketability and may seek such
endorsement from department heads or individual faculty members. Faculty and
staff should understand that their personal endorsement of any product does not
constitute University endorsement and should not be given in such a manner as
might lead a member of the public to believe that it does.
The Office of the University Counsel has the responsibility for securing and maintaining registrations for University Marks and for taking legal action in response to
abuses of University Marks. Anyone perceiving abuse of University Marks should
advise the Office of the University Counsel so that appropriate action may be taken.
The Office of the University Counsel should also be advised of all proposed new
logos or other marks so that trade-mark protection may be arranged.
f UBC researchers take on El Nino
Implications for water resources,
hydropower and 2010 Olympics
by Sean W. Fleming
Mother nature may have a nasty surprise in
store for fans of Vancouver's 2010 Winter
Olympic bid.
As if dubious economic viability, political
resistance, a sports organisation notorious for
corruption and Canada's deadliest highway
weren't enough, the
equatorial Pacific
Ocean could thro\y
another spanner into
the works: El Nino.
And UBC's Climate
Prediction Group, led *■
by Dr William Hsieh in the department' of
earth and ocean sciences, may hold the key to
forecasting the effects.
In British Columbia, Hsieh says, 'the
strongest signal (from an El Nino event) is in
temperature, giving an average air temperature a degree or so above normal in winter.*
Overall precipitation can also be a bit lower
"A big El Nino could be
a problem. It would really affect the snow,
although [the bid corporation officials] probably
have thought about it."
-Dr William Hsieh
Department of earth
and ocean sciences
than usual. It sounds pretty innocuous, but the
overall consequences can be profound.
"You get less snow during an El Nino,"
Hsieh says. And that impacts a lot of things.
"That of course affects hydropower," he continues, explaining that because snowmelt-derived
riyerflows drive the hydroelectric turbines
which keep BC on the power grid. Pressures on
water resources, which are growing worse in
7.-3 the Lower Mainland
because of its burgeoning population,
also become more
As for potential"
impacts on the 2010
Olympics, the 2002/03 ski season may serve
as a warning. Low snowfall closed local hills
much of the winter—and this year's El Nino
was only a weak one. What if we have a repeat
performance seven years from now?
"A big El Nino could be a problem,* Hsieh
notes. 'It would really affect the snow,
although they probably have thought about it,"
he adds, perhaps a bit optimistically.
So what exactly is an El Nino? 'El Nino is
an aperiodic warming of the tropical Pacific,"
explains Hsieh. 'Once in a while, every few
years, there's a big pool of warm water appearing in the central and eastern equatorial
Pacific. It usually dies within a year.
Sometimes you have
the opposite effect—La N _ ^
Nina, a cold event."        !        /
Because this oscillation doesn't happen at
constant intervals, it
isn't predictable in the
same way that the seasons and the tides are.
The phenomenon is also nonlinear—a charac-
eating accurate forecasts of El Nino impacts in
both space and time. * .       ,,"
'It's quite asymetrical," Hsieh notes. 'La
Nina effects are usually confined to Western
Canada, whereas El
Nino covers a broad
range of Canada,' from
Manitoba to the Yukon.
In addition, widely-
spaced regions
respond in strongly
opposite ways to the same El Nino, an effect
referred to by atmospheric scientists as tele-
connectivity. For example, El Nino consequences in the Southwestern American desert
and Southeastern Alaska are opposite to those
in the Pacific Northwest and Southern BC.
How could some unusually warm water in
the tropical Pacific possibly affect us this far
north? "The original effect is that the Peruvian
fisheries get destroyed when an El Nino
strikes," Hsieh says. , "The impact actually
spreads globally." The El Nino signal is transmitted to high latitudes by its effects on both
atmosphere and ocean circulation patterns.
Hsieh describes the North American coastline
as a "waveguide" for El Ninos, acting in a way
analogous to a fibre optic cable communicating- internet data.
In recent years, much headway has been
made in El Nino prediction. Much of this work
is done using what Hsieh describes as
"dynamical models," sophisticated computer
programs that contain impressively complete
mathematical descriptions ofthe behaviour of
the ocean and atmosphere. The problem is
that these models require huge computational
The UBC Climate Prediction Group follows
■ ^jj what might be called
Public Information Meeting
for the campus community
For. Cafeteria and Entrance Renovations
Shrum Commons Block,
Place Vanier Residence
When Tuesday, April 8th, 2003,6 - 7:00 PM
Where: Shrum Lounge in Vanier Commons Block
1935 Lower Mall
To present and review the schematic design for the Cafeteria and
Enirance Renovations, Shrum Commons Block, Place Vanier Residence.
Consfruction is to be completed in Summer 2003 with occupancy in
August 2003.
teristic related to chaos theory—further compli-
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This event is wheelchair accessible. Please contact
Karly Henney, Campus & Community Planning, at (604) 822-
6930 for information on the location of the meeting or if you
need assistive listening devices, captioning, or information on
alternative media.
FREE PARKING will be available in the Fraser River Parkade •
please pick up a parking pass after the meeting in order to exit the
Parkade without charge.
