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The Ubyssey Feb 12, 1991

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 the Ubyssey
p. 11
Founded in 1918
Vancouver, B.C., Tuesday, February 12, 1991
Vol 73, No 36
Poverty and hunger impair education
Vancouver schools lobby for extensive food program
Children in Vancouver schools are being starved of a
quality education.
The schools are available and the teaching is of a
high calibre, but many children attend school with no
food in their stomachs and consequently their education suffers.
by Martin Chester
One of every four children in
some areas of Vancouver live in
poverty, according to a 1990 School
Board report
UBC Special Education professor Marg Csapo said hunger is
a major detriment to a child's education. When hungry, "many children become restless, unable to
concentrate and are unable to recall as well as normally nourished
children," Csapo said.
"Starvation or hunger,
whether anorexic or because of
poverty, is always a problem," she
In Vancouver, the problem of
hungry children in our schools is
hardly new. End Legislative Poverty (ELP) spokesperson Patricia
Chauncey said she was recently
given a document detailing an
earlier request to the Vancouver
School Board to fund a food program—it was dated 1940.
The Vancouver Public
Library's newspaper clippings
files on the most recent round of
this battle date back to 1975. During that time, ELP and its associated groups have fought to put
in place a hot lunch program in
Vancouver's East End and inner
city schools. Their efforts were
rewarded in June of 1990 when
Vancouver City Council decided
to provide $200,000 of the
program's $600,000 budget.
The food program is part of
the Inner City School Project designed to improve the education
system in the low income areas of
Vancouver. To qualify for the food
program, a school must be identified as drawing from an area of
high poverty. Presently, 12 schools
are included in the program, but
ELP says an additional 10 schools
fit the school board's criteria and
should receive similar assistance.
According to Wendy Canton
of the Surrey School Board, recent surveys have shown a high
level of hunger in and around
"The statistics provided by the
Surrey Child Action Poverty
Committee...indicate that there
are    a   tremendous   	
number of kids that are
reporting to school
hungry, not just in
Surrey.but across the
Lower Mainland," Canton said.
In Vancouver the sticking
point has not been whether or not
the problem exists, but who will
pay for the program.
Vancouver's current program
is jointly funded by the school
board and the city. No provincial
or federal funds have been made
Alastair Fraser, the school
board's superintendent for the
Sunrise area of Vancouver, said,
"Every year we write the provincial government who do not choose
to fund the program."
This statement is borne out
by past comments from the provincial government. In April 26,
1990 The Vancouver Sun reported,
"Education Minister Tony
Brummet says even hungry kids
These funding battles date
back to the mid-1980s. During the
debates, many politicians—including premier Bill Vander
Zalm—have blamed parents for
not feeding the children. Politicians in Ottawa have also tried to
pass the buck to the provincial
government, saying federal
transfer payments include provisions for feeding hungry children.
Swanson, a
spokesperson for the
ELP coalition, said,
"Poverty is
the respon-
sibilityofall levels of government.
What we've done with the food
program is to raise awareness of
poverty issues with the school
board] to be loud in calling for
increasesin welfare and minimum
wage," she said.
Presently a single mother
with one child receiving welfare
gets $887 with a maximum housing allowance of $485. In
Vancouver an apartment will
likely cost more than the allowance, unless it is a single room on
skid row. The rest of the money
If the Vancouver experience is any example,
funding will be hard to come by. And this
could be disastrous for the children of this
province's poor.
must cover bills and other expenses leaving little for food.
The schools now involved in
the food program, and those ELP
do well in school."
Fraser said federal funding
has also been beyond the school
board's reach. Ottawa has demanded that any program they
fund must i nvol ve all welfare chil -
dren in the city.
But, Fraser said, this would
One of every four children in some
areas of Vancouver lives in poverty
make the program too expensive
because it would require a food
program in almost every school in
the city. Even with the 50-50 split
in funding, the city would be unable to afford the price tag.
Swanson said that once the
issue has been raised, it may
spread to the seniorgO'Vernments.
"We have to start by building the
political will in the city and show
that the model works. If the political will gets created, the money
does for other things,"
she said.
  The ELP coalition blames much ofthe
problem on the underfunding of
the welfare system. Poverty is the
problem, spokesperson Chauncey
said, and must be eradicated before the problem will go away.
"We want them [the school
hopes will be included in the upcoming VSB budget, are all in
either the East End or the inner
On March 4, 1990 The Province reported that one in four children in some areas of Vancouver
live in poverty.
As the Surrey Child Action
Committee survey results indicate, Vancouver is not the only BC
municipality with the problem of
hungry children. Surrey, Victoria
and Burnaby have all identified a
problem in their districts and are
taking measures to solve it.
According to Canton, the
Surrey school district began a pilot project at Hjorth Road El
ementary School a month ago.
"Ofthe 290 children eligible
to participate, 150 are taking advantage of it and 77 per cent of
them are paying," Canton said.
Like Vancouver, Surrey has
been looking for outside funding.
A referendum to raise funds for
the program failed last spring.
The school board could only find
$35,000 for the program, so it had
      to be limited to one
The original
plan was for the
cost ofthe program
to be paid by property owners. Un-
der the plan, as reported in The Vancouver Sun on
April 26,1990, taxpayers owning
lots worth more than $200,000
would have to pay $3.80 yearly.
But with the failure of the
referendum, the board has set up
a task force to observe the Hjorth
Road project and advise on alternate sources of money.
If the Vancouver experience
is any example, funding will be
hard to come by. And this coul d be
disastrous for the children of this
province's poor.
According to a Nova Scotia
Nutrition Council report in April
1990, hunger creates a cycle of
poverty which, until the hunger is
eradicated, can never be broken.
The Globe and Mail of May
28,1990 quoted the report as stating: "The children ofthe province's
poor are literally being starved of
an education by low social assistance payments and their parents'
lack of knowledge about how to
feed them." Many of these poor
parents are teenagers who have
not completed high school themselves, according to the council's
Without food programs, the
children are destined to follow in
their parents footsteps.
Csapo said with the potential
consequences of hunger on children, any program is positive.
"Food programs are usually a
positive thing," she said. "It does
help, at least if you give the child
the calories.
"We must look at other ways
of achieving this by making sure
the parents are aware of a proper
diet program and have the financial ability to provide it," she said.
While the Vancouver program
is considered a model for all other
programs across the country, it
still is not as extensive as it should
be, according to the ELP which is
pushing to have 10 more schools
added to the program.
With the school board's budget not due until the end of March,
the ELP and the program organizers will push to make the program a yearly priority and lobby
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February 12,1991 NEWS
White supremacists hit university
campus with Aryan hate literature
by line witheld
Hate literature has resurfaced
at UBC.
Students returning to B-lot
found propaganda from the Aryan
Resistance Movement (ARM) on
the windshields of their cars last
The literature blamed non-
white groups—especially Asians
and Hispanics—for everything
from increasing crime and poverty
to a lack of affordable housing, and
called for an end to
multiculturalism and foreign investment.
This is not the first time racist
literature has been distributed on
campus according to Warren, a
UBC student and a former member of the Anti-Nazi League—he
withheld his name for fear of retribution.
"This is the first sign of ARM
I've seen since the Anti-Nazi
League was formed in the summer
of'89,"hesaid. "Racist stickers
were placed on the office door of
Students for a Free South Africa in
October of that year."
He described the tactics in the
letter as being based on hate first
andlogiclast. Their logicismolded
to fit their hate."
Warren also noted that the
address given on the literature is
located in Vancouver, and not in
Mission as it was in the past.
A spokesperson from UBC
president David Strangway's office
said that they are "dismayed at
this kind of bigotry."
Vice-president of student and
academic services, K.D. Srivastava
agreed, but said it is difficult to pin
this action on anyone unless they
are caught distributingtheleaflets.
However, if someone was caught,
he said the matter would be referred to student discipline.
One student who found a leaflet on her car (she chose to with
hold her name) was upset, but not
surprised by its content. "Because
I'm a woman of colour I become
desensitized after a while and ki nd
of let it go over my head so that I
can survive."
She also pointed out problems
with identifying people according
to something as non-existent as
race. "People identify me as part of
one race or the other, but never as
a Canadian, which is what I am,"
she said. "When you've experienced
racism all your life, you can never
be surprised by racism and therefore I'm not angry. They're not
worth my anger or time."
AMS Student Council president, Kurt Preinsperg formally
condemned the letter, saying it was
"blatant, white supremist nonsense," and that it had "absolutely
no credibility."
Preinsperg also said the literature showed that education in
the area of race relations should
continue but the letters would also
strengthen the resolve of those
fighting racism.
UBC security manager Gordon McLean said that the usual
way to distribute such material is
to hit an area fast, cover it, then
move on.
Anyone seeing pamphlets distributed should report it to Traffic
and Security McLean said.
However, according to RCMP
officer Jansen, the group members
would not be charged because the
literature was only a "distasteful
opinion," and "falls short of the
criminal standard."
A concern was expressed by
almost everyone that ARM should
not be given too much attention as
that would only give them something to fight against. People
should, however, be informed that
the oganization is out here and be
aware of it.
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You decide.
BC's campuses inaccessible to physically challenged
by Rick Hiebert
study says colleges and universities in B.C. are not fully accessible
to disabled students.
A province-wide study by the
British Columbia Educational Association for Disabled Students
(BCEADS) has found that no campus in B.C. is fully accessible to all
disabled students. Also, the biggest
problems with accessibility are in
the south-western part of B.C.—
the area with the most campuses
and the most disabled students.
"The basic weaknesses appear
to be in design," said BCEADS
president Frank Jonasen. "Either
there's never any money in the
budget and accessibility is the first
thing to be cut, or somebody comes
up with a wonderful design that's
not accessible to all.
"We still have a tendency to
throw pillars in the way of blind
people. We build these structures
where they have ramps, but well
blend the stairs so they flow into
the ramp and look nice. It looks
nice until somebody visually impaired comes along and their cane
leads them over the edge," he said.
Jonasen said there had been
"a very positive response" to the
report. Already, many campuses
have begun to correct the problems that BCEADS found.
The survey, tobereleasedlater
this month, is the first comprehen
sive provincial disabled accessibility study.
Jonasen and several other
BCEADS members toured the
province to test conditions in person. They plan to conduct a new
survey later this year.
According to the BCEADS
survey, the areas most in need of
improvement are disabled parking facilities, washrooms and outdoor paths and ramps.
Parking spaces are usually too
small for physically challenged
students to get in and out of their
cars effectively. Paths are often
poorly marked, steep or narrow.
The few ramps that are available are often too narrow, too steep
or have no handrails. Washrooms
usually have accessible toilet stall s,
yet washbasins and mirrors are
inconvenient for wheelchair users.
Some stalls they surveyed made it
impossible for some disabled students to close the door while using
the stall.
Other important parts of campus life, like bookstores, hallways
andclassrooms.areoften designed
without the physically challenged
in mind.
BCEADS suggested that disabled students participate in the
design of new construction on
campus in order to ensure that
campuses gradually become fully
accessible. They also suggested
that the provincial building code
standards for disabled access be
revised as they "do not adequately
meet the needs ofthe disabled."
BCEADS also called for an
increase in capital funding specifically targeted for accessibility.
"Most of the things that are
necessary aren't that costly. It's
only a case ofbeing aware," Jonasen
UBC working on accessibility
Although UBC did not
participate in the BCEADS
survey, the university is
working towards making the
campus more accessible to the
physically challenged.
Jan del Valle, coordinator
of services for disabled students, said UBC can provide
a room by room breakdown of
how each building is accessible to the physically challenged.
"Rather than a narrow
focus, our information is
comprehensive and details
what accessibility features
are currently in place," del
Valle said.
UBC is continuously working to improve the university's
accessibility to the physically
challenged, according to del
Valle. The latest step is the
newly created position of "coordinator of access." Once
hired, the coordinator will work
out of the Disability Resource
"UBC needs a coordinated
plan and I expect the coordinator of access will oversee the
plan," del Val le said. Del Valle's
job is to act as a resource and
facilitate access for physically
challenged students.
In addition to the
university's ongoing improvements in accessibility,
del Valle said she frequently
gets suggestions from the
UBC community.
"There are many people
interested in improving access on campus and sometimes we get individual initiatives proposing improvements in accessibility for
buildings," del Valle said.
For more information on
the accessibility of UBC
buildings, students are encouraged to contact del Valle
at 228-4858.
said. BCEADS will work with the
B.C. Coalition for the Disabled to
draw up some plans and proposals
to tackle the problems in the next
few months.
Advanced education minister
Bruce Strachan was unavailable
for comment, although his ministry has recently announced a $44
million joint federal provincial
program to fund vocational training for the physically challenged.
Provincial NDP advanced
education critic Barry Jones hoped
the provincial government would
make accessibility for disabled
students a priority in their post-"
secondary construction in the next
few years.
"I think we have to recognize
that we not only have along way to
go in terms of access, but also that
we have made some progress in
recent years. I think that it's sad
that these are the kinds of things
that suffer in bad economic times,"
he said.
Brad Lavigne, BC chair ofthe
Canadian Federation of Students,
said the provincial government, if
it is serious about promoting accessibility, has to address this issue.
"We have to ensure that campuses are made accessible to all.
The government will fall short on
its commitment if it doesn't come
through with the capital funding
to solve the problem."
February 12,1991
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HALLFAX(CUP)— When Mohawk
Patricia Monture could not decide
whether or not to go to law school,
she went to see her elder. He told
her a story, perhaps two or three
hours long. When he had finished,
she knew she had to go to university before she could fight for justice for her people.
"First, I had to learn how to
talk honky," she said.
Now a professor of law at
Dalhousie Law School in Halifax,
Monture is one of an increasing
number of First Nations people
who recognize that getting a university education is an
indispensible if often unpleasant
step to attaining self-determination.
"Canada is not making an effort to talk to us. We're the ones
who have to do double-time and
learn how to talk to them," she
But while talking and acting
honky may come easily to English
and French Canadians, it's obviously quite unnatural for First
Nations people like Monture—who
doe sn't consider herself Canadi an,
by the way. Never mind learning
to talk like a lawyer.
First Nations people learn in
a different way than the dominant
Euro-Canadian society's mode of
education. An elder in a Micmac
community doesn't lecture the
children or scold them if they do
something wrong—it is their
responsibility to approach their
teacher, and then watch and
"Well watch something long
enough and memorize it and go
away and try it until we get it
right," said Jean Knockwood, a
native education counsellor at
Henson College in Halifax.
For eight years, Knockwood
has helped aboriginal students
cope with a system that has little
inkling ofthe cultural differences
that can make university an alien
place. She holds regular writing
and study workshops to help students become familiar with the
ways universities work.
"You don't have to alter their
learning style, their cultural beliefs
or how they see the world," she
Unfortunately, many non-
native teachers at all levels judge
First Nations students by their
own, Euro-Canadian values,
equating shyness with disinterest,
or silence with stupidity. The result: "streaming" into non-academic or vocational courses, appalling dropout rates (20 per cent
complete high school—75 per cent
is the Canadian average) and low
participation at the university
"I don't think our students are
failing because they're stupid or
inadequate. They're failingbecause
the system is failing them," said
Wendy Hull, chair of the Aboriginal Students' Association at
Dalhousie University.
"I'm tired of having to listen
that residential schools were good
for my people," she said.
And all teachers must be
taught—not by non-natives—that
a meaningful education for First
Nations people involves the mind,
body and spirit.
"In your dominant society,
we're looked on as quitters. But
most people don't make it because
they aren't spiritually whole—they
don't have the right suport."
Now 35, Hull will graduate
with a degree in political science
this spring, ready tochange things.
"(University) education is not
important to me in my life. But it
is important when we start
dealing with the government," she
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February 12,1991 NEWS
Ruling affects campus security
by Karen Hill
TORONTO (CUP) — A recent
Ontario Supreme Court ruling
may open the door for women to
sue universities for failing to give
information about sexual assaults
on campus.
In a precedent-setting decision, the Ontario Supreme Court
last week ruled that Jane Doe, a
rape victim, could sue the Toronto
Metropolitan Police force for negligence.
Doe said the police failed to
give her equal protection under
the law from a rapist in her area.
Her name was on the police's list
of potential victims, but she was
never contacted or warned.
Christie Jefferson, executive
director of Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), said
the decision has serious implications for university security forces.
"Universities have been notorious for not warning women and
not taking precautions for
women's security," Jefferson said.
If the case succeeds, it will become easier for women to hold
university administrations directly accountable for failing to
give adequate protection, she said.