Questions or for further info contact:
Jim Carruthers, Campus Planning, at 604-822-0469
a more elegant
approach. "You can
[predict El Nino] in
an empirical way, a
statistical way where
you just look at the
dataset and, from recognising precursor patterns, you can then predict...whether the El
Nino   pattern   will   emerge   later."   This
approach, based on statistical analysis of data
from the Pacific Ocean, works well and
requires far less computer power. Hsieh and
his team members also use a hybrid method,
which combines statistical and dynamical
It's not just a matter of applying some
statistical software
that you can buy off
the shelf, though. The Climate Prediction
Group uses sophisticated but well-established
techniques with names like canonical correlation analysis, but not the standard versions,
which don't always deal very well with complications like nonlinearity. Instead, they've
implemented nonlinear flavours of these
methods which use artificial neural networks.
"It came from an original version of artificial intelligence," Hsieh says. Artificial neural
networks (ANNs) were a simple way of replicating the information processing ability of
neurons in the human brain within a computer program. The idea was to-figure out "how
the brain functions, and eventually get a picture of how you get all this computing power
from parallel-connected networks of neurons.'
As it turns out, ANNs are a remarkably useful tool for a broad range of scientific problems that have nothing to do with artificial
intelligence or biomedical research. And the
ANN-based models produced by Hsieh and his
group have proven themselves able to predict
El Ninos with a lead time of as much as 15
months in some cases.
Predictions similar to these are sufficiently
reliable to be used for practical management
and planning purposes.
"The Peruvians actually change the crops
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Goeller swung his rod back and forth, finally tossing the line
over the stern with a snap uf the wriut that made Greg Ursic
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one puking met the side. ppglegged Chris Shepherd leaned ■
over to Scu-ah Conchie jrd rt>luspere<t "it's not how deep you go,
tt's how you wiggle your tackle." Parminder "fizher glared at
Duncan M. McHugh, who was at the helm playing slalom with
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a number of five-story retail buildings. Other proposed changes are
moving the outdoor pool to. Maclnnis Field, building an underground bus loop, and extending University Boulevard through campus to Southwest Marine Drive.
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probably won't be for students.'
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commercial I don't know the real utility of
something like that I come from France, and
when I came to campus I was amazed at how
many non-student people there were just
hanging around on campus...I don't know ii
it's bad or good. Campus is for students. It
should remain our own turf.'
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that this stretch of street...is already way
more congested than it needs to be. I don't
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Brown Cup stays at UVic
for 11th year in a row
by Sarah Conchie
Of all the. possible factors that this
year's UBC rowing defeat could be
blamed on, head UBC rowing coach
Mike Pearce sees just one that
holds water.
'Don't be afraid to write that I
thought the race stunk,' said Pearce
in the wake of the latest loss of the
Coveted trophy to the perennially victorious UVic Vikes. Both the varsity
men's and women's eight boats finished well behind their Island rivals
this past Sunday, with the men crossing the finish line an embarrassing
24 seconds behind the Vikes boat
This time around, the loss hurts a
little more than previous years. It
was the first time the 3km race was
hosted on this side of the Georgia
"It's getting to be a pretty big pain
in the ass,* said Pearce ofthe elusive
Cup, which was donated in 1993 by
Dr and Mrs Brown of Victoria.
"We've gotta get a win on this thing."
And while, it's certainly not the
last time UBC rowers will be competing for the event, a win may still be a
long time coming.
"I think there are two things that
have to happen first;' said second-
year oarsm&ii arid taw student
David Strasser.'We need * trainings-
facility equivalent to what [UVic]
trains out of. Right now we train out
of a parking lot. Secondly, there
should be some kind of rule put in
place for Canadian rowing in the CIS.,
There's no reason we shouldn't be a
university sport within that organisation, "and there are no regulations
about rowing for both a national
team and a university crew. So all of
our best rowers end up going to
UVic, while their rowers can
do both."
UVic is the long-time home of the
national team training site, while
UBC boats have been churning up
the crowded, often unwelcoming
waters of False Creek. Three weeks
before this year's Brown Cup, however, UBC moved their boats permanently to the Fraser River in
Richmond. The city of Richmond has
given the program a lease for a
future training site, but there's a.
hefty $3.5 million price tag to build a
suitable facility. Most of that funding
hasn't been secured yet
„ "The Brown Cup weekend went a
long way towards starting the
fundraising," said Strasser. 'A win
would have speeded things up, but
ph well."
The team is starting from scratch
in Richmond, but the subdued
Fraser River already seems like a
much better place for a program that
often sees its athletes screaming out
directions at six in the morning
"It's very calm and peaceful out
there," confided Strasser. "And I
don't think the people who live in
False Creek are going to miss us. And
We're not going to miss them too
much either.'
* After edging out UVic in the
indoor rowing championships this
February and beating out rival US
schools Gonzaga and Western
Washington in separate regattas, the
UBC rowers were fairly confident
about snapping their long
losing streak.
'We had some breakthroughs,
and we started shaving large percentages off our time trials," said
Strasser. "And we had heard
rumours that UVic wasn't training as
"• nearly as much as we were, scTequat-
ing things that way, we felt we had a
really, really good chance."