And she said the fall-out from
a possible victory will be
widesweeping. "There will be immediate implications for the rest
of Canada, not only with this case,
but with examples of domestic
violence," she said. If police ignore a case of an assault by a man
against his lover or spouse, they
may face a lawsuit later on, she
Anne McGrath, Alberta representative for the National Action Committee on the Status of
Women, said secrecy often surrounds rape investigations, particularly on university campuses.
"I don't think it's that unusual
for the police to be tight-lipped
about a case," she said. A fear of
causing so-called "undue hysteria"
is often the reason police cite for
withholding information, she said.
"You should be slightly emotional if there's a rapist in your
area stalking women."
Despite the threat of lawsuits,
those in charge university security
say they do not think they will
need to make any changes in light
ofthe Supreme Court decision.
University of Toronto police
chief Greg Albright said cases of
rape and sexual assault are referred to the Toronto police force
for investigation. And it is a
judgement call to decide which
incidents are reported to the campus press, he said.
"It would all depend on the
circumstances," he said. "Certainly it wouldbe routine for metro
(police) to be informed."
Legal counsel for the University of Windsor, Charles James
said the university is taking steps
to safeguard women on campus.
"It certainly does have implications for any institutions that
provide security," James said.
Windsor publishes quarterly statistics about dime on campus, and
also issues press releases about
assaults to the campus media, he
However, Lee Lakeman, BC
representative for the Canadian
Association of Sexual Assault
Centres, said information dispensed by university officials has
to be taken with a grain of salt.
She said she thinks the numbers
of assaults against women are on
the rise, although campus statistics do not often bear this out.
"The campus police in some
ways mirror the police in the city
at large," she said. "They often
don't classify certain types of assaults" in their crime statistics,
such as referring to attempted
sexual assaults as attempted robbery.
Universities are still very image conscious, although some have
been more forthcoming with information, Lakeman added.
"Universities, at some point,
are competitive businesses. It is
not in their interest to broadcast
the dangers to young women on
their campuses."
Ethicists descend ivory tower
by Lucho van Isschot
There is an urgent need to
create links between the university and the community at large,
according to Michael McDonald,
founding chair of UBC's newly
established Centre for Applied
An ethical dilemma: "Darling, we
have to stop meeting this way."
Throughout the endowment
lands and beyond the gates of UBC
there exists a strange, alluring
and complicated world. Although
connected to UBC by road and
telephone, this world remains unknown.
Unknown. But is this world
McDonald, a philosophy professor and ethicist, said the Centre for Applied Ethics can help to
facilitate communication between
academia and the outside world.
Established in September
1990, the centre is the first of its
kind in Canada. It is a campus-
based, multi-disciplinary network
of teachers and professionals
working to create a resource centre accessible to government, industry and students alike.
Peter Danielson, aphilosophy
professor and spokesperson for the
centre, said that although the
centre has "a very wide mandate,"
it does pursue practical strategies.
Danielson, for example, will
be in charge of a computer network
through which groups and individuals can gain access to the
centre's materials and information.
The centre will produce a
"working paper series" and will
submit articles to periodicals and
newspapers, according to
McDonald added that the
centre will also, "assume a
proactive role and probe for specific problems."
With an emphasis on business and environmental ethics,
McDonal d said the centre will deal
directly with businesspeople and
government agencies.
For example, the centre has
already been consultedby oil companies based in Calgary, who
voiced concerns about global
warming due to the "greenhouse
While not providing concrete
solutions for such complicated
problems, the centre will try to
provide companies with analytical tools and new problem-solving
"It is naive to assume that
such problems will be easily sorted
out," McDonald said.
Moreover, McDonald warned
that some people see such issues
as public relations problems.
As such, there exists concern
that businesses will seek "seals of
approval" from the centre.
"If we gave out seals of approval, this would disarm ordinary people against businesses,"
Danielson said, adding, "our aim
is independent, constructive
McDonald said he has met
many concerned individuals from
within the business community
and has found that, by and large,
"they have to answer to superiors
and investors."
Therefore, if the centre itself
is to successfully fulfill its mandate, it will have to act as an
independent body and circumvent
the authority of investors and
UBC president David
Strangway said the centre was
funded by Maurice Young and
Robert Rogers, two local industrialists.
Although the funding came
from an independent source, the
impetus behind the centre came
from within the university—more
specifically, from within the Department of Philosophy.
An enthusiastic and confident
McDonald said the hope is that
the centre will build bridges based
on trust. The academic community
and the community at large may
indeed be drawn closer together.
SUNDAY 12 - 5 PM
February 12,1991
THE UBYSSEY/5 Unearthing
by M. Maenling
Surely the accomplishment of WWII atrocities
would require the cooperation of many of people, yet
most deny having taken
part. How could this have
happened? The answer is *--
clear: the status quo allowed it to happen. The
hope that this should be
"Never Again" is instead
being repeated "ever
again." The majority
allowed it just like the
nations in power allow
world hunger and all
manner of other social
injustice. It's the same
reason you turn away from
the bum on the street when
he asks for money. It's not
your problem. ^
The Nasty Girl
Royal Centre
Of ontrary to its
suggestive title, The
'""'   Nasty Girl is a
witty tale of a spunky
German schoolgirl's attempt to seek the truth—
without regard to the self-
destructive path she
inevitably winds up on.
German filmmaker
Michael Verhoeven's
stylized film is loosely
based on a factual account
ofthe transformation of
the town heroine into
loathed leper. This occurs
as she dredges up the lies
and corruption of her
townspeople's anti-Semetic
activities during the Third
Actress Lena Stolze
charmingly plays Sonya,
the too-smart-for-her-
britches, braided Bavarian
who writes a highly patriotic essay. When she wins
first prize, she basks in the
praise of her family,
friends and the townspeople. Indeed Sonya is
loved and admired by all
of the Third Reich
for writing what everyone
wanted to hear.
The following year
Sonya enters the essay
contest with a different
topic: My Home Town
During The Third Reich.
Suddenly she becomes "das
schreckliches mNdchen,"
the terrible/frightful girl,
single-mindedly excavating
the rather ugly, rotting
remnants ofthe
townspeople's hypocrisy.
Sonya slides into the
role of hated outcast as she
still refuses to keep quiet
amid the urging of her
friends and family. She
pays a heavy price for
truth. We are left wondering if the price might be
too high.
The cinematography,
the scenery, the acting and
directing, while not unimportant, are not something
I would choose to comment
on in depth, simply because the message of the
unspoken guilt and denial
ofthe German people is so
As one of the characters who knows her said:
"It does not surprise me
that Sonya seeks the
truth...what surprises me
is that everyone else does
it just ain't right
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The Royal Salute
showcased marching
bands, pipes and drums
in honour of the Queen Mother's
90th birthday on Sunday.
However, jazz in uniform just
isn't the same.
Performing a jazzy rendition
of A Rainy Day, the 15th Field
Regiment Royal Canadian
Artillery Band contrasted the
leisure of jazz with the formality
of marching. Bands such as this
regularly provide "musical
support" for armed forces units
stationed in BC and the US
Pacific Northwest. They are a
reliable sort of band for diplomatic functions.
Military musical staples
such as Battle Hymn of the
Republic, America the Beautiful
and a rousing When The Saints
Go Marching In were played by
Band ofthe Ninth Infantry
Division (US Army). Special
guests ofthe evening were
Princess Patricia's Canadian
Light Infantry Regiment Band
and Pipes & Drums ofthe
Seaforth Highlanders of Canada.
All the performers gathered
together to dedicate Highland
Cathedral to the allied forces
participating in Operation
Desert Storm and for the
grandiose finale, New World
Symphony with gusto fitting for
the occasion.
Musical selections were
adequately and homogeneously
accomplished with bits of
narration about the Queen
Mother's visits to Canada and
the US. Pieces were chosen to
commemorate particular events
and even reflect the Queen
Mum's personality, for example
her "zest for life."
Although the Queen Mother
did not make a live appearance
for the Royal Salute, she sent her
"greetings and very sincere good
wishes" care of her private
And for those of you who
regret missing the festivities, the
Knowledge Network "celebrates
90 years in the life of an amazing
woman" with a documentary on
the Queen Mother, scheduled for
February 25 (9pm) and 27
Happy belated (August 4th
1900) birthday, Ma'am.
Pip! Pip! Pip! Wish we could
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February 12,1991 Grade Three English
Yukie Kurahashi
February 11, 1991
Book Report
Black Water 2: More Tales of the Fantastic. Edited by
Alberto Manguel. Toronto: Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1990.
$16.95 paperback.
So there I was—stuck in Abbotsford's (in)famous Davy
Crockett Motel over New Year's for a bloody, week-long
conference of starving student newspaper types.
But I counted myself lucky, although elements at the
motel alternately/simultaneously tried to starve, drown,
freeze, suffocate, poison, broil, and otherwise make us all
as uncomfortable as (in)human(e)ly possible.
So what does all this have to do with a book?
The book—Black Water 2—is most of why I considered
myself so lucky. After daily immersion in the psychology
experiment-type stress levels of Canadian University Press
seminars, workshops, and meetings (full of poo-headed puke
brains, regular left-leaning masses, and a few minor deities) , I had a refuge in my room, 58, in which my copy of
Black Water 2 patiently awaited my return every early
What bliss...what joy it was to climb into the cheap
motel bed (that smelled of stale smoke and had, as someone
said, pillows the size of wallets) and flip open that eerie
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seems to be the sacred convention of anthology reviewers—
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synopses (aaaah!).
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Water 2 is 941 pages of 65 strange, beautiful, short stories
by such eminent writers as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gabriel
Garcia Marquez, Margaret Atwood, Boris Vian, and Joseph
Conrad. The vast field from which the selections were made
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by E. Griffith
This year's Engineering Film.
fEUSt ranged from the stupid to the
Geers packed the SUB Auditorium
to watch videos from each engineering
The show opened with Bio-
Resource Engineering's hilarious
takeoff on the Holy Grail in which our
hero Bioman and his sidekick Igor run
into the bridge keeper, who asks
"WHAT is your faculty?"
They also meet those snotty
French soldiers on top ofthe evil
Forestry castle. Bioman scales the
vertical wall (amazing special effects—
the camera is turned on its side) and
rescues a princess from the chainsaw-
wielding enemy. Geers showed their
approval by yelling and throwing
'confetti' made from torn-up copies of
The Ubyssey and other newspapers.
Chemical Engineering had
Godzilla attack a frat house, until
chants of "boring" eventually stopped
the film.
Civil's submission was a fascinat-
Film fEUSt features
foot-long feces
ing documentary of engineering adventures featuring people urinating, silly
drinking games, a Lady Godiva sticker
on an RCMP car, copies of The Ubyssey
and a David Strangway effigy being
burned to the opening of AC/DC's Hell's
Bells. After too much footage of drinking
games, booing and shouts of "boring"
brought the film to an early end.
Next was Engineering Physics'
brilliant stop-motion epic from last year
in which a nasty prof fills the board with
impossible physics problems in fast
motion, while students trying to keep up
start to see the blackboard change into
scenes from their imagination. Stanzas
of poetry attacking the equations are
fended off by a chalk hero who shoots
them with a bow and arrow made from
math characters. Einstein's godlike face
appears to one student who falls to his
knees and worships him in the aisle.
Later that night we see the students
trying to study in a wonderful parody of
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student life, compulsively drinking
infinite Cokes and eventually eating
pages from a book, then vomiting, all
in the same jerky animation. One guy
throws a tantrum when his drawing
of a bridge falls down. The film ends
when he gets electrocuted by his
electrical diagram.
Metals and Materials gave us the
dramatic saga of a student's desperate search for a toilet. High points
were the suspenseful soundtrack and
an awe-inspiring foot-long piece of
fecal matter at the end.
Finally we got to see EngPhys's
latest movie. Nothing could top last
year's classic but the sequel, also
stop-motion animation, was truly
impressive not to mention funny.    A
gross worm thing crawls into a
student's ear the night before a big
exam and he dreams of warped scary
word problems which were acted out
on a chalkboard. Waking up late he
panics and somehow makes it to
school after many setbacks.
When he gets to the exam he
doesn't know anything, and stares in
horror at his blank page in a nightmare classroom complete with
annoying students and a horrible prof
with a grating Scottish accent who
humiliates him.
Not worth mentioning were the
Thirst Yeerz" and Mechanical
Engineering film, which were booed
to death anyway. An interesting
interlude was a wonderful Filmsoc
movie, "Smirkin' Nor the Inventor."
The Geers applauded but seemed
confused since the film was not part
ofthe fEUStival.
After the show the Auditorium
looked like it usually does after the
Rocky Horror Show—littered with
Fortunately, and in keeping with the
spirit of Engineering Week, some
environmentally-sound unidentified
parties left the pile of shredded
newspaper in AMS director of finance
John Lipscomb's office to be recycled.
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As Brad MacDonald (30) and Scott Feams (14) look on, Henry Czenczeck (2) crawls to
safety. Referees were soon able to get Huskies back on their leashes.
T-Birds and Huskies
tie each other up
by Michael Booth
Determining if a person is an
optimist or a pessimist used to
come down to a simple decision of
whether a glass was half full or
half empty. The UBC hockey team
has added another question for that
test: are they on an 11 game winless
streak or a two game unbeaten
Facing possible playoff elimination, the T-Birds went out and
tied a pair of games 2-2 and 5-5
with the visiting University of
Saskatchewan Huskies. The ties
snapped a nine game losing skid
for UBC but did not make up any
ground on the fourth place Huskies in the Canada West playoff
UBC came from behind twice
before settling for the 2-2 draw in
Friday's game. Centre Neil Pogany
scored both goals for Saskatchewan
while forward Mike Kennedy
scored once and set up centre Jeff
Crossley's tying goal.
Saskatchewan led 2-0 after the
first period on Saturday, before
UBC roared back with five goals in
the second, to the Huskies' one.
Saskatchewan recovered with a
pair of third period goals to secure
the draw.
Huskies captain Terry Lloyd
scored twice for the prairie visitors
while centre Scott Fearns led UBC
with two goals and two assists.
Forward Dean Holoien added two
goals and an assist for the T-Birds
and forward Charles Cooper scored
the other UBC goal on a great
individual effort.
Fearns was playing his first
games as captain of the T-Birds
after Grant Delcourt suffered a
knee injury last weekend against
the University of Lethbridge
Pronghorns. Fearns credited
linemates Holoien and Kennedy
after the game.
"It's nice because they move
the puck around and if you give it
to them in position, they're going
to put it in," Fearns said. "The
points came easy tonight."
Backup goaltender Brad
Macdonal d started both games an d
played solid, making several key
stops on Saturday before giving
way to Ray Woodley after the
Huskies' fifth goal.
Afterwards, Macdonald said
he was not surprised that he got so
much ice time.
"I was kind of expecting it,"
Macdonald said, "the team was
struggling and I guess a change
was needed.
"There was no pressure on me.
With nine straight losses, all you
can do is try your best and hope for
the best."
The T-Birds now travel to
Manitoba for a two game series
with the University of Brandon
Bobcats next weekend. UBC
rounds out its regular season
schedule against the University of
Calgary Dinosaurs on February
Volley 'Birds drop two,
miss playoffs
by Matthew Clarke
The Thunderbirds men's volleyball team dropped both matches
to the University of Calgary Dinosaurs this past weekend and in the
process dropped themselves from
playoff contention.
Playing in Calgary, the
Thunderbirds lost 3-1 on Friday
night to set themselves up for must-
win situation on Saturday.
But with their backs to the
wall the T-Birds failed to come up
with the strong performance they
so desperately needed. Instead they
went out with a whimper, losing 3-
0 by scores of 8-15, 2-15, and 7-15.
On Friday night, the T-Birds
opened the match poorly and conceded the first game 5-15. They
Volleyball women trip
over Dinosaurs
by Gwen Parker
After looking at the UBC
women's volleyball team's record
of matches lost in Calgary, one
would inevitably come to the conclusion that afatal curse was placed
on them years ago.
The 'Birds continued a distressing tradition by dropping two
matches to the University of
Calgary in Dinosaur territory last
Friday night game scores of 8-
15, 15-11, 12-15, 8-15, were no
better than Saturday's match,
which also went four games, 15-9,
10-15, 9-15 and 11-15.
These disappointingresults do
not affect the 'Birds' second place
Canada West standing, as they
maintain a slight lead over the
Dinosaurs. In second place, UBC
has twelve wins and six losses,
while Calgary follows closely behind, with eleven wins and seven
Assuming there are no unpleasant surprises in their last two
matches against the University of
Lethbridge, the 'Birds will be
Saskatoon bound for the playoffs.