The only UBC boat to ever beat
UVic in the annual races is the
novice crew. They've won the
Saturday, race the last two years
in a row.
Every rower, said Strasser, knows
about the 'pain wall'—where an athlete's body reaches a certain threshold and threatens to shut down.
"Either you row through it or it has a
domino effect on the other members
of the .team, and they have .to pull
harder, and then you're lost" *
• Until next year, the Brown Cup
remains UBC's personal pain wall—
they have yet to row through it ♦
It's all downhill from here
UBC downhill- skiing legend Al
Fisher was beaming last Thursday
as he looked out over the crowded
reception room at the Hyatt on
Burrard. Fisher was just about to be
inducted into the UBC Sports Hall of
Fame for his days: as a UBC coach,
and a brand-new scholarship fund
has been created in his nam6.
"Back then, I think we had more
money than we do now," said a
straight-faced Fisher, who coached
from 1956 to 1959. The fund, which
now has approximately $15,000,
was a joint initiative, said Fisher. "It
was all these beautiful people—they
just told me about it yesterday," he
joked. 'It's very humbling to have
my name on the scholarship, and
it's nice to be able to support today's
Team manager Paul Boskovich
was also buzzing around the packed
reception. "Up until this year, we
didn't know we had much of an
alumni,' he saidt "Then we come to
an event like this, and there's 90
people who used to ski for us, and
that doesn't even include the 80s'
and 90s."
This, year, the men's team
won the Western Regional
Championships and went on to
place fourth overall in the USCSA.
The women were ranked tenth.
Rubgy goes down
In the auspiciously named
'World Cup' rumble between the
UBC men's rugby team and their
California counterparts March 29,
the Cal Berkeley Golden Bears routed the previously undefeated
Birds 26-12.
"We played out of our skins for
80 minutes," said Cal Head Coach
Jack Clark on the Cal Berkeley website under the headline, "Victory in
In the 1930s, Vancouver's World
newspaper donated a trophy to com-
memmorate the event. ♦
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by SaraH Conchie
Every spring, some lucky little
kid gets hired to do tlie coolest job
ever: work the, old wooden scoreboard during baseball games at the
52:year-oloT Nat Bailey Stadium in
Every spring, as the lawns of
baseball parks around the country
are freshly mown and the American
college and university league—the
NAIA—shows off its list of possible
Majoi? League draft picks, someone
shakes their head ia wonder at the
only university baseball team in
at the
POST-GNUP: Jeff Zimmerman
coached UBC in 1996, and went
on to play for theTexas
The same fledgling Thunderbird
club that hopped from stadium to
stadium in the 1950s is now a
serious organisation that boasts
three Major league pitchers who
first got noticed in a UBC uniform.
There's something strange about
Canadian baseball players, other
than the fact that there     	
aren't very many of them.
Roughly 90 per cent of
Canadians that make it to
that field of dreams
known as the Major
Leagues are, and always
have been, pitchers.
So it's no wonder that
UBC baseball is known for
its stellar mound men—
from the aptly named
1930s "pitching professor' Ernie Kershaw, to the humble
Jeff Zimmerman of the Texas
Rangers, who used to coach the T-
Birds alongside head coach Terry
Last year, southpaw Jeff Francis
joined the cast of stars, as he was
snapped up ninth overall in the
draft by the Colorado Rockies.
Teammate Jeff Brewer soon followed, going to the New York Mets
in the 14th round.
UBC baseball which has called
the Nat Bailey Stadium home for the
last three years, wasn't always so
famous. "
The charismatic, cigar-chomping
Frank Gnup, who also coached football and golf on the UBC campus
throughout the 1950s and 1960s,
left his thumbprint on the first UBC
baseball team, back when it was
more of a summer pastime. He took
over in 1955, and continued the tradition of nicknamed coaches from
Hjelmar "JeJly" Anderson and Bill
Whyte. But even the 'Gnupper"
couldn't stop the baseball team from
being lumped in with bowling,
squash and weightlifting on the list
of ninding casualties in the
1966 Athletics budget.
While minor league
teams the Capilanos, the
Mounties and the
Canadiens all rotated
through the fields at Nat
tfailey, the UBC baseball
program slumbered for 30
years. It wasn't until 1996,
when a local businessman
named Dick Reid, who specialises in rebuilding, heritage houses, set his sights on UBC
baseball heritage. Summer dreams
that, had been pitched by several
UBC students became a funded reality in 1996; and ayoupg UBC graduate named Terry McKaig was convinced to manage the new UBC
Lastyear, the Birds finished with
an overall 33-19 record, and
climbed all the way to number sis in
the 241-school NAIA conference.
This season, they are 4-0 in conference play, with the latest UBC legacy,
right-hander Brooks McNiven, posting a 0.66 overall ERA..
That little kid behind the Bailey
scoreboard is going to be putting
up some impressive numbers this
year. ♦
—with files from Fred Hume, UBC
Athletics Historian
The Birds open their home season at Nat Bailey Stadium Friday
against Oregon Tech. It's a double-
header weekend, with games at 4:00
and 6:30pm Friday, and 12 and
2pm Saturday.


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