This week's national rankings
will reflect last weekend's losses,
and consequently may affect the
team's chances to capture a wild
card in the national tournament.
Right side player Sonya
Wachowski and middle blocker
Sarah Dunlop are leading the
'Birds in Canada West statistics.
Wachowski leads the conference in blocking with 52, while
Dunlop is right behind in third
place with 46. Dunlop has also
developed an effective serve, accumulating 30 ace serves as a result. In fifth place on the kill list,
Wachowski has 181 successful attacks to her name.
The 'Birds meet up with
Lethbridge this weekend in the
War Memorial Gymnasium at 6:00
on both Friday and Saturday night.
rebounded to win the second 15-8
but the Dinosaurs took the third 5-
15. The T-Birds dropped the fourth
game and the match 14-16 on some
questionable officiating.
Conrad Leinemann performed
well with 16 kills and Randy
Wagner and Rob Hill added 14
kills each.
The two losses lower the T-
Birds Canada West record to 6-8
and leaves them in fourth place
with only four league matches to
The playoffs no longer mathematically possible, the team must
be content with finishing the
Canada West regular schedule and
this weekhostingHosei University,
one ofthe top university volleyball
teams in Japan.
The Thunderbirds play Hosei
on Saturday at 7:30 pm in War
Memorial Gymnasium.
T-Birds vs. 86ers
this Saturday
Two of Vancouver's
winningest soccer teams will
play an exhibition match
this Saturday at UBC's O.J.
Todd fields.
The Thunderbirds, two
time CIAU champions, will
take on the Vancouver
86ers, champions ofthe Canadian Soccer League for
the past three years.
Game time is 1:00 pm.
February 12, 1991 $K>fc!$
Jason Leslie and the T-Bird basketball team
dunked the dinasaurs in weekend action
Short staffed T-Birds
bounce Dinos twice
by Mark Nielsen
For most other Canada West
men's basketball teams, losing
three players to injuries would
most likely have been devastating.
For the UBC Thunderbirds,
however, all it meant was that
everyone else got more floor time,
as they dropped the University of
Calgary Dinosaurs twice over the
Without the services of fifth-
year forward Brent Henderson
(who broke his hand in practice
the day before) and first year guard
Jason Pamer (out with a season-
ending knee injury), UBC dumped
the Dinos 96-79 on Friday night.
During the opener, moreover,
fourth-year forward Jason Leslie
went down with a twisted ankle
and was on crutches watching the
Thunderbirds win 100-85 on Saturday night.
Expecting to see Leslie back
in the lineup in time for the playoffs and Henderson playing again
soon thereafter, assistant UBC
assistant coach Kevin Hanson said
playing with only eight dressed
was something akin to running a
"It gave us a chance to bring
some continuity throughout the
team with what we're running,"he
"They hurt at post [without
Henderson], and they need a little
more work of defence, but they
looked pretty good overall."
But the injuries won't make
the battle for first place any easier,
however, as the Thunderbirds head
into the final week of regular season play tied for top spot with the
University ofVictoria Vikings, both
with 14-4 won-lost records.
Whoever gets first place also
wins home-court advantage for the
rest ofthe Canada West playoffs—
and the last place UBC wants to be
is atUVic's McKinnon Gymnasium
where  sellout crowds of 2,800
regularly show up.
Although missing a number of
players, one key team member was
back—fifth-year guard Al Lalonde,
who was at home with an ear infection while UBC fell flat and lost
one to the University of
Saskatchewan Huskies the weekend before.
And while Lalonde re-injected
some needed intensity, first-year
banger Bob Heighton also had
strong games, capped by a 16-point
effort on Saturday night.
"The ball kind of bounced the
right way," Heighton said. "I got a
few easy shots to start off with and
you get more confident as you go
As usual, JD Jackson was top
scorer on both nights, bagging 20
and 24 points respectively. He also
snagged 11 rebounds on Friday
Derek Christiansen, meanwhile, scored 17 points in the
opener, followed by Lalonde with
16 and Leslie with 15 while Brian
Tait chipped in with 12 assists.
Christiansen was good for
another 23 points on Saturday
night, while Lalonde got 13 points
and nine assists, and Tait got 11
points and five assists.
Thunderbirds will be going for a
record when they head to the
University of Lethbridge this
They are a mere 70 points
short of breaking UVic's season
scoring record of 1848 points.
Moreover, if they score 220 points
in the two game set (that's 110
points a game), the Thunderbirds
will have averaged 100 points a
game for the season.
Saturday's game was the final
regular season home game that
Lalonde and Henderson, both in
their fifth year, will have played
for UBC.
Women drop two
by Mark Nielsen
If the UBC Thunderbirds meet
the University of Calgary Dinosaurs in the Canada West women's
basketball playoffs next month,
there's definitely one thing they'll
need to do.
Stop Jodi Evans.
A starting guard for the national team during the summer,
the 5'10" senior showed exactly
why she got that far on Friday
night at War Memorial Gym when
Calgary won 74-62.
That was when she not only
drained 20 points and chipped in
12 assists, but hauled in a massive
35 rebounds—and repeat, she is a
That's not to say UBC did not
give the Dinosaurs a run for their
money. Playing impeccable defence, the Thunderbirds worked
up a 36-28 half-time lead on Saturday.
The problem was that the
Dinos opened the second half by
canning 16 unanswered points to
gain the lead for good, en route to
a 73-58 victory.
Significantly, Evans got 24
points, 17reboundsandfiveassists
while Sue Jickling was the next
best Dino with 16 points.
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Elissa Beckett drives for the hoop against Calgary.
Of course, while the Dinosaurs
have an outside shot at first place,
the Thunderbirds have clinched
the fourth and final playoff spot
and had no c'nance of improving on
In fact, about the only real
significance the series had for the
Thunderbirds was that it would be
the last home-stand for seniors Val
Philpot, Jana Jordan and Lorraine
While Jordan, a transfer from
SFU, and Marken, from Douglas
College, have played for UBC for
two years, Philpot has been around
UBC for all five years of her eligibility.
Only under Misty Thomas,
however, has Philpot played for a
coach for more than one year.
"It (the UBC women's basketball program) has intensified a
lot," she said. "Instead of playing
through these one point seasons, a
lot more is expected of us."
The Thunderbirds will close
out the regular season schedule
with a trip to the University of
Lethbridge this weekend.
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February 12,1991
THE UBYSSEY/9 End of term report cards for
the AMS executive:
President Kurt Preinsperg:
The first few months ofthe term were rough on the High Priest
of Love, but once he learned that if he didn't do anything he wouldn't
get anyone mad, his term pickedup. In the last couple of months Kurt
decided it might be advantageous to take a stand on tuition and a
couple other issues and provided a few good quotes. But all those
positive vibes were destroyed when Kurt stood before the Board of
Governors and said, "I don't want tobe here, but my council sent me."
Now thaf 8 leadership! Kurt's positive achievement was the creation
ofthe 'satellite lounge' on the second floor of SUB. These wonderfully
uncomfortable couches are perfectly situated for the inebriated to
pass out on after Party Room beer gardens.
Grade: D as ic doofus, doolittle etc..
Vice president Johanna Wickle:
Johanna spent the year learning Codes and Bylaws. At first it
was painful but lately she has mastered having people believe she
understands these tomes. She did a good job with the Drug and
Alcohol Awareness Committee. She also showed leadership, being
one ofthe most outspoken people to advocate doing nothing controversial. Also showed talent forstorming out of meetings andavoiding
her office.
Grade: C for conscript
Coordinator of External Affairs Jason Brett:
After spendingthe summer and partofthefall learning his job,
Jason decided he wanted to 'unite' the campus by running for
president. At this point he turned into the typical AMS politician. He
turned into Tim Bird. After Vanessa Geary's contribution to student
politics, Jason's efforts have seemed rather pathetic. The anti-
tuition protests he 'organized' were derivative at best. At least when
Mike Lee used the tuition issue to get elected he did a good job (?).
Moreover, what the hell has Jason done since the elections? Jason's
positive contribution has been to save money on the budget. On the
other hand, External Affairs Committee didnt meet all year, so it
couldn't spend any money behind his back. Oh, and he helped delay
the erection ofthe GoddessofDemccracy statue. "Raiseyerbeermugs!"
Grade: D as in the dickhead. (Unlike P for president)
Director of Administration Roma Gopaul-Singh:
Roma has been the most consistent ofthe
executive: consistently dull. She did her job. She was the
perfect head ofthe class. Roma did organize the Walk Home
program, which has been quite successful, not to mention
useful, and she has always been helpful and friendly, like
The Ubyssey, and that is saying something. Roma's most
positive contribution is that she didn't do anything
particularly bad (also like The Ubyssey).
Grade: B as in bureaucrat.
Director of Finance John Lipscomb:
John's biggest downfall was that too few people took
him seriously (except, of course, himself). That may,
however, have been a very good thing for the AMS,
considering some of his off the wall ideas. John decided to
abstain on a vote on his own budget because he didn't agree
with it. He felt that student money could be better used and
that he was only one member ofthe Budget Committee.
(So?!) John's positive contribution was that he put a little
politics into the D of F position.
Grade: D or F, as you choose.
Student CouncI:
Throughout the year AMS student council decided it was
prudent not to take a position on anything even marginally controversial. Take forexampletherecentdecisiontosplitthe difference,
and create a pre-war and anti-war committee. If 'unity' is what we
have to look forward to in the upcoming year, its going to be a very,
very long year.
Grade: P as in PATHETIC!
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February 8, 1991
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Rick Hiebert said, "A penny for your thoughts Michael Booth." "They are
worth more than a fucking penny." "Oh yeah?" said Nadene Rehnby.
Martin Chester laughed. "Yeah" said Mark Nielsen. "Mark Nielsen,
Maaaaark Nielseeeeeeen" intoned Ela3ine Griffith and Yggy King in a
dark place. But they were horribly offkey and destroyed Matthew Tigger
Bounce Johnson's sense of good taste. Yukie Kurahashi denied that he
ever had any taste. Of course she proceeded to make farting noises on
Martins' flabby chest, so no one took her particularly seriously. M.Maeuling
found the tragedy in the scene and furiously recorded it. Matt Clarke,
Gwen Parker, John Manis, Steve Chan, and Lucho von Isschot (we are
halfway through!!!) did something. What, we don't know, nor do we care.
(Sorry) Effie Pow was indignant. "But this is a masthead! They have to
do something! A great big hairy foot crushed Effie Pow. It was divine
justice and its name was Carrie Walker. Franka Cordua von Specht
wretched at the mess. Paul Dayson said "Give me liberty of give me a ham
on rye." Needless to say he did not get either. Coreena McBurnie flew i nto
a rage. Boy are my arms tired she said. (So are we) Sam Green finished
the peach cider in her hand and told Raul Peschiera that his elegance and
wit were surpassed only by Colin Maycock's degree of inebriation. Colin
just wanted to know where cigarettes go when they die. He was just
curious. He didn't expect it would come from the cook. "What mackerel?"
said Ernie Stelzer. (Yes he was drunk toooo) It was swimming, thinking
"this is No Fun actually when you take the little time it takes to really
think about things and...," on its way through the spilled beer on the floor
that Matt Martin was desperately trying to get back into his tuff cup.
Martin Ertl the turtle discovered that if he put his hand on Ted Aussem's
face he could see his bones and what he had for lunch. "Oh kiss me kiss
me kisB me," repeated Ian Hiscoe coldly. Rebecca Bishop was only
interested in a coupling, momentus thing, but for the life of her she can't
remember who they may be, though her smile gives it away, you can tell.
Rebecca Bishop  •  Michael Booth  •  Martin Chester
Paul Dayson  • Mark Nielsen
re Jritu -ffon
get with it
Attention all you apathetic graduating students.
Are you aware that your
faculty may be forfeiting
money on your part? The
Graduating Class Council
will give each faculty $4 per
graduating student, but only
if your student society sends
representatives to the GCC
meetings (next meeting:
Thursday Feb 14,5:30, SUB
Chambers). There are supposed to be 33 members sitting on the GCC council. We
usually get less than ten—
and that means that some
faculties will not get money
for their graduating activities from us. So perhaps you
had better talk to your
council and see why they are
being so apathetic about
hundreds of dollars that
could go towards your
graduation dinner, or a
party, or a composite, or
Rebate request forms
are available in the AMS
Business office. Please return them to mailbox #118
in the SUB.
We are also asking for
Grad Gift Proposals. We
have over $50 000 this year
for our budget, so there's a
lot of money for gifts. Drop
off your proposals at #118.
Stay tuned for more on the
requirements for a gift proposal.
If you have any questions, please leave amessage
in SUB mailbox #118 with
your name and phone number.
Caireen Hanert
president, UBC Grad
Class Council
Please let's be
On December 6, 1990,
we attended a vigil held
outside SUB in memory of
the 14 women assassinated
in Montreal a year earlier.
For a week we were all
bombarded with media reports about this gruesome
event and about the violence
women face daily.
We have now had over
two months to think about
this issue and want to share
our views on some disturbing
comments made at the vigil.
One woman claimed
that we were "at war," with
the women who have died
under the hand of men as
the "casualties." We found
this comment disturbing; the
feminist movement has come
a long way in the last thirty
years but to hear comments
such as this, one would think
that no progress had been
made at all.
As women and feminists, we don't want to wage
a war against men. The first
step toward achieving
equality is to show men the
same respect that we expect
them to show us. It is important that all of us, men
and women, treat others as
PEOPLE first and foremost.
This means treat others as
equals; don't make assumptions based on their gender,
but allow them to prove
themselves as individuals.
A couple of women indirectly criticized the few
men who took the microphone to offer their solidarity. We, in contrast, want to
thank those men, as well as
those who were present but
did not speak (approximately
one third of the people
present were men). We feel
this is a positive step and
should be encouraged, not
criticized by such suggestions as a "separate vigil for
men." And for those women
who still insist that men are
the enemy, let me assure you
that there is a vast number
of truly wonderful men out
there. Don't forget that not
all women are saints either.
We are who we are. Let's
just learn to respect each
Ana Policzer
Science 4
Deanna Simmons
Science 4
The paper does
not stink
Mr. Maera's attempt at
a rebuttal in the Jan. 8/91
issue "Just One Stinky
ol'newspaper" certainly
caught us by surprise. We
certainly weren't expecting a
letter that was derisive, patronizing and insulting towards engineers.. To be kind,
his views were entirely misguided.
We are not missionaries. Nor are we unaware. We
do not feel "toasty and warm"
because a key segment of our
country is floundering in its
search for an identity within
today's social framework.
You're right, Phil, we didn't
cause the problem but we
certainly aren't solving it either. We believe that patronizing Native Canachansisbad
for everyone—especially
them. There is a great deal of
guilt (perceived and otherwise) over the fate of the
earliest Canadians which has
resulted in a situation where
they have been given so much,
that it has become difficult to
survive any other way.
We have succeeded in
turning the natives into
people who increasingly depend on others for their own
welfare. All we meant is that
they be given the chance to
reestablish the character to
survive without all this
mothering. Perhaps they
should follow the example of
our "own mortal lives." Specifically, choose something
that you wantsobadthatyou
can taste it and then work
like hell to get it. Could this
possibly remindyou of anyone
you know, Phil?
Please don't get offended,
Phil. Your arguments—
sparse and non-specific as
they are—represent the
trendy popular notion of those
people whose interest in this
issue happens to be the current Cause ofthe Month.
Claudio Arato
Wade Chute
Chemical Engineering 4
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The unsigned disclaimer
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The disclaimer suggests
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Arts 4
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February 12,1991 LETTERS/OP-ED
Canada: speak now or forever hold your peace
Wake up, Canada! The
Allaire Report has landed on the
national scene with a bang, and
the Belanger-Campeau Commission, the other shoe left to drop, is
likely to be even louder in its
demands for Quebec sovereignty
and/orabalkanizedCanada. Itis
clear that one way or another,
with or without Quebec, Canada
will be a radically different country within two or three years. All
citizens, but especially students
and young people who will live
with the consequences of these
changes for many decades, have
a responsibility to speak out.
What kind of Canada do we want
to live in?
The government has created
the Spicer Commission and a
Parliamentary Committee on
constitutional amendments as
vehicles to air public concerns.
But it is clear that both of these
bodies have manipulated and
controlled agendas that are subject to pre-screening. The televised panelists at the recent BC
Citizens' Forum were hand-
picked, and BC's one representa
tive on the constitutional committee, Sen. Pat Carney, was unceremoniously dumped. Anyway, itis
unlikely that any committee emanating from the federal government will have the credibility necessary toattract wide support from
Canadians. Therefore, if the
grassroots voices of Canadians are
going to be heard and made effective, we must speak out directly
and independently to the federal
and provincial governments.
This weekend, February
15 and 16, may be your best
opportunity to have your say
in the debate on the future of
Canada. The "Other Citizens' Forum," an independent citizens'
group founded by students and
faculty here at UBC (before the
Spicer Commission was named
Citizens' Forum, incidentally), is
holding a two-day conference entitled "Alternative Visions: Canada
in the 1990s." On Friday night,
guest speakers including Council
of Canadians chair Maude Barlow,
former BC supreme court justice
Thomas Berger, playwright and
musician John Gray, and native
student activist Jenny Jack will
outline their visions for the future
of Canada. On Saturday, participants will split into a series of
workshops to discuss the key questions facing our nation: language,
aboriginal rights, Senate reform,
economic policy, etc. We hope that
this conference will produce some
consensus about the ways Canada
should proceed, and will create a
new non-partisan political voice
that can lobby for positive reform
to the constitution and other
structures in Canada.
The two cardinal principles of
the "Other Citizens' Forum" are a
strong, united, and independent
Canada (with or without Quebec),
and increased participatory democracy and citizen involvement
in the political process in Canada.
One possible form of this direct
democratic input would be the convention of a directly elected constituent assembly which would be
empowered to rewrite Canada's
constitution, and then submit it to
a national referendum. This will
be one of the items for debate at
our conference, and if it is an idea
that garners broad support, this
weekend may be seen as the catalyst that brought about a new process for writing Canada's constitution.
While one meeting alone will
not settle the fate of the country,
we feel that this conference
may have great symbolic
value that will give it importance. As an independent,
non-governmental effort, initiated by young Canadians from
the West, it will be a refreshing
change from the elite-dominated
Central Canadian perspectives on
the country. The "Other Citizens'
Forum" has already formed links
with other similar groups across
Canada, and we hope to be the
beginning fo a movement that will
lead to genuine democratic political change.
The "Alternative Visions"
conference is not designed for constitutional lawyers and political
junkies, or even just for university students. All we ask of participants is a sincere desire to
build a better country as we enter
a dangerous period in our national life. If you care about the
future of Canada, if you want to
preserve the nation our ancestors
struggled to build and that our
children deserve to inherit, then
please come and join the "Other
Citizens' Forum." Registration
forms are available from prof. Phil
Resnick in Political Science or by
calling Steven Chase at 736-1812.
Registration is $20 regular, $10
for students, seniors, and unemployed. Tickets may also be purchased at the door ofthe Frederic
Wood Theatre, Friday, February
15 at 7:00 PM, or the Student
Union Building, Saturday, February 16 from 9:00AM. This is
your chance to help make new
plans for Canada's future, make
new friends with similar goals
and interests, and maybe even to
make some history.
Mark Cameron, Arts 4,
The Other Citizens Forum
Put your finger
down my throat
Upon being on SAC for one
term I realized that the AMS has
something special; its staff. I realized that the AMS must be the
fountain of youth. The staff seem
to be as young as the students. To
work for the AMS you must have
to be a certain type of person that
stays young at heart forever. The
staff also keeps the students from
running the AMS into the ground
every year around turnover. This
is just my salute to the AMS staff,
they deserve it.
Shawn Tagseth
and probably everyone else who
has had the pleasure to work
with the AMS staff
A spirited rant
Have you noticed or is it just
me? It seems like we see less and
less of the EUS around campus
these days. Sad but true. Over
the five and one half years that I
have been on this campus I have
seen the EUS go from an energetic
and vibrant society to one that
can't tie its own enthusiastic
shoes, so to speak. If you will
permit me, I would like to tell you
why, and perhaps you'll even become concerned.
The faculty of Applied Science
has, over the last few years, increased the academic demands
placed on engineering students
both in terms of entering the faculty and the work level in general.
Coupled with this has been a sort
of silent policy to try and curtail
engineering activities which are
deemed to generate bad publicity
for the faculty. A major factor
contributing to the demise of the
EUS spirit and enthusiasm extends from the attitude of the
weak-kneed Dean. With increasing external pressure to eliminate
the sexism and racism in the engineering faculty, the Dean has chosen to crush all student spirit and
enthusiasm. The students are
faced with a Dean without the
character to redirect the student
spirit towards more positive outlets.
Sure, engineering is tough!
That's why it used to be normal
for engineering students to be so
active in so many areas. We
needed a release. Part of this
release used to include a very high
level of spirit on this campus.
Today, this is virtually lost. I was
recently at the Annual General
Meeting for the Engineering Undergraduate Society. Compared
to five years ago, I would give this
one a one on a scale of one to ten.
Now, why is this? Well, it's due to
the fact that so much concern is
placed on academic performance
and achievement in engineering
these days that the students are
afraid to cut loose for fear of failure. Nice going Applied Science!
This worries me a lot. By the way,
I no- ticed the Applied
Dean's office
was represented in
the corner of
the    room.
These damn
kids, can't     trust
them   for anything...
The most recent proposal by
the faculty is to carve up the
Cheeze Factory, the engineers
meeting place for tens of
years, and turn it
into a multi office
building. Sounds
a little like a condo
development on
campus. The engineers' space
could be reduced to
less than 25% of its
original amount if
my visual calculations are correct. This
is a classic way of
breaking up a group!
Divide and conquer! I
have been told that part of
the funding for renovating
the building comes from EUS
alumni and I'm not so sure they
would approve of such a redistribution of space. I suppose I will
have to ask them. The Dean
should think about that. Like I
said, I'm concerned, and you
should be too. Even if you're not
an engineer, I'm talking to all of
you out there. This campus is
becoming one in which spirit is
almost non-existent! If we take
away the engineers, well lose a
big chunk of what's left. It was no
surprise to me that only ahandful
of people showed up to talk with
the president about tuition, it's a
reflection of how this campus is
losing its spirit and this is certainly happening in engineering.
So, what the hell am I saying?
Well, I think that for the sake of
the engineers that people on this
campus should realise that
they are impor- t a n t
in terms of
spirit and
should be
thrown their
way. Write a
letter to the Applied Science Dean's office
and let them know that you are
tired of policies that focus entirely
on academics and look to squash
the great student societies of this
campus. The university education is not only academic, a good
deal of development goes on outside the academic sphere. In my
opinion, the skills you acquire
outside the academic areas can be
more important in certain circumstances. Like I said, you don't
have to be an engineer to be concerned, this is happening all over.
It's just easy to see
with      the
there was
so much
spirit to
begin with.
Well there you have it. Take
it or leave it, but I would suggest
that you take it or else the people
who come into engineering in the
future are going to be forced to
become pure learning machines.
The real world doesn't take too
well to people who act like ma
chines. Wise up Applied Science,
this place is an all around learning experience, not an HB pencil
and a pocket protector.
Ted Bell, president
Master of Pulp and Paper
Engineering Program
Bill Adams, P. Eng.
Master of Pulp and Paper
Engineering Program
Isn't war yucky?
In response to Ken Clancys letter
"Saddam Big Brother" (Feb. 1):
Remember that we are only
hearing one side ofthe story about
Kuwait. When it was deemed 'expedient,' the same country which is
now bombing Iraq was supporting
it financially and possibly militarily. As late as 1987, Saddam Hussein was referred to by the State
Department as "a force for moderation in the Gulf." When George
Bush talks about /Y "The
new world order," you know
he means the
one where the
US is the guid- f    I » l n g
influence.   The I view
of Iraqis has to be different.
Mr. Clancy writes"SaddamHussein
became belligerent when Kuwait
refused to cut oil production to raise
prices. Rather than bicker, Hussein
invaded ..." While I wouldn't even
think of denying this, remember
that the US pushed Iraq into
the war, or     jp   at least didn't
bother      ffm   to stop them until it uMl   was too late. The
war with Iran is
the chief cause of
the financial situation  in  Iraq  which
caused them to invade,
and that war involved
the US's wishes and support.    So from the other
side, the US is exploiting the
region, supporting an enemy
(Israel, and I won't bother to argue that Israel hasn't earned some
of the hatred Palestinians and Arabs feel towards it), and then they
turn around and attack.
Mr. Clancy also writes that this
is a "UN war" rather than a US war.
If so, why is the commander ofthe
UN forces in the Gulf an American?
Why were American planes the first
to bomb Iraq ?  Make no mistake
about it, this is an American war.
Certainly the UN is involved, but
they wouldn't be if it weren't for the
insistence ofthe real "Big Brother,"
the United States.
Adam Constabaris
Arts 3
You pathetic
AMS types
On behalf of the graduate student segment ofthe UBC population I would like to express our
(condensed) reaction to the (failed)
referendum items that appeared
marvelously tucked onto the end
of the ballots of the recent AMS
ITEMS? How come you didn't tell
us anything about these before
the election?
Brian Goehring
Graduate Student Society
Lay off
scare tactics
I have a question for the
people who created the display
that was set up beside the Pro-
Choice information in the SUB
this past week...
Why do you people so often
find it necessary to illustrate your
propaganda in the manner that
you do? Pro-Choice information
rarely contains graphic photographs of young women who lie
bleeding to death in back alleys as
a result of self-induced coat hanger
abortions. Nor do they visually
display any ofthe other realities
that befall women who have no
legal control over their own lives
and bodies. Is it necessary that
you resort to such low-grade sensationalism? Would it not benefit
any cause to take a more intelligent approach? If nothing else it
would at least relieve the rest of
us from having to be exposed to
your own particular and peculiar
form of exploitation and abuse.
Christine Stewart
Arts 4
February 12,1991
A Physical Education
Thunderbird captain leads by example
by Michael Booth
I—IOCKEY is by nature a
J- -^physical game.
Unfortunately, many people
equate physical play with the
Neanderthal tactics of the
National Hockey League's more
notorious goons.
But physical play does not
necessarily mean fighting. It can
be hard work in the corners or a
well-timed body check that
inspires one's teammates to a
higher level of play.
Enter UBC Thunderbird
captain Grant Delcourt.
Currently in his fourth year
with the T-Birds, Delcourt
crunching hits
with timely
goal scoring to
provide the
UBC hockey
team with
"I find my
best contribution as a
captain to the
team is going
out and playing
a physical
game," the
student says. "I
think when the
team sees me
physical they know that I'm into
it and everybody seems to get
involved and start working hard.
"I've always felt that the
best way anybody can lead is
through setting an example. You
can say as much as you want to
players but for them to really
believe, you have to go out and
do it and show it. Usually what
happens is the rest of the players
follow your lead."
Delcourt learned about hard
work and leadership while
growing up in Kelowna. Starting
with "pup" hockey when he was
seven, Delcourt has been a team
leader in scoring and has worn
the captain's "C" for every team
he's been with.
Hard work and leadership
were lessons Delcourt picked up
at home. Although his father,
Glenn Delcourt, owned a chain of
restaurants, Grant and younger
brother Gregg had to work for
what they wanted.
"I'm a winner, I don't like to
lose and the boys probably
picked it up from me," Glenn
Delcourt says. "Success comes
from hard work; it's the same in
life as it is on the hockey rink.
"As they were growing up,
they worked in one of the
restaurants we owned at the
time doing the dirty work just so
they saw what it was like
working from the bottom up and
not at the top."
Glenn Delcourt believes the
work ethic was essential to his
son's hockey career and the
leadership he brings to the T-
"(Grant) wasn't spoon-fed
when he was younger. He
worked for whatever he got and
that contributes to the type of
leadership he exhibits today,"
says his father.
Following his minor hockey
career, Delcourt made the jump
to major junior hockey at age 17.
The transition was made easier
when his junior playing rights
were picked up by the hometown
Kelowna Wings. This enabled
him to live at home for the next
two years while playing in the
Western Hockey League.
Drafted in the 11th round by
the NHL's Buffalo Sabres after
his first year with the Wings,
Delcourt attended his first
professional training camp the
following fall, September 1984.
Delcourt returned to the Sabres
training camp the next fall but
rejected a token contract offer
from the team and became a free
After his release from
Buffalo, Delcourt rejoined
his old junior
team in their
new incarnation as the
Del court's
move to
Spokane was
made easier
by two
things: he
was chosen
as the Chiefs'
captain, and
Gregg had
made the
team as a 16
Grant Delcourt Delcourt
attended the
Los Angeles Kings training camp
after his third year of junior.
Despite playing well, he ran into
the politics of hockey.
"I had an excellent camp and
I thought I would at least be sent
to New Haven (L.A.'s farm
team). I went in and talked to
management and they said it
was coming down to a numbers
game," Delcourt says.
"At that point, L.A. shared
the New Haven team with the
New York Rangers and there
were only two positions available
for centre and they had guys like
Dan Granato, (Luc) Robitaille
and (Jim) Carson because they
had a lot of first round picks the
year before."
Delcourt returned to
Spokane for his final year of
junior and began to explore other
options. While in Spokane, he
was visited by UBC head coach
Terry O'Malley. In addition to
having the grades to get into
UBC captain Grant Delcourt (5) uses hard work and timely body checks to inspire
his teammates.
UBC, Delcourt's work ethic
caught OMalleys eye.
"He's an ideal college player
in that he has good discipline, is
a hard worker and works hard in
practice as well," O'Malley says.
"He's a hard worker and a leader
and you just don't find those
fellows every night."
Delcourt flirted briefly with
another NHL tryout before
settling on UBC.
"I was offered a tryout with
St. Louis but I wanted something
up front, some type of guarantee—a contract, a signing bonus
or something—I wanted some
type of guarantee up front," he
says. "They wouldn't go for that
so that's when I turned to going
to UBC."
Delcourt had little trouble
adjusting to Canadian university
hockey after his long junior
career and said he likes the
college atmosphere better.
"Playing junior hockey is
really a competitive game, very
cut-throat; you find yourself
running into a lot of friends who
really aren't true friends,"
Delcourt says.
"The thing that really
impressed me about coming out
to play college hockey here is the
type of people you are associated
with. We don't play just because
we love hockey but because of
the people we are associated
with. There's no fines, there's no
trading; it's a much more
humanistic type of atmosphere."
When Keith Abbott played
out his eligibility after Delcourt's
second year, O'Malley knew
where to look for the team's next
captain. Delcourt accepted the
"C" and all the responsibilities
that go with it.
"Captain to me means that it
has to be a person who can relate
to the players so that if the
players have a problem or want
to send a message to the coach,
the players can talk to the
captain and he will bring the
concerns to the coach," Delcourt
"We don't play just
because we love
hockey but because
of the people we are
associated with.
There's no fines,
there's no trading;
it's a much more
humanistic type of
"At this level where you're
only playing 28 games, the most
important thing is that the
captain has to pretty much be
there every game. We play two
games a weekend and you have
to go 100 per cent for those two
games you have. That's what I
try to do."
Delcourt's style of play
makes his job easier. Physical
In addition to his duties as captain, Delcourt (5) has been among the team's scoring
leaders in all four of his years at UBC.
play seems to energize him and,
in his words, "For myself to play
well it's imperative that I've got
to go out there and be physical.
It seems to get you alert and into
the game right away."
Delcourt's hard work and
physical play is not lost on the
other UBC players. Forward Joe
Sobotin recalls a recent game in
Winnipeg against the University
of Manitoba Bisons.
"We were down and Grant
came out hitting and tried to get
things going," Sobotin says. "His
hitting gives us inspiration.
When I see him give a big hit it
makes me want to get out there
and start hitting too."
Goaltender Ray Woodley
said that although Delcourt's
leadership come? through in his
actions, his words are not lost on
his teammates.
"He's pretty quiet but when
he does say something, people
listen," Woodley says. "Sometimes it's better that way
because when you do say
something, it's not just something coming out of your mouth."
Delcourt agrees and adds
that it's sometimes hard to
differentiate when it is best to
lead by example and when to
lead verbally.
"There's different types of
captains. There are captains that
go out and verbally communicate
and talk and I found my best
contribution to the team is by
working hard in practice and
trying to be there every game,"
Delcourt says.
"Sometimes you're not
always at the top of your game
every time you go out so that's
when you have to really talk it
up with the guys and get
everybody communicating and
pumped up for the hockey
Gregg Delcourt joined the
T-Birds last season and was
reunited on a line with Grant
half way through the year.
Having grown up with Grant
and played with him in both
Spokane and UBC, Gregg
summed up what Grant means
to a team.
"He provides an example on
the ice, that's the key to his
leadership," Gregg says. "Every
game he goes out and gives it his
all. Through his style of play—
taking a man out and hitting
him, his scoring—he's an all
around player.
"A big hit lifts the team up
and we draw off his energy."
February 12, 1991


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